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Tuesday, October 23rd @ 6pmStatewide Ballot Proposal Forum
Thursday, November 1st @ 7pmTEDtalk Viewing and Discussion"Activism and Education"
Saturday, November 3rd @ 10:30amStorytime
Saturday, November 10th @ 10amTail Waggin' Tutors
Friday, November 16th @ 10amLibrary Book Sale
We hope you're enjoying this glorious autumn day as much as we are! If you're not currently in Harbor Springs, you're missing some gorgeous fall colors right about now, and we finally have a blue sky day to match. But honestly I can't say I've hated the rainy, chilly fall days we've had recently because I've been able to curl up under a blanket on the couch and read without feeling guilty for not being outside.
Now before I fill you in on the happenings around the library, I have a big favor to ask of you. We at the library are trying to plan for our future and our first step is hearing from our community (patrons and not-yet-patrons) about what YOU would like to see happening here. Would you like to see more programming? Would you like a larger YA section or a new bathroom? Do you love our library just the way it is or do you think there's a new service or resource that we could offer?
Please help us to better serve you by taking this short survey (click anywhere on this paragraph to open the survey page). There are also hard copies available in the library if you'd prefer to do it that way. We're going to compile the results in December. Thank you so much!
Have you received your new library card yet?
For the first time, we're offering physical library cards to our patrons! Now if you don't want anything to change, it doesn't have to. You can always check out books by giving us your name, but if you want to carry a memento of the Harbor Springs Library, we have them available. We'll print one out for you and hand it over. Our youngest patrons, especially, are excited to get their very first library cards and sign their names on the back of them!
On to upcoming events here in the library! Tomorrow night, MSU Extension is hosting a Statewide Ballot Proposal Forum here at 6pm. The evening will feature a presentation from unbiased experts in Lansing on each of the three ballot proposals for this year's midterm election. The three ballot issues cover recreational marijuana use, the formation of an independent redistricting commission, and a constitutional amendment on voting laws. MSU Extension staff will host the Lansing-based forum via webinar where participants can hear from the expert panel and ask questions about the potential impacts of a YES or NO vote.
On Thursday, November 1st at 7pm, we're holding another TEDtalk Screening and Discussion. TEDtalks began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment, and design converged. Today, it’s a global community where people spread ideas and information via talks on a wide variety of topics given at TED conferences throughout the year. Once a month or so, we choose a theme and, as a group, screen a small handful of pre-recorded TEDtalks based on that topic and follow them up with a community conversation led by Cyndi Kramer. This month the theme will be “Activism and Education." As always, this is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend: the more participants, the better the conversation!
On Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30am, Miss Linda will be here for an all-ages storytime! Please join us for stories and a small craft.
Micky the therapy Newfoundland is returning for Tail Waggin' Tutors (Children Read to a Dog) on Saturday, November 10th at 10am. Call us at 526-2531 to sign your child up for 15 minutes of one-on-one time reading aloud to Micky- he LOVES listening to stories and helping boost your child's reading confidence.
Finally, our biannual Library Book Sale will begin on Friday, November 16th. Books will be displayed on tables throughout the library- paperbacks are $1 and hardcovers are $2. Please bring books to donate to the sale to the library by Wednesday, November 14th.
And now here are some of the newest books on our library shelves:
The Fall of Gondolin, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Edited by Christopher Tolkien)
Christopher Tolkien presents the final piece in a trilogy of Middle-earth stories his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, did not live to see published.
In what he assures us is the last installment, Tolkien returns to edit his father's work (Beren and Lúthien, 2017, etc.), this time with the tale of the secret city of Gondolin. Ulmo, the great sea god, visits a wanderer named Tuor and tells him his destiny: "O Tuor of the lonely heart, I will not that thou dwell for ever in fair places of birds and flowers....Now must thou seek through the lands for the city of the folk called Gondothlim or the dwellers in stone, and the Noldoli shall escort thee thither in secret for fear of the spies of Melko." Tuor makes it to Gondolin, where he marries the king's daughter and has a son, Eärendel. Meanwhile, the evil Melko, whom Ulmo was so worried about, is scheming to find the hidden city and destroy it. When the city's location is given up in "the most infamous treachery in the history of Middle-earth," a great battle ensues, and despite Tuor's valor, Gondolin falls. The history of Middle-earth is so intricately detailed and fully imagined, readers are lucky indeed that Christopher Tolkien is such an excellent editor. With a full glossary, additional notes, a family tree, and a list of names with descriptions, it is easy to keep track of who is whose son (Lord of the Rings fans will be pleased to note that Eärendel is Elrond's father) and which races of elves and orcs and goblins are which and live where. Tolkien also takes great care to explain where each version of the story comes from and pieces together its evolution, giving much-needed context. All this makes it easy to enjoy the tale itself, which is beautifully written, with lyrical descriptions of Ulmo, Gondolin, and even the dragons and Balrogs that devastate the city. Even the battle sequences are somehow lovely. The tone here is more like a fairy tale than the main Ring cycle, which is perfectly suited to its shorter length.
