This year's Pembroke Reads will take place throughout May, with the selected books all featuring a "Month of Mystery" theme.
Read below to find out more about our books & events!
Read below to find out more about our books & events!
Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Or did she?
In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.
Events for Month of Mystery
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Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30pm
Adult Craft: Fingerprint Pendants
Make a heart pendant using salt dough and your own fingerprints! Supplies are provided. Pendants will need to be baked at home. Space is limited so please register starting April 25th at the main desk or by calling us at 781-293-6771.
Saturday, May 19 at 12:00-3:00pm
What's My Treasure Worth?
Solve the mystery of your own antiques! Come in and donate $5 to the Friends of the Pembroke Library for each item you wish to have appraised. Josh Rioux, a Massachusetts licensed auctioneer with J. James Auctioneers & Appraisers of Plymouth, will be giving verbal appraisals.
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00pm
Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues
Join historian Christopher Daley as he gives an in-depth retelling of the famous double homicide that may or may not have been committed by Lizzie Borden in 1892 Fall River.
Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30-8:00pm
Pembroke Reads Movie Night
Close out Pembroke Reads with a screening of the 2014 movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, which dramatizes the story of the 1892 murder and 1893 trial. Starring Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall.
Everyone can join in on the Month of Mystery!
Picture Book Read
7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar
6 has a problem.
Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that's true, 6's days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don't add up. It's odd. Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted? -- Goodreads
Middle Grade Read
Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Ginns
When Samantha's eccentric uncle goes missing, he leaves gifts behind for his nieces and nephew. Buffy gets a check for 2.4 billion dollars, Nipper gets the deed to Yankee stadium and the contracts for the team players, and Samantha gets... a rusty old umbrella.
There's more to the umbrella than meets the eye as tiny clues in her Uncle's old office begin to together, revealing an international mystery involving hidden maps, priceless jewels, and smelly ninjas. -- Library Summary
Events for Kids & Families
Wednesday, May 16 at 4:00pm
Forensic Science for Kids
Students in grades 3-8 can venture into the world of CSI with this interactive program that introduces kids to the fascinating subject of forensic science like finding fingerprints or using a metal detector. This educational presentation will be done by a local expert and aformer Forensic Scientist at the MA State Police Crime Laboratory, Paul Zambella. Space is limited for this free workshop; registration begins Wednesday, May 9th.
Tuesday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m.
7 Ate 9 Storytime
Ages 4-8 can join us in a storytime with 7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar. After laughing ourselves silly, kids will be able to put their counting skills to the test as we create a trail mix of 100 ingredients. Space is limited for this free workshop; registration begins Tuesday, May 15. Please inform library staff of any food allergies your child has at the time of registration.
Saturday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Family Movie & Craft: The Great Mouse Detective
Families and friends of all ages may join us for a showing of The Great Mouse Detective (1986, rated G). Attendees can enjoy snacks and create a craft of foam spy glasses. This is a free, drop-in event.
Wednesday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Kids Craft: I Spy Bottles
Grades 4-8 can create a mystery in a bottle with colorful rice and trinkets. Enjoy playing "I Spy" with friends! Space is limited for this free workshop; registration begins Wednesday, May 23.
Young Adult Read
Events for Teens
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. -- Goodreads
Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm
Teen Trivia Night
Teens in grades 6-12 can join for a night of Trivia with our special "Murder Party" edition from Jackbox Games. Bring a device with WiFi capability, login with our keycode, and pick a character. You're in! Trivia topics will include everything from history and pop culture to food and fashion!
So where does the "Murder Party" come in? Well, you must answer carefully or risk turning your character into a ghost, haunting the other players through the game. Everyone can participate until the end, however (even ghosts). Prizes and snacks will be available. Signs ups are encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.
Thursday, May 24 at 6:00pm
Teen Make & Take: I Spy Bottles
Grades 6-12 can create a mystery in a bottle with colorful rice and trinkets. Space is limited for this free workshop; registration begins Thursday, May 10th.
Have you read our Pembroke Reads titles over the years?
Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau (2017)
The Martian by Andy Weir (2016)
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (2015)
A City So Grand by Stephen Puleo (2014)
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan (2013)
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (2012)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (2011)
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (2010)
Interested in these titles? Click the link above to put a book on Hold today!