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Friends of the Library Book Sale

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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library will accept donations for their annual book sale September 16th through the 20th.

Please drop off your gently used materials at the Belmond Public Library during hours of operation.

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale at the Talbot Belmond Public Library.
Free will donation.
Books in all genres and age groups, movies, games, puzzles and more for sale.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Belmond Public Library at 641-444-4160


Wiggles and Giggles Storytime

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Join Miss Amy for interactive stories, music, dancing and playtime!
Every Tuesday at 10AM in October.
Ages 18-months through 5-years old.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration is now open!


Recommended by the Librarians

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Cast in Shadow (Book 1 in the Chronicles of Elantra Archives Series) by Michelle Sagara
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Fantasy

Available on Bridges

Synopsis: Children in the streets of fief of Nightshade are dying. Each of them are marked with odd markings on their skin. Kaylin Neya has returned to the streets she escaped, searching for clues to the death of these children who bear the same markings as her own. She survived, but what has come back to start the cycle again? As a private in the Hawks, a law-enforcing group led by Avians, Kaylin works to solve the mystery collecting clues the crimes but growing close to some of the truths about her own past.

My Impression: While this book is in the fantasy genre, it reads very much like a mystery novel. The plot is interesting and engaging while not leaning too heavily on remembering a lot of names, locations, and backgrounds. The pace is a bit slow and I did feel as if I was trudging through at times; however, I had no issue with the read in regards to the plot or story line. Like most fantasy novels, the first book acts to build the world and characters while engaging the reader. The series becomes more dynamic with each book.



The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink

I have not read a true young adult novel in a while. I was excited to see this futuristic, thriller to come to the library and had to pick it up, right away. “The Similars” is Rebecca Hanover’s debut. The duology (two in a series) continues with “The Pretenders”. You can expect to see “The Pretenders” on the shelf in December. “The Similars” begins with Emmaline, our protagonist, on her way to prestigious high school, Darkwood Academy. We soon find out that Emmaline has suffered a great loss over the summer season. Her best friend, Oliver, committed suicide. The artificial intelligence is reading Emma the news for the day when we find out that clones will be attending school with her in the fall. The special thing about the clones is that they are clones of Emma’s classmates. They were made, by ‘mistake’, in a lab 16 years ago. When Emma arrives at school she is stunned, and devastated, to find out her deceased best friend was cloned. She does not want to have anything to do with the Similars but continues to be dragged into their mysteries. The end of the book will leave you wondering how Emma’s life will change.
The idea of clones has always intrigued me so there is no surprise that I loved this story by Rebecca Hanover. Sometimes I feel it hard to connect with the characters in young adult writing because I am no longer at that stage in my life. The storyline has to be good for me to be able to overlook this. “The Similars” hooked me from the start with a hi-tech, thrilling plotline. There is even a little romance thrown in there as Emma struggles to come to grips with her attraction to Levi, her late friend’s similar.  I am excited to finish this duology in December and look forward to reading more of Hanover’s writing in the future. I am thankful that I decided to give “The Similars” the benefit of the doubt, as an adult reading about young adults, and feel you should too!


They called us Enemy by George Takei
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink

George Takei is known by multiple generations, as the guy from Star Trek, the ‘oh, my guy’, the meme guy, the advocate for LGBT rights, and most recently graphic novelist.  He has a strong social media following where he remains a prevalent voice in today’s heated political climate.  George Takei spent four formidable years imprisoned in the Japanese American internment camps. He has written about his time in these camps before in his autobiography. George wanted to educate the younger generation, who are found unknowledgeable about this piece of American history. To achieve this George created a graphic novel with Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott and Harmony Becker. 
“They called us Enemy” is the first graphic novel I have read. I found it hard at times to read because the (beautiful) graphics were distracting at first. About fifteen pages in, I found my flow and it was a lot easier to appreciate the way the drawings added to Takei’s graphic memoir. I did not learn about the Japanese American internment camps when I was in high school or even college level American History. I learned about the internment camps through self-education in adulthood. I can understand why Takei felt he needed to target the younger generation so history never repeats itself. Takei writes in a way to make the reader understand that he did not realize how damaging the camps were to him until he reached an age where he gained maturity and realized the imprisonment was wrong. The novel wasn’t heavy at all times. I did laugh in the two hour span in took me to read because George writes this through the innocent eyes of a child. Overall, it was very informative, easy read. This graphic novel would complement any teacher’s arsenal or anyone with a thirst for history.


Recursion by Blake Crouch
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Sci-fi Thriller
Synopsis: The novel follows Barry Sutton, NYC cop, investigating FMS (False Memory Syndrome) which fills those afflicted with memories of a life they never lived. Alongside his story is that of Helena Smith, neuroscientist, as she works to understand memory in an effort to build a device to preserve it. Barry soon finds the truth about FMS while Helena discovers that good intentions do not always have good results. The two work together in an effort to defeat the dangerous effects of FMS and the circumstances that cause the disease.
My Impression: Oh, Mr. Crouch, how I love thee.  Is it socially acceptable to hug a book? Here I thought that my mind could only handle so much after the mind-blowing experience of reading Dark Matter, only to find he has done it again with Recursion. I apologize for the vague review, but I would hate to ruin all the twists and turns in the stories journey. Crouch tells his tale in present tense. This may cause frustration for some readers; however, I suggest hanging on and continuing as the ride is worth it. As in his other novels, Crouch gives the reader just enough about the characters and plot in the beginning then continues to tease the reader along the way. I found myself enveloped in the book from the get-go. The story is fast-paced and filled with all those twists and turns that make you think, especially about memory and reality. I am sure that science experts will find the story a bit out there and certainly scientifically unsound, but for this average Jane, the book got me thinking. Several times, I went back in the book to reread sections in response to a personal “Aha!” moment. I would highly suggest this book for anyone who likes an exciting fast-paced read as well as all those lovers of thrillers.


Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink

Ivy Gamble is a private investigator with a small drinking issue. She is not magic or special, like her estranged sister, Tabitha, a magical theory professor. Ivy is happy with her life, until she is called to investigate a suspected murder at the private high school for mages, Osthorne academy. Ivy starts to question her choice of lifestyle, morals and the way she has seen herself for years.
My favorite part of this book was how real the main character, Ivy, felt. The sore spots of Ivy’s personality were not glossed over and the character development did not happen too fast. I started this book in hopes that it would feel a little bit like going back to Hogwarts. It did not. In fact, the students in this book chastise Rowling’s books for being ‘unrealistic’. It does not seem that magic is a giant secret in this world. Magic is just not something everyone believes even when he or she are told about it. I feel like Sarah Gailey wrote a fantastic fantasy novel for adults. I will say I did not enjoy the ending too much and wish Sarah would not have left us with so much to wonder about. There is enough mystery in this novel for those who do not normally read fantasy novels to enjoy, enough family drama for a daytime soap, and enough fantasy to leave anyone with an imagination to wonder. Five Stars!


For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Christian Inspirational, Non-fiction

Synopsis: The book is a collection of essays by Jen Hatmaker. She covers many subjects including faith, family and her every day observances.

My Impression: A couple years ago, I read another book by Hatmaker called Of Mess & Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life. I instantly fell in love with Hatmaker’s personal style of writing, her humor, and her take on the world around her. For the Love follows along the same lines with a slightly heavier focus on faith. She discusses parenting, marriage, her faith, and her desire for all women to feel loved and a part of a larger sisterhood. I found myself reading passages aloud to my husband as well as nodding my head at several points in total agreement with her take on the world. She even includes a couple family favorite recipes and, thanks to her online followers, a few “thank you notes” much like the style of those featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmie Fallon. This was an easy read, which empowered, inspired, and filled me with a sense of contentment.




Abandon by Blake Crouch
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis: On Christmas day in 1893 the residents of the town of Abandon disappeared. Every resident, from adult to child, disappeared with all of their belongings left behind leaving the town almost frozen in time. In 2009, two guides, a history professor, a journalist, psychic and paranormal photographer make a trip to the town on rumors of hauntings. The group soon discovers that the sins of the past weigh heavily on the future. Jumping back and forth between the history of Abandon and the present group, the author leads the reader on a twisting and turning historic adventure.

My Impressions: This is my second review of a Blake Crouch book. Earlier I reviewed “Dark Matter”. Check it out! I mean, literally, we have it here at the library. One of the librarians will hook you up. It is mind blowing!

On to “Abandon”, another thriller by Crouch. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is strong and keeps the reader engaged from the very beginning. Generally, I struggle with books that jump between time lines, but I had no difficulty following this story. The transitions were smooth and they kept me entertained, even if I did feel eager to read on in the other timeline. While the synopsis hints at this being a ghost story, I assure you that while it has elements and suggestions of the paranormal the story, over all, is a pure thriller. Without giving too much away, I will mention that all sorts of haunting exist, not all of them are of the ghostly kind.


