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Feb 05

Book Notes 2/5/2024

Posted to Book Notes on February 5, 2024 at 10:11 AM by Genesis Gaule

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Come and enjoy our new Seed Library! Stop in get free seeds for your garden--no library card needed--and take advantage of this free resource as the growing season begins.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Britain and the American dream
by Peter Moore

Call Number: 973.2 MOORE

Centered on the friendship between Benjamin Franklin and the British publisher William Strahan, and featuring figures including the cultural giant Samuel Johnson, the ground-breaking historian Catharine Macaulay, the firebrand politician John Wilkes, and revolutionary activist Thomas Paine, this book looks at the generation that preceded the Declaration in 1776.

The Wishing Bridge

by Viola Shipman

Call Number: Large Print SHIPMAN

Home for the holidays has typically meant a perfunctory twenty-four-hour visit for Henri, then back to Detroit as fast as her car will drive her. So turning up at the Wegner’s offices in early December raises some eyebrows: from her delighted, if puzzled, parents to her suspicious brother and curious childhood friends. But as Henri fields impatient texts from her boss while reconnecting with the magic of the store and warmth of her hometown, what sounded great in the boardroom begins to lose its luster in real life. She’s running out of time to pull the trigger on what could be the greatest success of her career…or the most awkward family holiday of her life.

Never Give Up

A prairie family's story
by Tom Brokaw

Call Number: BIO - - - BROKAW

Tom Brokaw is known as one of the most successful people in broadcast journalism. Throughout his legendary career, Brokaw has always asked what we can learn from world events and from our history. Within this book is one answer, a portrait of the resilience and respect for others at the heart of one American family’s story.

Defend the Dawn

by Brigid Kemmerer

Call Number: Young Adult KEMMERER Defy v.3

Tessa Cade has gone from masked outlaw to palace advisor, but even with her newfound power, she can't stop the sickness still raging. And the kingdom's supply of Moonflower elixir dwindles all the while. Prince Corrick is trying to find a new way to lead, but it isn't easy to repair the rift between the royals and the people--or the one growing between himself and Tessa. // Defy the Dawn v.3

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Jan 22

Book Notes 1/22/2024

Posted to Book Notes on January 22, 2024 at 1:03 PM by Genesis Gaule

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All ages are welcome Tuesday, January 30 @ 5:00pm for Drop-In Gamer Night! We'll have a Switch set up with some of our favorite games for you to try. Or bring your own handheld console/games to play with others.

Goodbye, Eastern Europe

an intimate history of a divided land
by Jacob Mikanowski

Call Number: 947 MIKANOWSKI

This book is a masterful narrative about a place that has survived being forgotten. Beginning with long-lost accounts of early pagan life, Mikanowski offers a kaleidoscopic tour of the various peoples who made Eastern Europe their home over the centuries, including the Roma, Jews, and Muslims; the great kingdoms of the medieval period; the rise and fall of the Ottoman, Habsburg, and Russian empires; the dawn of the modern era; the ravages of fascism and Communism; the birth of the modern nation-state and beyond.

Five Bad Deeds

by Caz Frear

Call Number: FREAR

Teacher, mother, wife, and all-around good citizen Ellen is juggling nonstop commitments, from raising a teen and two toddlers to job-hunting to finally renovating her dream home, the Meadowhouse. Amidst the chaos, an ominous note arrives in the mail, People have to learn there are consequences, Ellen. And I’m going to teach you that lesson. Right under your nose.

24 Hours in Charlottesville

an oral history of the stand against white supremacy
by Nora Neus

Call Number: 363.325 NEUS

On August 11 and 12, 2017, armed neo-Nazi demonstrators descended on the University of Virginia campus and downtown Charlottesville. When they assaulted antiracist counterprotesters, the police failed to intervene, and events culminated in the murder of counterprotestor Heather Heyer. In this book, Emmy-nominated journalist and former Charlottesville resident Nora Neus crafts an extraordinary account from the voices of the students, faith leaders, politicians, and community members who were there.

Mislaid in Parts Half-Known

The Wayward Children Series
by Seanan McGuire

Call Number: Fantasy MCGUIRE Wayward v.9

Antsy is the latest student to pass through the doors at Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children. When the school’s (literally irresistible) mean girl realizes that Antsy's talent for finding absolutely anything may extend to doors, Antsy is forced to flee in the company of a small group of friends, looking for a way back to the Shop Where the Lost Things Go to be sure that Vineta and Hudson are keeping their promise.

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Jan 16

Book Notes 1/16/2024

Posted to Book Notes on January 16, 2024 at 12:32 PM by Genesis Gaule

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Kids in Kindergarten-5th Grade are welcome to join us Tuesday, January 23rd @ 5:30 pm for Grossology! Get your hands dirty with all things disgusting--snot, slime, germs, and more!

Too Much Sea for Their Decks

Shipwrecks of Minnesota's north shore and Isle Royale
by Michael Schumacher

Call Number: 917.7 SCHUMACHER

Against the backdrop of the extraordinary history of Great Lakes shipping, this book chronicles shipwrecked schooners, wooden freighters, early steel-hulled steamers, whalebacks, and bulk carriers—some well-known, some unknown or forgotten—all lost in the frigid waters of Lake Superior.

The Time of Contempt

by Andrezej Sapkowski

Call Number: Fantasy SAPKOWSKI Witcher v.2

Geralt is a Witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender in dark times against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task now is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill—but only if she lives to use it.

Under the Eye of Power

How fear of secret societies shapes American democracy 
by Colin Dickey

Call Number: 366 DICKEY

In this book, Dickey charts the history of America through its paranoias and fears of secret societies, while seeking to explain why so many people—including some of the most powerful people in the country—continue to subscribe to these conspiracy theories. Paradoxically, he finds, belief in the fantastical and conspiratorial can be more soothing than what we fear the most: the chaos and randomness of history, the rising and falling of fortunes in America, and the messiness of democracy. Only in seeing the cycle of this history, Dickey says, can we break it.


by Genevieve Graham

Call Number: GRAHAM

Cassie Simmons, a museum curator, is enthusiastic about solving mysteries from the past, and she has a personal interest in the history of the rumrunners who ferried illegal booze across the Detroit River during Prohibition. So when a cache of whisky labeled Bailey Brothers’ Best is unearthed during a local home renovation, Cassie hopes to find the answers she’s been searching for about the legendary family of bootleggers.

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