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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 
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MAY ACTIVITIES

NEW ARRIVALS—Adult Fiction:  Calico Joe by John Grisham, Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark, and The Unseen by Heather Graham; Adult Non-Fiction:  Detroit—A Biography by Scott Martelle, Fairy Tale Interrupted—A Memoir of Life, Love and Loss by Rosemarie Terenzio, and My Indian Kitchen by Hari Nayak; Young Adult Literature:  The Final Four by Paul Volponi, The Story of Us by Deb Caletti, and The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman; Juvenile Literature:  Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence—Star of the Hunger Games by Katherine Krohn; Movies:  We Bought a Zoo, War Horse, Darkest Hour, Iron Lady, Contraband, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

FREE STATE PARK PASSES--The Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan have teamed up once again to offer their Park & Read program at this and 400 participating libraries across the state.  The program offers library card-holders a one-day pass for free entry into any of Michigan's 101 state parks and recreation areas.  The pass is a $10 savings and provides free, one-time access to any of the more than 500 events scheduled in the state parks this summer.  Passes are valid for 7 days from checkout and good for day use only.  The pass is also valid at the 11 museums or historic sites within the Michigan Historical Museum system.

NATURAL HEALTH CLASS—Jessica Pawlowski of the Tree of Life Natural Health Center in Harbor Beach will offer a class on Harvesting Culinary and Medicinal Herbs on Thursday, May 17th at 2:00.  This class is a follow-up to her April class on planting an herb garden.  The class is free but attendees are asked to call the library at 269-8538 to reserve a seat.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY--The Friends of the Library will be meeting at the Coffee Cup Plus on Monday, May 21st at 12:00 noon.  Come join the Friends for lunch and discussion of the group’s upcoming BBQ sandwich sale at McDonald’s Food & Family in May and its book sale during the Hatchet Festival in June.

BOOK CLUB--Book Club meets next on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00.  This month’s selection is Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.  In 1954, on an island north of Puget Sound, a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.  In the course of the trial, it becomes clear that more than a man's guilt is at stake.  On San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair, of land desired, paid for, and lost, and of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II while its neighbors stood by and watched.

 LIBRARY OFFERING COMPUTER CLASSES—The Library is offering the following classes during May and June.  Pre-registration is required and the classes cost $15.  Stop in at the library to sign up:

 Basic Computer Skills
 May 22, 23, & 24  1:30-3:00 p.m.
 (No prior experience necessary)

Internet & E-Mail
 June 26, 27, & 28  1:30-3:00 p.m.
(Experience with Mouse Necessary)

Bad Axe Area District Library Centennial

Bad Axe Area District Library Centennial

The Bad Axe Area District Library celebrates its 100th Birthday!

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