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Audiobooks for All

New Audiobooks

Over the past few years, I’ve become a devoted audiobook listener. I always have a book that I’m listening to as I get ready in the morning, make dinner in the evening, or drive anywhere that takes me longer than five minutes. It even made repeatedly shoveling out my driveway this winter more bearable. Sometimes, if a book is really good, I try to find more chores to do around my house because I don’t want to stop listening.

Thanks to some generous donations, we’ve recently received a windfall of audiobooks. Check out these new titles and find a book that will make you keep circling the block until you finish the chapter.

New Audiobooks

  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philipa Gregory
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Middle Grade)
  • Einstein: The Life of a Genius by Walter Isaacson (Nonfiction)
  • The Murder Book by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (Young Adult)
  • Count to Ten by James Patterson
  • Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • Cross the Line by James Patterson
  • NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker (Middle Grade)
  • The Gift of Valor by Michael Phillips (Nonfiction)
  • Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  • The Athena Project by Brad Thor
  • Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Want to listen to an audiobook, but don’t want to deal with switching the discs? Try RBDigital and OverDrive for digital audiobooks. Both platforms have apps that can be downloaded to your smartphone or other electronic device for a more portable audiobook experience. Call the library or stop in if you need help using the apps or getting into your account.


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Out Of This World Reads

Star Books

With Mike Lynch’s Starwatch on March 22 and our galactic-themed escape room this weekend (March 15-17), we’ve got space on the brain at Meinders Community Library.  Try a book that’s like Titanic set in space (These Broken Stars), a series about lady astronauts (The Calculating Stars), a nonfiction guide to stargazing (Stars: A Month-by-Month Tour of the Constellations), or another book from this list with celestial titles.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Polaris by Michael Northrop
  • Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Kelly Entrada
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Young Adult Fiction

  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (Series)
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Series)

Adult Fiction

  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik
  • Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (Series)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Series)


  • Rise of the Rocket Girls by Natalia Holt
  • Go, Flight! by Rick Houston and Milt Heflin
  • We Have Capture by Tom Stafford with Michael Cassutt
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Stars: A Month-by-Month Tour of the Constellations by Mike Lynch


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Large Print Readers Rejoice!

New Large Print

Last week, we added a bunch of new large print titles to our collection—historical fiction, mysteries, romance, nonfiction, and more. Find a fresh series to delve into, reunite with a favorite author, or give a new genre a try.

  • The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
  • The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
  • The Wedding Pearls by Carolyn Brown
  • Miramar Bay by Davis Bunn (Miramar Bay Bk 1)
  • Firefly Cove by Davis Bunn (Miramar Bay Bk 2)
  • The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church
  • The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas
  • Wild Horses by B. J. Daniels (Montana Hamiltons Bk 1)
  • Lone Rider by B. J. Daniels (Montana Hamiltons Bk 2)
  • Lucky Shot by B. J. Daniels (Montana Hamiltons Bk 3)
  • The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans (Mistletoe Bk 2)
  • The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans (Noel Bk 1)
  • Once Upon a Farm by Rory Feek
  • Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy (Lightning Strikes Bk 1)
  • Lightning Lingers by Barbara Freethy (Lightning Strikes Bk 2)
  • A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
  • Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin
  • The Saboteur by Andrew Gross
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison
  • Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison
  • One Less Problem Without You by Beth Harbison
  • Say You’re Sorry by Melina Leigh (Morgan Dane Bk 1)
  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
  • The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
  • The Library of Light and Shadow by M. J. Rose (Daughters of La Lune Bk 3)

Stop by the library to browse these new additions or give us a call to put any of the books on hold.


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Books to Beat the Winter Blues


Maybe I’m fed up with winter by the end of February every year, but this winter feels especially unrelenting. Freezing temperatures, mountains of snow, and howling winds make it particularly enticing to just stay inside and curl up with a good book. Yet, even as I avoid the weather outside, I still love to read books set in or that evoke the feelings of the season I’m currently experiencing. So bring on the treacherous blizzards, arctic explorations, and frigid fantastical worlds—I’ll explore them all from the cozy comfort of my couch. Here are some recommendations for every age to enjoy.


In Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger, a boy and his owl face setbacks as they try to perfect their sledding like true Olympic athletes. Explore the snow-covered landscape with Peter in Ezra Jack Keats’ classic, The Snowy Day. The wordless Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell shows the parallel stories of a young girl and a wolf cub on a snowy evening.

Middle Grade

In Breadcrumbs, Minnesota author Anne Ursu retells the fairytale “The Snow Queen.” Hazel knows that something is wrong with Jack and that they’re not just naturally drifting apart, but is she willing to brave the woods and save him? If you’re more interested in experiencing cold conditions from the ice rink, try Checked by Cynthia Kadohata. Conor’s whole life is hockey, but when his beloved dog gets sick, his family must make some sacrifices. To visit winters of yore, try a classic like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter and be grateful that at least our town has not completely run out of food and fuel.

Young Adult

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust explores “Snow White” from the perspective of both the stepmother and stepdaughter. What would happen if they truly cared for each other? Can their relationship survive or are they destined to become enemies? Marieke Nijkamp’s Before I Let Go takes place in a small Alaskan town. Corey moves away, but promises to come back and visit her best friend Kyra. But Kyra dies before Corey’s visit and the town seems to be keeping secrets about her death from Corey. In Trapped by Michael Northrop, excitement over a snow day turns to horror as a group of teen find themselves stuck at school during an epic snowstorm with no sign of rescue.


Set during World War I at a remote field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains, The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason tells the story of Lucius, a young medical student who finds himself in over his head and inexplicably drawn to his mysterious nurse. The Bear and the Nightingale, the first book in Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy, blends historical fiction with Russian folktales. Headstrong Vasya can see creatures other people think are just stories and yearns for adventure, which puts her at odds with her devout stepmother. This novel is the first of a trilogy and the last book came out earlier this year, so you can now read Vasya’s entire story in one gulp. Sabotaged by Dani Pettry, brings intrigue to the Iditarod, as search and rescue partners Kirra and Reef must put aside their differences to prevent a catastrophe.

What’s your favorite wintery read?