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Toddler/Preschooler Reading Program

Promote reading with your toddler during October by participating in the toddler/preschooler reading program! Even infants’ brains benefit from listening to the rich language used in literature. In this read-to-me program, your child will enjoy a brain boost, cuddling, and even an award when he … Read More…

Hedy reviews "Hunger"

FIC HAMS  Hamsun, Knut, translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Lyngstad, 1998.  “Hunger”, 1890, 206 pages

“Hunger” is one of our Global Gathering Norway discussion books.  For the Global Gatherings, we invite scholars to be our discussion facilitators because often these foreign classics … Read More…

Hedy reviews "Shadow on the Mountain"

JFIC PREU “Shadow on the Mountain” by Margi Preus, 2012, 286 pages

First off, I’d like to alert everyone to the opportunity of meeting Margi Preus at the Bettendorf Public Library on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.  She will be doing a presentation highlighting her books with a Norwegi… Read More…

Hedy reviews "Eva's Eye"

MYS FOSS  “Eva’s Eye” by Karin Fossum, 1995, English translation 2012, 292 pages

This is the first in the Inspector Sejer (pronounced SAY-ear) series and the first mystery to be discussed as part of the Library’s Global Gathering Norway project (next month we’ll discuss “The Bat” by Jo Ne… Read More…

Hedy reviews "Holy the Firm"

242 DI  Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard, 1977, 76 pages

This is a slim book that can be read over and over with delight and pondering.  Forget doing any Google searches.  No website’s going to give you the answers to what “God” (or “god”) is, why there’s pain, why we exist. We can only find… Read More…

Hedy reviews "The Year of the Hare"

“The Year of the Hare” by Arto Paasilinna 1975, translated by Herbert Lomas 1995, foreword by Pico Iyer 2010, 194 pages

A journalist and a photographer were driving through the Finnish countryside on assignment and hit a young hare.  The result was life-changing for the journalist Kaarlo Vat… Read More…

Hedy reviews "Seeds of Hope"

580 GO (also CDBOOK, PLAYAWAY)  by Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson; Foreword by Michael Pollan.  “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants”, 2014, 420 pages

“Seeds of Hope” is almost like a memoir as the author talks about her relationship with plants and trees throughout her… Read More…

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