Library Happenings

What is going on? by Nancy Sackett

 When last I blogged, I was reading short stories that led me to a couple of new authors with short novels. “Universal Harvester,” written by John Darnielle, besides having a catchy title, has an interesting situation. Someone is taping over the movies at the video rental store and the inserted “show” is kind of creepy. An employee of the video rental store discovers the altered videos and is haunted by them. When the owner of the store also discovers them, they team up to get to the bottom of what is happening... Or do they? Quick, somebody read this book and explain what is really going on in Iowa.

An even shorter book is “Fever Dream” by Samanta Schweblin. It is character-driven and very well written; it reads like a short story. It keeps you reading, thinking and wondering. These stories haunt you, as does “Idaho,” written by Emily Ruskovich. If you are the kind of reader who enjoys mysteries, then put those three books on your must-read list.

One of my favorites of this year is “As Good as Gone” by Larry Watson. It’s 1963 in eastern Montana, and an old cowboy comes to town to look after his grandchildren. It’s a coming-of-age story that shows how different generations handle the same problems.

 My favorite book so far this year is “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman. “Beartown” is a small, dying town, and the people who live there are hoping hockey will save it. The junior league is looking good this year, and maybe they will get to the finals. If they win, next year the players will all move up to the A team, and you can build a hockey club and a town with that. The book has humor, hope, and truth.

If you have read “Blind Your Ponies” by Stanley Gordon West, what basketball is to “Blind Your Ponies,” hockey is to “Beartown.” By the way, everyone who read “Blind Your Ponies” said they enjoyed it, so that should be on your must-read list.

Do you have plans for the summer? Make sure reading a good book is one of them.


New in Fiction

 “The Ambassador’s Daughter” by Pam Jenoff; “The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach” by Pam Jenoff; “The Winter Guest” by Pam Jenoff; “The Hearts of Men” by Nickolas Butler; “The Girl from Venice” by Martin Cruz Smith; “The Guest Cottage” by Nancy Thayer; “Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer; “The Rebel” by Marta Perry; “Search the Dark” by Marta Perry; “Abandon the Dark” by Marta Perry; “Friday Nights” by Joanna Trollope; “The Whiskey Traders” by Wade Everett; “Burned with the Coyote Brand” by Dan Cushman; “The Charmers” by Elizabeth Adler; “One Way or Another” by Elizabeth Adler; and “Last to Know” by Elizabeth Adler.


Author Reading tonight

Tyler Dunning will host a Book Reading this evening, June 7, at 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. “Come enjoy an evening of dark humor and shared community with Tyler Dunning as he tells tales from his new essay collection, ‘A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends’ – tales of hard loss, self-harm survival techniques and finding restoration in our natural world. This will be a low-key event honoring the ailing art of storytelling, and we’d love to have you out.” (from The event is free and open to the public.


Summer reading 

 The Summer Reading program begins the week of Tuesday, June 13. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World.”

Clifford will help us celebrate by working with kids on a handful of activities during the special kick-off event, “Clifford The Big Red Dog Day” on Tuesday, June 13 at 2 p.m. Engaging activities for kids include building towers, bridge construction, paper bag houses, magnetic tiles and interlocking cardboard tiles. Photos with Clifford will also take place during the activity.

Each week has a new sub-theme during the Summer Reading program and a related activity is offered for both youth and adults. Sign up at the library to participate for Summer Reading during kick-off week, as well as during the eight-week program. Stay current on the Summer Reading schedule on our website at or our Facebook page.


Board of Directors meeting

The Lewistown Public Library Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, June 8, at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


Story Time schedule

 Friday Story Time begins the summer schedule on June 16 at 10:30 a.m. The preschool group (3-6 years) meets downstairs for stories and a craft.

Babies and toddlers gather in the upstairs meeting room for songs and story. A second story time is added this summer on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for the preschool group (3-6 years) downstairs.

Saturday Preschool Story Time starts Saturday, June 17.


Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We are closed Sunday and Monday. Contact us by phone at 538-5212, or e-mail Our card catalog may be viewed on our webpage:, as well as our downloadable audio books, e-books, and Heritage Quest Online.


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