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Harlem Library


May 17, 2017

A great big shout out of appreciation goes to everyone who supported the Friends of the Library Spring Basket Social fundraiser. Thanks to everyone who donated the fabulous baskets! Thanks to those who attended the social to show their support. To those who purchased baskets, thank you so much for your generosity. And last, but not least, thanks to those who made the delicious desserts and planned such an enjoyable evening.

“Build a Better World” is the theme for the upcoming Summer Reading Program. Children ages preschool through grade 6 may sign up beginning May 30. We encourage adults to take part in the Summer Reading Program by playing the “Letter by Letter” game. Game boards and directions may be picked up beginning May 30. Family Fun Night is May 31, 6:30-8:00 for children and their parents/ caregivers. Remember to sign up for a library card for yourself or your children a current photo I.D. is needed.

May is Mental Health Awareness month. A new book that speaks to that issue is “No One Cares About Crazy People” by Ron Powers. Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist Powers traces the “appalling narrative - from sadistic centuries ago to today’s scattershot treatments and policies.” This well researched work includes his own personal narrative of his two sons who were diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Viola Shipman has written “The Hope Chest.” When an heirloom hope chest is discovered it reveals precious memories and helps three people find joy again after losing a part of themselves.

“The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” is by Lisa See. Ly-yan lives in a remote Chinese village of the Akha people. Life goes on as it has for generations until a stranger arrives in a jeep, the first automobile the villagers have ever seen. As the modern world starts to intrude into the life of the Akha Ly-yan starts to reject long held customs. When she has a baby out of wedlock rather than giving her child over to be killed, she takes her to neighboring city to leave at an orphanage. Over the years her daughter Haley, who is raised in California by adoptive parents, and Ly-yan both search for the missing piece in their lives.

Wealthy JJ Ferguson has returned home to North Carolina intent on building his dream house and pursuing his high school sweetheart, Ava. But Ava has married, although desperate for a baby she can’t seem to carry to term. The factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt. JJ’s plans seem derailed as he tries to find his American Dream. “No One is Coming to Save Us” is by Stephanie Powell Watts.

“A Bloom of Bones” by Allen Morris Jones features Eli Singer, a rancher and poet in Eastern Montana. A long-buried corpse is found on his property after years of erosion. It is the remains of a murder victim from Eli’s childhood. He must relive the tragic events from his past while he reaches out to Chloe, a New York literary agent.

Other new titles include “The Lioness is the Hunter,” an Amos Walker mystery by Loren D. Estleman; “Etched in Bone” by Anne Bishop; and “Sweet Lake” by Christine Nolfi.

The library will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.


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