The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

Heidi's Pick - January 2017

 To start of 2017, Heidi wanted to share her staff pick over the holiday break.

I am reading The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay. This is the third book in a trilogy by this author. The first book is Broken Promise. Very suspenseful and I enjoy how you become attached to the characters. The plot of each book picks up right where the last one ends."

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Ryan's Pick - October 2016

This month, Ryan is reading The Merciless by Danielle Vega for the next Teen Book Group meeting on ThursdayOctober 13 @ 4:00 PM.

The Merciless brings a dark twist to a classic story of mean girls in surburban Texas. It's the perfect scary pick for the month of Halloween! Teens in grade 9-12 are welcome! For more information, contact
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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Barbara's Pick - September 2016

This month, Barbara is reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare to get ready for the Teen Book Club.

This is an exciting book about demons and shadowhunters.

The first meeting for the Teen Book Club is on TuesdaySeptember 8 @ 4:00 PM. Teens in grade 9-12 are welcome! 


The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver.

Katherine's Pick - August 2016

Our newest staff member Katherine is reading The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver. 

"The secrets we keep is a page-turning, suspenseful, and intriguing book. This book keeps you interested until the very end. I love the way the author explores the relationships between siblings and the extent that someone is willing to go to protect their loved ones."


Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Marjorie's Pick - May 2016

Staff Reads Marjorie 1New staff member Marjorie O'Neill is reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham. Marjorie says, "I like legal thrillers. John Grisham is a favorite author of mine. 

In Sycamore Row, the author brings back some of the characters from his first novel, A Time to Kill. Sycamore Row is a story of a Southern businessman who hangs himself and leaves a hand-written will which is contested by his family. As the legal issues are resolved, there is a surprise ending that you won't see coming."


Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull

Val - April 2016

Staff Reads Val 1"I've long been interested in the interplay between art and technology.  After seeing the PIXAR exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science with my 6 year old son and my husband, I was inspired to read Creativity, Inc. It's a wonderful look into true innovation, when the tools for producing animation advanced from traditional film techniques to the creation of computer hardware and software to visualize realistic graphic effects. Equally fascinating is the account of the vision, leadership and organizational shifts among key personalities to enable these artistic and technological leaps that we may take for granted today."

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Kathy's Pick - March 2016

Staff Reads Kathy 1For the month of March, new staff member Kathy is reading Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross.

Kathy says, "It's a fascinating portrayal of a woman during medieval times who, disguised as a man, rose to become the pope. The book explores the role of women during the Dark Ages. There is religion, romance, and history all wrapped up in an extremely engaging story."


Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Michelle's Pick - February 2016

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For the month of February, we are featuring a pick by our youngest staff member: library page Michelle. She chose one of her favorite young adult love stories by Jessi Kirby to help celebrate Love Your Library month. "Things We Know By Heart is about a teenage girl trying her best to come to terms with her boyfriend's death by locating the recipient of his heart. If you like Sarah Dessen books like I do, then you will most certainly like this realistic fiction story."


Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein

Kate's Pick - January 2016

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To start off the new year, Kate is reading one of her favorites Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein. "I love reading about women lawyers who do whatever it takes to figure out the truth behind whatever sinister case they are working on.

Alex Cooper is a sassy district attorney who gets wrapped up in her cases and her clients. She wants to see justice for them.  I love Lisa Scottoline- when I found Linda Fairstein, I found discovered a new favorite author."


Wool by Hugh Howie

Chris's Pick - December 2015

Staff Reads Chris 1"After reading Wool by Hugh Howie, I went out and wrote about how good it was on my website Here are some highlights from that entry: (1) It’s an awesome book and (2) You should stop what you’re doing and read it at once. Howie found success in the world of self-publishing. He has a mastery for creating sympathy for his story’s antagonists. He also conveys tremendous emotion in scenes of dialog. Read this book if you’re ready for something dystopian, and yet, somehow hopeful."

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Pat's Pick - November 2015

Staff Reads Pat 1Louise Penny has done it again! If you are a fan of Chief Inspector Gamache you will love the newest adventure involving the small village of Three Pines, Quebec. When a young boy with an overactive imagination finds a monster in the woods and then goes missing everyone realizes that their fears of the past are about to come to life.

Penny reveals even more about her complex, quirky, loyal and multilayered characters in The Nature of the Beast - the 11th novel of this series. A great mystery that shows the dark side of human nature and that the “beast” called Evil is always present.


The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

Leah's Pick - October 2015

Staff Reads Leah 1This month, staff member Leah is listening to The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand. She decided to take advantage of the library's evergrowing audiobook collection this month on a recent trip to Narragansett. 

Struggling with looming bills and writer's block while her best friend faces a life-changing decision, Nantucket author Madeline King tackles escalating rumors during a summer of explosive secrets.


A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax

Kim's Pick - September 2015

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To escape the library's supercool HVAC system, Children's Librarian Kim Ivers is reading A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax in one of the library's few outdoor seating areas. When the weather is nice, Kim likes reading outside. Every summer, she also offers outdoor Pajama Story Times for the children of Southborough.

Of Kim book's selection, she says, "I always look forward to the release of Wendy Wax's new novel. This one was enjoyed poolside!"


Batgirl, Vol. 1 (2015) by Various Authors

Naomi's Pick - August 2015

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Naomi is reading the newest Batgirl trade collection in the graphic novel section of the library. With the Summer Reading theme of Superheroes, Naomi picked a Batgirl title in part because her civilian identity of Barbara Gordon once worked at a library.

She also wanted to highlight the library's current monthly subsciption to Batgirl comics. Naomi says of the book, "One of Batgirl's many enemies might be moving her picture on us. It is not cool."

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

Heidi's Pick - July 2015

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Heidi is taking a well earning vacation this summer. What book is she bringing with her over the 4th of July holiday? Missoula by Jon Krakauer. 
Here is what Heidi has to say, "I am a huge fan of non-fiction crime and have been looking forward to reading this new book on my vacation. I have read Jon Krakauer's previous books in the past and haven't been disappointed yet!"


I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

Barbara's Pick - June 2015

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This June, staff member Barbara is reading I Take You by Eliza Kennedy. 
Enjoying a dream job, close friendships, a loving family and a gorgeous fiancé, Lily Wilder evaluates her history of partying and dating lots of men to consider whether getting married is the right choice for her.


The Stranger by Harlan Coban

Sue's Pick - May 2015

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For the month of May, staff member Sue is reading The Stranger by Harlan Coban. 
The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.


Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim

Ryan's Pick - April 2015

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In April 2015, library director Ryan Donovan is reading Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim. A semi-autobiographical graphic novel, the story follows several characters on a trip back to their hometown. On Thursday, April 23rd starting at 5:00 PM, Ryan will be handing out free copies to Southborough library patrons in celebration of this year's World Book Night.