BookBites

BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com, where readers and writers meet, and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

Historical Fiction, Real-Life Thriller And Lovable Characters To Round Out Your Reading List. Check it out:

“The Ticket”

by Karen Schutte

(Green Spring Publishing)

   

(NAPS)—A touching account of a true American family, filled with ambition, promises, love, loss and a legacy of survival. Destined to a life of servitude, Karl Kessel, a turn-of-the-century German immigrant from Yugoslavia, receives an unexpected gift: a ticket to America. Grasping his dream, he leaves behind his wife and two sons.

In her debut historical novel, the first of a trilogy, Karen Schutte spins a compelling family story woven with rich historical detail. Her nuanced and unvarnished narrative exposes the harsh realities of life in the last century as the Kessels make their journey. Purchase at
https://karenschutte.com/product/the-ticket.

 

“Better Dead Than Divorced”

by Lukas Konandreas

(Hard Work Publications)

“Better dead than divorced,” responds a young wife to those who urge her to divorce her adulterous, manipulative and abusing husband, who plans to kill her. She knows about his evil intentions and she is urged to leave him. But her love, devotion and societal prejudice against divorced women make her stay.

And dead she ends up by a commissioned assassin. Her cousin, a principled man, fights beyond his modest means in a corrupt system to get justice. The author delivers a real page-turner. Purchase at
http://betterdeadthandivorced.com.

 

“Twine: A Novel”

by Monica Duncan

(Wall & Emerson, Inc.)

When Juniper Kowalski, a mediocre artist and graduate of one of the best art schools in the country, gets pregnant by her married lover, she ends up back in Gobles, Michigan, living in her dead grandma’s trailer. She fears that her new life as a hotel maid, and as the best friend of a sub-rural call girl, has fulfilled some bleak fate. But Juniper’s pregnancy also ignites a will to create. Every hurt that she’s ever suffered begins to emerge as confrontational, public art.

“Twine” celebrates a quietly radical view of small-town life, ambition and motherhood. It’s the story of a young woman who needs no hero—and what she does when he shows up anyway.

Purchase at http://bit.ly/2LxoUHF.

“Pursuits Unknown”

by Ellen Clary

(SparkPress)

Amy and her Kelpie-shepherd mix, Lars, work with a search team that specializes in finding lost people. Lars is no ordinary dog. He and Amy have a telepathic connection that lets them communicate and increase their success rate.

When the two are tasked with finding a missing scientist, they discover him suffering from an Alzheimer’s-like disorder “disorientation,” and quickly realize this is not a typical case. Instead, this assignment appears to be an attempt to steal the man’s highly sensitive research on nanotechnology—which, in the wrong hands, could be used to wipe out “undesirables” from their overpopulated world. Forced to go undercover to seek out the truth, Amy will have to confront—and surpass—her own limitations.

Purchase at https://amzn.to/2FZJCeX.

 

BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com, where readers and writers meet, and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

NB Library News for September

Virtual Story Time begins Monday at 11:00am…….

We are so blessed to have the fantastic public Library that exists in our community. It is definitely a source of pride and bright sunshine. Visit often. They have shared their latest news here:

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Changes at NB Library for Sept. 2020

Soon… we will be getting new sidewalks, curbs, and drainage. We will have both our front and back entrances open during this time.

Dear Friends,

As we enter a new phase of our reopening process I want to thank you for your continued support. We are committed to our mission and to the safety and health of our Library Patrons and staff. Our Library spaces may look a little different when you enter inside, as we continue to follow COVID guidelines and provide the safest services possible.

Changes to our services are on the way:

  1. Holds– Our borrowing system is back up and running full speed. You are now able to borrow items from libraries all across the county and state.
  2. Masks-All patrons are required to wear a mask upon entry to the Library. We are practicing social distancing and have barriers up to stop the spread of germs. We also have sanitizing stations for patrons.
  3. Quarantining items-When you return items they will remain on your card for 5 additional days. This is so we can properly quarantine the items. Due to the quarantine storage and limited gathering sizes, we will not be renting out the Wolfe Community Room until further notice.
  4. Construction-Sometime around September 8th construction will begin in front of the Library, we will be getting new sidewalks, curbs, and drainage. We will have both our front and back entrances open during this time.
  5. New Programs-Please follow us on Facebook and YouTube to see our new virtual programming planned for fall. We will have adult and children’s crafts to go and study zones for children from first grade through college. We ask that you please call to make an appointment for a study zone, as spaces will be limited.
  6. Digital services- Don’t forget we have eBooks, audiobooks and more on our Libby and Overdrive Apps. You can also access Flipster on our website or through the Flipster App for access to over 83 magazines. You can learn new skills on Lynda.com to help further your career or just sharpen your skills. Our website also allows for access to Chilton’s online for your automotive care needs. Please call the Library if you need to update any card information or if you have questions.

We are open Monday through Friday 10 am-6 pm. We ask that you check our website and Facebook for updates. Curbside service is still available during operating hours.

Stay well! We look forward to seeing you,

Holly Ryder

Director

 

NB Summer Reading Program Virtual Pet Show

Watch the video!

The North Baltimore Pubic Library hosted a virtual pet show as part of their Summer Reading 2020 program. They asked kids to send in pictures or videos of themselves and their pets! 

Check out these kids and their special pets by clicking on this link

   

Be sure to stay tuned to the end for a list of the winners!!   Give these kids some love by commenting on your favorite animal!

Also, be on the lookout for the video of our Zoo Zoom meeting that took place on July 22nd at 10 am. One way to not miss any of the library videos is to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

 

Library’s Final Weekly Summer Reading Kid Contest – a Virtual Pet Show!

