Library Happenings

What would you do?

By Nancy Sackett, fiction librarian

Here you are blissfully happy about being pregnant after years of trying everything to have a child, and you see on the TV news your sperm donor is being arrested as a serial killer. What would you do? Read Lisa Scottoline’s new book “Most Wanted,” and see what could happen. If you like reading about dilemmas fresh from the nightly news, you probably would also enjoy reading books by Jodi Picoult.

When I first started reading Sue Grafton’s books about private investigator Kinsey Millhone, Kinsey and I were about the same age -- 32 in “A is for Alibi.” Now Kinsey is 38 years old, and I’m closer in age to Henry, her octogenarian landlord. How did that happen? What would you do? I just read “X” by Sue Grafton and enjoyed my 30s again.

The bookshelves in the fiction area are full to the brim. I put the spillover on a cart in the fiction room -- it is mostly mysteries. A new author, Tricia Fields, spilled over because she isn’t being widely read. Is it time to discard her two books? What would you do? I read “The Territory” and then I read “Scratchgravel Road;” both were excellent. The books by Tricia Fields are set in Artemis, Texas, a small town next to the Rio Grande and Josie Gray is the Chief of Police of a five-person department. She has to deal with drug cartels, floods and murder. I just ordered the next three books by Tricia Fields.

What would you do? I’m hoping you will come in and check out more books.


Programs and events

Today, Wednesday, Charlie Denison will join us for “Middles” story time, ages 6-12, at 1:30 p.m. with his guitar to celebrate Rhythm and Rhyme week for the Summer Reading Program.

Haeli Allen will join us Friday, July 15 for “Littles,” ages 0-5, to continue this musical celebration.


From the back yard to the front porch

Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon will appear in a unique concert at the Lewistown Public Library on Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m. Under the title, “Music from the Backyard and Front Porch,” Pelon will perform on approximately 20 ancient and modern wind, string and free-reed instruments and voice.

Pelon plays an astonishing array of instruments. Among the instruments she will be using are Native American flute, concertina, pennywhistle, ocarina, eagle bone flute, guitar, recorder and psalmodikon, all prominent in American history. Other instruments (guitar-lute, archlute, bowed psaltery, lyre, hurdy-gurdy, gemshorns, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, electric wind instrument and pedalboard) will be used to tell a story or illustrate an idea.

Pelon has performed throughout the U.S. and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia and New Zealand. She is noted for her versatile use of a diverse array of instruments, but Pelon has also won recognition for her lovely soprano voice, and for her compelling compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures. Lauren has performed with symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia String Quartet, on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Pelon was the recipient of the 2001 “Artist of the Year” award from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. More recently, she received a 2010 Artist Initiative Award and 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota Grant Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


Board meeting

Meeting is set for 2 p.m., Thursday, July 14


The Book Station

The next book sale will be held today, Wednesday, July 13 from 2-4 p.m.


New in your adult fiction department

“The Revenant” by Michael Punke; “Hard Luck Money” by J.A. Johnstone; “Stranded” by Dani Pettrey; “Bark Skins” by Annie Proulx; “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld


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