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Saturday, June 24, 2017


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We are the staff of the York County Public Library in Yorktown, VA, and we are excited you've found our blog. On Off the Beaten Shelf, you'll discover reviews of exciting new titles, some of our favorite reads, and even some movies and music we think you can't miss. We will also share what you can do at your library, whether you visit our Tabb, Yorktown or digital locations. Thanks for dropping by and we hope you'll visit us again soon! - YCPL Staff

The book cover for Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar.A novella is a strange animal. Neither short enough to be called a short story, nor long enough to attain novel status, the novella falls into a gray zone between the two. This often leads some readers to discount the value of these tales, but those readers are missing out. Unlike short stories, novellas are long enough for readers to get fully immersed in a world, but also short enough that the story does not require the commitment of an epic series like Lord of the Rings.

Many well-known authors have written novellas, which can give readers a chance to experience an author's style of writing and decide whether it is worth picking up their more lengthy works. For example, Stephen King recently published a novella set in a Maine town that he often returns to in his other works. If you want to give Stephen King a try, but are afraid to tackle his lengthier tomes, such as It or The Stand, then you should pick up Gwendy's Button Box, which King co-wrote with Richard Chizmar. Continue Reading

Celebrate Wonder Woman Day on June 3, 2017According to a recent article by Smithsonian Magazine, "Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long." Since her introduction in 1941, Wonder Woman has served as a much-needed role model for women across America. Her popularity has continued to expand, earning her own set of postage stamps and — finally! — a standalone feature film. Now is the perfect time to "Honor the power, wisdom and courage of Wonder Woman" during DC Comics' Wonder Woman Day, celebrated on June 3.

Whether you are an avid reader of comics featuring the character or a Wonder Woman newbie, the York County Library has something for everyone. Check out this list of resources below to discover why Wonder Woman is a force to be reckoned with and celebrated. Continue Reading

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York County Library system has a fantastic, continuously-growing YA collection that is sure to interest teens and adults alike. With the influx of new material, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. Here are five titles that are new to the library that are worth checking out. Continue Reading

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Staff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

The Notes from the Music Staff column endeavors to share some interesting facts about music while highlighting some of our music collection. But we aren’t just fans of our musical offerings. We also love to read books about music, especially biographies of some of the fascinating musicians whose music we carry. This month, tune in to some of the recent and new biographies of your favorite musicians. Continue Reading

If you love the feel of paper or the smell of books, then you have something in common with many of the characters featured in Charlie Lovett's novels. His brand of literary mystery thrusts a present-day book lover into a historical mystery that can often only be solved in dusty libraries.

His first two novels explored whether famous authors actually penned the works that made them famous. In The Bookman's Tale, the much debated mystery of who authored the many plays attributed to Shakespeare is explored. And in First Impressions, Lovett casts doubt on whether Jane Austen actually wrote Pride and Prejudice. But far from being dry, academic explorations, Lovett excels at bringing to life both his present-day characters and the historical subjects of his mysteries. And his latest entry into the genre might be his most exciting yet.

The Holy Grail is the subject of his latest work, titled The Lost Book of the Grail. Continue Reading

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Tabb Hours & Info

100 Long Green Blvd. 
Yorktown, VA 23693
757-890-5100
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

Yorktown Hours & Info

8500 George Washington Mem. Hwy.
Yorktown, VA 23692
757-890-3377
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

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