Readers’ Services Year-End Celebration with Author Alyson Richman

Credit: Jeanine Boubli

Tuesday, December 13, at 2 pm

Join the Readers’ Services Department for an exciting Year-End Celebration featuring Alyson Richman, co-author of the 2022 novel The Thread Collectors written with Shaunna J. Edwards. Ms. Richman will discuss the writer’s life, as well as the writing of their historical fiction novel set in 1863 New Orleans and New York City. Books will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event and can be signed by the author. No registration.

In 1863, a young black woman, who embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army, crosses paths with a Jewish seamstress who helps her discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save us.” -from the Publisher

To learn more about the author, please visit her website.

To reserve a copy of the author’s books, visit the library catalog.

-posted by Readers’ Services

Time for Title Swap Tuesdays!

Excited to hear about our favorite books? Join the Readers’ Services librarians on

Tuesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. 

for a fun, lively in-person presentation of all the books we can’t stop talking about.

Need a recommendation? We’ve got them!

Leave with a list of great reads.

You may even win a special raffle prize!

No registration. 

See past title swap titles here.

Hope to see you there!

-posted by Readers’ Services

New in DVD

Don’t Worry Darling

Drama – R 

A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company could be hiding disturbing secrets.


Comedy – R 

Two men with commitment problems attempt a relationship.

Clerks III

Comedy – R 

Dante, Elias, and Jay and Silent Bob are enlisted by Randal after a heart attack to make a movie about the convenience store that started it all.

Emily the Criminal

Drama – R 

Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.

Orphan: First Kill

Horror – R 

After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family.


Drama – NR

A small group of Russian soldiers have the task of taking Hitler’s discovered remains back to Stalin in Moscow.

Lost Illusions

Foreign (French) – NR

Based on the Balzac novel, the story of the rise and the fall of a young man in 19th-century Paris who dreamed to be a writer and became a journalist.

So Late So Soon

Documentary – NR

A half-century into their marriage, two Chicago artists look back at their life together as they contend with the deterioration of their bodies and beloved home.

-posted by Jenn, Media Services

Talking About Mysteries: A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson.

Hi, Ed Goldberg, Reference Librarian and Mystery buff here.


Hi, Ed Goldberg, reference librarian and mystery buff here.

Today I’m going to talk about A Nearly Normal Family by Swedish author M. T. Edvardsson. Edvardsson has written 3 books for adults and 2 for young adults. This is the first of his books translated into English.

The questions are: how well do you know your children and to what lengths would you go to protect them?

When 18-year old Stella Sandell is arrested for the murder of 33 year old Christopher Olsen, her parents are shocked. How could Stella possibly know the ‘old’ business wheeler and dealer?

Adam Sandell is a pastor in the Church of Sweden in the small town of Lund. His wife, Stella’s mother, is a prominent criminal defense attorney.

They seem to have the perfect family, successful and peaceful. Yet there are things brewing below the surface.

The narrative is in three parts: Adam’s story about how he found God, married Ulrika, had Stella and his hopes and desires for her. He tells his story in a very peaceful way, similar to how a pastor should act.

Stella, a rebellious 18-year old’s story is more energetic and is about a controlling father, an absentee mother and her desire to be herself, not anyone else’s idea of who and what she should be. And she talks about her best friend, Amina, the perfect child.

Ulrika’s story is about a mother who is not as popular with her daughter as is her husband, a mother who prefers working at things she can win, such as criminal trials but sees a means of reconnecting with her daughter as Stella remains in jail and goes to trial.

In reality, neither Adam nor Ulrika know their daughter or have any control over her lfie. The question is whether they will sacrifice their moral code (Adam) or their ethical code (Ulrika) to keep their daughter our of prison?

A Nearly Normal Family is engrossing and once you start reading, you just want to keep on reading. Not quite a mystery nor a courtroom drama nor a police procedural, it is a story of a fractured family keeping up appearances and testing the glue that holds the family together. And yet, it is a book for mystery lovers.

I can’t wait to see what Edvardsson comes up with next.

This book is available in print and as a book on CD.

So, I hope you read and enjoy A Nearly Normal Family.

-posted by Ed, Reference Services

A New in DVD Lollapalooza!

Three Thousand Years of Longing

Drama – R 

A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.

Last Letter

Foreign/Mandarin – NR

Attending the reunion in lieu of her late elder sister, Zhihua accidentally runs into Yin Chuan, on whom she had a crush in her youth. As old memories are evoked Zhihua slowly uncovers the intricate story of the trio.

Sharp Stick

Comedy – R 

Sarah Jo is a naive 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her mother and sister. She just longs to be seen. When she begins an affair with her older employer, she is thrust into an education on sexuality, loss and power.

She Will

Horror – NR

An aging film star retreats to the Scottish countryside with her nurse to recover from surgery. While there, mysterious forces of revenge emerge from the land where witches were burned.

