We are proud to announce our first Movie Night Out showing “Mr. Holmes” on Saturday 11/21 at 7:00 pm. This is a free showing and there will be light refreshments served. Bird City Public Library will open the doors at 6:30 pm if you would like to come and browse our collection and learn more about this fascinating literary character. Please call if you have any questions: 785-734-2203.
This month’s recommendations come from Fiction author Jim Kraus. The first book I’m recommending is “The Dog that talked to God” which tells the story of recently widowed Mary Fassler who buys a miniature schnauzer she names Rufus. While grieving the loss of her family, Mary is surprised to learn that not only can Rufus talk but he admits that he also talks to God. The dog begins sharing advice with a confused Mary who comes to understand that trust in any relationship—with ourselves, our pets and even with God, is essential for a happy life. The second book by the same author is called “The Cat that God sent”. Along the same lines as the first book, this tells the story of Pastor Jake Wilkerson who is new to his parish and hiding the secret of questioning his faith. The cat in this book, while not speaking directly, impacts Jake and his parishioners to question the decisions they have made and to see if there might not be an alternate path that can lead to happiness if you can trust in God’s grace. Jim Kraus writes with such compassion and humor it’s like you’ve read him before. His dialogue with character is very authentic and his understanding of animal’s roles in our lives is essential to our own development as people. Whether you consider yourself a Dog-person or a Cat-person you will enjoy these books for the message of hope they give. Enjoy–Dian
Well it was a wonderful contest and the McPherson brothers keep a tight race going until the end but when the final ballots were counted, Harley McPherson and his pumpkin “Christening” by A.A. Milne won the day for the 3rd-7th grade category. Parker Bursch was the winner for the PreK-2nd grade category with her winning pumpkin “Fancy Nancy” by Jane O’Connor.
We had a great crowd of kids show up for the Free Movie “Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Thanks to all the kids, parents and everyone for supporting our new tradition for this event.
This month our Special Collections Curio features miniature novelty salt-and-pepper shakers owned by Diana Weinstein. Diana inherited the collection from her Great-Grandmother Addy Bressler, longtime resident of Bird City. “Grandma Addy started the collection in the 1940’s.” said Cheryl Bressler Behn. “I remember I was in junior high visiting her and helping her catalog each set, what year she received them and where and from whom they came.” Family and friends were aware of Addy’s collection and would often remember her while traveling and gift her with unique sets from around the state, Yellowstone National Park and even Mexico. While the collection in the library curio features the miniature novelty sets, like a brush and comb paired with a mirror and an old fashioned bottle of milk paired with a coffee cup, the majority of the collection is permanently on display during the Tri-State Antique Engines and Threshers show each summer. At the time of Addy’s passing the collection totaled over 1,200 sets of tableware. Please feel free to stop by and enjoy this wonderful display that has been lovingly handled and treasured by several generations of the Bressler/Weinstein families.
One of our most popular novelist at the Bird City Public Library is Janet Evanovich and her exciting Stephanie Plum series. The newest addition to the series, “Tricky Twenty-Two”, isn’t due to be released until this November so for her hard core fans the next exciting round is just around the corner (we promise!).
To hold you until that time, this month I’m recommending two of Janet’s Between-the-Novels books, “Plum Lovin’” and “Plum Lucky” both of which have your favorite characters of Stephanie, Lula, Connie and of course Grandma getting into all sorts of hijinks while also introducing the character of Diesel, a sexy man of mystery from another set of Janet Evanovich books the “Wicked” series. (If you haven’t had a chance to read them, they are a must!!)
In “Plum Lovin’” our girl Stephanie finds herself put in the role of relationship expert (yep…you didn’t misread that!) while Diesel tries to prevent an retired mafia man from creating all sorts of problems for a woman who may (or may not) really be Cupid. Bad enough she can’t chose between Morelli and Ranger, Stephanie finds she must give advice to other lovelorn lost souls, one of which is her sister’s commitment phobic boyfriend. Stephanie has 48 hours to make this the best Valentine’s day for everyone involved, or bad things will happen…..like her sister won’t get married! Yikes!!
In “Plum Lucky” Stephanie and Lula hit the road to Atlantic City after being sent to retrieve Grandma who’s suddenly, and suspiciously, in possession of a large duffel bag full of cash. Diesel is back on the scene this time with the hopes of retrieving the money lost by a mysterious little man in green pants who thinks (you guessed it) he’s a leprechaun. Craziness ensues when Connie meets a guy, Lula is approached about becoming a plus-size model, and a psycho killer wants to take Stephanie and Diesel out permanently.
Both books are just a couple chapters long, so stop by and pick up both for some fun, quick and exciting weekend reads. Enjoy–Dian