New Titles at the Library:


A new adult non-fiction selection is “First Friends: the powerful, unsung (and unelected) people who shaped our presidents” by Gary Ginsberg. This New York Times Bestsellerprovides a fresh insight into the lives of seven of those that held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the people on whom they relied.

            New adult fiction titles include “The Wrong Side” by Robert Bailey, book 2 in the Bocephus Haynes Series; “Dick Francis’s Gamble” and “Pulse” by Felix Francis; “Yellow Wife” by Sadeqa Johnson; and three novels by the popular psychological suspense author, Lisa Jewell, “The Girls in the Garden”, “The Third Wife” and “Before I Met You”.

            We have also added “Daughter of Rome”, another selection by Tessa Afshar, a biblical and inspirational historical fiction author. This author was born in the Middle East and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds a Master of Divinity from Yale, where she was elected as the co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School for one year. She served in women and prayer ministries for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker.

            New magazines this week are Mother Earth News, Time, People, North Dakota Horizons, Grit, National Geographic History, Family Handyman, Good Housekeeping, Health, National Geographic, Prevention, Ranger Rick and Reader’s Digest.

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Library Book Group

The September Book Group Discussion choice is “Life in a Jar” by Jack Mayer. This is a historical fiction title. Amazon describes the book this way:

          During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler’s rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people. 

          The group will meet on Tuesday, September 7 at 9 AM in the West Room. The Heart of America Library also has a copy for our shelves, so if you want to put it on your to-read-this-winter list, it will be here.

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Accessing the library version of from home

Due to widespread library closures in response to the global pandemic, Ancestry Library Edition is now available outside our library by using this URL:

From home, a patron will need to sign in through the ODIN authgate using a library’s remote access credentials. That is site the above link takes you to. At that ODIN website, sign in with the following information.

For 14 digit barcode, enter: 23125001134194

For password, enter: heart

(note that the password must be all lower-case)

Then, click the “Public, K12, Special Libraries Logon” button.

That should take you to the ancestry website.

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