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Books in Bloom

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After a beautiful weekend made for long, meandering walks, puttering around the garden, and lazing with a good book in the backyard, I have flowers on the brain. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I cannot resist a book with a fetching floral cover. Thankfully, we have many books with gorgeous blossoms and verdant foliage on the cover at Meinders Library.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
  • Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
  • Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom by Gigi D. G.
  • Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr
  • First Class Murder by Robin Stevens

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
  • Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Adult Fiction

  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
  • The Waking Land by Callie Bates
  • Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
  • The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble
  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
  • The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Nonfiction

  • On the Origin of Species: Young Readers Edition by Charles Darwin, Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
  • The Gardener’s Color Palette by Tom Fischer
  • She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems by Caroline Kennedy
  • Paper Flowers by Jennifer Maker
  • Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World by Jennifer Potter
  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

-Emily

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Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Books

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Nest by Esther Ehrlic
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
  • The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
  • Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Adult Fiction

  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Nonfiction

  • Obsessed by Allison Britz
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  • Life Inside My Mind edited by Jessica Burkhart
  • Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone : A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb.
  • (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  • A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness by Ton Mak

-Emily

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“STEAM”y Reads

STEAM Books

This Saturday, May 18th is Meinders Community Library’s third annual Full STEAM Ahead. Patrons of all ages can come and tinker with us from 10:00am-3:00pm. A free lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm courtesy of the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, Coborn’s Hank’s Foods, and Pepsi.

For those of you who may not know, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts, and Math. To commemorate our favorite annual event, here’s a list of books divided into STEAM categories. In these books Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math may permeate the entire plot of the book or just be a character’s passion. Many of these books could even fit under multiple STEAM categories.

Science

  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (Adult)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Middle Grade)
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (Young Adult)
  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez (Picturebook)
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Young Adult)

Technology

  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Middle Grade)
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (Middle Grade)
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve (Young Adult)
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Young Adult)
  • The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson (Adult)

Engineering

  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Picturebook)
  • Genius by Leopoldo Gout (Young Adult)
  • Dreaming Up by Christy Hale (Picturebook)
  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by John Scieszka (Middle Grade)
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Young Adult)

Arts

  • Fiber & Brimstone by Laura Childs (Adult)
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Young Adult)
  • The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (Young Adult)
  • Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light (Picturebook)
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (Middle Grade)

Math

  • Counting on Katherine by Natascha Biebow (Picturebook)
  • Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani (Picturebook)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Middle Grade)
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Young Adult)
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Adult)

STEAM Nonfiction

  • Recycled Scince by Tammy Enz and Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
  • STEAM Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Radioactive: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed The World by Winifred Conkling

-Emily

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Granite Etching and Artistic Reads

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On Tuesday May 14 at 6:30pm, local artist Liz Rackl will share about her artistic process and techniques for etching granite at Meinders Library. Attendees will also get the chance to create their own granite masterpieces. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required if you want to try etching.

To inspire your creativity, here’s a list of books featuring art and artists with stories ranging from young artists struggling to express themselves to biographical tales of famous artists to complicated art heists.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  • The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • Framed by James Ponti

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  • Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Adult Fiction

  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

Nonfiction

  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  • How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters by Patrick de Rynck
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

-Emily

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Calling All Writers

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Tonight at 7:00pm Meinders Community Library will host Minnesota author Candace Simar. Aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts can learn about Simar’s writing process and her tips and tricks for getting published.

Books About Writers and Writing

Middle Grade Fiction

  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • Ava and Pip by Carol Weston
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh

Young Adult Fiction

  • Nothing by Annie Barrows
  • Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes
  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Adult Fiction

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Too Many Cooks by Dana Bates
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty
  • Tribute by Nora Roberts
  • The Other Story by Tatian de Rosnay

Nonfiction

  • Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos
  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy

-Emily

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Earth Day Reads

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! As the days grow longer, the weather warms up, and everything gets greener, it isn’t hard to appreciate Mother Nature. Whether you want to read a book with an ecological theme, a climate fiction dystopia, or a tribute to the great outdoors, Meinders Library has you covered.

Picturebooks

  • Maxwell’s Mountain by Shari Becker
  • On Earth by G. Brian Karas
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
  • They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Middle Grade

  • The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Me and Marvin Gardens by A. S. King

Young Adult

  • Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Adult

  • Wolves by Cary Griffith
  • The River by Peter Heller
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Nonfiction

  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  • World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky
  • H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

-Emily

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Delicious Reads to Devour

Cookbook Card Catalog

Two of my favorite hobbies are reading and cooking. So what better way to combine these two pastimes than by reading a book about food—whether it features a character with a passion for cooking or descriptions of feasts that make you salivate. If just reading about food makes you hungry, don’t forget to check out our new electronic resource, A to Z World Food. This online cookbook is free and available to all patrons of Meinders Community Library. Visit A to Z World Food and sign in with your library card number.

Picturebooks

  • Today is Monday by Eric Carle
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julie Sarcone-Roach
  • Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
  • A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
  • Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
  • Pie by Sarah Weeks

Young Adult Fiction

  • North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Adult Fiction

  • Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik
  • Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Nonfiction

  • In Winter’s Kitchen by Beth Dooley
  • Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti
  • Amazing (Mostly) Edible Science: A Family Guide to Fun Experiments in the Kitchen by Andrew Schloss
  • Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen

Do you have a signature dish you always bring to potlucks? A family favorite you have at every holiday gathering? We’re collecting recipes to turn our card catalog into a community cookbook. Ask at the desk for a recipe card to contribute.

-Emily