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By: Kim Akers
The staff’s favorite book this week at the Quincy Public Library is the debut novel The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron are all residents at a lovely retirement village. To fill their hours, they have formed a club of sorts to help solve cold cases. Began by Penny, a retired Detective Inspector who couldn’t let go of those cases that went unsolved, the group uses their experience and skills to do a little armchair detecting. Very little comes from their solving cold cases except for the satisfaction of closing a case. However, when one of the workers at Coopers Chase is bludgeoned to death in his home, the foursome is delighted to try their hand at solving a fresh case. Of course, they informed the local constabulary of their intent and even kept them abreast of their findings, but all four knew that they would solve this murder long before the local police. Richard Osman has written a delightfully English mystery filled with fun and likable characters. We can’t wait for the second book in the series, due to be published late next year.
When you think of an activist, do you think of a young, energetic person just starting to define their level of support, or do you think of an experienced, older individual who uses their accumulated knowledge to further their cause? In reality, there is no specific age to start volunteering and supporting an organization or ideal, but more and more senior citizens are using their retirement to become advocates of a specific cause. In the book How Seniors are Saving the World Thelma Reese and BJ Kittredge share the stories of dozens of older people who volunteer their time as mentors and counselors as well as those individuals who use their lifelong careers to now give back as doctors, attorneys, and financial advisors. If you are concerned that you might become bored when you retire, check this book out to give you some great new ideas on how to spend your time helping others.
If physics class really wasn’t your thing in school, but you still would like to know how rainbows form, what the Doppler effect is, why magnets attract, or learn more about Newton, Einstein, and Edison, we suggest you check out The Physics Book. This edition from DK Publishing not only includes easy-to-understand explanations of all things physics, but also brief biographies of such noted scientists as Stephen Hawking, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Nikola Tesla, Ernst Mach, and many others. If you want to impress your friends with your vast scientific knowledge, or just want to understand The Big Bang Theory, this is the book for you!
These materials are available for checkout at the Quincy Public Library if you have a current Quincy Public Library card. Reciprocal borrowing cards from other area libraries will be honored as well. Materials may be available in a variety of formats including audio books, digital books, large print, regular print, and/or may be available from other libraries through the Resource Sharing Alliance. We also encourage you download any of our digital materials, access streaming services, or utilize our databases from the comfort of your home. You can place holds on materials any time of the day and pick them up at the Library or at one of our hold lockers. You may place reserves on library materials and check your patron record online at www.quincylibrary.org.