Storytimes Canceled

Due to a rise in local COVID-19 cases, all in-person storytimes have been canceled through the month of January. Please visit our events calendar for updates on all programs.

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An Ivy Hill Christmas (Klassen)

Readers who have enjoyed Klassen's Tales from Ivy Hill series will enjoy visiting with these friends again.  This novella focuses on Sir Timothy's younger brother Richard and was a great Christmas read.

American Wonders Series (Regina Scott)

I have listened to the first two books in this series, and enjoyed them both a great deal. I was a little more than disappointed when I realized that the final book in the series is not yet available as an audiobook on Hoopla ... I hope it becomes available soon as I'd like to finish out the series.

Although these books are part of a series, they really are stand-alone novels that can be read individually. Each book takes place in a different National Park and each book has totally different characters.

Once Upon a Broken Heart - Once Upon a Broken Heart #1 (Garber)

How far would you go for happily ever after? For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings...until she learns that the love of her life will marry another. Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic but wicked Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing. But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game—and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after or the most exquisite tragedy….

Visit the new StoryWalk

Book-loving families in Central Michigan will have the chance to step into a good story and enjoy an interactive experience in Isabella County.

Chippewa River District Library is launching a StoryWalk location at Isabella Township Park (Locust Street, Rosebush).

Families can walk the trail and travel around the park to view each page and take part in activities. The path is both easily visible and walkable for young readers.

The Babysitter (Rodman)

Growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s, Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During the summers, while her mother worked days in a local motel and danced most nights in the Provincetown bars, her babysitter--the kind, handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked--took her and her sister on adventures in his truck. He bought them popsicles and together, they visited his "secret garden" in the Truro woods. To Liza, he was one of the few kind, understanding, and safe adults in her life. But there was one thing she didn't know; their babysitter was a serial killer. Though Tony Costa's gruesome case made screaming headlines in 1969 and beyond, Liza never made the connection between her friendly babysitter and the infamous killer of numerous women, including four in Massachusetts, until decades later. Haunted by nightmares and horrified by what she learned, Liza became obsessed with the case. Now, she and cowriter Jennifer Jordan reveal "a suspenseful portrayal of murderous madness in tandem with a child's growing loneliness, neglect, and despair, a narrative collision that will haunt" (Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita) you long after you finish it.

Forever Young (Mills)

Hayley Mills will forever be remembered as Pollyanna, and as twin sisters Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers in the 1961 Disney classic "The Parent Trap", but those successes were actually very early in her career which continued on for many more years.  In this memoir Mills looks back at her life growing up in an acting family, her relationship with Walt Disney and the various roles she played and productions she was a part of.

The Librarian of Saint-Malo (Escobar)

Through letters with a famous author, one French librarian tells her love story and describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village.

2021 Christy Awards

The Christy Awards are given each year to Christian fiction novels to honor "novels of excellence, imagination, and creativity." The award has been given since 1999, and is named for Catherine Marshall’s novel, "Christy". This year's finalists were announced on October 28 during the Christy Award Online Gala.

A Picture of Hope (Tolsma)

Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing mothers standing in milk lines—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. There she enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they stumble upon a great tragedy, leaving a girl with special needs being orphaned. Can Nellie and Jean-Paul see the child to a safe haven while being pursued by the Nazis, who are pressed by the advancing Allies and determined to destroy all they can before they flee?

Christian Historical Fiction Talk Podcast

If you enjoy listening to podcasts and you enjoy reading Christian Historical Fiction, you should head on over to the Christian Historical Fiction Talk podcast, hosted by author Liz Tolsma.  This weekly podcast covers everything from Biblical fiction to Christian historical fiction that takes place up through the Vietnam War era.  Tolsma keeps listeners up-to-date on what's soon to hit shelves, hosts authors and discusses other topics of interest to Christian historical fiction readers.  I have been enjoying listening to this podcast, which is a

Kingdom of the Wicked - Kingdom of the Wicked #1 (Maniscalco)

Two sisters. One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself… And an intoxicating romance. Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden. Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

Secrets of My Heart (Peterson)

Portland, Oregon, 1879. Nancy Pritchard finds herself a widow with a world of problems when her deceased husband's schemes start to come to light. As she searches through the pieces of her loveless marriage, Nancy realizes there is a lot that she didn't know about this man. Seth Carpenter is a childhood friend of Nancy's who has recently returned to Portland. He's delighted to see her again, and as a lawyer, he is able to help her sort through the legal aspects of her husband's death. But there's more to him than meets the eye, and his job will take him into a darker side of Nancy's life--a side she didn't even know existed. As they search for the truth behind her husband's death, their attraction to each other creates complications, and the threat to Nancy increases. Can Seth be honest with her about who he really is and why he's come to Portland? And can Nancy bear another betrayal?

Chain of Iron - The Last Hours #2 (Clare)

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade. But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace. Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.