Library News January 14, 2022

The Board of Trustees of the Heart of America Library will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 17 at 9 AM in the East Room at the Library.  This will be the annual meeting of the Heart of America Library.

We are having a book sale! It starts Monday, January 17 and goes through Saturday, January 22 during regular library hours.  There is a large selection of books, so come and take a look!  DVDs are 25 cents, paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers for $1.00, or fill a bag for $5.00 (we provide the bag).

More Large Print titles are arriving thanks to the North Dakota State Library Vision Grant that we received in November.  New titles in Large Print are: 

“A Man of Honor” by Barbara Taylor Bradford, “Hidden Treasures” by Michelle Adams, “The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly, “The Bounty” by Janet Evanovich, “Pack Up the Moon” by Kristin Higgins, “High Stakes” by Iris Johansen, “A Matter of Life and Death” by Phillip Margolin, “The Renegade Gun” by Ray Hogan, and “To the River’s End” by William W. Johnstone.

New titles in Junior Fiction include “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Big Shot” by Jeff Kinney, “Adventures with Waffles” by Maria Parr, and the first four books of the “Keeper of the Lost Cities” series by Shannon Messenger.

The next Story Hour will be Friday, January 28, from 10:15 – 11:15 am.  If you have children five years of age or younger, they are welcome to attend. Children 3 or under must be attended by an adult. We have a wonderful group of story hour leaders that always have fun activities planned!  Thank you to The Literacy Committee and volunteers!

Book club will be held Tuesday, February 1 at 10:00 am. The title is “The Book of Lost Names” by Kristin 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 historical novel from the #1 international bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife.  If you are interested, stop in and pick up a copy of the book.

Thank you to the following for their memorials and donations received in December:

In Memory of Darryl Blessum of Oklahoma by Orvin & Bev Blekeberg

In Memory of Alyce Rasmusson by Peg Stadum; Dianne Tuff & Family

In Memory of Jerry & Susan Tuchscherer by Steve & Gertrude Tuchscherer

Christmas Donation by Judy Moen

Christmas Donation in honor of Peg Stadum from Beverly Stadum, Norway

The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

Regular library hours are:

            10 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday,

            10 am to 5 pm on Fridays and

            Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

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Library News January 7, 2022

Story hour will be Friday, January 14 and Friday, January 28.  Start time is 10:15 am.  If you have children five years of age or younger, they are welcome to attend. Children 3 or under must be attended by an adult. We have a wonderful group of story hour leaders that always have fun activities planned!  Thank you to The Literacy Committee and volunteers!

New in Large Print Fiction is “Fury at Three Forks,” a western by D.B. Newton.  The book description reads “Will Clayborn never thought he’d ever be going back to the Anvil Ranch at Three Forks. Old Riley Adams, who owned the Anvil, had taken him in and treated him like a son. But then Riley had taken it into his head to run Will off his ranch for some cattle rustling he hadn’t done. When Will heard that Riley Adams was dying, he came back to a town that hated and feared him.”

New in Fiction is “Oh, Beautiful” by Jung Yun. Author Jung Yun was born in South Korea, but grew up in Fargo. The setting for this book is the Bakken oil area in western North Dakota. The description says “With spare and graceful prose, Jung Yun’s O Beautiful presents an immersive portrait of a community rife with tensions and competing interests, and one woman’s attempts to reconcile her anger with her love of a beautiful, but troubled land.”

We are having a book sale! It starts Monday, January 17 and goes through Saturday, January 22 during regular library hours.  DVDs are 25 cents, paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers for $1.00, or fill a bag for $5.00 (we provide the bag).

The Board of Trustees of the Heart of America Library will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 10 at 9 AM in the West Room at the Library.  This will be the annual meeting of the Heart of America Library.

Book club will be held Tuesday, February 1 at 10:00 am. The book is “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 historical novel from the #1 international bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife.  If you are interested, stop in and pick up a copy of the book.

The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

Regular library hours are:

            10 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday,

            10 am to 5 pm on Fridays and

            Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

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Library News December 31, 2021

Happy New Year from Heart of America Library!

New in Christian Fiction is the “Sensible Shoes” series by Sharon Garlough Brown.  The description reads “These four books tell the moving story of four strangers as they embark together on a journey of spiritual formation:

Hannah, a pastor who doesn’t realize how exhausted she is.

Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester who is haunted by her past.

Mara, a woman who has experienced a lifetime of rejection and is now trying to navigate a difficult marriage.

