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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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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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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