Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day! Don’t worry if you missed the occasion, it’s never too late to treat yourself. Here are some reads where ice cream factors into the plot or with sweet treats on the cover.
Today we’ve got another first chapter teaser of a new book, The Body Under the Piano. It’s the first book in the Aggie Morton Mystery Queen series written by Marthe Jocelyn, with illustrations by Isabelle Follath. This book is great for fans of middle grade mysteries and Agatha Christie.
There are so many good children’s book authors out there and we’re lucky to have a bunch that live in Minnesota! We’ve created a quiz with some fun facts to help you learn more about these great Minnesota authors. If you need help figuring out the questions, we’ve included links to all of the authors’ websites below. We’ll have the answers and more fun facts about another group of children’s book authors for you next week!
Kate DiCamillo’s novel Because of Winn-Dixie is our state’s first One Book One Minnesota read. You can read it for free, through the end of May on the Biblioboard app on your tablet or mobile device or on a computer at https://library.biblioboard.com/module/one-book-one-minnesota. And while you’re on Biblioboard, check out some of the other wonderful titles on there that are always available for free.
Every summer AudioFile Sync offers free YA audiobooks. From now until the end of July, we can download two new audiobooks every week! Their selections are a mix of fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary reads, and a variety of genres.
To get started, visit the Audiobook Sync website and enter your email into the registration form. From there, you’ll get instructions on how to access the audiobooks through the Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You can also sign up for email or text reminders, so you get a notice every week when new titles are available.
This week’s titles are Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, a contemporary mystery novel, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, a work of true crime nonfiction. These two titles will only be available to download until May 6th, but they will remain in your Sora app once you’ve downloaded them.
Thanks to one of our generous Friends of the Library, we have an influx of cozy mysteries! Here are some of the new titles cozy readers can enjoy. You can put any of these books on hold using Plum Creek’s online catalog, or by calling or emailing the library. If you haven’t put a book on hold online before, you can watch our tutorial to learn how. We’re at the library for curbside pick up service Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 11am-6pm.
If there’s a literature classic you’ve always meant to read or want to revisit, chances are that it’s now a part of the new Always Available Classics collection on Plum Creek’s Overdrive and Libby. Much Ado About Nothing, our Classics Book Club April pick, is one of the available titles if you care to join us.
If reading classics isn’t your jam now or ever, we’ve still got you covered. Some staff favorites include the Truly Devious YA series about an unsolved murder at a remote and exclusive boarding school and the Kendra Donovan series about a modern FBI agent who accidentally time-travels to Regency England. Both series are available on Overdrive as audiobooks.
Readers of Large Print Inspirational have twenty-six new titles to enjoy at Meinders Community Library. A mix of favorite authors and new faces, these books run the gamut from spy thrillers to sweet romances to Amish B&B mysteries.
We still have prizes available if you completed the Winter Reading Program. Let us know if you would like a book bag or a mug and we’ll reserve your prize. You can let us know the total number of books you read in January, February, and March by calling us at 507-825-6714 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also see Jody and Emily discussing The Lager Queen of Minnesota, a recent book club read, on Pipestone’s public access channel at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 7:00pm on March 30 and 31 and April 6 and 7.
On Monday, March 9th at 4:00pm, we will revisit the harsh winter of 1880-81 made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter with Cindy Wilson. This program will be held at Meinders Community Library and is co-sponsored by the Pipestone County Museum. Read Cindy Wilson’s book The Beautiful Snow: The Ingalls Family, the Railroads, and the Hard Winter of 1880-81 or one of these novels set in snowy locations.
Middle Grade Fiction
Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson
Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Icebreaker by Lian Tanner
I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis