The Library will be closed Monday in recognition of Presidents Day.

TUESDAY

Book Sprouts: 10 a.m.

Not only is story time a great free form of entertainment for parents looking for activities for their children, but library story time can provide a bonanza of cognitive benefits as well. For preschool aged kids.

WEDNESDAY

Drawing: Still Life: 9:30 a.m.

Learn to draw a still life. Instructor Lavonia Olsen will cover topics such as line, texture, shading, and seeing shapes. A still life model will be provided, but you may also choose to create your own with five items you bring from home. Sign up at the library. Feb. 26 will be reserved as a make-up date in case of inclement weather.

Tator Tot Time: 10 a.m.

TTT includes activities such as reading aloud, storytelling, fingerplays, rhymes, and songs. Because this age is a crucial time in the development of language skills, the value of these events lies in giving parents or caregivers the background on how to stimulate and encourage a child’s development as well as entertaining the toddlers. For ages 18-36 months.

THURSDAY

SPLAT: 3 pm.

SPLAT (Superb Public Library After-school Things)! A mixture of fun, science, art, and other things.

Cookbook Challenge: 6 p.m.

Check out a cookbook from the library and try a recipe. Bring your dish to the library and we will all share. The theme for this challenge is Chili Cookoff. Sign up at the Circulation Desk. Along with your dish, provide a card printed with your recipe name and the title of the book from which it came.

SATURDAY

Sign Language: 9:30 a.m.

Learn basic to intermediate American Sign Language with instructor Logan Brooks. Appropriate for children and adults. Children under the age of 11 should be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the library.

NEW NON-FICTION

The Ship of Dreams by Gareth Russell

In April 1912, six notable people were among those privileged to experience the height of luxury—first class passage on “the ship of dreams,” the RMS Titanic: Lucy Leslie, Countess of Rothes; son of the British Empire, Tommy Andrews; American captain of industry John Thayer and his son Jack; Jewish-American immigrant Ida Straus; and American model and movie star Dorothy Gibson. Within a week of setting sail, they were all caught up in the horrifying disaster of the Titanic’s sinking, one of the biggest news stories of the century. Today, we can see their stories and the Titanic’s voyage as the beginning of the end of the established hierarchy of the Edwardian era.

Citizen 865 by Debbie Cenziper

In 1990, in a drafty basement archive in Prague, two American historians made a startling discovery: a Nazi roster from 1945 that no Western investigator had ever seen. The long-forgotten document, containing more than 700 names, helped unravel the details behind the most lethal killing operation in World War Two. In the tiny Polish village of Trawniki, the SS set up a school for mass murder and then recruited a roving army of foot soldiers, 5,000 men strong, to help annihilate the Jewish population of occupied Poland. After the war, some of these men vanished, making their way to the U.S. and blending into communities across America. Though they participated in some of the most unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, “Trawniki Men” spent years hiding in plain sight, their terrible secrets intact.

The Fall of Richard Nixon by Tom Brokaw

In August 1974, after his involvement in the Watergate scandal could no longer be denied, Richard Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office in anticipation of certain impeachment. The year preceding that moment was filled with shocking revelations and bizarre events, full of power politics, legal jujitsu, and high-stakes showdowns, and with head-shaking surprises every day. As the country’s top reporters worked to discover the truth, the public was overwhelmed by the confusing and almost unbelievable stories about activities in the Oval Office.

The Weaving Explorer by Deborah Jarchow

Weaving is a highly accessible craft but the stumbling block for many would-be weavers has been the high cost of a commercial loom. The Weaving Explorer removes that barrier, inviting crafters and artists to try out an amazing range of techniques and creative projects that are achievable with a simple homemade loom, or no loom at all! From sturdy rag fabric grocery bags to freeform wire baskets, delicately woven thread bracelets to colorful woven rugs, crafters will delight in exploring the opportunities to make their own personal variations on these beautiful — and functional — creations.

Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun

When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too? Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked.

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