Here at the Dimmick Memorial Library, we’re always looking for new ways to connect with our patrons. For June, we’ve decided to add an exciting interactive display that gives everyone the opportunity to get involved!
What Is A Book Talk?
Not to be confused with BookTok (for our up and coming social media influencers), a Book Talk is a short presentation about a book with the purpose of convincing others to read it.
What does a Book Talk Do?
A Book Talk is often engaging and exciting. It will include important details about the book, such as plot, timeline, characters, or even your favorite moments!
How Can You Get Involved?
Our Book Talk display is currently on the table in front of the Circulation Desk at the library. To Get Involved, you can check out one of the books our staff have already written a Book talk about, or you can write a Book Talk on the provided note cards for someone else to try! For each Book Talk, we will try to find the book in the library and place it on display for patrons to explore.
What Kind of Books?
You can write a Book Talk about any book! If you have little ones that frequent the library, you could even help them write a Book Talk! We also have YA Books on this display as well. Whether you prefer graphic novels, nonfiction, or murder mysteries, there’s someone who will enjoy your Book Talk recommendation.
Not Sure Where to Start? Here are a few Book Talks we’ve already written! These books are all available at our library and can be checked out at the Circulation Desk, or you can place a hold online.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
it’s the Jazz Age but Casiopea isn’t exactly musical. In small town Mexico, she dreams of a life bigger than her cleaning job. When she accidentally opens a box and frees a Mayan god of death, the last thing she expects is for him to ask for her help. A cross country adventure into the Mayan underworld.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Twin sisters in two different worlds, one black, one white. From the 1950s to the 1990s this story explores the spectrum of racial identity, even among families. A riveting, emotional story and exploration of race, gender, and identity.
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
Patrick has always been the fun gay uncle that entertains his neice and nephew on vacations. When tragedy strikes and the kids lose their parents, Patrick finds himself their official guardian and parenting can’t be all treats and jokes. Humor, love, and family bring this heartwarming novel together.
Circe by Madeline miller
Greek mythology, a goddess born of the sun god, Helios, and a prophecy. In this book, the protagonist learns of mortals firsthand by falling in love and being betrayed–with the origins of witchcraft, of course.
Outlawed by Anna North
It’s 1894 and 17 year old Ada has been wed for one year with no pregnancy–in a town where barren women are hanged as witches. To survive, Ada leaves home and joins a notorious gang of outlaws, where she helps to create a safe haven for women. Robberies, nuns, and an unlikely romance.
A Song For a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
Love live music? What if it were illegal? What if you were monitored 24/7 and the government was essentially run by a certain Big Box Store? The overwhelming necessity of human contact, music, and finding her purpose sends this protagonist in a decidedly new direction.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Emotionally charged coming-of-age novel. 1987 with a mystery illness no one will talk about. Grief. Healing. An unlikely friendship. These characters are real and their struggles, true. And, a mysterious, beautiful teapot.
While these are just a few of the Book Talk’s that we have put together here at the library, we’d love to hear your book recommendations with Book Talk’s of your own!
If you’re unable to come into the library, no worries! You can email us your Book Talk and we can display it, or you can comment on our new TikTok page on our Book Talk video! Follow us on TikTok @dimmickmemoriallibrary.