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Fun free teen event at library March 23

Next Wednesday, March 23, from 3:30-5 p.m., the library is hosting a fun free event for teens in the 7th through 12th grades when we’ll help you turn old CDs into new working clocks. We’ll provide the supplies. Teens just need to bring your friends and your creativity.

Lifelong Learning

This Sunday, March 20, is the second of the six free Spring Lifelong Learning lectures from 3 to 4:15 p.m. — and yes, you read that right: The lectures have been moved from Saturdays to Sundays. Since the library is closed Sundays, doors will open to lecture guests at 2:45 p.m.

Second in this new series is “The Physics of Musical Instruments,” a non-mathematical multi-media presentation by Dan Farmer for the non-scientist about the nature of sound, pitch, tone and the ways musical instruments produce them. Dan is a retired attorney turned Native American-style flute builder with a lifelong interest in science and music.

We hope you also will mark your calendars for the other four lectures in the Sunday spring series:

• March 27: “Picture This: The Story Behind the Photograph” by Kathy Myrick.

• April 3: “That Wilder Image: Stanton Englehart’s Western Landscape Paintings in Context” by Judith Reynolds.

• April 10: “Thriving in the Rapids of Change” by Charly Heavenrich.

• April 17: “Impact of Islamic Achievements on Western Civilization” by Dennis Aronson.

Watch for more details on these presentations in upcoming Library News columns.


“The Next Decade” by geopolitical forecasting expert George Friedman focuses on the imminent events and challenges that will test America and the world in the next 10 years. “The Bed of Procrustes” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a collection of aphorisms and meditations by the author of “The Black Swan.” “Between A Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not Thirty” by comedy writer Tracey Jackson is a funny, fearless look at women aging. “Neptune’s Inferno” by James D. Hornfischer is the story of the U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal. “Fat and Cholesterol are GOOD for You!” by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov is a new look at the controversy surrounding these substances.

Memoirs and biographies

“A Widow’s Story” by Joyce Carol Oates is her memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. “Townie” by Andre Dubus III is the autobiography of a young man who lived, because of divorce, with his mother in a depressed mill town while his father taught on a nearby college campus. “The Last American Man” by Elizabeth Gilbert is the true story of Eustace Conway, who mastered the art of self-sufficient living in the Appalachian Mountains. “Eisenhower and Montgomery At the Falaise Gap” by William Weidner is the secret story of discord among the Allies in Normandy.

Fantasy and supernatural

“Shadowfever” by Karen Marie Moning tells the story of MacKayla Lane, who returns to Ireland 20 years after she and her sister were given up for adoption and banished from her homeland.

Other new novels

“Electric Barracuda” by Tim Dorsey takes you on a tour of Florida through the eyes of a fugitive and via a blog.

“The Twelfth Insight” by James Redfield is the latest novel in the Celestine Prophecy series. “One Rough Man” by Brad Taylor features the Taskforce, an illegal group commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government and protected from the prying eyes of Congress and the media. “Fire the Sky” by W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear is book two of Contact: The Battle for America, which chronicles early Native American life.

Books on CD

“Tick Tock” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the latest in the mystery series featuring detective Michael Bennett. “A Heartbeat Away” by Michael Palmer is a thriller about the lives of hundreds of U.S. government workers at risk from a deadly virus. “A Red Herring Without Mustard” by Alan Bradley, featuring 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. “Heaven Is For Real” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent is the story of a four-year-old who miraculously survives an emergency appendectomy and afterward tells in exquisite detail of his trip to heaven during the surgery. “West of Here” by Jonathan Evison highlights the fictional transformation of one small town in Washington on the brink of statehood. “Deep Black: Death Wave” by Stephen Coonts features a top-secret unit of special NSA operatives in a thriller set in the Canary Islands.

Quotable quote

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne, contemporary American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for their generous donation in memory of Kay Grams from Terry and Kathleen Carter. For books and materials this week, we thank William and Ann Pongratz, as well as Anika Thomas.


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