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Aug 21

Book Notes 8/21/2023

Posted to Book Notes on August 21, 2023 at 9:57 AM by Genesis Gaule

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All ages are welcome Tues, August 29 from 5:00-6:30pm 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.

Under Alien Skies

A sightseer's guide to the universe
by Philip Plait, PhD.

Call Number: 520 PLAIT

On this lively, immersive adventure through the cosmos, Plait draws ingeniously on both the latest scientific research and his prodigious imagination to transport you to ten of the most spectacular sights outer space has to offer.

North of Nowhere

by Allison Brennan

Call Number: Mystery BRENNAN

After five years in hiding from their murderous father, the day Kristen and Ryan McIntyre have been dreading has arrived: Boyd McIntyre, head of a Los Angeles crime family, has at last tracked his kids to a small Montana town and is minutes away from kidnapping them. They barely escape in a small plane, but gunfire hits the fuel line. The pilot, a man who has been raising them as his own, manages to crash land in the middle of the Montana wilderness. The siblings hike deep into the woods, searching desperately for safety—unaware of the severity of the approaching storm.

The Caliph and the Imam

The making of Sunnism and Shiism
by Toby Matthiesen

Call Number: 297.09 MATTHIESEN

Moving chronologically, Toby Matthiesen’s book sheds light on the many ways that it has shaped the Islamic world, outlining how over the centuries Sunnism and Shiism became Islam's two main branches, and how Muslim Empires embraced specific sectarian identities.

words bubble up

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

art by Imo Oono, original story by FlyingDog

Call Number: Young Adult Graphic Novel OONO

He’s a shy haiku writer who wears headphones to keep people at a distance. She’s a streamer who always hides behind a mask. After their worlds suddenly collide, these two strangers find themselves sharing secrets they’ve been desperate to keep under wraps. Even though their methods of self-expression couldn’t be more different, they’ll find they understand each other better than they ever expected.

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Jul 10

Book Notes 7/10/2023

Posted to Book Notes on July 10, 2023 at 10:15 AM by Genesis Gaule

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Our July Book Club pick is Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor. Check it out and then join us on Tuesday, July 25 at 6 pm to discuss. 

Womb by Leah Hazard

The inside story of where we all began // A clear-eyed and inclusive examination of the cultural prejudices and assumptions that have made the uterus so poorly understood for centuries, this book takes a fresh look at an organ that brings us pain and pleasure -- a small part of our bodies that has a larger impact than we ever thought possible.

612.62 HAZARD

The Best Summer of Our Livesby Rachel Hauck

Twenty years ago, the summer of '77 was supposed to be the best summer of Summer Wilde's life. She and her best friends, Spring, Autumn, and Snow--the Four Seasons--had big plans. Now, thirtysomething, Summer is at a crossroads. Returning to the place where everything changed, she soon learns Tumbleweed is more than a town she never wanted to see again. It's a place for healing, for reconciling the past with the present, and for finally listening to love's voice.


How Data Happened by Chris Wiggins and Matthew L. Jones

A history from the age of reason to the age of algorithms // Chris Wiggins and Matthew L. Jones illuminate the ways in which data has long been used as a tool and a weapon in arguing for what is true, as well as a means of rearranging or defending power. They explore how data was created and curated, as well as how new mathematical and computational techniques developed to contend with that data serve to shape people, ideas, society, military operations, and economies.


You're Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron

Charity has the summer job of her dreams, playing the “final girl” at Camp Mirror Lake. Guests pay to be scared in this full-contact terror game, as Charity and her summer crew recreate scenes from a classic slasher film, The Curse of Camp Mirror Lake. The more realistic the fear, the better for business. But the last weekend of the season, Charity's co-workers begin disappearing. And when one ends up dead, Charity's role as the final girl suddenly becomes all too real.

Young Adult BAYRON

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May 08

Book Notes 5/8/2023

Posted to Book Notes on May 8, 2023 at 10:40 AM by Genesis Gaule

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Come to Beginning Family History Class with the Minnkota Genealogical Society on Saturday, May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm! Devices will be available; however, attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops/tablets. 

Promises of Gold = Promesas de Oro by José Olivarez

Poetry // A groundbreaking collection of poems addressing how every kind of love--self, brotherly, romantic, familial, cultural--is birthed, shaped, and complicated by the invisible forces of gender, capitalism, religion, migration, and so on.


The Lost Village by Camilla Sten

In 1959, Alice Lindstedt’s grandmother's entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left--a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn--have plagued her. She's gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened. But there will be no turning back.

STEN // Also in e-audio

The Wise Hours by Miriam Darlington

A journey into the wild and secret world of owls // SIn this book, Darlington watches and listens to the natural world and to the rhythms of her home and family, inviting readers to discover the wonders of owls alongside her while rewilding our imagination with the mystery, fragility, and magnificence of all creatures.


Throwback by Maurene Goo

Priscilla is first-generation Korean American, a former high school cheerleader who expects Sam to want the same all- American nightmare. Meanwhile, Sam is a girl of the times who has no energy for clichéd high school aspirations. After a huge blowup, Sam is desperate to get away from Priscilla, but instead, finds herself thrown back. Way back. To her shock, Sam lands in the '90s . . . alongside a 17-year-old Priscilla.

Young Adult GOO

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