The Moon on a Rainy Night by Kuzushiro

This is a new Girls’ Love manga that explores the blossoming friendship between two young musicians, one Hearing and the other Hard of Hearing. It starts when Kanon offers a kind gesture to Saki after a small stumble, but when Saki attempts to apologize to Kanon, she is seemingly ignored. Flash forward to her first day of school and Saki learns her new desk mate, Kanon herself, has a hearing impairment and relies on lip reading to understand people. On her exterior, Kanon seems cold and distant, but knowing how kind she can be, Saki is determined to learn to communicate with Kanon and get to know her better.

Ashton Hall by Lauren Belfer

A few months ago, I went to the Pollard Memorial Library to hear Lauren Belfer talk about her most recent novel, Ashton Hall. I confess, I was not familiar with her work, but a customer stopped in to tell me about her and invited me to the event. I’m so glad I took the time to attend. Lauren spent the evening talking about her research process, and I was intrigued. 


Mass Center for the Book 2023 Reading Challenge

How It Works

  1. Sign up at
  2. Choose a book that fits the monthly challenge
  3. After you read, fill out a short form to tell Mass Center for the Book all about it
  4. That's it!
    • If you read at least one book, you will be invited to a year-end celebration hosted by Mass Center for the Book
    • If you read a book in each of the 12 months, you will be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 2 totes filled with books and Massachusetts goodies

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