We are enormously lucky to be part of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange). As many of you know, the NOBLE network allows you, our beloved patrons, to borrow books from the other libraries around us–including academic libraries at North Shore Community College and Salem State University–and utilize the programs and resources at our fellow NOBLE libraries. It’s a fantastic system that we all value enormously.
So this year, we thought it might be fun to invite the other NOBLE libraries and staff members to join us in our end-of-the-year celebrations! This week, we bring you the Lynn Public Library’s Favorite Books of 2017!
Although Library services were available in Lynn as early as 1815, it wasn’t until a bequest was made to the city in 1896 that plans for a permanent Library were developed. After some debate about the style, size, and scale of the building, construction began in 1898, with local architect George A. Moore overseeing the project. The Library opened in 1900; that same year, the trustees commissioned a mural by Francis Luis Mora, a prominent Uruguayan-born American painter, who was most likely the first Hispanic artist elected to the National Academy of Design (his self-portrait appears on the left). This would be Mora’s first public mural, and, as a result, he received a commission for the Missouri State Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair)in 1904, as well as for the Governor’s Mansion of New Jersey, in the Sears family’s country home (of Sears & Roebuck fame) in Brookline, Massachusetts, and painted the portrait of Warren Harding that is still on display in the White House. He would later go on to teach at what would become Parsons The New School for Design, with Georgia O’Keeffe as one of his students…see what great things can come from Libraries?!
Today, the staff of the Lynn Public Library is dedicated to serving the needs of a diverse population whose interests range from scholarly research to cultural pursuits to entertainment. Their collection numbers almost 125,000 volumes, with over 30,000 in the Children’s Department alone. The large Reference collection is known for its emphasis on Lynn history, genealogy, and the Civil War, and offers a wealth of services and information for patrons. Their Calendar of Events is packed with events for teens, adults, and kids, from book clubs to crafting events, so feel free to check them out!
And, without further ado, is just a small sampling from the Lynn Public Library’s staff’s favorite reads from 2017!
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson
Warcross by Marie Lu
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris
Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
The Store by James Patterson
Hard Core Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Murder Games by James Patterson
Black Book by James Patteson
Chew Approved by The Chew