Library Column for November 8, 2017

@ Your Library

Lorna Landvik, author and storyteller is at the library tonight, November 8 at 6:00pm. Her visit is made possible by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Storytime continues each Thursday at 10:30am (except for November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving). Join library staff for about 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, games and more followed by about 30 minutes of play with toys to encourage early science, technology, engineering and math skills.

Handiwork Night meets the first and third Mondays each month on the main floor of the library near the former stage.  Bring your holiday projects and spend from 6 – 8pm working and talking and learning.  Let your creative juices flow, spend time each month being creative.

The Friends of the Library monthly book sale will be Tuesday, November 14th from 4 – 6pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programming. We are still looking for a volunteer to organize monthly sales and/or coordinate the room arrangement for books. Please let library staff know if you are interested and available.

Upper elementary and junior high students might be interested in these new books.  Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller is a riveting tale of pirates, treasure maps, treasure and romance. Kendare Blake’s sequel to Three Dark Crowns, One Dark Throne has just been released and is available. The three sisters now battle for the crown and after the unforgettable events of the Quickening, no one is sure just what will happen next.

Katherin Applegate, author of the Newbery Medal-winning book The One and Only Ivan is back with Wishtree. Red is an oak tree, many rings old, who watches over the neighborhood and serves as the local wishtree. People write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. When a new family moves in to the neighborhood not everyone is welcoming and Red’s experiences are more important than ever.  I don’t know many stories written from the point of view of a tree, but Ms. Applegate successfully captures the heart of Red.

Polly Horvath has a new novel called The Night Garden about an ancient and mysterious night garden that is kept locked up tight because it is so dangerous, but is needed when Fixing Bob has a terrible plan.

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley began Ada’s story in The War that Saved My Life. Her story continues in The War I Finally Won. Discover WWII on the homefront in England as Ada, her brother Jamie and their guardian Susan move into a cottage with Lady Thorton, her daughter and a Jewish girl from Germany. Could she be a spy?

The library will be closed on Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11 for carpet replacement and Veterans’ Day.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 13 but access to the adult fiction and non-fiction will be limited.  Library hours are Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.