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Intro to Fairy Gardening

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Come explore the latest craze! Learn techniques on how you can make these magical places at home.

Fairy Gardens are magical places that can be created in pots, unique containers and/or a cultivated spot in your yard.

Please note: This is an informational class only.

Overdrive News!

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Have you heard that Overdrive App will be retired in 2022? Have no fear!
Download the Libby app today to continue borrowing ebooks and audiobooks from the online library.
Contact a librarian for any other questions or concerns you have. 

 



 


 

 

Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library was formed in 1995.  They are an auxiliary group of the Library Foundation.  Their mission is to maintain an
association of persons interested in the library, to focus public attention on the library, to lend financial support, to coordinate volunteer efforts,
and help promote the programs and services of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. 

As a Friend, you will have the satisfaction of supporting one of our most important educational institutions, playing an important role in making books and other materials available to the community. 
You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for various events and programs.

  You can join for as little as $5.00 per year as an individual, or $15.00 as a family.
If you are already a Friend of the library, please stop by today to renew your membership. 

Please contact the library with any questions. 
The library would love to have you as a Friend!

Book Reviews from the Librarians

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance

You know those cozy romance books and movies where the city guy goes off to a small town, falls in love with a girl, and leaves the mean city girl behind? Nora Stephens is that city girl. This is how she introduces herself at the beginning of Book Lovers by Emily Henry. After 4 breakups following the same pattern, Nora's sister, Libby, drags her off for a month long vacation to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. With a check list in hand, they set forth to have that experience for Nora. Quickly things turn a bit sideways as she coincidently keeps running into her nemesis and book publisher Charlie Lastra.

From the beginning I was hooked. There is plenty of romantic tension between Charlie and Nora. Equally, I loved the interactions between Nora and her sister, Libby. Each of them taking a different approach to life despite their family history. Henry's writing is great as well. Her verbal exchanges between Charlie and Nora had me laughing while equally smiling at their flirtatious behavior. I may have even snort laughed at the mention of Bigfoot erotica in the story. If you know, you know.

Overall, a great read. The pages are filled with plenty of sexual tension, laughable moments, and thoughtful introspection on behalf of the main character to make this the book I needed to read at this moment. I highly recommend this romantic read.

 

Kingdom of Bones by James Rollins
Genre: Adventure

The Sigma Force is back in this brand new adventure from Rollins. Like other books. Rollins has a wonderful way of sucking you into a rollercoaster of an adventure. In this novel, a virus has breaks loose in the Congo. The Sigma Force is called in to help identify the strain and potentially find a cure. Thrown in the mix is a big rich arrogant baddy who plans to use the virus to his advantage.

What an amazing read! From the very beginning, I was pulled into the story, the action, and the characters. I couldn't put it down!. Part of the reason I enjoyed the book is that the author put a lot of research into the novel. The science and history is very accessible. I highly recommend this to any adventure book lover or anyone who just wants a fun adrenaline-fueled ride.

 

Gallant by V.E. Schwab
Genre: Gothic Horror

Gallant introduces readers to Olivia Prior. Orphaned at an early age, Olivia grew up in the Merilance School for Girls. Staff and fellow orphans alike treated her unkindly due to her mutism. Her only connection to her family is a journal her mother kept. One warning stands out: stay away from Gallant. One day, she is called into the head matrons office and told she has family that has been searching for her. She is reconnected with family and discovers more about her mother's past, her family, and the dangers of Gallant. 

I really enjoyed the story. It was a one day read for me. The style follows the gothic horror tradition. In the best way, this story gave me the dark creepy vibes much like Henry James' Turning of the Screw. Schwab nails it with creating atmosphere. Her imagery is quite strong. The whole story is suspenseful, filled with mystery and intriguing. I was right along with Olivia Prior as she tried discover the history of her family, the fate of her mother, and why her cousin is so eager for her to leave. I felt Olivia's frustration with her world and lack of answers. The mystery of it all pulled me along. It's a solid book, in my opinion. It's a great story with a fun atmosphere and some wonderful overarching themes of life and death. I don't know if this book is typical of Schwab's other works, but I am really compelled to dip my toe into her bibliography a bit further.

 

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Genre: Historical Fiction

My reading tastes lay far from historical fiction, but I can say that I am ever grateful for having read this book. The book is told from two points of view and two time frames, that of Rill Foss and Avery Stafford. Rill Foss is a child stolen away along with her siblings by Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Home Society in the 1930's. The part of the book told in her point of view tells her tale of the horrendous activities that took place at the orphanage and the absolutely greed fueled stealing and selling of children by Georgia Tann. The other part comes from the point of view of Avery Stafford during present day. Avery embarks on a journey to uncover the secrets her Grandmother holds close and that could have a huge impact on her affluent political family.

Both stories engaged me from the beginning. I felt the pull of Avery trying to discover who she is along side discovering pieces of her family history. Rill's childhood story is tragic and horrid in many ways. Her desperate attempt to keep her siblings together is wrought with frustration, fear and tragedy. Wingate gives readers a glimpse into the history of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Society. While difficult to read, I appreciate Wingate broaching the subject of abuse and selling of children while intertwining a real organization, history and person into this piece of fiction. I think it brings to light history while pointing to the fact that these things still happen today (Epstein, human trafficking). She also cleverly shows how fear can be a dangerous weapon used to stop people from speaking up and out about the things that happen not only to them, but others.

Intentional or not, I think Wingate's piece of fiction can fuel desire to read further into the history of Georgia Tann and her organization. I always feel that a book that leads me to look further into history is a huge success.

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