Elkader Public Library: Grout Museum returns Thursday

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Branch Kobliska touches an alligator brought to the Elkader Public Library by Blank Park Zoo workers while his mom, Melissa, and sister, Meadow, look on.

By Lisa Wilke Pope

Library Director

 

There’s still time to sign up children for the Summer Reading Program. Don’t let them suffer from the “summer slide” when their reading skills decline. Research shows that reading keeps those brains engaged, unlike some computer games. 

Coming up: Thursday, June 28, Grout Museum staff will present “Sound Science” at 1 p.m.

New Fiction:

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. All the former players now play for a rival team in a neighboring town. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

As enemies plan an unprecedented attack on American soil, Washington is gripped by uncertainty and fear as rumors spread of a traitor in the cabinet and the president himself comes under suspicion, before he goes missing.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper, the wealthy mother of a famous actor, enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home. 

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson

Kate Reddy is counting the days until she is 50, but not in a good way. With hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her but won’t talk to her and ailing parents who aren’t coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn’t even allowed to eat because of the calories.

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

Josie Moore is happy and considers herself lucky. Her husband Frank is handsome, charismatic, and he still looks at her like she’s the beautiful woman he married more than a decade ago. Until one morning when Josie borrows his phone--and sees nine words that shatter her world. 

Turbulence by Stuart Woods

With the fate of nations at stake, Stone Barrington must summon all of his fearless daring to put an end to an audacious plot after a run-in with a powerful, noxious politician. But this time he may be in over his head.

New Large Print:

Taos Lightning by Johnny D. Boggs

When an accident seriously injures his father, fifteen-year-old Evan Kendrick saddles his half broke mustang stallion to take his father’s place in a horse race from Texas to New England offering $3,000 to the winner. He will discover what America can offer, both good and bad.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic tech guy from her office.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

See summary above.

Ride the Savage Land by William W. Johnstone

When the Jensen boys agree to lead a wagon of mail-order brides across Texas, they’re just asking for trouble. Pursued by a crazy ex-husband, an outlaw boyfriend, a creepy clan of backwoodsmen, and a fierce, deadly band of kidnappers, it is one hard journey that could get them all killed.

The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

During World War I, 18-year-old Robert Weekes, a practitioner of empirical philosophy--an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal, and even fly--dreams of becoming the first male in an elite team of flying medics.

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer

Alison is finally engaged to the love of her life. Things would be perfect--if only she could make peace between her daughters. Felicity, wild at heart yet a loving mother, and Jane, extremely organized businesswoman, arrive on the island hoping to get through it all without ruining their mother’s big day.

 

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