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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