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Check it out @ the Library - March 16, 2017

Share & Learn @ the Library: Professor Franklin “A Sojourn to the Andes, Patagonia, and Falklands of South America.” Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, The Book of Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell. LEGO action at the library.

Share & Learn @ The Library:  Our presenter for this week will be Professor Franklin “A Sojourn to the Andes, Patagonia, and Falklands of South America.”   Please join us Monday, March 20th, at 7 p.m.

Linda’s recommendations include:

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver  Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.  Inseparable sisters, Dara and Nick, until the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters estranged. Dara vanishes on her birthday and at the same time another girl also vanishes. Nick becomes convinced the two cases are linked. She has to find her sister before it's too late.

 The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel.  The true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods for 27 years, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins. A story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life.

Wyatt will be taking a look at Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  Set early in the civil war, this book uses the death of President Lincoln’s son Willie as a jumping off point to explore life, death, love and loss.  In case you didn’t know, like myself, “bardo” comes from Tibetan Buddhist tradition and is a transition or in-between state.  So we have the President visiting his sons’ body in the crypt and the spirit of Willie and numerous other souls in the bardo observing.  Interspersed with the commentary from the spirits there are bits and pieces of historical references.  It’s a very different but interesting look at not just President Lincoln, but at death and grief.  I’d say it is worth a look.

 Missy is reading The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell. It is a non-fiction book about the Nazi’s book burnings, raiding Europe’s Libraries and bookshops and citizens private collections. They went against the Nazi political campaign and put them into their own secret library. It tells how after the war most of the books were never returned to their rightful owner but just put back into public library system. It follows Rydells journey to return one of the books back to its rightful owners.

Lego Club@ The Library will meet 3:30 to 4:30 on Thursday, March 16th when we will challenging the kids to make Lego Bridges.  On March 30th the kids will create Lego Marble Mazes. We will also have free build time at the end. Come in and check out their Lego projects that we are displaying at the library

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