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There are some changes afoot at the Harbor Springs Library and they're going to affect our hours this week! We're adding an emergency egress window to our second floor location, and because that means they'll be cutting through brick, we've decided to close the library during the loudest and messiest days of the renovation.
The days we'll be closed will be:
We apologize for the inconvenience!
Saturday, May 13th, we'll be open as usual, from 10am-1pm. We'll also be holding another session of Tail Waggin' Tutors on that Saturday. If you have a child that would benefit from (or simply enjoy) practicing reading aloud to a patient, fluffy Newfoundland (and to be honest, who wouldn't?), Micky will be returning to the library to listen to his favorite readers at 10am. 15-minute slots are available. Please call us at 526-2531 to have your child placed on the schedule. As always, Tail Waggin' Tutors is a free program.
The library will return to normal business hours on Wednesday, May 17th.
We thank you for your patience in the coming month as we make the library safer for everyone.
We're excited to be sponsoring three new Little Free Libraries around Harbor Springs! There will be one by the drinking fountain at the beach at Zorn Park, one in front of the Harbor Springs History Museum on Main St, and one in front of My Sister's Bake Shop on State Rd! We're thrilled to offer these little "take-a-book leave-a-book" free book exchanges to our community! We'll be initially stocking the libraries and maintaining them, but there should always be a rotating shelf of books based on what people contribute. Keep a look out: we'll be "unveiling" them on June 10th!
Please save the dates! Eric Hemenway will be returning to the library on Thursday, June 22nd at 5:30pm with Emily Proctor to give a lecture about the significance of quilting in Odawa culture. Eric's last talk here was to a full house and was definitely not to be missed.
Cyndi Kramer will also be returning for another TEDtalk and discussion on Thursday, June 15th at 6:30pm. These discussions are proving to be very thought provoking and worthwhile, please join us!
Here are some of our newest books on the shelves:
Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
Fire and ice to begin, fire and ice to end. And it’s not going to end well, friends: first come the giants, then the all-ravening wolf, and then….
The ancient Norse had a cheerless view of the world: the gods are jealous, the elements fierce, the enemies—trolls and giants among them—many, and if you’re lucky you’ll be killed in battle and gathered up to Valhalla, “and there you will drink and fight and feast and battle, with Odin as your leader.” So writes Gaiman (The View from the Cheap Seats, 2016, etc.), famed for his intelligent fantasy novels but long under the spell of that great body of myth. As an English schoolboy, he reveled in Roger Lancelyn Green’s Myths of the Norsemen, a somewhat stodgy but valuable collection (as he notes, as a creature of his time, he was introduced to the Norse by way of the Mighty Thor comic books); now, as an adult, he gets to retell the tales, drawing from Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, sagas in verse, and other sources. As he notes, rightly, that body of work is incomplete and perhaps corrupted by later Christian intrusions, so that it has to be viewed with some degree of suspicion; by the same token, he writes, so many of the goddesses in particular have been “lost, or buried, or forgotten,” overshadowed by the better-known likes of Thor, Odin, and Loki and all their busy kinfolk. Gaiman writes assuredly and evocatively and with a precise eye for the atmospheric detail: “Niflheim was colder than cold, and the murky mist that cloaked everything hung heavily,” he intones, catching the ancient alliteration. There’s plenty of mayhem and gore, and once the gods have had their fun, everything comes “crashing down and crumbling into ash and devastation.” But before that happens and Ragnarok descends, we have this lively book to cheer us along.
Superb. Just the thing for the literate fantasy lover and the student of comparative religion and mythology alike. (Kirkus Reviews)
The Language of Solitude, by Jan-Philipp Sendker
German novelist Sendker’s second novel (Whispering Shadows, 2015) about a German-American former journalist battling crime in China.
Readers of the author's previous book will be glad to find the protagonist, Paul, leading a quiet life on the island of Lamma, a ferry ride from Hong Kong. He's still grieving for his dead child, but his relationship with travel agent Christine has deepened. After a reading from her astrologer, Christine fears she will bring harm to Paul. Paul visits the astrologer himself to assuage her concerns but is unsettled by the astrologer’s three-sentence prophecy (which is annoyingly withheld from readers for almost 200 pages). Then Christine receives a letter from her older brother, Da Long, whom she’d always assumed died during the Cultural Revolution, around the time she and her mother escaped the mainland to Hong Kong 40 years ago. He asks for help and wants to see her, so Paul accompanies her on what is supposed to be a 48-hour visit. They learn that Da Long’s wife has fallen mysteriously and incurably ill, and so have other neighbors in Da Long’s village as well as the local cats. When Christine returns to Hong Kong as scheduled, Paul stays behind, ostensibly to support Da Long during the visit from a Shanghai neurologist arranged by Da Long’s estranged but politically connected son, Xiao Hu. In fact, Paul begins investigating his suspicions that a factory may be poisoning the water in the nearby lake. He enlists help from Da Long’s daughter, Yin-Yin, a music student, and her journalist friend, Wang. But in his righteous anger, Paul ignores cultural differences as well as the cost to Chinese citizens who speak out against power. He also pays less attention than he should to what's happening in Christine’s life until circumstances force him to realize what matters most. (Kirkus Reviews)
Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins
Women in a small British town have been drowning since 1679.
“No one liked to think about the fact that the water in that river was infected with the blood and bile of persecuted women, unhappy women; they drank it every day.” So sayeth the town psychic in Hawkins’ (The Girl on the Train, 2015) follow-up to her smash-hit debut. Unfortunately, there’s nothing here to match the sharp characterization of the alcoholic commuter at the center of that story. Here the central character—Danielle Abbott, an award-winning writer and photographer who's also the single mother of a teenager—has already died. At the time of her watery demise, she was working on a coffee-table book about the spot the people of Beckford call the Drowning Pool, once her “place of ecstasy,” where she learned to swim, now her grave. She left behind a pile of typewritten pages and a daughter whose best friend also drowned just a few months ago. Danielle's estranged sister, Jules, returns to town to identify the body, relive the distressing past that led her to flee this creepy place, and try to deal with her snotty, grieving niece, Lena. Many of the neighbor families are also down a member via the pool, and even after you’ve managed to untangle all the willfully misleading information, half-baked subplots, and myriad characters, you’re going to have a tough time keeping it straight. The spunkiest voice belongs to a somewhat tangential policewoman who probably should have been the narrator. “Seriously,” she comments, “how is anyone supposed to keep track of all the bodies around here? It’s like Midsomer Murders, only with accidents and suicides and grotesque historical misogynistic drownings instead of people falling into the slurry or bashing each other over the head.” (Kirkus Reviews)
As a reminder, Katie down at Between the Covers offers a generous 20% discount on books intended to be donated to the library. She has a list of books that we'd love to receive, and we're more than happy to inscribe a bookplate honoring you, your child, your grandchild, your dog, or your favorite teacher! You can also donate directly to the library or on our website via Paypal. As an independently funded library that doesn't receive any tax dollars, we always appreciate your support.
We look forward to seeing you in the library again soon,
Amélie Trufant Dawson
Director of the Harbor Springs Library
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