Sneak a peak at spring’s bestsellers…

Spring heralds the return of buds and blooms and yes, your favorite authors’ new blockbusters. Although we are still in the grip of winter in the Lowcountry, librarians are busy reviewing publisher catalogs to ensure that Beaufort County Library branches are stocked with the latest bestselling titles by favorite authors. Multiple copies of these high demand titles are “rented” via a lease program to meet current need (and then simply exchange these copies for copies of the next bestseller.)

Bestselling authors typically have a “street date” attached to the publication of their titles. This means that libraries and bookstores alike cannot release the title before the street date. (Warning: Street dates are subject to change with little advanced notice.) If a latest release is spotted on a bookstore shelf, be assured that it will be available at the library shortly thereafter.

Holds can be placed at any Library service desks, or by calling your branch. A quicker approach is to go online to the Beaufort County Library (BCL) website at: and place a hold on the desired title by entering your library card number or username, and password. If BCL cardholders don’t know or can’t remember their username or password, simply contact your branch for assistance setting up online access.

If you have plans to be out of town and don’t want to miss your hold when it becomes available, library customers can easily suspend a hold and have it reactivated upon their return. This holds suspension/reactivation feature is available through your online library account or by calling your local branch for assistance.

The following sneak peak at upcoming bestsellers is provided by the McNaughton lease program. Look for these blockbusters to “hit the street” this spring:

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Street Date: May 3, 2011

“Brooks' newest work of fiction based on a true story, transports readers to 1660s Martha's Vineyard and Cambridge to tell the tale of the intertwined destinies of Caleb Cheshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and Bethia Mayfield, a young woman struggling to find her place in the world. What will each have to give up to fulfill their destinies?”

Sixkill by Robert B. Parker
Street Date: May 3, 2011

“When bad boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of rape and murder and the case starts to seem fishy, the Boston PD ask Spenser to investigate. Forging an unlikely alliance with Jumbo's Native American bodyguard, the two must put things right even as secrets about Jumbo and the dead girl come to light.”

The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
Street Date: May 3, 2011

“When Luz Avila's grandmother dies before she can take a planned road trip home to Mexico, Luz decides to take her grandmother's ashes home. Along the way she attracts a collection of lost women, each seeking to change their lives. Now they're on a transformational journey that follows migrating monarch butterflies across the U.S. to Mexico.”

10th Anniversary by James Patterson
Street Date: May 2, 2011

“Detective Lindsay Boxer has little time to settle into her new marriage when she's called on to investigate the brutal beating of a teenage girl and the kidnapping of her newborn baby. The criminals left no evidence and Lindsay soon discovers the girl may be hiding a secret, as well. Meanwhile, Assistant D.A. Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her career.” 'Women's Murder Club,' Book 7

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
Street Date: May 31, 2011

“Dreams of Joy is a continuation of 'Shanghai Girls,' picking up after the last cliffhanging scene in that book. After discovering the truth about her mother and father, Joy flees to China and Pearl, realizing what's happened, sets out for Mao's China, determined to find her daughter. Both struggle as they face their past and a country that's intolerant of their free spirits.”

Buried Prey By John Sandford
Street Date: May 10, 2011

“During demolition work at the future site of a condo development the bodies of two girls are found beneath an old house. Policeman Lucas Davenport remembers when the two girls went missing and the kidnapper was killed in a shootout in 1985. The case was officially closed, but Lucas had never forgotten it. Now that the case was reopened, he dives into the investigation once more.”