Open to the Public Since 1894
206 S. Spring St.Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Remember the two grants for our children's area through the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation that we told you about last month? We're thrilled to tell you we've been busy buying new books- picture books, chapter books, children's nonfiction, and young adult! We've even put up a brand new puppet theater so children can create their own stories! We're so grateful for the funding and hope to see more families coming into the library to enjoy the new materials and programming that we offer. Because we don't receive any tax money, we rely on donations and grants to grow our collection and expand our services. If you haven't already, please consider giving to the library this season!
We'll be celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 4th. TYCLD is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Our Saturday hours are 10am-1pm and we'll begin with our monthly story time at 10 and will have crafts and snacks available for the entire morning. We hope you'll bring your children or grandchildren in to celebrate the importance of libraries and literacy!
Please note that we've changed our usual starting time of our Saturday children's programming from 10:30am to 10am to accomodate children that might also want to attend the Saturday matinee at the Lyric Theater!
Our next session of Tail Waggin' Tutors (Children Reading to Dogs) is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th. Children sign up for 15-minute one-on-one sessions with Micky the gentle Newfoundland and boost their reading skills and confidence by reading their chosen book aloud to him. This program is free and an awful lot of fun for people and dogs alike! Please call the library at 526-2531 to put your child on the schedule between 10am and 11:30am.
And one more quick save the date! Lindsey Walker, from Emmet County Recycling, will be giving a talk at the library about our local recycling and composting options on April 20th (just two days before Earth Day!) at 5:30pm.
Here are some of our newest books in the Harbor Springs Library:
The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan
What’s a shy English librarian to do when she’s downsized out of a job and her only hope for remaining employed is to become a social media–savvy coordinator of online content?
For 29-year-old Nina, it’s time to pursue her dream of opening a small bookshop. After all, since no one reads anymore, the library system is practically throwing away its books, and no will mind if Nina rescues them like orphans and finds them new homes. Certainly her roommate, the beautiful Surinder, will be pleased to rid their apartment of the architecture-imperiling weight of piles of novels. But real estate is expensive, so Nina decides to buy a van and travel around in a mobile bookstore. She locates the perfect vehicle in Kirrinfief, Scotland, where her real adventures begin. Soon enough, she’s relocated to the Highlands, and her life is newly populated with delightfully quirky characters, including Marek, a Latvian train engineer and romantic hero, who begins exchanging love letters and books of poetry with Nina on a tree at a railway crossing; Ainslee, a mercurial teenage girl eager for a job yet wary of revealing anything about her home life; and Lennox, Nina’s grumpy landlord, who’s separated from his posh wife and who increasingly occupies Nina’s thoughts. Amid the gorgeous scenery of Scotland, Nina sets out to find the right book for everyone in her new town. With a keen eye for the cinematic, Colgan (Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, 2016, etc.) is a deft mistress of romantic comedy; Nina’s story is laced with clever dialogue and scenes set like jewels, just begging to be filmed.
A charming, bracingly fresh happily-ever-after tale with playful nods to the Outlander series. (Kirkus Reviews)
Brazen, by Loren D. Estleman
Who says blondes have more fun? Certainly not the three women who are killed in unnervingly precise restagings of the death scenes of real-life Hollywood blondes.
From the very first murder, the case strikes home for Valentino, the UCLA film preservationist whose mission in life, restoring The Oracle to its former glory as a movie palace, keeps getting derailed by homicides (Shoot, 2016, etc.). That’s because the victim is his friend Beata Limerick, a starlet who bowed out of the movies when she married the much older businessman Pietro Jacobelli, who left her widowed and wealthy and with a healthy respect for the curse of blonde leading ladies dead before their time but wasn’t around to keep her from being force-fed an overdose of Nembutal while a recording of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” plays over and over in the background. Lt. Ray Padilla, Valentino’s LAPD frenemy, is ready to call the apparent suicide a murder, but he resists the Monroe parallels for three days—until Karen Ogilvie, another ex-actress married to a major UCLA film preservation donor, is killed in a manner that immediately recalls the death of Thelma Todd. Nor does his gender protect female impersonator Geoffrey Root from a staged car accident that screams Jayne Mansfield. Padilla is ready to haul Root’s live-in partner, Eleazar Sheridan, to the pokey and call it quits. But Valentino keeps insisting over and over again that he’s solved the case, and he turns out to be right just in time to prevent the murder of a latter-day Sharon Tate.
