March Book Madness

March Book Madness:

A Tournament of Books!

14 books face off to find the best book

Vote online and in the library

  • 1st Round March 1-8
  • 2nd Round March 9-15
  • 3rd Round March 16-22
  • 4th Round March 23-31

Both Young Adult and Adult brackets available

Meet the Finalists!

Adult Bracket

  1. Delia Owens Where the Crawdads Sing
  2.  Kevin Wilson Nothing to See Here
  3. Sally Rooney Normal People
  4. Esmé Weijun Wang The Collected Schizophrenias
  5. Elizabeth Strout Olive, Again
  6. Margaret Atwood The Testaments
  7. Mary Beth Keane Ask Again, Yes
  8. Carly Simon Touched by the Sun
  9. Chanel Miller Know My Name
  10. Colson Whitehead The Nickel Boys
  11. Ann Patchett The Dutch House
  12.  Michelle Obama Becoming
  13. Tara Westover Educated: A Memoir
  14. Rachel Hollis Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies

Young Adult Bracket

  1. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
  2. On the Come Up  by Angie Thomas
  3. Two can keep a secret by Karen McManus
  4. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  5. Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
  6. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  7. American Royals by Katherine McGee
  8. The Rest of the Story by Sara Dessen
  9. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  10. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashely Poston
  11. Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  12. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
  13. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  14. Lovely War by Julie Berry

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Febuary Speaker Series

Thank you to all who attended the February speaker series. For our special five speakers we travelled around the world and through time.

We started out in our little town with a local author Rev. Dr. Mark Hecht. We then traveled to far off realms and historical fantasy with Doug Petroff. We took a turn in Africa with Troy Galbreath and Rick King, providing medical assistance. Then back in time to a hospital this time with our historical guide Alisa Plucky, educating us on the Corry facility that arranged for the adoption of babies of unwed mothers. We finally ended our speaker series on top of the world, when Barbara Fynan took us once more to Everest.

What a whirlwind trip!

Join us next year for an all new February Speaker series.

PA Forward

In 2020 McCord Memorial Library will embark on a quest to earn a gold star in the PA Forward Star Program, which focuses on five key subject areas to better serve our community. Each point of the star makes up part of the whole.

Basic Literacy is reading and writing, the first terms most think of when hearing the word literacy. McCord Memorial Library (along with other Pennsylvania libraries) will be striving to achieve one of the highest literacy rates in the country, with a better trained and more skilled workforce. Workshops related to this would be job skills, ESL classes, and resume help.

Information Literacy is the second subject in this program. The focus here is to help individuals learn how to use online resources and current technology to improve education, enhance job skills, and participate fully in a digital society. Basic computer classes for all ages would be a part of this area.

Civic and Social Literacy is focused on bettering the community through civics. This aspect of the program will focus on giving citizens of all ages the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives, to contribute effectively in their communities, and to participate in civil discourse. Though a large swathe of ideas fit into this area, the big takeaway is that civics helps make individuals better citizens.

Health Literacy is the fourth point on the star, and is related to making informed health decisions. McCord Memorial Library is planning to partner with other groups to help citizens actively manage their own and their family’s well-being. We aim to make them effective partners with their health care providers, and hopefully reducing costs. We have done this in the past, with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) mental health first aid training, and hope to expand to other areas.

Financial Literacy relates to more than just balancing a checkbook. Financial literacy is gaining the knowledge to better manage your money and assets, a useful skill for all individuals. This subject informs consumers and guides individuals, small businesses, and other organizations to contribute to the economic vitality of themselves and their communities.

                McCord Memorial Library will be offering programs for all ages in these key areas. We will also be partnering with community groups to offer new and unique programs. The PA Forward Star Program will help McCord fill in gaps in our available workshops, offerings, courses, and programs. Simply, the program will help us figure out better ways to help our patrons.

                We will continue to offer our regular programs, including the February Speaker Series, Teen programming, and Children’s Story Times. McCord Memorial Library is a part of this community. We wish all to feel welcome so that we can make our community as a whole stronger. The PA Forward Star Program will help us further this goal. So join us on this quest, stay tuned for future updates and by all means, stop by and say hello!