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Hours

  • Mon & Wed & Fri: 11am - 6pm
  • Tues & Thurs: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 1pm
  • Sunday: closed

Book Clubs

Everyone is welcome!   No book purchase is necessary to participate.    Books to be read are chosen by the group members, with recommendations by the librarians.    For more info:     Rebecca 684-3813.

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Middle School/Teen Book Club (for those going into 5th - 9th grades)    

We met twice last summer.  During the school year the group meets less often as participants are busy with schoolwork, but meets occasionally as the group chooses.   Meetings have been on the last Tuesday of each month at 3:45 for about 45 minutes, but day and time are up for negotiation.  Or occasional meetings can happen just once or twice a year for busy students.   B-W Bus #9 stops right at the library at 3:35 (remember a note that morning if you are changing buses).  A snack is provided if groups meets during the schoolyear.    Call the library if interested  (715-684-3813) and we will get you a free copy of the next book (ask for Hope;  Hope Melander is the facilitator).    No buying of a book is necessary.  Come have fun and meet other people who like to read too!  
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    Afternoon Book Club:  (ages 18 and over) -  Meets last Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm.

Books chosen are slightly older popular titles so that we can order multiple copies from the MORE system and no book purchase is necessary to participate.

                   Tuesday, Jan. 31:        Sleep Toward Heaven, by Amanda Eyre Ward

 In Gatestown, twenty-nine-year-old Karen awaits her execution on Death Row. In New York, Franny, a doctor the same age, plans her wedding and tries to resist her urge to run. In Austin, Celia, a brassy young librarian, mourns her lost husband. Over the course of one summer, the three women's disparate lives intertwine. Karen, Franny, and Celia all struggle to find their place in a world where nothing is sure, as they move toward the one night that will change them forever.

Over the course of the summer, fate pushes these eerily recognizable women together, culminating in a revelation of the possibility of faith, the responsibility of friendship, and the value of life. Sleep Toward Heaven is a luminous story of murder and desire, solitude and grace -- a rare literary page-turner where redemption seems perpetually within arm's reach.  

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 Book Discussion - Evening Group  (Meets at various restaurants or can meet in the library.   Let us know if you plan to attend.)

Tues. Jan. 31, 6:30 pm: Deadly Stillwater      By Roger Stelljes  (set in Stillwater Minnesota)

 Dictionary definitions vary, but retribution is typically defined as punishment imposed for purposes of repayment or revenge for the wrong committed. For Smith, parked with his crew and waiting behind a small St. Paul bistro, retribution simply meant payback. He'd waited sixteen years for it and now he was three hours away from starting to get it. Police detective Mac McRyan is confronted with the kidnapping of Shannon Hisle, taken in a brazen daylight attack outside a restaurant on one of St. Paul's busiest streets. And Shannon Hisle isn't just anyone. She's the only daughter of St. Paul's most prominent, successful and politically connected lawyer. Mac knows that every political lever will be pulled, that the FBI will be coming in, that the St. Paul Mayor, not his biggest fan, will be scrutinizing his every move and that the media storm will be every bit as intense as the heat wave blazing the Twin Cities. What's more, while all of the signs point to a straightforward kidnapping for ransom, Mac's instincts tell him otherwise, especially after the kidnappers call just hours after the abduction and skip the ransom demand. "Why not ask for the ransom?" he wonders. While everyone assumes the ransom demand will come soon enough, the failure to make the demand gives Mac pause, and for good reason. For the Hisle abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge sixteen years in the making that will ultimately strike at the heart and soul of the St. Paul Police Department. From the searing streets of St. Paul to the icy shores of Lake Superior in Duluth; from the rolling country side of western Wisconsin to the murky waters of the St. Croix, Mac is about to embark on a non-stop four-day rush. 

 If interested, e-mail Joni at:   jwernlund@bwsd.k12.wi.us       Please order your copy of the book from the MORE system or ask the library staff for help.