Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New to the Collection

You can always get books and movies from Somers Library, but your library card can also help you get outside to play games more this summer. Somers Library now offers outdoor games that can be borrowed, taken home and played outside in your backyard with your family or at your next get together with friends.

Outdoor games and items available include:
  • Bocce
  • Giant Dice
  • Horseshoes
  • Ring Toss
  • Croquet
These items join a variety of things available to library card holders that go beyond just books and movies. Cake pans, bongo drums, ukuleles, board games, knitting and crochet kits are just a few to mention. Come on in and check it out! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Travel the World: Unusual Travel Guides

Who doesn’t love to travel? Whether you vacation frequently or are content with visiting other locales from the comfort of your home, the books on this list are delightful travel companions; and even if you aren't traveling, a good travel book can help motivate you to get out there. From coffee table books to travel guides, here are some unusual books for travel lovers of what we believe to be some the most interesting travel books out there. These are great starting points to help find inspiration to plan a trip, “get away” for a staycation, or pass the time on the train between destinations.

·        Historic New England: A Tour of the Region's Top 100 National Landmarks
·        Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York: Westward Trails from Albany to Buffalo
·        Abroad at Home: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America
·        Colonial America And The American Revolution: The Best 25 Sites
·        25 Bicycle Tours in the Hudson Valley: Scenic Rides from Saratoga to Northern Westchester Country
·        North American Wine Routes: A Travel Guide to Wines and Vines, from Napa to Nova Scotia
·        Discovering Vintage New York: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis & More
·        U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks
·        A Road Trip Into America's Hidden Heart - Traveling the Back Roads, Backwoods and Back Yards
·        Hanz Holzer's Travel Guide to Haunted Houses: A Practical Guide to Places Haunted by Ghosts, Spirits and Poltergeists
·       Where the Locals Go: More Than 300 Places Around the World to Eat, Play, Shop, Celebrate, and Relax
·        The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide: 10 Weekend Tours and More than 400 Sites, from Antietam to Zagonyi's Charge
·        Golf Magazine Great Getaways: The Best of the Best Three and Four Day Golf Trips
·        Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others
·        Secret journeys of a lifetime : 500 of the world's best hidden travel gems
·        Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps: A Travel Guide to History
·        The Most Scenic Drives in America, Newly Revised and Updated: 120 Spectacular Road Trips
·        The 100 Best Art Towns in America: A Guide to Galleries, Festivals, Lodging, and Dining
·        Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West
·        A Travel Guide to World War II Sites in Italy: Museums, Monuments, and Battlegrounds
·        101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out
·        Adventure Vacations for Animal Lovers
·        Rail-Trails Northeast: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
·        Architecture Walks: The Best Outings Near New York City
·        Hiking the Road to Ruins: Day Trips and Camping Adventures to Iron Mines, Old Military Sites, and Things Abandoned in the New York City Area ... and Beyond
·        Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways

You may place holds on any of these books by clicking here, or visit our Pinterest boards for 
additional reading recommendations.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Geocaching in the Library

Geocaching has been described as a "high tech treasure hunt," in which players use handheld GPS receivers or smartphone apps to find hidden containers. Typically, geocaches are hidden along hiking trails, in community parks or even at downtown street corners. A cache has been hidden in the Somers Library! The library cache is an example of a mystery cache. Geocachers first have to find a conventional cache, then decipher the information they find there to figure out how to locate the cache hidden in the library. (In fact, they also have to determine that the cache is in the library, so you already know something they don't.) We can't give you any more information without spoiling the game for others. But skilled library users should be able to find the cache without the help of Global Positioning System satellites. If you find it, you will find space to record your discovery. All we ask is that you keep the location to yourself so the game remains a fun challenge. To learn more about geocaching, and get clues for caches in our area, visit and enter a zip code.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Patience is a Virtue

You know how it hear about the perfect book, the one you can't wait to read. The only problem is at least 300 people heard about that book too and the wait list is more than 300 people long. You think you'll just hang in there until the wait list goes down, and then read the book. Same scenario a year later and you are waiting for this year's hottest title. Let's take a step back into the way-back machine, and find you that hot book from last year while you are waiting for this year's bestseller. Here are a few of the titles from last year that no longer have huge holds lists.

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • Camino Island by John Grisham
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
  • Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Fix by David Baldacci
  • The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly   
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
  • The Black Book by James Patterson
  • The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
  • Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb