Library Column for April 8, 2022

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New Takeout activity for teens and adults available at the library. The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) will be providing Take & Write Poetry Workbook Kits to member public libraries. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Poet’s Workbook designed by COMPAS Teaching Artist and Minnesota Poet May Lee-Yang!  Inside your booklet, there are several poetry writing exercises designed specifically for new poets.  Each writing exercise will include an example poem, some directions on how you can write your own poem, and space to write! This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Speaking of National Poetry Month, check out these wonderful new books Jim Harrison: Complete Poems, Living Nations, Living Words : An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry collected and with an introduction by Joy Harjo, 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate and Ain’t Burned all the Bright by Jason Reynolds with artwork by Jason Griffin.

The Boy with a Bird in His Chest by Emme Lund is a heartbreaking yet hopeful novel about all the things that make us unique and lovable, while also causing us to feel fear, isolation and depression. Karen Joy Fowler has written a story about the family behind John Wilkes Booth in Booth. The Booth family was secretive and hidden, yet much is known and much believed is untrue. The author sought to explore the things that bind and break a family.

Catch the Sparrow by Rachel Rear is a true crime story of a search for a sister and the truth of her murder. Rachel Rear grew up knowing that she had a stepsister, a beautiful violinist and teacher, who died before she was born and whose murder had never been solved. Ms. Rear investigates what went wrong and the cost to those left behind.

A black violinist is in a desperate quest to recover his lost Stradivarius on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world in The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slobumb. This novel of past wrongs, future hopes and beautiful music is a page-turner.

War tears us all apart, but the young seem particularly vulnerable and The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak explores forbidden love and loss on the island of Cyprus in a time of war.

More and more books seem to be written by more than one author these days and international bestselling authors James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth have joined the fray with The Stowaway, a suspenseful thriller about a cruise ship stranded at sea with a serial killer hiding aboard.

Journey back in time to the early days of circuses in England in the 1860’s as ‘human wonders’ thrill the crowds. Nell, covered in birthmarks is sold as ‘leopard girl’ when Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders visits a poor coastal town. She is devastated but soon finds fame, family, belonging and more freedom than she’s ever known in Circus of Wonders.

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