Friday, February 24, 2012

Freedom to Read Week

Help us CELEBRATE our

Come to the Raymond Public Library during the week of Feb 27 - Mar 3, 2012

For every 10 - 15 minutes you read in the library you can put your name on a heart. Hearts will be hung around the mezzanine of the library.

Let's see if we can

Every heart you fill in qualifies your name to be put in a draw to WIN PRIZES!

Prizes for adults, teens, and children will be awarded on Saturday, March 3, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Read - A - Long With Me

Alan Bradley / Agatha Christie Comparison

by Judy-Lee Jensen, Library Assistant

Alan Bradley and Agatha Christie have more in common than murder in the English Countryside. With both authors, among scenes of bucolic gardens, herbaceous borders, and aristocratic landholdings, the reality of murder provides a grisly reminder that death can intrude harshly with a body in a cucumber patch (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) or on the library hearthrug (The Body in the Library). Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce may be at opposite ends of the age spectrum, but both have an uncanny knack for solving crime with razor sharp female intuition, uncanny native intelligence, and unswerving belief in British resourcefulness. Miss Marple has a unique and massive knowlege of common garden insecticides and poisons which has served her well in crime solving and Flavia's knowledge of chemistry specializing in the use of poisons, gives her a depth of understanding that a university don might envy.

Both characters have a somewhat bipolar relationship with their local constabulary. Both Inspector Hewett with Flavia and Sir Henry Clithering with Miss Marple have come to have a grudging but healthy respect for these female protagonists with their uncanny ability to solve crime. Sir Henry often said of Miss Marple that she had a mind like a kitchen sink under the cloak of Victorian respectability and Inspector Hewett is quietly flabbergasted with Flavia's ubiquitous presence at key points in his investigation with pertinent information to help solve the crime.

It is interesting that while Flavia and Jane Marple both love the men in their lives; Miss Marple her nephew Raymond, and with Flavia her father, they outwardly give respect and let them be the authority figures, while quietly working behind the scenes to "save them from themselves" as it were. Alan Bradley and Agatha Christie believe innately in British male stoicism but seem to rely on females to actually get the down and dirty details that will eventually solve the crime at hand. Flavia and Miss Marple are able to connect trivial village happenings and characters and accurately deduce how they weave into the pattern of the crime. They both love their family retainers, Flavia her father's factotum Dogger and Miss Marple her various maids she has nurtured over the years, but both have some regard for class distinctions, and a subtle but palpable regard for the superiority of the British Aristocracy. Both have an abhorrence for physical affection, (Please, we're British) yet still waters run deep, and their love is demonstrated by their take action philosophy with regard to solving crime.

Alan Bradley and Agatha Christie are true examples of why the classic British murder mystery has set the gold standard for the genre.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Don't forget to leave comments or questions for your chance to win Alan Bradley's latest book, "I'm Half-Sick of Shadows!" Must have a valid library card from the Raymond Public Library to qualify for prizes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Writer in Residence Video Conference

An Introduction to David Poulsen

Feb 9, 2011, 7:00pm at the Raymond Public Library

Presented by: David Poulsen, Chinook Arch’s Writer in Residence

Hosted by: Claresholm Public Library
David will chat about his recent trip to Japan/Korea and winning the Sakura Medal, then read from the Sakura Medal winning novel, Numbers. In addition, David will talk about this year’s Writer in Residence program.

Please call us at the library if you would like to attend this video conference.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Have you ever wondered what your librarians are reading????
visit our blog regularly and see what we are reading, leave comments or ask questions - even

It's like a book club without leaving home!

February's feature book is "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley

Read the book, leave comments or ask questions and your name will be entered to win a copy of Alan Bradley's newest book, "I am Half-Sick of Shadows."

Must have a valid library card from the Raymond Public Library
 to qualify for prizes.