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.

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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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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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Library Book Group

The November Book Group Discussion choice is “The Summer Book” by Tove Jansson. This is a fiction title. Amazon describes the book this way:

In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life.

Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world. 

The Summer Book is translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal.

          The group will meet on Tuesday, November 2 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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