Library Column for August 29, 2018

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August is drawing to a close. This is a good week to swing by the library and check out a book for the weekend and the transition to fall schedules (or the library website and borrow a digital book). Or even better, do both so that regardless of where life takes you, you will have a book available to read.

All five of the New York Times print fiction bestsellers are owned by the International Falls Public Library, but only one The Outsider by Stephen King is available on the shelf as I write this column. All are by well-known authors and have significant waiting lists.  The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, Paradox by Catherine Coulter, The Other Woman by Daniel Silva and Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber round out the top five.

Let us know if you would like to be added to the list for any of these titles. You are also welcome to log into the computer catalog and place the items on hold for yourself.

If The Outsider gets borrowed before you get your hands on it, try Dean Koontz’s What the Night Knows or The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker while waiting. If you have been added to the wait list for Paradox try Catherine Coulter’s The Final Cut, Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood or A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava.

While you wait for The Other Woman try David Baldacci’s The Innocent, The General’s Daughter by Nelson DeMille or Alex Berenson’s The Faithful Spy. If you want to read The President is Missing then try Price of Duty by Dale Brown or The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer or The Switch by Joseph Finder.

All of the above are action thrillers, if you like the gentler stories, although maybe filled with heartache then ask to get added to the wait list for Debbie Macomber’s newest title. While waiting for your turn to read it, try A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy, Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes or Shelley Noble’s Breakwater Bay.

Read-alikes can be a great way to discover new authors, so if you like any of the recommended titles see what else the author has written. The library owns more than one book by all the authors included in the recommendations.

The library will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. Fall hours will begin on Tuesday, September 4th which are the same as summer hours except we add Saturdays back to the mix.  Saturday, September 8th from 10am -3pm will be our first Saturday open for the school year. Remaining hours each week are Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday – Friday 10am – 6pm.

Great Decisions, the local foreign policy discussion group will meet again starting Tuesday, September 4 from 4 – 5:30 pm to discuss the media’s influence on foreign policy. The group meets seven times a year to discuss different foreign policy topics. Anyone above age twelve is welcome to attend, listen, learn and contribute. Refreshments are provided.