Worthington Spotlight

Great books remain at heart of library’s mission

While libraries have evolved during the past few decades to become community centers, gathering spots and technology hubs, providing access to books remains our core service and the thing people most want from us.

Right now, as we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, all locations of Worthington Libraries are open for online access and curbside pickup of materials. While not ideal, and certainly not where we would like to be at this point in the year, patrons are still able to get their hands on what they want most—books!—and 2020 has been an excellent year for the written word.

As you look forward to hunkering down this upcoming holiday season and the long winter ahead, we suggest you cozy up with one of these great titles, published this year, and recommended by our library staff:

• Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

The author’s new collection of comedic, autobiographical and deceptively illustrated essays range in topic from childhood and very bad pets to grief, loneliness and powerlessness in modern life.

• Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

A 12-year-old lone plane crash survivor investigates the stories of his less-fortunate fellow passengers before making a profound discovery about his life purpose in the face of transcendent losses.

• The King at the Edge of the World by Arthur Phillips

A secret Muslim warrior from the height of England’s religious battles is sent to Scotland to uncover the true nature of James VI’s actual religious beliefs while an heirless Elizabeth I lie on her deathbed.

• The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

A young woman takes a night-clerk job at the same roadside motel from where her aunt went missing decades earlier before uncovering the work of a serial killer.

• The Mountains Sing by Phan Que Mai Nguyen

Years after a family is forced by Vietnam’s Communist Land Reforms to abandon their farm, a granddaughter comes of age as her loved ones depart for the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

• The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a Black daughter in their Southern hometown while the other passes for White with a husband unaware of her heritage.

All of these titles are recommended for adult readers, but books for all ages can be found on the library’s web site here: worthingtonlibraries.org/borrow/featured/staff-picks/year.

If you are looking for recommendations in real time, join us for our next “Find Your Next Great Read” event on Monday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. on the library’s Facebook page. Participants at this virtual event provide us with the titles of a few books they have liked to receive recommendations on the spot from library staff.

Here’s wishing everyone a warm, happy and healthy holiday season from all of us at Worthington Libraries.

Lisa Fuller is director of community engagement at Worthington Libraries.

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