Charissa, a hard-working graduate student who wants to get things right.

You’re invited to join these four women as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation.

Along the way, readers will be taken into a new understanding of key spiritual practices and find tangible support for the deeper life with God.”

The four books in the series are: “Sensible Shoes: A Story About the Spiritual Journey,”  “Two Steps Forward:  A Story of Persevering in Hope,” “Barefoot:  A Story of Surrendering to God,” and “An Extra Mile:  A Story of Embracing God’s Call.”

Also new in adult fiction is “Chain of Command” by Marc Cameron, “The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves, “In Plain Sight” by DeAnna Julie Dodson, “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich, and “Bitter Roots” by Jan Fields.

Story hour will be Friday, January 14 and Friday, January 28.  Start time is 10:15 am.  If you have children five years of age or younger, they are welcome to attend. Children 3 or under must be attended by an adult. We have a wonderful group of volunteers that always have fun activities planned!  Thank you to The Literacy Committee volunteers!

We are having a book sale! It is going to be a big one!  It starts Monday, January 17 and goes through Saturday, January 22 during regular library hours.  Paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers for $1.00, or fill a bag for $5.00 (we provide the bag).

The Board of Trustees of the Heart of America Library will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 10 at 9 AM in the West Room at the Library.  This will be the annual meeting of the Heart of America Library.

The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

The library will be closed Saturday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

Regular library hours are:

            10 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday,

            10 am to 5 pm on Fridays and

            Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

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Library News December 24, 2021

New Large Print books are starting to arrive at the Heart of America Library!  This is due to the recent Library Vision grant received from the State Library to expand the Large Print collection.  New titles include:  “The Second Mrs. Astor:  A Novel of the Titanic” by Shana Abe, “The East End” by Jason Allen, “Autopsy” by Patricia Daniels Cornwell,  “Her New Story” by Laura Bradford, “The Heron’s Cry” by Ann Cleeves, and “The Nameless Ones” by John Connolly. 

Also new in Large Print is “Mercy” by David Baldacci.  The description for this book reads:  “FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.  For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’s parents inexplicably abandoned her.
Now, after a perilous investigation that nearly proved fatal, Atlee has finally discovered not only the reason behind her parents’ abandonment and Mercy’s kidnapping, but also the most promising breakthrough yet: proof that Mercy survived her abduction and then escaped her captors many years ago. Though Atlee is tantalizingly close to her family at last, the final leg of her long road to Mercy will be the most treacherous yet. Mercy left at least one dead body behind before fleeing her captors years before. Atlee has no idea if her sister is still alive, and if so, how she has been surviving all this time. When the truth is finally revealed, Atlee Pine will face the greatest danger yet, and it may well cost her everything.”

There is still time to donate to the Mitten Tree!  Donations of new or gently used winter hats or gloves will be accepted through the month of December. These are given to schools, who then distribute them to children in need. This is year 37 for this project at the Heart of America Library. Thank you to those who have donated!

The Board of Trustees of the Heart of America Library will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 10 at 9 AM in the West Room at the Library.  This will be the annual meeting of the Heart of America Library.

The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

The library will be closing at 2 pm on Friday, December 24 and will be closed on Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1.

Regular library hours are:

            10 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday,

            10 am to 5 pm on Fridays and

            Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

The Heart of America Library is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Library News December 17, 2021

New to the Junior Easy collection is The Narwhal and Jelly Series by Ben Clanton.  Amazon’s description reads “Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship, the benefits of working together and the power of imagination in the delightful Narwhal and Jelly Series.”

New in Junior Fiction is the Millie Maven Series by Ted Dekker.  The description for book one reads “Millie Maven, a fearful orphan girl who lives with her strict, evil aunt is trapped in a life of cruel punishment without any friends.  So on the night of her twelfth birthday, when old Aggie of the woods invites her to take a journey that can change her life forever, Millie knows she has to go.  Unsure but desperate, Millie embarks on a great adventure that takes her to the distant, mysterious world of FIGS, the FarPointe Institute for Gifted Students, where she might discover her true value through gifts that defy belief.  But to do so, she will have to face great challenge, beginning with the realization that she appears to be the least among all of the students.  Can she see who she really is before time is up?  Can she find the truth before the lies of unworthiness overwhelm her again?  And what will she have to risk along the way?”

We are accepting donations of new or gently used winter hats or gloves for the Mitten Tree which will be up during December. These are given to schools, who then distribute them to children in need. This is year 37 for this project at the Heart of America Library.

