This month the book club is reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Brooks is the author of best-sellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and The Secret Chord. Year of Wonders is based on the true story of Eyam, the “Plague Village”, in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar’s maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village’s desperate fight to save itself.
The book club will meet at the library to discuss this book at 7pm on Thursday, August 24. All are welcome to attend.
10:30 am, Tuesdays
Story time at the library is every Tuesday morning at 10:30 am. Here are some of the special visitors planned for upcoming story times:
August 1: Wabasha County Dairy Princesses
(Note: Amanda Huneke was originally scheduled to visit story time on August 15. Her visit is postponed until later notice.)
LEGO Building Day: Saturday, July 15, 9am-3pm
LEGO Contest: Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm
Show us what you can build out of LEGOs! On Saturday, July 15 all the library LEGOs will be available for building with all day long! Stop in for a little while or stay all day. Build something just for fun or for the contest on July 20.
For those looking to compete in the contest, pre-built submissions are due by 6:30pm on July 20. Everyone who attends the program will get to vote on their favorite submissions and will also get to participate in the speed building round at 7:15pm. Prizes will be awarded to winners of both contests.
The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
We are open normal hours Monday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 5, 12pm-8pm.
Everything left over from the book sale is now going for $1 per bagful! Stop by the library soon to load up on some great finds.