Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Cover of Phoebe and Her Unicorn

A while back, I was browsing through the stacks of a bookstore, looking for a good new comic to read. I love, love, love graphic novels and was hoping to find something new, and I soon found myself looking through the kids’ section, waiting for something to catch my eye. Cue Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson. The pink and sparkly cover featuring a happy girl and unicorn immediately caught my attention. And upon opening it, I saw an introduction from Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, claiming, “…Phoebe and Her Unicorn is nothing less than the best comic strip to come along since Calvin and Hobbes.” Very high praise, and, being a Calvin and Hobbes fan myself, I decided to check it out.

This book is the first of a number of collections of the comic strip. We’re introduced to a precocious 9-year-old girl named Phoebe who one day meets an arrogant, self-absorbed unicorn named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils (no, really). After inadvertently saving the unicorn, Phoebe is granted one wish, and the result is a friendship between the unusual pair. The rest of the book introduces Phoebe’s family and classmates as she navigates the world with her new unicorn pal.

I love this comic! It’s legitimately funny and took me by surprise. I highly recommend it!

– Anne, BPL

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - cover

This book had me from the first page and I didn’t put it down till I reached the last. No matter what your beliefs about afterlife, this is an incredible story of humanity, love and loss. You’ll find yourself wanting more from each character that you meet. The gruff main character Eddie will pull at your heartstrings as you learn more and more about, his life and those that helped shaped him.

Keep the sequel (The Next Person You Meet in Heaven) close to you – you’ll want it immediately after you turn the last page of this book.

– Amy, FOBPL

Hoopla: Streaming movies, music, tv shows & more!

Film projector

Hoopla is a great resource for finding streaming movies, TV shows and music, in addition to a great collection of ebooks and comics! If you are a resident of Massachusetts, that means you can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard and gain access to all of these great things through their Hoopla collection! For more information on how to sign up, check out this link: https://www.bpl.org/ecard/

If you have any questions about how to sign up or download an ebook once you have signed up, please feel free to reach out to Boston Public Library staff or to us, the Brimfield Public Library! You can reach us on facebook, through our virtual Reference Desk, or by email at library@brimfieldma.org.

One Summer by Nora Roberts

This book is a sweet bit of fluff. Wanderlust is mixed with a reluctant but blooming romance between 2 gifted photographers given the assignment of traveling the United States to take photographs of what inspires them. On the road, in only the company of one another, these 2 artistic but totally different personalities, learn to appreciate each other’s very different perspectives on what makes the perfect photograph.

Just as film develops to reveal moments captured by the photographers lens, these 2 characters develop a mutual respect for one another and an intense love for one another. Their journey reveals a past of severe Post-trauma for one, a past of dreams lost for the other but a strength within them both to break down the barriers they have carried with them for too many years and love again.

– Joanie, BPL

Jumanji Movie Marathon

Jumanji movie covers

Our JUMANJI MARATHON

JUMANJI

We first enjoyed Robin Williams and crew in the original Jumanji DVD Rated PG.

Robin Williams played Alan, Bonnie Hunt was Sarah, and Kirsten Dunst & Bradley Pierce were the unwitting children when all of them were swept into the game. The story is of a young boy who disappears for 26 years, and returns to his home amid total chaos and wonderful and terrifying adventures.

JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle

New Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan Rated PG 13 (stronger language)

Four teenagers in detention, all completely opposite in characteristics, and an old video game console in the basement. What could go wrong? SO many things!! I don’t want to warn you, just be ready!!

Keep your eyes open for the nuances that link the stories together.

JUMANJI: The Next Level

Same Cast as Jungle, Rated PG 13 again.

This story opens a short time later, but the game has changed, and the graphic continue to improve. I won’t give away the changes, but they are ”not in Kansas anymore”. You will need to be attentive to all the switches, and you will again find links and bridges to the other stories.

We highly recommend an evening of popcorn & Jumanji, chuckles and gasps (and sweaty palms) – and the drum beats go on!!!

– Beth, Mystery Buff BC

Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks

The library may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access some great ebooks online! If you are a resident of Massachusetts, that means you can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard and gain access to their ebooks online through the Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks collection! For more information on how to sign up, check out this link: https://www.bpl.org/ecard/

If you have any questions about how to sign up or download an ebook once you have signed up, please feel free to reach out to Boston Public Library staff or to us, the Brimfield Public Library! You can reach us on facebook, through our virtual Reference Desk, or by email at library@brimfieldma.org.

Virtual Reference Desk

Is your child researching something for school? Do you have a specific question that you can’t find an answer to? Have you been struggling to come up with the title of that Tom Hanks movie with ‘crying’ and ‘baseball’? Maybe we can help!

We have just launched our very own Virtual Help Desk. This help desk will be staffed M-F for a few hours each day. All you have to do is click this link and follow the directions. If we are not staffing the desk at the time you ask your question, you will be able to email us and we will answer as soon as we can: http://brimfieldpubliclibrary.com/reference-help/

Let us be the missing piece!

Check out our latest staff picks!

Looking for some book and movie recommendations from library staff and the Brimfield Library community? Check out our Staff Picks blog! We are posting new recommendations every week from library staff, trustees, friends, and book club members. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite among our latest picks.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

I decided that this was the time to introduce my kids to Watership Down via audiobook. The kids started their journey with the rabbits on Monday. It’s a hit. We all listen to it during breakfast before the kids zip off to homework and chores. This trustee gives it two thumbs up!

– Alyshia Jensen, Trustee

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

In this book, the first of a trilogy, we follow Kelsea Raleigh, a young princess, as she comes out of hiding in order to claim her throne. This might sound like a typical fantasy story featuring a spunky young princess, but it’s deeper (and darker) than you might expect. While definitely a fantasy novel, there are sci-fi elements too as we realize that Kelsea’s ancestors sailed to this new land to escape modern technology. The capital of her kingdom is called “New London,” a very familiar sounding name, so as you read the book, you wonder what happened in the past, and if this is really a dystopian novel after all.

Kelsea’s quest to retake the throne is not an easy one. A lot of people would prefer her dead. There is a lot of political intrigue in this novel, and a lot of violence, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Some have even compared it to Game of Thrones. I’m not sure I would go quite that far, but it’s definitely a great read and I recommend it. The mysteries, secrecy, and the fleshed-out characters will keep you wanting to read more.

– Anne, BPL