The Heart of America Library thanks the following for their memorials and donations received in November:

In memory of Robert “Bob” Johnson by Orvin & Bev Blekeberg, Andy & Deanne Fedje, Betty Triplett, Bob & Dianne Fritel, Robin Armstrong

In memory of Ronald Jordan by Orvin & Bev Blekeberg, Judy Holliday, Betty Triplett

In memory of Irene Hager by Pat Bye.

The Board of Trustees of the Heart of America Library will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 10 at 9 AM in the West Room at the Library.  This will be the annual meeting of the Heart of America Library.

The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

Come by and see us at the library.  We are open from

            10 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday,

            10 am to 5 pm on Fridays and

            Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

The library will be closing at 2 pm on Friday, December 24 and will be closed on Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1.

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Library News December 10, 2021

New to the shelves is “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation” by Brad Ricca.  The book description reads, “This is the shocking and amazing true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.  Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, the lawyer, detective, and first woman U.S. District Attorney who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation's greatest crime-fighters during an era when women were still not allowed to vote. After agreeing to take the sensational case of missing eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger, Grace and her partner, the hard-boiled detective Julius J. Kron, navigated a dangerous web of secret boyfriends, two-faced cops, underground tunnels, rumors of white slavery, and a mysterious pale man, in a desperate race against time.  Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is the first-ever narrative biography of this singular woman the press nicknamed after fiction's greatest detective. Her poignant story reveals important clues about missing girls, the media, and the real truth of crime stories.”

 We are accepting donations of new or gently used winter hats or gloves for the Mitten Tree which will be up during December. These are given to schools, who then distribute them to children in need. This is year 37 for this project at the Heart of America Library.

Story hour will be held Friday December 17th at 10:15.  If you have children five years of age or younger, they are welcome to attend. Children 3 or under must be attended by an adult. Thank you to The Literacy Committee volunteers!

New magazine titles include Taste of Home, Reader’s Digest Large Print, Country Woman, Country, and Family Handyman.

The Board of Trustees of the Heart of America Library will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 10 at 9 AM in the West Room at the Library.  This will be the annual meeting of the Heart of America Library.

The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

The library will be closing at 2 pm on Friday, December 24 and will be closed on Saturday, December 25.

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Library News December 3, 2021

We are accepting donations of new or gently used winter hats or gloves for the Mitten Tree which will be up during December. These are given to schools, who then distribute them to children in need. This is year 37 for this project at the Heart of America Library.

December story hours will be Friday the 10th and Friday the 17th at 10:15.  If you have children five years of age or younger, they are welcome to attend. Children 3 or under must be attended by an adult. Thank you to The Literacy Committee volunteers!

The book club will be meeting on Tuesday December 7 at 10:00 am.  This month’s book is “Summerbook” by Tove Jansson.  There will be no book club meeting in January.

New to the library is “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” by Mitch Albom.  The book description reads “Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, ten people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.  “Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.  “I am the Lord,” the man whispers.  So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling and inspiring novel yet.  Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one bestsellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The First Phone Call from Heaven. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us? What might the Lord look, sound and act like?  In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors already in heaven, or are they in hell?  The story is narrated by Benji, one of the passengers, who recounts the events in a notebook that is later discovered—a year later—when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat.  It falls to the island’s chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur, a man battling his own demons, to solve the mystery of what really happened.   A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.”

New magazines include Country Living, Eating Well, Consumer Reports, People, Prevention, Saturday Evening Post, and North Dakota Outdoors.

            The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

Come by and see us at the library.  We are open from

            10 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday,

            10 am to 5 pm on Fridays and

            Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

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2020 Statistics for Heart of America Library

The North Dakota State Library prepared this 2020 Annual Report on Heart of America Library usage. Some of the highlights of the report include:

*Heart of America Library has 2,576 registered users.

*In 2020, there were 6,757 visits to the library.

*There are 88,673 items in the HOA Library’s collection! This includes books, audiobooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, and downloadable materials like e-books!

*32 programs were held by HOA Library with 287 participants.

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New Titles at the Library:

           

We have several new Christian fiction novels: “The Tattered Quilt” and “The Decision” by Wanda Brunstetter; “Banished” by Linda Byler; “The Amish Quilter” by Mindy Starns Clark; “Seasons of an Amish Garden” by Amy Clipston, “A Lancaster County Christmas” by Suzanne Woods Fisher; “On Every Side” and “A Thousand Tomorrows” by Karen Kingsbury; and “The Road Home” by Beverly Lewis.

