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Cozy Little Book Club Wednesday, January 4, 11:00a

Do you enjoy a light and entertaining read?  We do too!

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

Maisy Dobbs book cover

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan’s friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education.

The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found—and lost—an important part of herself. Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something different.

In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat that acts as a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.

February 1– Murder in G Major: A Gethsemane Brown Mystery by Alexia Gordon

Page Turners Book Club Thursday, January 5, 1:00p

This discussion will be in-person at the library.

The Reading List: A Novel: 9780063025288: Adams, Sara Nisha: Books - Amazon.com

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.

-Amazon

February 2 – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Cooking with Hoopla! Wednesday, January 18, 10:00a

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

We’re combining the joy of cooking and the excellent availability of culinary titles using your free Hoopla account accessed with your library card and pin number!

air fryer revolution

Air Fryer Revolution: 100 Crispy, Healthy, Fast & Fresh Recipes by Urvashi Pitre

Best-selling author Urvashi Pitre is back with Air Fryer Revolution, the follow-up to her hit cookbook, Every Day Easy Air Fryer. In this all-new collection of 100 delicious recipes, Urvashi shows you how the revolutionary air fryer makes home cooking easier than ever. Air fryers are taking the country by storm, thanks to the device’s fan-forced heat, so there is no need for pre-heating, and food cooks with a minimal amount of oil. The recipes can all be made in 60 minutes or less, many in as little as 30 minutes, so you cut back on energy bills and avoid heating up the whole kitchen. The air fryer saves space too, making it perfect for tiny city kitchens, dorm rooms, and RVs. With Urvashi’s impeccably tested recipes, you start with fresh ingredients and let the cooker d the hard work, and you’ll never get bored with Smoky Ham and Cheese Party Biscuits, French Garlic Chicken, Russet and Sweet Potato Gratin, Queso Fundido, Korean Beef Tacos, Bang Bang Shrimp, and more.

– Amazon

Your Hoopla account can be accessed using your library card and pin number. If you need help using Hoopla, please call the library at 309-243-5716 for assistance.

Inside Out Book Chat, Wednesday, December 14, 10:00a

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

inside out book club

What have you been reading? There are so many books out there! It’s time to share. You’ll have a chance to talk about your recent read…good, bad, or mediocre.

*Artful Reads with Creative Soul, Wednesday, December 14, 5:00p

Creative Soul Gallery (208 N Second St) in Dunlap and the library are joining together to discuss “arty” reads. *Registration required.

Email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org to receive the Zoom registration meeting invite to attend virtually or to be added to the in-person discussion! Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

Please indicate how you wish to attend. If you would like to attend in person, please include your phone number in your response.

a brushstroke with death

 

A Brushstroke with Death by Bethany Blake

Near the creek that runs behind her Pennsylvania house, Willow Bellamy has converted an old barn into an art school—though the place does still have some animal inhabitants, including Rembrandt, the owl who lives up in the rafters. And while it’s important for any artist to have a vision, Willow can sometimes see things others can’t, just like her mother and grandmother before her. Not that she would exactly call herself a witch . . .

When some local merchants gather in the studio for a painting party, they focus their attention on a still life with flowers and an assortment of garden tools, including antique pruning shears that disappear—at the same time despised restaurant owner Evangeline Fletcher is murdered. Willow must use all her gifts to find the killer, although it means teaming up with a handsome, mysterious detective whom Willow fears she may have accidentally conjured from a canvas. This investigation is sure to be a hoot . . .

January 11  – Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions by Temple Grandin

An Hour to Kill Book Club Monday, December 12, 6:30p

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email kkerckhove@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

Mystery, suspense, thriller – fiction and nonfiction! No cozy titles here!

the spy who came in from the cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré

In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse—a desk job—Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service—with himself as the bait. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.

–Amazon

January 9  – The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart

“Who Picked This?” Book Club Tuesday, December 13, 10:00a

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

the photograph

The Photograph by Penelope Lively

Man Booker Prize–winning novelist Penelope Lively’s masterpiece opens with a snapshot: Kath, before her death, at an unknown gathering, holding hands with a man who is not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked “DON’T OPEN—DESTROY.” But Kath’s husband does not heed the warning, embarking on a journey of discovery that reveals a tight web of secrets—within marriages, between sisters, and at the heart of an affair. Kath, with her mesmerizing looks and casual ways, moves like a ghost through the memories of everyone who knew her—and a portrait emerges of a woman whose life cannot be understood without plumbing the emotional depths of the people she touched.

–Amazon

January 17 – Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

 

Afternoon Delight Romance Book Club Wednesday, December 14, 12:15p

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

Meets quarterly in March, June, September, and December.

years

Years by LaVyrle Spencer

Linnea Bradenborg expects to find culture and excitement in Alamo, North Dakota, where she’s recently been hired as the new schoolteacher. Instead, she finds a sparse little town in the middle of nowhere. Better yet, her train is met by a cantankerous wheat farmer named Theodore Westgaard who doesn’t bother to hide his displeasure when he discovers that L.I. Brandenborg is a woman and not the man he was expecting. Westgaard thinks twice about bringing Linnea home to live with him, but he soon realizes that he has no choice. All of the town’s past schoolteachers have lived with the Westgaard family–made up of Theodore, his mother, and his teenaged son–due to their farm being located very near the schoolhouse, and so Theodore allows Linnea into his home. But who could have guessed that this young, independent woman would soon find her way into the handsome farmer’s heart? A compelling classic to be read again and again, Years is a fitting tribute to the pioneer schoolteachers who braved many hardships to share the gift of knowledge with countless children.

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