The Ash Family by Molly Dektar
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink

“Thrilling and profound, The Ash Family explores what we will sacrifice in the search for happiness, and the beautiful and grotesque power of the human spirit as it seeks its ultimate place of belonging.” - Goodreads

The Ash Family is the debut novel from Molly Dektar. Dektar’s writing is beautifully poetic. It is not very often these days you can read a book and appreciate the writing as well as the story. Dektar writes of a young woman, Berie, who is in search of a simple life. While on her trek to college, Berie meets a curious man with promises of the life she would like to live. Berie soon meets The Ash Family, a small community living off grid in the mountains of North Carolina. The family respect their leader, Dice, and follow various rules. Being a member of the Ash Family, you must also follow the rules that are undeclared and often hard to navigate. Berie, who is later renamed Harmony, tries her hardest to fit into this family and begins to form ties of her own. Harmony is finally finding her place in “the real world” and soon after starts to notice things are not as they seem with the Ash Family…

The Ash Family is a wonderful debut novel. At times it was hard for me to understand what decade Harmony and the main ensemble were living in and I feel this was on purpose. While other reviews mention hating how indecisive Harmony is it is important to remember, she is in a cult and is undoubtedly being brainwashed from the start. Bay, the elusive man who led Harmony to the ‘family’, is clearly an abusive man. Harmony does not have a lot of life experience and the members of the ‘family’ use this to their advantage. While I did enjoy this book, I felt there could have been more background on the cult and the members. There was a lot to wonder about after finishing this novel. I would recommend this novel not because it is absolutely riveting and addicting but because the writing is wonderful and it will make you think.


Adopt a Magazine

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Adopt a Yearly Magazine Subscription for Belmond Public Library

Contact Chris Adcock for more information or stop in the library with your donation 

Red lettered titles have been adopted. 

All Recipes $10.00

American Patchwork & Quilting $29.97
American Spirit $18.00
Better Homes and Gardens $22.00

Birds & Blooms $17.98
Christianity Today $39.00
Consumer Reports $30.00
Cook's Country $19.95
Cook's Illustrated $24.95
Country $17.98

Country Living $18.00
Country Sampler     $24.98
Country Woman $17.98
Crochet! $26.95
Cuisine at Home $22.00
Diabetic Living $19.97
Do It Yourself $10.00
Eating Well $19.97
Entertainment Weekly $59.95
Every Day with Rachael Ray $24.00
Family Circle $19.99
Family Handyman $24.00
Farm & Ranch $17.98
Farm Collector $30.00
Field & Stream $14.97
Fine Gardening $29.95
Fine Woodworking $34.95
First   $19.97
Food Network $20.00
Good Housekeeping $15.00
Good Old Days $19.95
Grit $22.95
Health $15.97
Iowa History Journal $18.95
Iowa Outdoors $15.00
Iowan Magazine $24.00
Kiplinger's Personal Finance $14.97
Kraft Food and Family $15.00
Love of Quilting $20.97
Magnolia Journal $21.00
Martha Stewart Living $28.00
Men's Journal $19.94

Midwest Living     $19.98
Mother Earth Living $19.95
Mother Earth News $17.00
National Geographic $39.00
O the Oprah Magazine $18.00
Our Iowa $19.98
Outdoor Life $14.97
Parents $17.90
People $118.26
People en Espanol $19.97
Pioneer Woman $15.00
Prevention $48.00
Quick Quilts $24.98
Quilter's World $29.95
Quiltmaker $29.97
Readers Digest $24.98
Real Simple $28.95
Redbook $18.00
Reminisce  $17.98
Saturday Evening Post $23.94
Simple & Delicious $17.98
Sports Illustrated $88.95
Successful Farming $15.95

Taste of Home $19.98
This Old House $31.15
Time $76.13
Woman's Day $18.00

Trivia Night

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Thursday, September 26th

Come join us for a fun night of general knowledge trivia.

Play by yourself or as a team
(up to 5 people per team)

Ages 16 & up

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!

Belmond's Book Club

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Graphic Novels

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“I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend…I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend…”      – Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

The quote above is beautifully written. It can be found in Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman”, a graphic novel. In case you are not familiar with the term, Britannica defines graphic novel a type of text combining words and images. While graphic novels are set up in a similar fashion as a comic, they are not the same.
A graphic novel is longer and normally covers the entire storyline in one book. There are all types of genres to be found in the Graphic Novel format.
While fantasy and superhero graphic novels seem to be the most popular, you can also find non-fiction, realistic fiction, and mystery and horror genres.
The Belmond Public Library has recently been inspired by adult patrons to add more graphic novels for “grownups”.
An adult may be reluctant to pick up a graphic novel, mistakenly thinking they are just for children.
Graphic Novels are available with themes targeted at adults and young adults. These books offer all the same benefits that reading regular novels do.
The benefits being: mental stimulation, stress reduction, vocabulary expansion, and better writing skills.
Reading a graphic novel the first time can be somewhat difficult because they do not flow the same way traditional books do.
This is easy to overcome when the storyline and writing are eloquent.

If you are up for the challenge or in a reading slump, stop by the Belmond Public Library and pick from
our new and old graphicnovels in the adult fiction and non-fiction sections.





Belmond's Online Book Club

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Introducing Belmond Public Library's first Online Book Club! Registration is ongoing.

If you have any other questions please contact the Belmond Public Library at 641-444-4160.

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