This gorgeous novel is a must for more than just Tolkien fanatics. (Kirkus Reviews)
Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver
Alternating between two centuries, Kingsolver (Flight Behavior, 2012, etc.) examines the personal and social shocks that ensue when people’s assumptions about the world and their place in it are challenged.
The magazine Willa Knox worked for went broke, and so did the college where her husband, Iano, had tenure, destroying the market value of their Virginia home, which stood on college land. They should be grateful to have inherited a house in Vineland, New Jersey, just a half-hour commute from Iano’s new, non-tenured one-year gig, except it’s falling apart, and they have been abruptly saddled with son Zeke’s infant after his girlfriend commits suicide. In the same town during Ulysses Grant’s presidency, science teacher Thatcher Greenwood is also grappling with a house he can’t afford to repair as well as a headmaster hostile to his wish to discuss Darwin’s theory of evolution with his students and a young wife interested only in social climbing. While Willa strives to understand how her comfortable middle-class life could have vanished overnight, her 26-year-old daughter, Tig, matter-of-factly sees both her mother’s disbelief and her Greek-immigrant grandfather Nick’s racist diatribes and hearty approval of presidential candidate Donald Trump as symptoms of a dying culture of entitlement and unbridled consumption. Lest this all sound schematic, Kingsolver has enfolded her political themes in two dramas of family conflict with full-bodied characters, including Mary Treat, a real-life 19th-century biologist enlisted here as the fictional friend and intellectual support of beleaguered Thatcher. Sexy, mildly feckless Iano and Thatcher’s feisty sister-in-law, Polly, are particularly well-drawn subsidiary figures, and Willa’s doubts and confusion make her the appealing center of the 21st-century story. The paired conclusions, although hardly cheerful, see hope in the indomitable human instinct for survival. Nonetheless, the words that haunt are Tig’s judgment on blinkered America: “All the rules have changed and it’s hard to watch people keep carrying on just the same, like it’s business as usual.”
As always, Kingsolver gives readers plenty to think about. Her warm humanism coupled with an unabashed point of view make her a fine 21st-century exponent of the honorable tradition of politically engaged fiction. (Kirkus Reviews)
Button Man, by Andrew Gross
A businessman resists the mob in a novel that spans most of the 20th century.
In 1915, Manhattan’s Lower East Side is a tough place for 12-year-old Morris Rabishevsky and his siblings to grow up. He takes a job sweeping floors at the Majestic Garment Company, but his drive and ambition are obvious. The owner suggests he go by Morris Raab—because Rabishevsky is “a mouthful for some people here”—and he and his mother agree. But street punks try to shake him down on payday, and he has to fight tough guy Louis Buchalter to keep his money. Morris has “never backed down from anything” and is much tougher than his brothers, Sol and Harold. Every character’s personal qualities factor strongly in this story. Morris’ drive and intelligence lead to his running Majestic at age 20 when the owner retires. Later, he and Sol start their own garment manufacturer, Raab Brothers. Morris’ brash approach wins business with a big chain store, and the company grows. Sol knows how to keep the books but doesn’t know how to sell. Their other brother, Harold, is a likable screw-up who hangs out with the wrong crowd, even mobsters, and might well ruin what becomes the family business. Louis Buchalter grows up to be a cutthroat mobster, taking over garment unions and running Murder Incorporated. The mob has a way of breaking down resistance to the unions: They throw a man out an eighth-floor window, splash an owner with sulfuric acid, destroy his inventory. Of course, the Raab Brothers’ success attracts Buchalter’s attention, and the resulting conflict is one of life and death. New York Special Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey seeks Morris’ cooperation in destroying the mob, but Morris and his business might perish in the process. At a funeral, a rabbi asks, “What does it mean to be a good man?” If it means standing up to evil, then Morris Raab qualifies.
A highly satisfying story of family loyalty, persistence, courage, and crime. (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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