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January story time guest

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Gwen Prentice from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be our story time guest. Gwen will be sharing her knowledge of the world of nature through the eyes of preschoolers. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the theme will be the letter “T.” Storytime meets at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and is open to children ages two to five, their caregivers and siblings.

Spanish conversation group begins Jan. 28
To supplement the on-line language program, “Tell Me More,” the library will be sponsoring a weekly Spanish conversation group beginning on Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. until noon in the meeting room. Ann Valenta, retired Spanish teacher, will be monitoring the first meeting and will assist in setting up a format and future meeting schedule. These sessions will be for on-line participants desiring to practice speaking the language, and not lessons for learning the language.

More new mystery books
For those patrons who can read as fast as the new books are unpacked, add these books by popular authors to your list of must reads. “77 Shadow Street” is a first rate suspense by best-selling author, Dean Koontz. Nightmare visions become real in The Pendleton, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Scarred by episodes of mass murder, suicide and madness The Pendleton has been at peace since being repurposed to a luxury apartment building in the 1970s. But now, the building has become engulfed in a dark tide and the residents are gripped by terror.
“Gun Games” by Faye Kellerman is a Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novel. They’re back in a gripping mystery involving a secret cabal of some of Los Angeles’ most wealthy and vicious teens.
New York Times bestseller, John Lescroart, has just released his 23rd novel, “Hunter.” Readers will continue turning pages as this dark, intimate thriller unfolds. Wyatt Hunt, an adopted San Francisco private investigator tries to find his birth mother. Contacted only by text messages, the texter insists a murderer is out there who has taken her life. As Hunt investigates, the chase escalates, the threat escalates and the killer has a secret not trusted beyond the grave.

Books for the romantic
Janet Evanovich, bestselling author, has teamed up with author Dorien Kelly to lighten things up with a novel of romantic suspense. Filled with humor, and loveable characters, Kate Appleton will keep you turning pages as she accepts an unlikely job paying a big bonus that will help her save the family home if she can keep a killer from closing in. “Happily Ever After” by Susan May Warren is the first in the series of the Deep Haven Series. When Mona Reynolds hires a mysterious drifter to be her handyman in her newly opened bookstore-coffee shop, she discovers that it isn’t only in fairy tales that people live “happily ever after”. Book number two and three of the series, “Tying the Knot” and “The Perfect Match” are already in the library collection. Check out this whole delightful Christian romance series.

Movie Clips
“The Last Lions” Originally broadcast as a made-for-TV movie for the National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Wild, this documentary follows lioness Ma di Tau and her fragile cubs as they take a perilous journey through raging fire, rival prides, croc-infested rivers and deadly buffalo in order to survive.
“Moneyball” (2011, PG13, Sports/Bio/Drama) Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Bean in this film about Bean’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
“There Be Dragons” (2011, PG13, Bio/War/Drama) Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint’s life.