The Five Wounds
Kirstin Valdez Quade
From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice.
It’s Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans for personal redemption. With weeks to go until her due date, tough, ebullient Angel has fled her mother’s house, setting her life on a startling new path.
Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain
Shankar Vedantam, Bill Mesler
From the New York Times best-selling author and host of Hidden Brain comes a thought-provoking look at the role of self-deception in human flourishing.
Self-deception does terrible harm to us, to our communities, and to the planet. But if it is so bad for us, why is it ubiquitous? In Useful Delusions, Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler argue that, paradoxically, self-deception can also play a vital role in our success and well-being.
The lies we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and co-workers. They can explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don’t, why some nations hold together while others splinter.
Young AdultGood Girl, Bad Blood
(A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #2)
Holly Jackson (Goodreads Author)
The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder! More dark secrets are exposed in this addictive, true-crime fueled mystery.
Pip is not a detective anymore.
With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.
But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared, on the very same night the town hosted a memorial for the sixth-year anniversary of the deaths of Andie Bell and Sal Singh.
The police won't do anything about it. And if they won't look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town's dark secrets along the way... and this time everyone is listening. But will she find him before it's too late?
History & Biography
The Code Breaker:
Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
Walter Isaacson (Goodreads Author)
The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.
When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counsellor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would.
The Library Management Group very much regret to have to say that after much discussion it has taken the decision not to re-open the Library until at least early February.
We have a duty of care to both our volunteers and our patrons, bearing in mind the average age group of our volunteers, the fact that some of them are living under Tier 4 restrictions and of course very mindful of the new highly virulent strain of Covid we felt that a delay in re-opening was the safest course of action.
We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to some people but we will be keeping the situation under constant review and will post any changes on this website
Stay safe everyone and look forward to seeing you all soon.
1) Mary Shelley
Dreamt up on a dark and stormy night in Switzerland in the summer of 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often celebrated as the classic gothic horror novel. While the story, too, is largely set in Switzerland, it is in fact the city of Bath in Somerset, England where Shelley penned much of the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unorthodox experiments.
Plans for the UK’s first Frankenstein museum were approved this year, to celebrate Shelley’s life, work, and the time she spent living in the city’s Abbey Churchyard – a suitably spooky location!
2) Bram Stoker
Since it was first published in the late 19th century, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has inspired countless tales of deadly beings who feast on the blood of their victims. It was the coastal town of Whitby that provided much of the inspiration for Stoker’s classic gothic novel. In 1890, Stoker spent the summer in the town, taking in the eerie ruins of Whitby Abbey and the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline where Count Dracula first arrives in England, in the form of a large black dog. It was even in a book in Whitby’s library that Stoker found inspiration for the name for the infamous Count.
3) Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1901
Hailing from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle is known the world over as the creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick, John Watson. It was in one of his lecturers at Edinburgh University, Dr Joseph Bell, that Conan Doyle found the inspiration for his sharp-witted detective.
While Holmes and Watson faced all manner of strange mysteries, arguably their darkest adventure took them to the rugged moorlands of Dartmoor in Devon, where a monstrous supernatural hound is still said to roam.
(4) C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 1950
Belfast-born C.S. Lewis created some of the most iconic characters in British children’s literature. From the faun Mr Tumnus to the majestic King of Beasts Aslan himself, the inhabitants of the magical world of Narnia have been captured in bronze form in Belfast’s C.S. Lewis Square. The scariest of all his creations, though, is doubtlessly Jadis, the White Witch, who turns all those who dare to defy her to ice…
5) Roald Dahl
The Witches, 1983
Cardiff-born Roald Dahl’s terrifying tale The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, and their quest to defeat a coven of child-hating witches. Some of the story’s most haunting scenes take place at the grand Hotel Excelsior, where the witches gather to hatch their plans for ridding the world of all children.
In the 1990 film, The Headland Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall was used as the setting for the witches’ convention, offering a perfect backdrop for Dahl’s classic – which is still widely seen as one of the scariest children’s books ever written!
Why not check out some of the most haunted spots in the UK this autumn– or get planning for next year! And for even more inspiration, take a look at Visit Britain’s interactive map of haunted Britain.
Customer Reservation Service
From Monday 14th September the Libraries West reservation system will be available for Dorset Library Service customers.
The reservation limit will be temporarily reduced to 10 (from 20) until further notice to help manage the volume.
From 14th September previously suspended hire, overdue and reservation charges (where relevant) will start being applied.
Sharing your reading experience about a book you have read can be really interesting. It can make you think about what you liked or didn't like about the book, or what emotions you felt after reading the book. If you like to talk about books, why not join our virtual reading group which meets the last Thursday of each month. If you'd like to know more, and receive your invite simply email .
Dorset libraries to offer order and collect service from this July
Following the Government’s recent announcement, our libraries will start a phased reopening from 8 July. The initial reopening plans, focused on the safety of customers and library employees, will provide existing users with an order and collect service. People will be able to order their preferred categories of books and other items to collect at an allocated time from 22 of Dorset’s 23 libraries.
Books will be available to order online on our website from 8 July by simply completing a short form about reading preferences. For those without online access, an order can be made by phoning 01305 228400.
All Dorset Library customers can now read daily newspapers on their device with the RBDigital App.
Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly and monthly newspapers from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles.
If you already use the app to read e-magazines and e-comics, you'll see the link to newspapers in the contents list. If you haven't used it before, sign up with your library card. Find out more here
Missing your creative writing group? Join our new online group - Dorset Libraries Writing Circle, a supportive community of people who love to write, who come together to to take part in writing as a hobby or for well-being.
Each week we'll writing tips and inspiration and links to other writing resources. Discussions on any writing related topics are welcome.
We encourage members to help each other by offering advice and providing positive feedback to enable members to develop their writing skills.
This is the link to the reference sources, available to Libraries West members via the website: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/ebooks-audiobooks-and-online-reference/online-books-and-reference-sources.aspx
Each LibrariesWest authority also subscribes to a range of free online reference resources, including the Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford English Dictionary, Newsbank, Who's Who & Who Was Who, and Access to Research. Access varies by authority so please check the relevant link below for your local area.
Bath & North East Somerset
Online books and reference resources
Find online resources on these websites:
The Honesty Library section within Stalbridge library is run by the Friends of Stalbridge Library
The Honesty Library holds lots of fiction and non-fiction books by famous authors. These books have been generously donated by local people.
These books can be taken out on loan by first selecting your book or books, then writing your name, library card number and the date you have taken out the book(s) in the folder provided within the Honesty Library.
The book(s) can be read at your leisure as there is no "book return by date"
Come along and take a look, you will be surprised at both the number and variety of books on offer