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  • Mon & Wed & Fri: 11am - 6pm
  • Tues & Thurs: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 1pm
  • Sunday: closed

Book Clubs

Everyone is welcome!   No book purchase is necessary to participate.    Books to be read are chosen by the group members, with recommendations by the librarians.    For more info:     Rebecca 684-3813.


Middle School/Teen Book Club (for those going into 5th - 9th grades)    

We'll met this summer twice:   On Wed. June 29th at 1:00, and Wed. July 27th at 1:00 (second date could be changed if people at first one want to).     Books will be available to pick up a few weeks before the discussion date.   For the first book, you can pick up your book any time after June 1st.   Call the library if interested  (715-684-3813) and we will get you a free copy of the next book (ask for Hope;  Hope Melander is the facilitator).   Come give us your ideas and we can negotiate the second book to be read!     No buying of a book is necessary.  Come hav fun and meet other people who like to read too!  

The title for the first discsussion is:    Crenshaw By Katherine Applegate.   " Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?"    Come give your opinion about this popular book.  

During the school year the group meets less often as participants are busy with schoolwork, but meets occasionally as the group chooses.   Meetings can be on the last Tuesday of each month at 3:45 for about 45 minutes, but day and time are up for negotiation.  Or occasional meetings can happen just once or twice a year for busy students.   B-W Bus #9 stops right at the library at 3:35 (remember a note that morning if you are changing buses).  A snack is provided if groups meets during the schoolyear.  


    Afternoon Book Club:  (ages 18 and over) -  Meets last Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm.

Books chosen are slightly older popular titles so that we can order multiple copies from the MORE system and no book purchase is necessary to participate.    

 Tues.  June 28,    1:00pm

Class of '65  by Jim Auchmutey



 Being a student at Americus High School in 1964 was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper's life. A member of a nearby Christian commune, Koinonia, Greg was publicly and devoutly in favor of racial integration and harmony. Koinonia's farm goods were boycotted by businesses for miles around, and they were targeted and attacked with bombs and gunfire by the Ku Klux Klan. But Greg did not waver in his beliefs. When Americus High School was integrated, he refused to participate in the insults and violence aimed at its black students. He was harassed and bullied and beaten but stood his ground. In the summer after his senior year, as racial strife in Americus reached its peak, Greg left town. Forty-two years later, in the spring of 2006, a dozen former classmates wrote letters to Greg, asking his forgiveness and inviting him to return for a class reunion. Their words opened a vein of painful memory and unresolved emotion. The long-deferred attempt at reconciliation started him on a journey that would prove healing and saddening. The Class of '65 transcends the ugly things that happened decades ago in the Deep South. This book is also the story of four people--David Morgan, Joseph Logan, Deanie Dudley, and Celia Harvey--who reached out to their former classmate. Why did they change their minds? Why did it still matter to them, decades later? Their tale illustrates our capacity for change and the ways in which America has--and has not--matured in its attitudes about race. At heart, this is a tale about a pariah and the people who eventually realized that they had been a party to injustice. It is a tandem story of a country and its people--angry, fearful, and proud--to make real change"-- Provided by publisher.


Book Discussion - Evening Group

 Tuesday, June 28, 7:00 pm

The Life We Bury

by Allen Eskens (a Minnesota author)

College student Joe Talbert has to interview a stranger and write a brief biography for an English class.  With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject.  There he meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer on medical parole. Unable to reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict, Joe--with the help of Lila, his skeptical neighbor--throws himself into uncovering the truth.

If interested, e-mail Joni at:       Please order your copy of the book from the MORE system or ask the library staff for help.