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Drama – NR

Alone in her attic bedroom, teenager Casey becomes immersed in an online role-playing horror game, wherein she begins to document the changes that may or may not be happening to her.

The Magnificent Ambersons

Drama – NR

Orson Welles’s beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature—the subject of one of cinema’s greatest missing-footage tragedies—harks back to turn-of-the-twentieth-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family. Though RKO excised over forty minutes of footage, now lost to history, and added an incongruously upbeat ending, The Magnificent Ambersons is an emotionally rich family saga and a masterful elegy for a bygone chapter of American life.

Lost Highway

Drama – R

A mesmerizing meditation on the mysterious nature of identity, Lost Highway, David Lynch’s seventh feature film, is one of the filmmaker’s most potent cinematic dreamscapes. As this postmodern noir detours into the realm of science fiction, it becomes apparent that the only certainty is uncertainty.

Loving Highsmith

Documentary – NR

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s personal writings and accounts of her family and lovers, the film casts new light on the famous thriller writer’s life and oeuvre, permeated by themes of love and its defining influence on identity.

The Last Survivors

Documentary – NR 

Documentary compiling the testimonies of the last remaining Holocaust survivors living in Britain, all of whom were children at the time, and following them over the course of a year as they embark upon personal and profound journeys.

Forget Me Not

Documentary – NR 

As 3-year-old Emilio prepares to start school, his family finds itself embroiled in a challenge all too common for children with disabilities – to secure the right to an inclusive education. Cornered in one of the most segregated education systems, New York City public schools, filmmaker Olivier and his wife Hilda turn the camera on themselves and their child with Down syndrome, as they navigate a byzantine system originally designed to silo children with disabilities.

The U.S. and the Holocaust

Documentary – NR

Ken Burns explores America’s response to the Holocaust, and how it challenged the ideals of democracy.

Darryl Jones: In the Blood

Documentary – NR

Looking back at the career of Darryl Jones, bass player for the Rolling Stones.

-posted by Jenn, Media Services

New Episodes on SPL Turn The Page Podcast

Episode 220 A – Jessikah, Community Engagement

Storm and Zoey of the Fowlerville District Library in Michigan discuss their viral TikTok series One Star Review Guess Who? Where they read scathing reviews of popular books with hilarious results.

Episode 220 B – Jessikah, Community Engagement

Jessikah chats with Megan Shepherd about MALICE HOUSE, a great dark fantasy which finds Haven, a 30 something discovering layers of secrets about her late father — an author who leaves a strange unpublished manuscript behind in his home which leads her down a rabbit hole of magic and terror.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New Books @ the Library: Thrillers and Suspense

A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon

What it’s about: British housewife Linda Hammett lives a quiet (if unfulfilling) life with her husband Terry in a house she keeps spotless. Things start to get messy when she receives a fancy catalog addressed to the home’s previous owner, her husband starts working odd hours, and local women start to disappear.

For fans of: unreliable narrators, suburban malaise, and sardonic humor.

Run Time by Catherine Ryan Howard

Starring: Adele Rafferty, a former soap star looking to revitalize her career with a part in a psychological horror film called Final Draft, replacing the original actress who abruptly quit.

What goes wrong: Adele’s first day on the remote movie set begins with an anonymous text message warning her that things aren’t safe, and production continues she starts to notice eerie similarities between her past and scenes in the script, to the point where she starts to question her own sanity.

Firestorm by Taylor Howard

What Happens: Garrett returns to the ranch his family has owned for generations to face off with a corrupt, powerful energy consortium that’s destroying the local community in pursuit of profits at any cost.

For fans of: the series of Quinn Colson novels by Ace Atkins and the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box.

A Simple Choice by David Pepper

Starring: former Supreme Court clerk Amity Jones, who is caring for a cancer-stricken mother in her last days; Palmer Knight, a national news correspondent who has friends in high places.  

What brings them together: classified government research, the alleged suicide of a well-respected senator, and rumors of a possible cure for cancer. 

The Rule of Three by E. G. Scott

Where it’s set: Kingsland, a Long Island gated community where the only way to move in is to be invited.

The setup: Vicky Barnes returns home from her regular book club to find that her disgraced politician husband has been shot dead, and the same is true for the husbands of the two other women she spent the evening with.

All summaries by LibaryAware

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD


Horror- R 

Trapped on her family’s isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies, Pearl finds her ambitions, temptations, and repressions all colliding in this origin story of X’s iconic villain.

Moonage Daydream

Documentary- PG-13

Illuminates the life and genius of David Bowie, one of the most influential artists of our time. Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage and performances, this experimental cinematic odyssey explores Bowie’s creative, musical, and spiritual journey.

-posted by Jenn, Media Services

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