A Bibliophile is a person who has a great appreciation for books, or collects books.  National Book Lovers Day on August 9th is a day for them.  It encourages readers to find a favorite reading spot, a good book and read the day away.  Or, if you’re unable to spend the entire day reading, a few hours, or snatched minutes, spent with this relaxing pastime is better than nothing.  As Lemony Snicket said, “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
     There are plenty of books to check out at the library and more titles are being added to the collection all the time.  Here are some of the new nonfiction titles that are currently on order.
     “Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire” by Lizzie Johnson is a firsthand account of California’s Camp Fire on November 8, 2018.  Lizzie Johnson, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle was there as the town of Paradise burned and documented the tragedy with empathy, while also investigating the root causes.
    “Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning” by Fiona Sampson is the first biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to be published in three decades.  
    “The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge, and the Phoenix Park Murders that Stunned Victorian England” by Julie Kavanagh is the true crime account of the assassinations of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Burke, Chief Secretary and Undersecretary for Ireland, on the evening of May 6, 1882. 
     “The Weekday Vegetarians: 100 Recipes and a Real-Life Plan for Eating Less Meat” by Jenn Rosenstrach is filled with tips and techniques on adding more meatless meals into your weekly recipe roundup.
     You may have seen his videos on YouTube or Facebook – now you can read about him.  In the tradition of “Marly and Me” comes “Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family” by Melissa Shapiro DVM.  It is the story about how veterinarian Melissa Shapiro and her family nursed Piglet back to health and how Piglet is teaching the power of empathy, love, and kindness.
     Finally, check out “The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence” by Stephen Kurczy.  Green Bank, West Virginia is the home to the Green Bank Observatory.  All devices emanating radio frequencies that could interfere with the observatory’s telescopes are banned.  Next to the observatory, which uses the latest technology, residents live a life without constant digital connectivity.  There is no WiFi.  There are no iPads.  It’s an idyllic place full of contradictions.
     There are plenty of books to check out to celebrate National Book Lovers Day – or any day that you want to sit, relax and read.  Check out what the Adams County Library System has available today!

Submitted by Sara Edmiston, Public Services Librarian