Library can help find the perfect book
International Falls Public Library
Summer time is a great time for reading. Whether you prefer to tackle that challenging book that you just don’t have time for during the rest of the year or you want to read light, fluffy fare, the library can help you find the perfect book.
Try Smith Henderson’s debut novel Fourth of July Creek about the ‘complexities of freedom, grace, suspicion and anarchy’. Dakota by Gwen Florio explores the ‘frightening underside of a boom and bust economy, of the effect on a small town when big-city money washes in, accompanied by hordes of men far from their families and what happens when the old rules no longer apply.
Stories about books, book stores, libraries and such always deserve a second look and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin got that second look and I’m glad for it. The act of being transformed and getting that second chance at life is one of the irresistible affirmations of why I read and want to share books with others so badly.
The titanic has fascinated many of us for many years and fictional accounts about the impact the unsinkable boat that sank had on lives draw us in to the story. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor ‘becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman.’
Dystopian fiction has always been high on my genre of choice. The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon grabbed me right away as a novel about the ‘death of print.’ She also explores the danger of technology and the enduring power of the printed word. Journey with Anana as she falls down the ‘proverbial rabbit hole’ after her father disappears from the offices of the North American Dictionary of the English Language leaving behind only a single written clue: ALICE.
The non-fiction selections at the moment are intoxicating with everything from The Tokyo Rose Case: Treason on Trial by Yasuhide Kawashima to Dam Busters: the true story of the inventors and airmen who led the devastating raid to smash the German dams in 1943 by James Holland. Or maybe 1913: the Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies is more your speed as you discover one of the most exciting years of the twentieth century.
Monsters: the 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen will definitely help get you in the mood for football season.
And finally, if summer is your pondering time then consider What if… by Shirley MacLaine
The library has copies of the ‘2014 Flood Damage Inventory’ forms available for anyone whose property received damage from flooding. The information will be used to seek federal and state financial assistance to help with repairs and cleanup. Please encourage everyone to fill out these forms as minimum damage thresholds exist for individual property owners to be able to receive federal and/or state assistance.
What do you Geek? Revive that passion, that drive, re-explore what makes you excited to live here!
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.
The July theme is "Freedom."