“Hannah brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice…combines gritty realism with emotionally rich characters and lyrical prose that rings brightly and true from the first line”― Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Inland” by Tea Obrecht — “With Inland, Obreht makes a renewed case for the sustained, international appeal of the American West, based on a set of myths that have been continually shaped and refracted through outside lenses. . . . Discovering the particular genre conventions that Obreht has chosen to transfigure or to uphold soon becomes central to the novel’s propulsive appeal.”—The New Yorker
“The Book of Lost Names” by Kristen Harmel — “Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale” (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemaker’s Wife.
“The Four Winds” by Kristen Hannah — “Hannah brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice…combines gritty realism with emotionally rich characters and lyrical prose that rings brightly and true from the first line”― Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The Mountains Sing” by Nguyen Phan Que Mai — “A luminous, complex family narrative . . . The Mountains Sing affirms the individual’s right to think, read, and act according to a code of intuitive civility, borne out of Vietnam’s fertile and compassionate cultural heritage.” —NPR
“The Russian” by James Patterson & James Born (Large Print) — “Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces his presence in the city with a string of grisly murders. Each victim is a young woman. And each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome….Bennett promises Mary Catherine that the case won’t affect their upcoming wedding. But as Bennett prepares to make a lifetime commitment, the killer has a lethal vow of his own to fulfill.” — Amazon.com
“The Once and Future Witches” by Alex E. Harrow — “This novel cleverly connects the dots between the suffragist movement of the past to the Me Too movement of today. Compelling, exhilarating, and magical, The Once and Future Witches is a must-read.” — Booklist (starred review)
“Warm Montana Home” by Cynthia Bruner (Large Print) — “All Poppy Marsh wants is to find a safe place to heal from the pain of a broken relationship and to finish the degree she’s worked so hard to earn. After Colton Gunnerson’s search for rodeo fame crashes to the ground, saving his family ranch is the only future he has left. Colton has an old Montana homestead for rent, and Poppy needs a place to stay. As they become entangled in a web of family ties and the dark secrets from the past, they need faith to change the course of their lives and to show them the love and hope neither thought they would find. The Moose Hollow series tells the story of broken people and second chances, and love stories filled with love, humor, romance and redemption.” — Amazon.com
“His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life” by Jonathan Alter — “In unfolding his carefully researched narrative, Alter portrays Carter as far more successful in his labors as chief executive than is generally acknowledged. A balanced and complete portrait.” — Booklist
“The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel — “Thought-provoking and enduring . . . Will leave readers thinking deeply about modern society, the search for meaning, and the impact of solitude. Finkel is a skilled storyteller.” —Portland Press Herald (Maine)
“A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” by Timothy Egan — “A glorious, laugh-out-loud, wipe-away-tears, blister-riddled, often rain-soaked, sometimes bone-chilled, desolate and desperate, quietly triumphant walk through church history—every last footfall in search of an elusive modern-day spiritual certitude…Egan aimed high, and he reached it.”—The Chicago Tribune
“All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West” by David Gessner — “A spirited, ecologically minded travelogue…. [Gessner] writers with a vividness that brings the serious ecological issues and the beauty of the land…to sharp relief…urgent and engrossing.”― Publishers Weekly, Starred review
“Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World” by Simon Winchester — “The latest sweeping, satisfying popular history from the British American author and journalist, this time covering a topic that many of us take for granted…Engaging revelations about land and property, often discouraging but never dull. — Kirkus Reviews
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives” by Lori Gottlieb — “Provocative and entertaining . . . Gottlieb gives us more than a voyeuristic look at other people’s problems (including her own). She shows us the value of therapy.” —Washington Post
“The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the English” by Sarah Lyall — “Why do the English keep aplologizing? Why are they so unenthusiastic about enthusiasm? Why does rain surprise them? When are they being ironic, and how can you tell? Even after eighteen years in London, New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall remained perplexed and intrigued by its curious inhabitants and their curious customs. She’s since returned to the United States, but this distillation of incisive-and irreverent-insights, now updated with a new preface, is just as illuminating today. And perhaps even more so, in the wake of Brexit and the attendant national identity crisis. While there may be no easy answer to the question of how, exactly, to understand the English, The Anglo Files-part anthropological field study, part memoir-helps point the way.” — Publisher’s Annotation
