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Welcome to the Palestine Public Library. We offer access to ideas, information, and experiences through a variety of materials to enrich the lives of residents of Palestine and Anderson County, Texas. Our collection includes high-interest magazines, newspapers, books, audiobooks, DVDs, a Spanish collection, and a Special Collections room with rare books on genealogy and local history. Patrons can also visit our Digital Branch to check out digital eBooks and audiobooks. 

We offer a story time for children ages 3 - 5 during the school year and Summer Reading Club is available for all ages during the summer. Onsite information services include computer access for all ages, copy, printing, fax and scanning services, and free Wi-Fi connection. Other free online resources include Texshare Databases, E-Sequels and Ancestry Library Edition, and our online library catalog. Visit us onsite and online and find something for everyone.

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The Stranger In The Lifeboat
by Mitch Albom

Library Journal (c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780062888341 Adrift for three days after a shipboard explosion and running low on food and water, nine people on a raft pull a floundering man on board, with one proclaiming, "Thank the Lord we found you." "I am the Lord," responds the rescued man, launching the mega-best-selling Albom's newest excursion into spiritual questions. The story is pieced together a year later from a notebook found on an empty raft that's drifted ashore on the island of Montserrat. With a one-million-copy first printing.
Book list From Booklist, Copyright American Library Association. Used with permission. 9780062888341 The latest from Albom (Finding Chika, 2019) commences when the titular stranger is pulled from the ocean into a raft holding 10 passengers: the only survivors of the mysteriously destroyed Galaxy yacht, which had hosted “The Grand Idea” gathering of luminaries to create worldwide change at the behest of a billionaire. When asked, the enigmatic stranger identifies himself as the Lord but fails to provide the assistance the passengers crave. Alternating chapters follow Montserrat policeman Jarty LeFleur a year later as he investigates the recovery of a raft from the Galaxy, in which he discovers a tattered journal filled with entries by lifeboater Benji detailing the survivors’ interactions, including his dealings with a vengeful friend who may have brought a bomb onto the yacht. News reports chronicling the saga of the Grand Idea’s participants are interspersed among the chapters, adding a sense of realism to an ethereal narrative resounding with themes of loss, despair, and redemption. Albom’s many fans will welcome this return to his signature fiction, which is sure to garner new admirers, too.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. 9780062888341 An inspirational novel about a disaster and an answered prayer by the author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003). What if you call out for the Lord and he actually appears before you? Days after billionaire Jason Lambert’s luxury yacht Galaxy suddenly sinks in the North Atlantic with many illustrious passengers aboard, a few survivors float in a life raft. Among them is Benji, a deckhand who narrates the ordeal in a notebook while they desperately hope for rescue. Lambert is a caricature of a greedy capitalist pig who thinks only of himself and his lost ship and mocks Benji as “scribble boy,” but the main character is a young stranger pulled out of the water. “Well, thank the Lord we found you,” a woman tells him. “I am the Lord,” he whispers in reply. Imagine the others’ skepticism: If you’re not lying, then why won’t you save us? Why don’t you answer our prayers? I always answer people’s prayers, he replies, “but sometimes the answer is no.” Meanwhile, the ship’s disappearance is big news as searchers scour the vast ocean in vain. The lost survivors are surrounded by water and dying of thirst, “a grim reminder of how little the natural world cares for our plans.” Out of desperation, one person succumbs to temptation and drinks ocean water—always a bad mistake. Another becomes shark food. The Lord says that for him to help, everyone must accept him first, and Lambert, for one, is having none of it. The storyline and characters aren’t deep, but they’re still entertaining. A disaffected crew member might or might not have sunk the ship with limpet mines. And whether the raft’s occupants survive seems beside the point—does a higher power exist that may pluck believers like Benji safely from the sea? Or is faith a sucker’s bet? Lord knows. Unanswerable questions wrapped inside a thought-provoking yarn. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Book list From Booklist, Copyright American Library Association. Used with permission. 9780062888341 The latest from Albom (Finding Chika, 2019) commences when the titular stranger is pulled from the ocean into a raft holding 10 passengers: the only survivors of the mysteriously destroyed Galaxy yacht, which had hosted “The Grand Idea” gathering of luminaries to create worldwide change at the behest of a billionaire. When asked, the enigmatic stranger identifies himself as the Lord but fails to provide the assistance the passengers crave. Alternating chapters follow Montserrat policeman Jarty LeFleur a year later as he investigates the recovery of a raft from the Galaxy, in which he discovers a tattered journal filled with entries by lifeboater Benji detailing the survivors’ interactions, including his dealings with a vengeful friend who may have brought a bomb onto the yacht. News reports chronicling the saga of the Grand Idea’s participants are interspersed among the chapters, adding a sense of realism to an ethereal narrative resounding with themes of loss, despair, and redemption. Albom’s many fans will welcome this return to his signature fiction, which is sure to garner new admirers, too.
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  • OverDrive Consortium

    On July 26, 2021, Palestine Public Library will be joining the Northeast Texas Digital Consortium.  Please note: patron account activity that will transition with the migration is your current checkouts, holds, wish list and star ratings. Reading history, recommendations, tags or lists will NOT. Please download those items you wish to keep.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the library at (903) 729-4121 

     

  • Library Hour Change

    Palestine Public Library hours have changed to 10-6 Monday -Friday, 12 - 8 Thursday, Closed Saturday and Sunday.  All library materials can be returned at the book drop by the curb. For more information, please call the library at 903-729-4121. Thank you!

  • Automated Due Date Reminder Call

    An automated phone call system now calls to remind patrons the day before items are due, that their material(s) are due. We hope this automated reminder will help patrons avoid late fees.

     

  • Fine Balance Policy

    The maximum fine threshold is $5.00.  Once the fine threshold has been exceeded, patrons must pay their account in full to restore borrowing privileges.

  • Library Book Drop

     The library book drop is located on the curb just west of the Palestine Mall’s main entrance. It is intended for returning borrowed items when the library is closed.

     

     

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