Book Club selection: Mary Coin by Marisa Silver


The library book club selection for November is Mary Coin by Marisa Silver.

Bestselling author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother photograph as inspiration for a story of two women—one famous and one forgotten—and their remarkable chance encounter.

In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. In present day, Walker Dodge, a professor of cultural history, stumbles upon a family secret embedded in the now-famous picture. In luminous prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.

The book club will meet to discuss this book at 7pm on Thursday, December 1.  Anyone who wishes is welcome to read the book and join the discussion.

Bill Jamerson CCC program: Dollar-a-Day Boys


Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Zumbrota Public Library on Monday, October 3 at 7 pm.  The presentation includes telling stories, reading excerpts from his novel, showing a video clip from his PBS film and performing original songs with his guitar.  He has presented at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of state and national parks. The program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It is about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of strength, wit and charm.

Jamerson has produced eleven PBS films on Michigan history including, CAMP FORGOTTEN – the CCC in Michigan which aired on Minnesota Public Television in 1994.  He produced a CD of original songs and has authored several articles on the corps.  A question and answer period and book signing will follow his hour-long presentation. Former CCC members and their families are encouraged to attend and bring photo albums and memorabilia.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New Book Clubs for Adults and Kids

Two new library book clubs are starting this month, one for adults and one for kids.  The first meeting of the adult book club will be 7pm, Thursday, September 22.  Pre-registration is requested but not required.  This group will meet once a month, and books will be selected by the group at the first meeting.

The kids book club is for 3rd-6th graders, and will also meet once a month.  The first meeting of the kids book club will be 7pm, Monday, September 26.  No registration is required.  Books for this book club will also be selected by the group at the first meeting.

Please contact the library if you have any questions or are interested in joining a book club but unable to make it to the first meeting.