Middling, highly proficient work from a pro who makes a virtue of economy by getting every chapter, scene, and sentence to pull its weight and then some. (Kirkus Reviews)
Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan
*Winner of the Kirkus Prize
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music’s healing power.
Sweeping across years and place, Ryan’s full-bodied story is actually five stories that take readers from an enchanted forest to Germany, Pennsylvania, Southern California, and finally New York City. Linking the stories is an ethereal-sounding harmonica first introduced in the fairy-tale beginning of the book and marked with a mysterious M. In Nazi Germany, 12-year-old Friedrich finds the harmonica in an abandoned building; playing it fills him with the courage to attempt to free his father from Dachau. Next, the harmonica reaches two brothers in an orphanage in Depression-era Pennsylvania, from which they are adopted by a mysterious wealthy woman who doesn’t seem to want them. Just after the United States enters World War II, the harmonica then makes its way to Southern California in a box of used instruments for poor children; as fifth-grader Ivy Lopez learns to play, she discovers she has exceptional musical ability. Ryan weaves these stories together, first, with the theme of music—symbolized by the harmonica—and its ability to empower the disadvantaged and discriminated-against, and then, at the novel’s conclusion, as readers learn the intertwined fate of each story’s protagonist.
A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it’s worth every moment of readers’ time. (Historical fiction. Ages 9-14) (Kirkus Reviews)
Lovers and Newcomers, by Rosie Thomas
From the bestselling author of Iris and Ruby comes a novel in which a group of old friends reunite to start a new stage of their lives.Miranda Meadowe decides a lonely widowhood in her crumbling country house is not for her. Reviving a university dream, she invites five of her oldest friends to come and join her to live, and to stave off the prospect of old age. All have their own reasons for accepting.
To begin with, omens are good. They laugh, dance, drink and behave badly, as they cling to the heritage they thought was theirs for ever: power, health, stability. They are the baby boomers; the world is theirs to change. But as old attractions resurface alongside new tensions, they discover that the clock can’t be put back.
When building work reveals an Iron Age burial site of a tribal queen, the outside world descends on their idyllic retreat, and the isolation of the group is breached. Now the past is revealed; and the future that beckons is very different from the one they imagined. (Harper Collins)
Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
The Boss speaks—and he does so as both journeyman rocker and philosopher king.
Wrapping up his long backward look at a storied life and the anthemic songs that punctuate it, Springsteen examines his motivations. “I wanted to understand,” he writes of the past, “in order to free myself of its most damaging influences, its malevolent forces, to celebrate and honor its beauty, its power, and to be able to tell it well to my friends, my family and to you.” Readers who stick with the story—and there are a few longueurs—will be richly rewarded. Springsteen has lived well, even if he expresses a couple of regrets and, in a newsmaking episode, confesses to having suffered a long bout of depression at the age of 60. “The blues don’t jump right on you,” he writes, but jump they do. Nothing a pill can’t take care of, mind you, and when Springsteen rebounds, he does so with a joyous vengeance. Ardent students of his music might wish for a touch more depth in his account of his processes as songwriter and performer, but there’s plenty of that. In one of the scattered formulas that he tosses out, he allows that the math of rock ’n’ roll is an equation, thanks to the transport and bond between band and fan, through which “when the world is at its best, when we are at our best, when life feels fullest, one and one equals three.” That math may not bear close inspection, but Springsteen is foremost a fan, and nowhere more so than when he had a chance to play with rock gods Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, a fine and rousing moment in a book full of them. Springsteen is gentle with those who treated him poorly—and one imagines those “rah-rahs” of the Jersey Shore writhing in shame each day at the memory—but generous with love for friends and listeners alike.
A superb memoir by any standard, but one of the best to have been written by a rock star. (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, we always appreciate your support.
We look forward to seeing you in the library,
Amélie Trufant DawsonDirector of the Harbor Springs Library
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