2017 Winter Reading Program Wrap Up

Posted Mar 24, 2017

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in our third annual adult winter reading program – Snow Better Time to Read.  We had 65 participants submit almost 600 entries

But… there were only ten lucky winners.  They are:

Boswell Books: Cheryl D.

City Market: Beck B.

Colectivo: M. Robinson

Culver’s: Diana K.

Harry’s Bar and Grill: Helen L.

Metro Market: Janet R.

Mobil Gas Station: Julie O.

Oakcrest Tavern; Kathleen M.

Sendik’s (Metro Market): Joel O.

Three Lions: Anne C.

Are you wondering what we read this winter?  Here’s a few of the submissions we got:


And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. read by Christy S.

This novella filled my eyes with tears from page one.  An old man dealing with memory loss struggles to explain it to his grandson, “A boy [who] is just big enough to know how the world works, but still young enough to refuse to accept it.”  Beautiful and heartwrenching.


Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay, read by Susan L.

On a fine amnesty day at the library, a book checked out on a murdered woman’s last day is returned.  Who done it?  The librarian snoops and investigates the return, the murder, and the mystery surrounding all.  Meanwhile two suitors vie for her affections.  Romance, mystery, and a hectic scene interfere with her snooping.  Can she find the killer and bring justice and closure to a twenty year old unsolved crime?


Cooking for Picasso by Camillr Aubray, read by Pam H.

Aubray focuses on slices of time- mostly mid-late 1930s and present day in which to set her characters.  Although the big events of the day are part of the story, her focus is on the characters themselves and their settings.  You can smell, taste, and see southern France as you read this wonderful story.

New Fiction

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, read by Nancy J.

The changing seasons in the isolated woods and lakes of northern Minnesota, home to “freak” fourteen year old Linda raised in a now-abandoned commune by her maybe-parents are almost another character in this disturbing literary not-easily-categorized coming of age/mystery tale.   As Linda becomes babysitter to four year old Ben, she becomes entangled with his parents.  Issues of boundaries, sexual stirrings, longing, belonging, belief, denial, responsibility and guilt are subtly expressed.

New Non-Fiction

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus by Matt Taibbi, read by Remy P.

A fun, fast read for both serious politicos and those with curiosity about what happened in the 2016 election.  Matt Taibbi’s reporting is full of sharp, pessimistic humor.  American politics will never be the same…

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