Open to the Public Since 1894
206 S. Spring St.Harbor Springs, MI 49740
June 21st at 11:30amChar-Em United Way Storytime
June 29th-July 6thAnnual Library Book Sale
June 30th at 11amLEGO Club
I know it's still only the end of May, but...happy summer? I'm writing this from the unseasonable heat of Harbor Springs. The windows are open, the lilacs are blooming, and the kids are racing toward summer vacation.
The biggest news around the Harbor Springs Library is that we have received a generous grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation that has allowed us to upgrade our integrated library system (ILS). We are so grateful for their support in helping us accomplish a large project like this. The new system will allow us to more smoothly communicate with MeLCat (the Michigan inter-library loan program) and OverDrive (the app where you can download free ebooks and audiobooks with your HS library card) as well as keep a more thorough count of our inventory. Please bear with us as we familiarize ourselves with the new software, friends!
What does this mean for you, our dear patrons? Just as with our last system, you can log on to your account by going to our website, www.harborspringslibrary.org and then clicking on "My Account" (or just click here). In the upper right hand corner, you'll see that you can log in with your card number (this is your 4-digit number that you use for ordering MeLCat books- if you don't have that number please call us at 526-2531) and below that, type in your phone number. Click "Log In" and shazam, you're in! From there, you can view your items out, renew your items, place holds on items, and peruse our entire catalog, including downloadable books. It would help us out greatly if you could check that your contact information is correct. The new system will send you a reminder email when you have overdue books.
We do have a few upcoming events: on Thursday, June 21st, the Char-Em United Way is hosting their annual Day of Action storytime at 11:30am! All children are welcome to attend! Don't forget we also have toddler storytime every Thursday at 10:30.
Our next library book sale will begin on Friday, June 29th and remain up throughout the week. We have two annual fundraising book sales- paperbacks will be $1 and hard covers will be $2. We're gathering TONS of fabulous books that will be available! Don't miss it!
We're also continuing LEGO Club through the summer. On the last Saturday of each month, Kelly Trumble leads kids ages 3rd-8th grade through an hour of themed LEGO creating. This month that will fall on June 30th from 11am to noon.
Here are some of the newest books we have on our shelves:
The Line Becomes a River, by Francisco Cantu
A Mexican-American student of international relations becomes a United States Border Patrol agent to learn what he can’t in the classroom.
Cantú is a talented writer who knows where to find great material, even as he risks losing his soul in the process. His Mexican mother had worked as a ranger in West Texas, and he had an affinity for the region that spurred his departure from academic life to learn firsthand about patrolling the border and determining the fates of the Mexicans who dared to cross it. Some were selling drugs, and others just wanted a better life; some had to work with a drug cartel in order to finance their escape. The author was by all accounts a good agent for some five years, upholding the law without brutalizing those he captured for deportation, as some agents did. But he feared what the experience was doing to him. He had trouble sleeping and suffered disturbing dreams, and he felt he was becoming desensitized. His mother warned him, “we learn violence by watching others, by seeing it enshrined in institutions. Then, even without our choosing it, it begins to seem normal to us, it even becomes part of who we are.” Cantú left the field for a desk job and became more reflective and more disturbed; eventually, he returned to scholarship with a research grant. But then a man he knew and liked through a daily coffee shop connection ran afoul of the border authorities after returning to Mexico to visit his dying mother and trying to return to his home and family. His plight and the author’s involvement in it, perhaps an attempt to find personal redemption, puts a human face on the issue and gives it a fresh, urgent perspective. “There are thousands of people just like him, thousands of cases, thousands of families,” writes Cantú, who knows the part he played in keeping out so many in similar situations.
A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy. (Kirkus Reviews)
Buttermilk Graffiti, by Edward Lee
Note: Lee will be a presenter at this year's Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur travels across the country to explore the cultural history behind the evolving American cuisine.
Lee (Smoke & Pickles, 2013) takes readers on an edifying two-year ride in which he digs for the personal ties that bind cooks, restaurant owners, and loyal patrons to the food in their region. His journeys included an accidental four-day Ramadan fasting in Dearborn, Michigan, where he had no set plan but to devour Middle Eastern cuisine; a sojourn to the Texas coast to hear about the experiences of Vietnamese fisherman while feasting on Gulf delicacies; and a trip back in time to the Big Apple Diner in New York, where the author worked in the early 1990s. Along the way, Lee learned traditional cooking techniques like making smen, a Moroccan fermented butter, and he points out the essential role that both immigrants and longtime settlers play in the food we eat. “Our food traditions are the last things we hold onto,” he writes. “They are not just recipes; they are a connection to the nameless ancestors who gave us our DNA. That’s why our traditional foods are so important.” With plenty of lyrical appreciations of an impressively wide variety of cuisines, the author leaves readers craving the food he describes while also ready to attempt the advanced recipes at the end of each chapter—e.g. Amok trey, bourbon-washed butter, and pollo a la brasa. Lee effectively transports readers next to him during his encounters and inside of his thoughts during moments of introspection. A few hard transitions and seemingly unrelated stories may cause some confusion, but the author ultimately leads readers to a better understanding of the dishes he experienced and the recipes he provides.
A heartfelt and forward-thinking book in which Lee’s experiences and travel accounts successfully create an eager appetite for adventurous recipes, the stories behind the relationships of the people that inspire them, and a strong appreciation for the cooking traditions they’ve upheld. (Kirkus Reviews)
Chicago, by David Mamet
A major bard of the Windy City returns, this time with a novel devoted to the mob era and some of its more minor players.
Aside from a few questionable forays into right-wing politics, Mamet (Three War Stories, 2013, etc.) is heard from too little these days. That’s unfortunate, because few writers are better at bringing the smart, charged dialogue of the theater into conventional prose. "They loved your quip, about 'he died of a broken heart,'" says Parlow, a journeyman writer on every topic of culture and commerce imaginable, to his pal Mike Hodge, a hard-boiled reporter for the Trib who is much admired and much feared. “You should have been there, they picked up the tab for dinner.” “They” are one of the several crews of very bad gangsters who have just “iced” Jacob Weiss, a showman knee-deep in misbehavior. But who? Therein hangs one of several mysteries, the largest of them the identity of the fellow who iced Mike’s girlfriend, Annie Walsh, as Mike and she were freshening up after a tryst. Not a good idea: Mike is a former fighter ace (“He had killed in France, in the air, which he did not mind at all; and killed strafing ground troops, which upset him”) who won’t be thrown off a scent—and the stench of murder and mayhem is thick. The story moves at a careening pace, drawing on a small but memorable cast of characters, with cameos by a few historical figures; the palaver isn’t as snappy as, say, House of Games, but it’s brisk and believable. Readers should note that there’s scarcely an ethnic group that doesn’t come in for a slur along the way, but that’s part of the verisimilitude: these are not nice people, excepting the deceased Annie—and even she has a few dark corners. Of a piece with character studies such as E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime and John Sayles’ Eight Men Out, Mamet’s book does Chicago—and organized crime—proud.
An evocative, impressive return that Mamet fans will welcome. (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.
Amélie Trufant Dawson
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