Library Column for February 14, 2018

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Do you have someone bookish in your life? Send them to the library for an evening alone with books. Then make sure they have quiet time every day to read! You will be their love forever.

Is your view of love and romance a bit more blighted? Here is fiction with a failed romance and/or dysfunctional couple. Try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for two characters I’d doubt anyone would want to date. Don’t forget Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte for a classic messed up romance. Ernest Hemingway can be recommended for the guy looking for a classic novel of bad relationships in The Sun Also Rises.

Gayle Forman, author of the book upon which the 2014 movie If I Stay, deals with both death and romance as Mia, a gifted cellist in a coma, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. David Baldacci’s Deliver Us from Evil is listed on a couple of lists I found. I haven’t read it, and am not sure where the failed romance comes in as the plot description is Evan Waller is a monster and his latest business venture could lead to millions of deaths all over the globe unless he can be stopped by two mysterious operatives who are unaware of each other’s mission.

    Of course, no failed relationship list would be complete without Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and lengthy enough to get you all the way through your break-up blues.

    Looking for books to help you get over a breakup then try Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the lesson that people change, and the fact that at one time you cared for someone doesn’t mean you should drag out what, at present, amounts to a terrible relationship. Or for a more contemporary novel try Love the One You’re with by Emily Griffin as a chance encounter forces one woman to question her decisions, her marriage, and herself.

Storytime for anyone prior to entering Kindergarten is at the public library on Thursday mornings at 10:30. Join us each week for about 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, songs and more followed by about 30 minutes of play with our early learning toys. Thursday, February 15th explore the “H.”

Do you have memories of your mom, grandmom, aunt or other lady in your life wearing an apron? Do you still have one of those aprons? Celebrate and learn about those vintage aprons at the library on Saturday, February 17th at 10:30am with Mary Mulari. If you have a vintage apron, bring it along and share who wore it. This historical presentation for adults is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in part or in whole with a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Library will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents’ Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday. Library hours are Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm.