Open to the Public Since 1894
206 S. Spring St.Harbor Springs, MI 49740
It seems we've finally been hit by winter here in Harbor Springs! Everything is coated in a wonderfully thick blanket of snow and it's perfect weather for cozying up by the fire with a good book. Fortunately we have a lot of those, so please come see for yourself! We've already had one snow day from the local schools and we'd like to remind you that even when schools are closed, the library is likely open! We invite students to come in for games, books, and activities on snow days from 10:30-noon providing roads are plowed. Call ahead just to make sure the librarians have made it in.Did you know that Saturday, February 6th, is National Bring Your Child to the Library Day? This year that happens to coincide with our February Storytime and Crafts. We're looking forward to seeing lots of small faces in here. What a fun way to introduce our youngest patrons to the Harbor Springs Library!We have a lot of new children's programming starting in the new year. First of all, as we just mentioned, we're doing a Storytime and Crafts on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30am. Kristin Glentz, our children's programming assistant, is coming up with some great craft ideas to go along with the books she reads aloud. This week she's also adding a "lapsit storytime" for the younger set that aren't in school yet each Thursday morning at 10:30. Each Tuesday, we're inviting elementary aged kids to join us after school for the "Elementary Reading Club," in which we have a snack and read aloud from a chapter book, picking up where we left off each week. Even kids who are strong readers themselves benefit from being read to- it's a great opportunity to relax after school in a safe, warm place and enjoy and talk about some of our favorite books. We're currently about half way through Judy Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing." We're also starting up a "Passport to Reading" program, check out our website for more information! We're planning on adding some programming for older students as well, stay tuned...We still have a lot of our leftover books available from our used book sale, come take a look if you have a chance. You could even grab one of our Harbor Springs Library totes for $10 if you've found you have too many books to carry!
Here are some of the newest books to arrive at the Harbor Springs Library: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe powerful story of a father’s past and a son’s future.Atlantic senior writer Coates (The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, 2008) offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life. “I am wounded,” he writes. “I am marked by old codes, which shielded me in one world and then chained me in the next.” Coates grew up in the tough neighborhood of West Baltimore, beaten into obedience by his father. “I was a capable boy, intelligent and well-liked,” he remembers, “but powerfully afraid.” His life changed dramatically at Howard University, where his father taught and from which several siblings graduated. Howard, he writes, “had always been one of the most critical gathering posts for black people.” He calls it The Mecca, and its faculty and his fellow students expanded his horizons, helping him to understand “that the black world was its own thing, more than a photo-negative of the people who believe they are white.” Coates refers repeatedly to whites’ insistence on their exclusive racial identity; he realizes now “that nothing so essentialist as race” divides people, but rather “the actual injury done by people intent on naming us, intent on believing that what they have named matters more than anything we could ever actually do.” After he married, the author’s world widened again in New York, and later in Paris, where he finally felt extricated from white America’s exploitative, consumerist dreams. He came to understand that “race” does not fully explain “the breach between the world and me,” yet race exerts a crucial force, and young blacks like his son are vulnerable and endangered by “majoritarian bandits.” Coates desperately wants his son to be able to live “apart from fear—even apart from me.”This moving, potent testament might have been titled “Black Lives Matter.” Or: “An American Tragedy.” (Kirkus Review)Longbourn, by Jo Baker
An irresistible retake on Pride and Prejudice alters the familiar perspective by foregrounding a different version of events—the servants’.Daring to reconfigure what many would regard as literary perfection, Baker (The Undertow, 2012, etc.) comes at Jane Austen’s most celebrated novel from below stairs, offering a working-class view of the Bennet family of Longbourn House. While the familiar drama of Lizzie and Jane, Bingley and Darcy goes on in other, finer rooms, Baker’s focus is the kitchen and the stable and the harsh cycle of labor that keeps the household functioning. Cook Mrs. Hill rules the roost, and maids Sarah and Polly do much of the hard work, their interminable roster of chores diminished a little by the hiring of a manservant, James Smith. Sarah is attracted to James, but he is mysterious and withdrawn, and soon, her eye is caught by another—Bingley’s black footman, Ptolemy. James, though trapped in his secrets, has noticed Sarah too and steps in when she is on the verge of making an impulsive mistake. And so, the romance begins. Baker is at her best when touching on the minutiae of work, of interaction, of rural life. James’ back story, though capably done, offers less magic. But a last episode, moving through grief and silence into understated romantic restoration, showcases a softly piercing insight.Sequels and prequels rarely add to the original, but Baker’s simple yet inspired reimagining does. It has best-seller stamped all over it. (Kirkus Review)
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