New large print novels are “An Amish Surprise” by Shelley Shepard Gray; “Radar Girls” by Sara Ackerman; “Reading List” by Sara Nisha Adams; “Death at the Crystal Palace” by Jenifer Ashley; “Lady Sunshine” by Amy Mason Doan; “The Titanic Sisters” by Patricia Falvey; “Cul-de-Sac” by Joy Fielding; “The Forest of Vanishing Stars” by Kristin Harmel; “When Stars Collide” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips; and “Forgotten in Death” by J. D. Robb.

For junior readers that are mystery fans, we have many new to our shelves Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. Titles are “Chick-Napped”, “The Circus Scare”, “The Fashion Disaster”, “Lights, Camera—Cats!”, “Scream for Ice Cream”, “Ski School Sneak”, “Sleepover Sleuths”, “Ticket Trouble” and “The Zoo Crew”.

New magazines this week include Good Old Days, Grit, National Geographic History, Health, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Time and People.

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Library News December 24, 2021

New Large Print books are starting to arrive at the Heart of America Library!  This is due to the recent Library Vision grant received from the State Library to expand the Large Print collection.  New titles include:  “The Second Mrs. Astor:  A Novel of the Titanic” by Shana Abe, “The East End” by Jason Allen, “Autopsy” by Patricia Daniels Cornwell,  “Her New Story” by Laura Bradford, “The Heron’s Cry” by Ann Cleeves, and “The Nameless Ones” by John Connolly. 

Also new in Large Print is “Mercy” by David Baldacci.  The description for this book reads:  “FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.  For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’s parents inexplicably abandoned her.
Now, after a perilous investigation that nearly proved fatal, Atlee has finally discovered not only the reason behind her parents’ abandonment and Mercy’s kidnapping, but also the most promising breakthrough yet: proof that Mercy survived her abduction and then escaped her captors many years ago. Though Atlee is tantalizingly close to her family at last, the final leg of her long road to Mercy will be the most treacherous yet. Mercy left at least one dead body behind before fleeing her captors years before. Atlee has no idea if her sister is still alive, and if so, how she has been surviving all this time. When the truth is finally revealed, Atlee Pine will face the greatest danger yet, and it may well cost her everything.”

There is still time to donate to the Mitten Tree!  Donations of new or gently used winter hats or gloves will be accepted through the month of December. These are given to schools, who then distribute them to children in need. This is year 37 for this project at the Heart of America Library. Thank you to those who have donated!

The Board of Trustees of the Heart of America Library will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 10 at 9 AM in the West Room at the Library.  This will be the annual meeting of the Heart of America Library.

The library has free wifi, 2 computers, a fax machine and a copy machine for public use.

The library will be closing at 2 pm on Friday, December 24 and will be closed on Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1.

Regular library hours are:

            10 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday,

            10 am to 5 pm on Fridays and

            Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

The Heart of America Library is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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New To the Collection November 10, 2021 & Upcoming Events

New at the library this week is “The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging” by North Dakota native Debra Marquart. The description of the book reads: “Marquart was born into a family of land-loving people – farmers known as the ethnic group Germans-from-Russia – who had emigrated from Russia to the United States between 1886 and 1911 and taken up land claims in Dakota Territory. Her grandparents tended their farms and fields, never dreaming of moving another inch away from the homes they had made. By contrast, Marquart grew up a restless, imaginative child in that same agricultural place, yearning to strike out for places more interesting as soon as she was old enough to take flight. All seemed simple enough until Marquart realized that her family’s stubborn attachment to place grew out of a traumatic multi-generational history of flight, migration, dispossession, and exile from their previous homelands in Europe. Her grandfathers and all her great-grandparents had emigrated to the United States from villages in south Russia, along the Black Sea. As Marquart researched her family history, the revelation about multi-generational patterns of forcible removal from homelands helped her to contextualize her own complicated relationship with ideas of exile and belonging.”

The next book club will meet Tuesday, December 7 at 10 am. The book for December is “The Summer Book” by Tove Jansson. If you are interested in participating, stop by the circulation desk in the library.

Upcoming story hours are Friday, November 19, Friday December 10, and Friday December 17 at 10:15 am. If you have children 5 years of age or younger, they are welcome to attend. We do ask that children ages 3 and under be attended by an adult.

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