June Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

Every THIRD Thursday of the month! 10:15am – June 15 

Join us every month for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity! This month please join us as we host the Bucks County Free Library, Langhorne branch, for a family-friendly Pop-up stortyime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, and movement!

 

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, June 8 – 6:30-7:30pm

We are so excited to have Bernadette Karpa, Carly Volpe, and Elizabeth Austin, three outstanding poets joining us on Thursday, June 8 at 6:30pm! We look forward to seeing you at the Newtown Bookshop!

Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s interview at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

BIO

Elizabeth Austin is a poet, photographer, and visual artist. She is currently a graduate student in Creative Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in the Schuylkill Valley Journal, See Spot Run, Foliate Oak, and Driftwood Press, and has been featured in a collaborative exhibit with photographer Sarah Jane Sanders at the Norton Center for the Arts. She currently lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania with her two children. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @elizabethbeingqueen.

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May Calendar

An Evening with New York Times Bestselling Author Ally Condie

Click here to reserve your seats for this free event!

Tuesday, May 9 – 7:00pm

Free Library of Northhampton

25 Upper Holland Rd

Richboro, PA 18954

The Newtown Bookshop and the Free Library of Northampton Township are excited to host New York Times and internationally bestselling author Ally Condie on May 9th at 7pm for a free event at the library!  Ally will be featuring her newly released middle grade paperback, Summerlost. Reserve your seat for this free event here!

About the book:

The novel tells the story of twelve-year-old Cedar. Last year, her family was whole, and then her father and youngest brother, Ben, were killed in a devastating accident.  It’s their first summer as just three, and Cedar, her mother, and her brother Miles have moved to the small town of Iron Creek. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing on Cedar’s windowsill.

Ally wrote a beautiful essay about friendship and the inspiration for Summerlost for The Nerdy Book Club last year. You can read it here.

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April Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

An Afternoon with Kay Rock

Saturday, April 1 – 2:00pm

Please join us as we welcome Bucks County Herald columnist Kay Rock to discuss her book Over the Hill and Gaining Speed : Reflections in Retirement on April 1st at 2pm!  All are invited!

About the book:

Fasten your seatbelts, we’re going for a ride! Readers of all ages will relate to these observations of the journey of life with all its bumps, turns, and exhilaration. “Over the Hill and Gaining Speed” is a collection of non-fiction essays that explore, examine and observe the transition to retirement through the lenses of travel, daily life, relationships, special days, and inspiring people. Sometimes poignant, sometimes comedic, always relatable, these compelling vignettes have been likened to an unexpected call from your best friend. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these charming essays that offer plenty to ponder and much to celebrate. The articles were previously published by the “Bucks County Herald” over a five-year period.

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December Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, December 8- 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All are Invited!!

We are delighted to have Elvis Alves as our featured poet this month. Read an interview with Elvis about his writing process and poetic inspirations at lynnfanok.weebly.com  Join us on December 8 and share a poem or two!

Elvis Alves is the author of the poetry collection Bitter Melon. He was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He currently lives and teaches in Newtown, PA. Elvis’s work has appeared in several magazines, journals, and anthologies. He was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry. He writes for the GoodMenProject, The Compulsive Reader, and is an editor for the Rathalla Review.

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com .

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Maria’s Staff Pick – “American Heiress”

American HeiressThe Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

Coming of age in the mid 1970’s, I of course knew all about the kidnapping of Patty Hearst and the subsequent bank robbers she participated in as “Tanya”… or so I thought! Toobin’s very readable and extremely captivating book is a must read for anyone interested in true crime or american cultural history. A thoroughly wild ride!

Susan’s Staff Pick – “Darktown”

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Thomas Mullen has written a historical fiction crime story that is relevant to today’s headlines.

The story is set in Atlanta in 1948; the Atlanta police department has just hired the first black police officers and the problems began.

I was dismayed, though not shocked, to read some of the details – the new police officers were not welcome in the city’s police station. They had their own mini-station in the basement of the local YMCA. They were actively threatened, belittled and almost killed at various times by their fellow officers – the white ones.

However, there are glimpses of cooperation between some officers as they try to solve the crimes against black residents of the city.

Currently, many of the issues between black and white officers still seem to be problematic as do the relationships between people and police officers in general.

This is a thought-provoking, interesting book. Worth reading!

New in November

Swing Time by Zadie Smith; available November 15

Two brown girls dream of being dancers but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.

But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey the same twists, the same shakes and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon; available November 22

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother s home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

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