Start shooting YOUR video TODAY!

 

Announcing – the North Baltimore Library’s final Weekly Summer Reading Kid Contest – a Virtual Pet Show!

Send a picture or short video (5 minutes or under) by Sunday, July 19 to cheryl@nbpubliclibrary.org with the following information: child’s name and age (2-12), pet’s name, breed (if know) and approximate age.

One winner will be awarded for each category – CATS, DOGS, OTHER & IMAGINARY. 

Winners will be shared on Wednesday, July 22 on Facebook following our Toledo Zoo Zoom program!

Please join ONCE UPON A ZOO at 10 am on July 22. Zoom Link & password will be posted on the NB Library website the week of the event.  It’s our final Summer Reading event!

“The StoryWalk Project”

New “Storywalk” Book to debut on Slippery Elm Trail near NB this weekend…..

Weather permitting, a new book will be debuting on the Slippery Elm Trail this weekend from the NB Library! We hope you had a chance to read “Bird Builds a Nest” by Martin Jenkins. The next book will be “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs” by Mo Willems. Be ready to laugh! No one tells a story quite like Mo! Take a walk or ride on the trail in the next week and share a unique Goldilocks story with your kids!

“The StoryWalk Project”

was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.  “StoryWalk” is an innovative and delightful way for children – and adults! – to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.  As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.  “StoryWalk”s  have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea! 

Enjoy the story as you take a walk — and read today!

NB Library to open in phases

Beginning Monday, July 6th…..

The North Baltimore Public Library is opening to the public in phases starting on Monday, July 6th.  Each week in July more areas and fewer restrictions will be implemented.  Below is a week by week list of what areas are available and what restrictions apply to each area of the library.

Week of July 6th

Adult Browsing – no appt. 10 am – 6 pm

Children’s Department w/Adult

– no appt. 10 am – 6 pm

Computers – By appt. No Gaming

 

Week of July 13th

Adult Browsing – no time limit, no appt.

Children’s Department w/Adult

– no time limit, no appt.

Computers – No appt., No Gaming (30 min limit)

 

Week of July 20th

Adult Browsing – no time limit, no appt.

Children’s Department

– no adult required (30 min limit) 11 am – 5 pm

Computers – No appt., No Gaming (30 min limit)

 

Week of July 27th – Library Open

Adult Browsing – no time limit, no appt.

Children’s Department

– no adult required (30 min limit) 11 am – 5 pm

Computers – No appt., No Gaming (60 min limit)

Curbside Available

 

During this time we will continue to follow our Temporary Code of Conduct that was put in place for patrons and staff safety (see our website for this document). We will continue to offer curbside service, as well as online options for patrons. If you have any questions feel free to contact the library and/or the director, Holly Ryder, at 419-257-3621.   

 

North Baltimore Public Library Memorial Gifts

In Memory and Honor of Friends and Loved Ones,………..

Memorial Gifts received by the North Baltimore Public Library, March-June 2020 included:

 

3 Crockpots

In Memory of: Drew Rister

Given by: Mom, Dad, Brandon, Colton, and Emma

 

Iron Man

In Memory of: Kevin Welch

Given by: Jen and Brian Vanlerberg and Family

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

In Memory of: Kevin Welch

Given by: Jen and Brian Vanlerberg and Family

 

Birds of Prey

In Memory of: Kevin Welch

Given by: Jen and Brian Vanlerberg and Family

Super Bass Flies: How to Tie and Fish the Most Effective Imitations

In Memory of: Jim Wymer Sr.

Given by: Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe

 

Happy and You Know It

In Memory of: Rachel Stimmel

Given by: Her Mom, Jean Spence

 

The Book of Lost Friends

In Memory of: Sue King

Given by: Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe

 

Milk Street Fast and Slow: Instant Pot Cooking at the Speed You Need

In Memory of: Cecil Caldwell

Given by: Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe

 

Lou Gehrig

In Memory of: Jon Downs

Given by: Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe

 

Camino Winds

In Memory of: Ralph Francisco

Given by: Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe

 

Cleveland Rocked

In Memory of: James Jacobs

Given by: Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe

 

1939

In Memory of: Ron Barnes

Given by: Larry and Esther Heilman

 

The Splendid and The Vile book on CD

In Memory of: Ron Barnes

Given by: Cheryl Heilman

 

To Wake the Giant

In Memory of: Ron Barnes

Given by: Ellen Yager

 

Swing Kings

In Memory of: Orv McCracken

Given by: His Niece, Cheryl Heilman

 

How Birds Behave

In Memory of: Rod Echelberry

Given by: NB Library Staff

 

Magnolia Table Volume 2

In Memory of: Cathy Wymer

Given by: Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe

 

Masked Prey in Large Print

In Memory of: Ralph Francisco

Given by: Larry and Esther Heilman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NB Library Opening on Monday

Library to open on Monday “By appointment only”…..

The North Baltimore Public Library will be opening to patrons by appointment only on Monday, June 1st, 2020.  You will need to call the library at 419-257-3621 to reserve your spot at one of the designated appointment times.  They are Monday thru Friday 10:30 – 11, 11:30 – 12, 12:30 – 1 & 5:30 – 6.  The staff will use the time between appointments to sanitize the library, keeping the safety of our patrons as our top priority. 

During this time we have also instituted a Temporary Code of Conduct for our patrons to follow (see below). We will continue to offer curbside service, as well as online options for patrons. If you have any questions feel free to contact the library and/or the director Holly Ryder at 419-257-3621. 

NB Library Code of Conduct