“The Complete One Pot Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen — “The only one-pot cookbook you’ll ever need!” — Amazon.com
“The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen — “A one-stop collection for anyone seeking to put plants front and center in their diet, with hundreds of foolproof, uncomplicated recipes appealing to vegans, the veg-curious, and everyone in between.” — Publisher’s Annotation
“Tiny Love Stories” by Daniel Jones & Miya Lee — “Jones and Lee, editor and submission reader, respectively, for the New York Times Modern Love column, assemble a charming assortment of brief tales of love from the popular column. Each of the 175 selections distill a story of love into fewer than 100 words. While romantic love predominates, there are stories of love between parents and children, siblings, and even for pets and places. . . . This is a moving testament to the diversity and depths of love.” —Publishers Weekly
“Toaster Oven Perfection” by America’s Test Kitchen — “Take your toaster oven from sidekick to superhero with 100+ streamlined recipes that save time and energy and make your cooking life easier.” — Amazon.com
“Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory” by Claudio Saunt — “Unworthy Republic offers a much-needed corrective to the American canon, showing how a heavy-handed president, a deadlocked Congress, and a lust for profit combined to construct a shameful national legacy.… A riveting story that invites us all to reflect on how we got where we are today.” ― Elizabeth Fenn, Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World
Woodland Story Box
“All Families are Special” by Norma Simon
“And the People Stayed Home” by Kitty O’Meara
“One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey” by Henry Cole
“The Curious Fish” by Elsa Beskow
“The Story of the Snow Children” by Sibylle von Olfers
“Winter is Here” by Kevin Henkes
JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK
” A Young People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn — “Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.” — Amazon.com
“My Life as Youtuber” by Janet Tashjian — “Jake–with friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto–is thrilled to be taking an after-school video class taught by a YouTube sensation (and “that doesn’t require ANY reading”). Jake secretly features a monkey his family is fostering in his video and learns a hard lesson when Frank is removed from their home. As usual, cartoon marginalia illustrate Jake’s vocabulary-learning in this fast-moving, timely seventh story.” — THE HORN BOOK, c2019.
“Ways to Make Sunshine” by Renee Watson — “Adroitly captures the uncertainty of growing up amid change through the eyes of an irrepressible black girl.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS
“Maker Comics: Fix a Car!” by Chris Schweizer — “Offering challenging but realistically doable projects and specific explanations of background chemical and physical principles, these engaging guides will leave no wrench or spatula safe from middle and high school students (not to mention more intrepid grade schoolers).” ―School Library Journal
“Builders” by Reina Olliver & Karen Claes — “Beautifully illustrated and informative, an interesting collection of animals. Children interested in learning about different types will enjoy the detailed illustrations and descriptive texts about these unique creatures.” — Bibliotheek Kortrijk
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
“The Positivity Workbook for Teens; Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Reslilience, & Growth Mindset” by Gaoli Saed Bocci & Ryan M. Niemiec
“(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health” edited by Kelly Jensen — “Lively, compelling . . . the raw, informal approach to the subject matter will highly appeal to young people who crave understanding and validation . . . This highly readable and vital collection demonstrates the multiplicity of ways that mental health impacts individuals.” —Kirkus Reviews
Enough is enough! I miss playing with kids and caregivers so, come March we are building music muscles one song at a time. Free on Zoom!
Thursdays in March (PST/Seattle)
10am 2-3 year old focus
11am 4-5 year old focus
all ages/siblings welcome at both times
What to expect? Learn & play zany songs and warm-up games. Bring your rhythm instruments – be ready to play when the doors open. No instruments? No problem. We’ll scavenger hunt for the instrument of the week and build Fam-jam-ily packs as we go. (Tip: sign in a few minutes early.)
Log onto https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMudO-qqD0rHdJVvYNiYd-r_cPrJuMR2yzJ to register and get the Zoom link.
In this wide-ranging exploration of space, you’ll learn about what you can see with your eyes in March and other spring skies: constellations, planets and the moon. Then you’ll move on to learn about the robotic missions and the recent Mars Rover landing. Questions from the audience are strongly encouraged.
Both children and adults were enjoy this program about space. The program is in collaboration with the Barton and Glover libraries.
The Museum of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Since 1993, they have collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it. They analyze, compare to classic art, and share with thousands of fans around the world. They will be doing a Zoom presentation, March 23rd at at 7:00 PM. Visit their website at https://museumofbadart.org/ to learn more about what it does or go to the Greensboro Free Library calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/r/month/2021/3/1 to join the Zoom meeting.
The library is pleased to offer a new video series designed to educate and entertain called “Becoming a Magician”. This successful, self-guided course is free. It teaches students ages 8-80 enough magic to do a 30-minute performance and includes, along with teaching the magic tricks, acting and storytelling skills so the performance is fun and entertaining. Props needed for the course are ones most people already have at home or can be purchased at the local dollar store.
The course was tested in ten Vermont communities and was well received by both libraries and students. “The course is wonderfully designed and not only teaches the magic in a marvelous way, but the performance and storytelling skills make the tricks come alive” states a librarian from Vermont. “There are so many things a librarian can do with this course.” A mother of two who accessed the course through their local library said “My son and daughter performed a magic show for their grandfather whom they had not seen in person for months because of the pandemic.
They have missed each other terribly. He kept shouting, ‘I can’t believe it, this is wonderful, how are you doing this?’ He was astonished. What you taught them has already brightened one person’s life.”
Teachers, Tom Verner and Janet Fredericks are founders of Magicians Without Borders (www.magicianswithoutborders.com) and have traveled to over 45 countries bringing love, laughter, magic and hope to hundreds of thousands of refugee and orphan children in many of the most war-torn parts of the world.
Our annual Chili Dinner fundraiser is still on, scheduled for Friday, March 5. It will look a little different this year. We will be doing a chili-dinner-to-go, with an online show of local youth talent you can enjoy at home.
First, YES, we do need your donations of chili, cornbread, and dessert, and encourage you to call, e-mail or come in to sign up as a food donor. We need to keep things simple to streamline the process this year. Please keep these guidelines in mind:
–Drop-off time for food donations: 3:00-4:00p.m., Friday, March 5.
–Sign up to bring chili, cornbread, or cookies.
–Please bring cold or room-temperature food; we will repack it into take-out containers for folks to reheat at home.
–Chili: Please bring only beef or vegetarian chili. Your pan/pot/crockpot/Tupperware dish will be washed and left on a table at the church for you to pick up Saturday, so please be sure to label the variety of chili and put your name on your container.
–Cornbread: Please label your pan, and pre-cut into even-sized pieces if possible.
–Dessert: We are asking only for chocolate chip cookies this year in order to avoid choices, and please do not use nuts or peanut butter.
–Pick-up Time: Dinner Pick-up will be 4:30-6:00 p.m, Friday, March 5, and our online show will premiere at 7:00 on Youtube so you can watch and comment with friends. We will ask for $8 donations per adult, $4 for children.
Learn the Meditative Art of Tangling in Upcoming Virtual Workshop
Greensboro Free Library, Jeudevine Memorial Library and Cabot Public Library are co-hosting a virtual Zentangle workshop with Ohio artist and Certified Zentangle Teacher Katy Abbot on Sunday, March 7, from 2:00-4:00. The workshop is free, but we are asking everyone to register early so we can order supply kits, and we ask those who can to contribute $5 towards the cost of a kit. The libraries will provide the kits for pickup and the Zoom link in early March.
Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from structured repetitive patterns, called tangles. The method, or art form, is used to increase focus and creativity, and for mindfulness practice and stress reduction. It has been called a form of artistic meditation, as the creator becomes engrossed in drawing each pattern. More information can be found at the website www.Zentangle.com. Tangling can be enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages, and non-artists are welcome and encouraged to participate. This workshop, with its 2-hour time-frame, is best for ages 12 and up. During this Zoom class, participants will learn what the Zentangle method is all about and how to tangle, acquiring skills for future creations. Instructor Katy Abbott is a long-time crafter and has exhibited and sold numerous glass bead ornaments and jewelry items. She has been a Certified Zentangle Teacher since 2012, and has taught several Zentangle workshops in the past year for libraries in her home state of Ohio.
To register for the workshop, please e-mail or call one of the libraries by Tuesday, March 2: GFL at 533-2531 or [email protected], Jeudevine at 472-5948 or [email protected], or CPL at 563-2721 or [email protected].
“Outstanding . . . A book not only about modern Tibet but one that helps explain the current, poisonous moment in China.”—Financial Times
“Dog Man: Grime and Punishment” by Dav Pilkey — “High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review