Library Column for March 13, 2019

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The library continues to accept food for Falls Hunger Coalition throughout March as payment of library late fees. Kids can also read down their fines on Saturdays at the library. We will waive $1 in fines for every fifteen minutes they read at the library. Questions about the program or curious what your fine is, please give us a call at 283-8051 or email

A couple of well-known authors with new books that don’t have a waiting list include the new Leif Enger Virgil Wander, his first book in ten years is set in a small Midwestern town in a quest to revive itself. Adriana Trigiani has written a beautiful story of working class kids seeking to be a successful singing act in the big band era in Tony’s Wife. Lisa Scottoline’s newest is Feared. Her thrillers always serve up plenty of twists and turns and in this title she asks – ‘Is it better to be loved or feared?’

Brad Schaeffer is a first time published author with Of Another Time and Place. A modern day mystery is woven with visually compelling depictions of aerial combat in WWII. Rachael Azerad, a New York reporter has been sent to London to interview a retired concert pianist and former German flying ace and soon discovers he is more than just another old soldier.

Books about books, libraries and bookstores often end up on my ‘to read’ list. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson is about Miranda Brooks who inherits her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore Prospero Books. She grew up in the bookstore, solving inventive scavenger hunts he creates until he and her mom have a falling out. Sixteen years have passed and the bookstore is on the brink of bankruptcy but he has left her one last scavenger hunt. Can she save the bookstore, solve his last scavenger hunt and discover the secret that tore their family apart? Olga Wojtas has written a novel about a librarian who isn’t to be messed with in Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar. Shona is recruited to time travel to Tsarist Russian and prevent a ‘gross miscarriage of romance.’

Storytime at the library on Thursday, March 14 at 10:30am with stories about messes, something families with young children know plenty about.  Enjoy stories and more, followed by free play each week through the end of April.

The preschool book club will end for the school year on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm with a real live author! Come discover Minnesota’s Colors with Ryan Schroeder. Families with preschool aged children are all welcome to enjoy a snack and discover the unique colors of Minnesota. This program is made possible with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New display in the library lobby for the month of March only! Check out local artist Katy Nelson on two walls and college professor Andrea Gohl on the other two walls with photographs. Both are displaying for the first time at the library.

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