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April 11, 2019 - Winter Donations

Last week when I gave you all the data about the Winter Reading Program, I forgot to mention the donations of dragon dollars to various charities. The Dane County Humane Society shall receive $353. The DeForest Area Public Library Endowment shall be receiving $285. The DeForest Area Needs Network shall be receiving $127. How this works is the dragon dollars you earn throughout the reading program (winter or summer) can be donated to one of the above three groups. Yours Truly will then convert those “dragon dollars” to U.S. dollars by writing a check. Currently Bank Berg is the only place that the library currency can be exchanged for real simoleons and only for charitable donations. If you personally hand me a hundred dollars in dragon currency, I will not give you a benjamin.

As of today, National Library Week has passed the mid-point (5/7ths point to be precise). Stop by and help us celebrate. Stop by and check out some of the cool things we have. Stop by and make something in the Studio or in the Workshop. Help put together a jigsaw puzzle. Or check out some books. Speaking of books, below you will find some of the titles of books which have recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

“Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal” by Yuval Taylor. Traces the story of the literary friendship of Harlem Renaissance figures Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, tracing their folklore-collecting journeys through the 1920s South, their influential creative collaborations and their passionate but mysterious falling out.


“Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World” by Clive Thompson. Examines in depth computer programmers, looking at who they are, how they think, what qualifies as greatness in their world and what should give readers pause.


“Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens’s London” by Claire Harman. Traces the lesser-known story of a Victorian-era murder that rocked literary London, revealing how the killer organized his defense by blaming his behavior on a popular crime novel. By the prize-winning author of “Jane's Fame”.


“The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose” by Oprah Winfrey. The award-winning global media leader and philanthropist offers a guide for identifying one's purpose and creating a framework for a life that is both successful and meaningful, sharing inspirational quotes by some of today's most influential cultural figures. Illustrations.


“The Power of Agency: the 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms” by Paul Nepper. A psychology consultant to Fortune 500 companies and former Boston Children's Hospital pediatric psychologist draw on years of research to counsel readers on how to create a meaningful life in accordance with one's interests, values and inner motivations.


“Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How the Body Can Heal Itself” by William Li. The Harvard-trained founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation and TED Talk presenter of, "Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?" outlines strategies for consuming 200 popular health-bolstering foods to reinforce the body's defense systems and fight disease.

“When You Read This” by Mary Adkins. After his friend, Iris, dies from a terminal illness at age 33, PR genius Smith Simonyi teams up with Iris’ sister, Jade, to make Iris’ final request—to get her blog posts published as a book—a reality.


“Connections in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel, No. 48 (In Death)”by J.D. Robb. Helping to build a new school and youth shelter, homicide cop Eve Dallas and her husband enlist the aid of a child psychologist whose rehabilitated brother is found dead under suspicious circumstances. By the author of “Echoes in Death”.


“The Girl in the Glass Box, No. 16 (Jack Swyteck)” by James Grippando. Miami attorney Jack Swytech lands in the heart of a contentious immigration debate when he takes on the heart-wrenching case of an undocumented immigrant who has fled to America to safeguard family lives.


“When All is Said” by Anne Griffin. An 84-year-old loner, sitting at a grand hotel bar in Ireland, toasts the five people who have meant the most to him while recalling unspoken losses and joys, a tragic secret and a fierce love. A first novel.


“Have Brides, Will Travel, No.1” by William Johnstone nd J.A. Johnstone. Things get complicated when Bo Creel and Scratch Mortonare are tasked with delivering five mail-order brides safely to a mining town in New Mexico Territory. By a pair of national best-selling authors.


“The American Agent, No. 15 (Maisie Dobbs)” by Jacqueline Winspear. Coordinating an effort between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Maisie Dobbs investigates the murder of an American war correspondent in London during the World War II Blitz. By the best-selling author of “To Die but Once”.


“Silent Night” by Danielle Steel. A psychiatrist gives up her uncomplicated life when she becomes the guardian of her niece, a child star turned emotionally traumatized patient in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy. By the best-selling author of “The Mistress”.