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Library at Village Square

VSQ Library

Explore the VSQ Library Collection

The Village Square Library collection includes books as well as audio CDs and DVDs. Visit the library in person or on the web to view holdings from the convenience of your home. There one can determine if the item of interest is in the library’s collection, which includes over 5,000 books. Visit the online database of holdings at Colectorz.com –  VSQ Book Collection .book collection illustration

  • Click on the purple Book Collection band at the top.
  • The online database for VSQ Library holdings appears.example index
  • Use the various tools to find books of interest.
  • Searching for a specific title? Search on Title, not author as an author search may not find all books in holdings by a particular author.
  • Books and other media, CDs, including music CDs) are listed in the database. They are not listed separately. Note that some titles are available in different formats.
  • Finding a holding in the database does not imply that it is on a shelf – it could be out on loan.

Additions to Holdings

May 20, 2022

  • A Burning. (Megha Majumdar)
  • Absolute Rage. (Robert Tanenbaum)
  • Binocular Vision. (Edith Pearkman)
  • Daniel Stein, Interpreter. (Ludmila Ulitskaya)
  • Dinner at the Center of the Earth. (Nathan Englander)
  • The Invisible Bridge. (Julie Orringer)
  • Last Girl Ghosted. (Lisa Unger)
  • Where the Jews Aren’t. (Masha Gessen)

May 10, 2022

    • Accidental Presidents. (Jared Cohen)
    • American Lion. (Jon Meecham)
    • Give Unto Others. (Donna Leon)
    • The Judge’s List. (John Grisham)
    • King of the Confessors. (Thomas Hoving)
    • The Sentence. (Louise Erdich)
  • We Flew Over the Bridge. (Faith Ringgold)
  • Where the Buck Stops. (Margaret Truman, ed.)
  • Why Some Animals Eat Their Young. (Dallas Louis)
  • Wintering. The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. (Katherine May)

April 25, 2022

    • Letter To My Daughter. (Maya Angelou)
    • Incendiary. (Michael Cannell)
    • Thank You For Being Late. (Thomas Friedman)
    • When They Call You A Terrorist. (Patrisse Khan-Cullors)
    • Banana. (Dan Koeppel)
    • This Is The Fire. (Don Lemon)
  • Alfred & Emily. (Doris Lessing)
  • A Game of Thrones. (George R.R. Martin)
  • 2 Sisters Detective Agency. (James Patterson)
  • African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland. (Rosa Pryor-Trusty)
  • Baltasar and Blimunda. (José Saramago)

April 11, 2022

  • The Copenhagen Trilogy. (Tove Ditlevsen)
  • Grief Healed. A Physician’s Guide to Dealing with Grief and Thriving. (Sona Bhatnagar, MD)
  • John James Audubon. (Richard Rhodes)
  • The Kidnapping Club. Wall Street, Slavery & Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War. (Jonathan Daniel Wells)
  • Martha Washington. First Lady of Liberty. (Helen Bryan)
  • The Mirror & the Light. (Hilary Mantel)
  • Sitting Alone Around the Room. New & Selected Poems. (Billy Collins)
  • The Small Boat of Great Sorrows. (Dan Fesperman)
  • Stony the Road. Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow. (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)

Additional Details About Additions

  • To find new books being added to the VSQ Library, stop in and browse those featured in the windows.
  • Additions to the library are announce periodically on Chatterwood.
  • Free items are available from time-to-time on the table in the front of the library — mainly duplicates and never-borrowed fiction.

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Donate / Volunteer

Paula Hurwitz

Paula Hurwitz


For more information about donating books, volunteering for the Library or other matters, contact Paula Hurwitz, Librarian for the VSQ Library. Residents may contact Paula at vsqlibrary@riderwoodlife.com

wanted large print books


Donation Guidelines

The VSQ Library accepts these books and media:

  • Large-print books
  • Biographies & Memoirs
  • Resident authors
  • Fiction published in last three years —
    paperback or hard cover
  • Older fiction: at discretion of the librarian
  • Non-fiction misc.: at discretion of the librarian
  • DVDs & Audio CDs: at discretion of the librarian

The library does not accept:

  • Oversize books
  • Multi-volume books
  • Textbooks
  • Bibles
  • Cookbooks
  • Foreign language books
  • Reference books
  • Travel guides
  • VHS and audio tapes
  • Computer software
  • Manuals for electronic devices

Honor System

The Library operates on the honor system. Last but not least, don’t forget to return borrowed items so that other residents can use them.


Take A Tour of the Library

  • To enter the gallery, click on an image in the gallery, below.
  • Once opened, move from image to image by clicking on the white arrows to the left and right of an image, illustrated below.