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Library Annual Report

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See how the library did this past fiscall year! In the following pages you will find the Belmond Public Library Annual report.Featured are information about our circulations, programming, and finances. Hard copies of the report are available upon request. 


Overdrive News!

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Have you heard that Overdrive App will be retired in 2022? Have no fear!
Download the Libby app today to continue borrowing ebooks and audiobooks from the online library.
Contact a librarian for any other questions or concerns you have. 





Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library was formed in 1995.  They are an auxiliary group of the Library Foundation.  Their mission is to maintain an
association of persons interested in the library, to focus public attention on the library, to lend financial support, to coordinate volunteer efforts,
and help promote the programs and services of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. 

As a Friend, you will have the satisfaction of supporting one of our most important educational institutions, playing an important role in making books and other materials available to the community. 
You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for various events and programs.

  You can join for as little as $5.00 per year as an individual, or $15.00 as a family.
If you are already a Friend of the library, please stop by today to renew your membership. 

Please contact the library with any questions. 
The library would love to have you as a Friend!

Book Reviews from the Librarians

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The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson
Sonya Trager, Director

Olive Smith, a third-year Ph.D. candidate, is single, short on cash, and looking for a research opportunity that will get her one step closer in her research. Her friend, Anh, wants her to have a happy ever after. When Olive's need to please her friend catch up with her, she's stuck in a hallway and kisses the first man she sees, Professor Adam Carlsen. Carlsen has a reputation for being a tough professor and making his lab students hate him. Despite this, Carlsen agrees to carry on with her charade and the two pretend to date. When things go a bit awry, Olive learns about love.

This book will suprise you. The most commen comment I hear is "I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did!" This book was probably one of my top five reads of 2021. That is saying a lot especially because I read over 105 books in 2021! I absolutely adored this title. It was a solid 5 star read for me. This hit all the romantic feels for me, but more so, the main character is smart and the author doesn't dumb down the story. Each chapter starts with a cute or funny quote in relation to the events in the upcoming chapter. Hazelwood does an excellent job of creating awkward and funny moments and the spicy bits are endearing and character building. I loved it so much I read it again right after finishing it. Definitely recommend!



The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson
Sonya Trager, Director

The Last Chance Library is an endearing book centered around a small village in the process of losing their library. As a librarian, I appreciated how Sampson gave readers into a glimpse of some of the library struggles such as lack of funding and the struggle to keep the building and grounds in a good state. The author thoughtfully and accurately portrays the roll a library plays in the life of both patrons and the community. I adored the cast of characters in the library and could easy compare them to some of our own passionate library patrons.

The main character, June Jones, adds to the library perspective. Caught in an endless cycle of grief and holding on desperately to the memory of her mother, June struggles with her own identity and worth. The library is all she has ever known. For the most part she is crippled by her anxiety and lack of confidence,  I enjoyed the story, but I really struggled with identifying with June. At times I grew frustrated with her self deprecation and failure to recognize her own worth. 

The book is a bit predictable, but there is comfort in that. There is a wonderful cast of characters and the story is sprinkled with wit. There is a romance, but it is secondary to the over all plot of the book. It is a slow burn with a great message. Overall, an enjoyable read.


The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
Sonya Trager, Director

Genre: Holiday & Romantic Fiction

The Santa Suit is a cute, feel good read with Hallmark movie vibes. Ivy buys a farmhouse sight unseen after her divorce. Leaving her past behind and hoping for a new beginnings, she discovers a Santa suit and a long forgotten letter that pulls at her heart. She is surrounded by a cast of endearing characters that show her hope and love along the way. With themes of family, connecting and reconnecting with the ones you love, and new beginnings the book is a wonderful way to get into the spirit of Christmas.


Stay Sexy and Don’t get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Mandi Rink, Former Technical Services Librarian

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia, hosts of popular podcast “My Favorite Murder”, focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

I listened to “Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered” in audiobook format. I loved listening to the book, as the authors narrate their essay type chapters. The chapters range from the authors’ struggles with eating disorders, bad relationships, funny childhood memories to dealing with grief. They always find a way to come back to their shared obsession, true crime. I am also a bit obsessed with true crime. I love true crime documentaries, books, and podcasts. I love that Karen and Georgia always remain respectful to the victims of the crimes and sensitive within their delivery of certain gory details. Honestly, if you want a book that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions but leave you feeling happy….pick this book up from the library ASAP.








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