Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!


Yes, it’s true! The man voted “Author of the Century” in several polls would be 126 if he were alive today. He was born on January 3, 1892. Of course, the library has both his books and the films based on them. We also have books by authors who influenced him, and whom he influenced. Here are just a few of them:

Tales before Tolkein

Here are some stories published before Tolkien’s books. He may well have read some of these as a child or young man.


Tolkien read and admired this seminal work of science fiction. So did modern master Ursula Le Guin.

other wind

An adult book that completes Le Guin’s famous “Earthsea” series, originally written for young adults. Le Guin admires Tolkien and has commented on his work. Her series, like his, is considered a fantasy classic.


Speaking of fantasy classics, who can forget George R.R. Martin? The seventh season of the HBO series is now available to borrow!

Happy 126th birthday, Professor Tolkien! If you’re a fantasy fan, you can celebrate by reading or watching a fantasy that’s new to you.


Women in Science Fiction

Did you know a young woman founded the genre of SF? Yes, it’s true! Click on her picture below to find out who she is and the book she wrote.  🙂

Mary Shelley

To celebrate the new Star Wars movie and the late great Carrie Fisher, let’s take a brief look at women in science fiction. Here are just a few titles, both classic and modern, by or about women.

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Native American Authors!

This is a tricky one, actually! At least one Patuxet warrior spoke English, and the Indigenous people probably had as much religious liberty as the English colonists. But we do know:

  1. Both the British and the Native peoples celebrated the harvest, and
  2. The colonists would have died without the help of indigenous people. In fact, nearly half of the colonists at Plymouth died of starvation during their first winter.

That’s why we celebrate Native American culture in November, when we celebrate Thanksgiving. There are millions of Native Americans from many different tribes, and some of them are well-known, award-winning authors. Here’s just a sample of books, music, and more, by or about Native Americans.


house made of dawn

The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land.

round house

When his mother slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with three friends to find the person who destroyed his family.

code talker

“Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find.”  Booklist, starred review

Native American Currents

An excellent introduction to modern Native American music.

And that’s not all! We’ve also got biographies of the famous shaman Black Elk, many more books by Native American authors, well-received books about Native Americans such as Tony Hillerman’s mysteries, and more. If you’d like to find out more about Native American life and literature today, these blogs are a great place to start:

Native American Authors You Should be Reading

Native Reader

Indie Author Day!


If you love to read, love to write, or both, come to Indie Author Day at the North Castle Public Library this Saturday! We’ll be having three excellent authors visit us for readings, book signings, and conversations. They are:

Patricia Dunn, author of Rebels By Accident

Jimin Han, author of A Small Revolution

Diane Pomerantz, author of Lost in the Reflecting Pool

To find out more about these wonderful authors, just click on the images below!

rebels by accident        small revolution    Lost in the reflecting pool

Ms. Dunn and Ms. Han teach creative writing at Sarah Lawrence college, and they’ll be presenting two hands-on workshops at noon and at 1:00 p.m. All writers and aspiring writers will want to attend! Ms. Pomerantz will be doing a reading and a book signing, and you’ll have a chance to share coffee, donut holes, and conversation with all three authors.

Like all our library programs, Indie Author Day is totally free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, and writers of all ages are welcome. See you at the library!

Celebrate the freedom to read!

Let’s do another poll! Any guesses as to where this man might be standing?


The signposts might help a bit, but the pose will help more!

Wherever he is, this gentleman is clearly exercising his right to free speech! Libraries celebrate that every year, too. In fact, I think we celebrate that right every day.

Banned books week runs from September 24 to September 30 this year. Libraries everywhere will have special displays of books that have been banned or challenged. Why not celebrate your freedom to read by visiting your local library and borrowing a challenged book? Here are just a few that we have on the shelf in North Castle.

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Upcoming events at the library!

Hi, everyone! It’s fall, the weather is beautiful, and the leaves are starting to fly. Book leaves, that is! We’ve got several literary events coming up soon!

just write

First, our creative writing  club starts next week. Do you love to write, and are you looking for a warm, supportive group of fellow writers? Then this might be the group for you! We meet on Monday evenings at 6:30, every other week, starting on September 18. The group is open to writers of all ages from 16 on up and all writing levels.


My colleague Lisa is also leading an event!Booktoberfest

Click on the image to find out more about this popular reading club.

We have many more programs, too, from advanced beginner/intermediate bridge to meditation to healthy cleaning supplies! Click here to go to our calendar and find out about all we offer.