A Grandchild/Grandparent Book Signing
At 5:50 pm author Michale will describe how his new book, ‘The First Advent’, became a reality. Following that the author will read several pages from the Advent book.
Then the fun begins! Each grandchild and grandparent team will receive an activity page from the new book. When the author says “go” all paired participants will complete the activity as quickly as possible. The winning team will win a free autographed copy of the new book.
If the grandparent cannot attend, it will be legal to substitute another adult for the missing grandparent. All other interested persons are also welcome to attend the book signing. They will just not be eligible to take part in the contest.
Come and join the fun and go home with a book guaranteed to extend the Christmas holiday celebration another 25 days!

Just as I am…Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder

Historian, Melanie Stringer, will present her first-person living history program, Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder. This presentation features an interactive “visit” with an adult, but not-yet-famous, Mrs. Wilder. It’s 1898, and Laura, Almanzo, and their 11-year-old daughter Rose have recently settled in the tranquil Missouri Ozarks. The family is working hard to build up a new farm; times are tough and money is scarce, but better days are coming. Though she has not yet considered a writing career, Mrs. Wilder has already lived through many of the events that she will on day recount in her famous Little House books. Visitors are encouraged to join the conversation and questions are welcome in the lively, all ages program.


Write Your Life

Do you have a story to tell? Do you wonder if your children and grandchildren will know the simple things, fun things, exciting things, etc. in your life? Would you like to learn how to do it? Angela Foster, sister to Candace Simar, will be presenting a workshop called “Write Your Life”. There will be 2-three hour sessions given at the Graceville Public Library. The sessions, in Graceville, will be on Monday and Wednesday, October 15th from 4-7pm  and 17th from 12-3pm. This is a Legacy program and will be completely FREE to do.
Angela Foster is a poet and memoirist who teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
Through the use of free writes and prompts, she will help you begin putting those memories on paper. You will learn practical ways to create stories your family will enjoy for generations.
SIGNUP IS REQUIRED. Please call the library to register.


There will be no club meeting this month. Your absent minded librarian failed to order this month’s books. However, I did rock an amazing poster for it. 😎

Anyway, I did get one ready and in order for November, so please sign up for that the next time you are in. So sorry about that. 

Start Your Kids Reading Now So They Continue To Read as Teens and Adults

A patron recently brought in an article to me from the Sunday, Sep. 2, Star Tribune, written by Laurie Hertzel titled ‘Dire News About Teens and Reading’.
This article was terrifying, to say the least.
In her search, she “found that 1/3 of all high school students do not read for pleasure. Fewer than 20% of H.S. students read every day. Instead, their free time is eaten up by video games and social media, which are not, as you know really reading, even though words are often involved.”
This information came from professors at San Diego State University that analyzed data from a decade-long survey project through the University of Michigan called ‘Monitoring the Future’. This was done by using the reading habits of 1 million teens during the years 1976 to 2016.
In the 70’s about 60% of H.S. seniors read books, magazines or newspapers daily. In 2016, that number was only about 16%.
And I quote Laurie, “No wonder our publishers and magazines are in trouble.”
“No wonder newspapers and magazines are in trouble.”
“No wonder the world is in trouble.”
What stuck out to me the most about this informative article that she wrote, is this…”My father, an English professor used to say,’An uneducated populace is easier to control.’ Reading makes us smarter. Not reading, I’m afraid, makes us dumber.”
She goes on to tell her story of her love for books and growing up with a professor father and a librarian mother, and of getting books for gifts every birthday and Christmas. She was hooked on reading at a very young age. She is very interested in on how you became hooked on reading and how you encourage your child to put down the phone and pick up the book. She would love to be contacted at books@startibune.com or visit her on her facebook page if you would like to share your story.

Featured Books for September

For reluctant readers, especially boys, this series has really been very popular. This is a graphic novel series that will be sure to capture the imagination of your kids and keep them reading. We just got the seven-book series in today with the 8th one coming later this month. This is for grades 3-7th. Stop in and start reading this great series today!!!
A collection of the first seven books in Kazu Kibuishi’s #1 New York Times bestselling series!

After tragedy strikes their family, Emily and Navin move with their mother into the old, mysterious home of their great-grandfather. On their first night in the strange house, Emily and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Determined to rescue her, Emily and Navin are led into a world of robots, talking animals, flying ships, new friends . . . and enemies. Emily learns that she is a Stonekeeper and essential to the survival of this world and that her incredible story is only just beginning.


Don’t Forget!

This coming Tuesday is National Night Out! The Graceville Friends of the Library and Parnell Praire Gardens will be hosting a goodwill donation dinner with live music from DC Hawk. There will be several vendors there selling their goods. Be sure to come and enjoy the good food, entertainment and have some fun!

August Adult Book Club

‘Dead Wake’ by Erik Larson
Book Club meets August 29 from 5 pm to 6 pm at the library. You must be 18 and over to sign up. This is a fun group that discusses the books that they pick out each month to read. Sign up at the library. Books are available now.
#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

Final Winners of the Calendar Raffle

Congratulations to this week’s final winners of the calendar raffle ticket contest! July 27 winner of $75 is Dense Gustafson, July 28th winner of $100 is Kiane Kleindl, July 29th winner of $150 is Darlene Ward, and July 30 winner of $75 is Karol Scherer. Thank you all for your support in the Graceville Library!!

MN Writes MN Reads

Local authors – indie, self-published, aspiring, and mainstream – can now create ebooks and share them with readers across the state and potentially across the country using free tools provided by Minnesota libraries.

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