This week the library is highlighting two new works of fiction. Interested readers can search for these books in the library’s online catalog at marcellus.biblionix.com and place them on reserve. Once the books are in the library, those placing reserves will be notified of each book’s availability in the order that the reservations have been placed.
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel edited by Margaret Atwood. This book is a unique read. It is set in a New York apartment building and occurs just after the lockdown for COVID. The tenants of a run-down apartment building in Manhattan begin to gather on the rooftop each evening and tell stories. With each passing night, more and more neighbors gather, bringing lawn chairs, milk crates and overturned pails. Gradually the tenants—some of whom have barely seen or spoken to each other before now—become real neighbors. What is unique is that each character in this diverse, eccentric cast of neighbors has been secretly written by a different, major literary voice—from Margaret Atwood and John Grisham to Emma Donoghue and Celeste Ng. What results from this collaboration is a dazzling, heartwarming and ultimately surprising narrative. It is an ode to the power of storytelling and human connection.
Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter? by Nicci French. Alec Salter is celebrating his fiftieth birthday with most of the small English village of Glensted. On this same day, his wife, Charlotte, vanishes. It is hours before party goers realize that she is missing. Even Alec, once he is aware, brushes off her absence. However, the couple’s four children —especially fifteen-year-old Etty— grow increasingly anxious as the cold winter hours become days and she does not return. Then, Etty and her best friend Morgan find the body of Morgan’s father—and the Salters’ neighbor, Duncan Ackerley—floating in the river. The police conclude that Duncan and Charlotte were having an affair before he killed her and then committed suicide. Fast forward thirty years. Morgan Ackerley returns to Glensted with his older brother to make a podcast based on their shared tragedy with the Salters. By this time, Alec Salter is stricken with dementia and is entering an elder care facility. Etty is getting his affairs in order. But, when the Ackerleys ask to interview the Salters, the entire town gets caught up again in the unresolved cases. Allegations fly, secrets come to light, and a suspicious fire leads to a murder. The podeast makes national news, and London sends Detective Inspector Maud O’Connor to Glensted to take over the investigation. She will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. A new and terrifying picture of what really happened to Charlotte Salter and Duncan eventually emerges.
Yoga with Dave Sivley: Mondays through March 4 at 6:30 PM. Bring a yoga mat, water, towel & $5 payable to Dave per session.
Support Group for Parents of Challenging Kids: Tuesday, February 13 at 9:00 AM, the 2nd Tuesday of each month. If you are feeling overwhelmed, join others to gain valuable support coping strategies and information about community resources.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB): Tuesday, February 20 from 3:00 PM to 5 PM. Drop in anytime between 3-5 to enjoy snacks and share your thoughts! Assist the librarians with creating and developing programs and resources that will fulfill the needs, wants, and interests of teens. TAB looks great to college admissions boards, you get to help out your library, and the hours you help count as volunteer hours!
Guide to Regional Art: Tuesday, March 26 at 6 PM. Local art historian, Sarah Ayers, will highlight nearby cultural history projects, including locations, historical context and information about the artists!
Preschool Story Hour: Wednesdays 10:15 AM. Stories, music, movement & crafts for ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers.
Game Night AND Movies & Popcorn: February 28, the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. We’ll have fresh popcorn and a movie during game night! All ages are welcome!
First Thursday Book Club 2023: March 7, 2024, 12 NOON-1 PM. Join us to chat about what you have been reading or to get suggestions from others.
Lego at the Library: Fridays 3:00-4:30 PM. Build & create with our Lego & Duplo collections! All ages are welcome & donations of gently-used Legos will be greatly appreciated!
Tech Time @ the Library: Saturday, February 10 and 17 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Are you struggling with your phone? Do you have trouble navigating the internet? Do you need help with mel.org, the Libby App or the Marcellus Library Catalog? Drop in the library to ask Justin your IT related questions and learn to navigate your device or our computers!
Cardboard Box Castle Building: April 3, 2024, 12 PM. Come and build the castle of your dreams out of cardboard boxes. The library has all the supplies you need. All ages are welcome.
Firekeeper’s Daughter Book Discussion: Wednesday, April 10 at 6 PM. Check out the Great Michigan Read selection and join us for a community book discussion! Light refreshments will be served!