Ourselves in Concert

Ourselves in Concert
Sweet and Sour Irish Love Songs
Aitkin Library Donovan Room
Tuesday, October 3 at 6 pm

We’re excited to present Ourselves in an acoustic concert event in the Donovan Room. You’ll hear sweet and sour Irish love songs. Get in the spirit and tap your feet and sing along to the upbeat folky sounds from the Trio. Ourselves features local musicians Lynn Surbrook, along with Walt and Tom Schlicting.

The Force by Don Winslow

The Force
Don Winslow
Harper Collins Publishers, 2017
Available at Aitkin Memorial District Library
Book review by Marty Rheaume

In our America of 2017, tensions between the police and African American Community are as tight as they’ve been since Rodney King. Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter groups are at each other’s throats, white nationalists are marching in Virginia. Every day brings us headlines highlighting disturbing racial animosity stubbornly refusing to bury itself, and we all wonder if this is really happening. When suffering through this surreal and anachronistic reality, fiction is the only place we can turn. In “The Force” we view the complexities and ironies of the current racial conflagration through the eyes of an elite NYPD cop whose love/hate relationship with New York City and its Harlem residents moves him to lie, cheat, steal, and kill in order to save the city from itself, but who’s going to save the city from him and “Da Force?”

Sergeant detective Denny Malone is the baddest cop in New York City. He made his way to the top by breaking all the rules. He follows his own code, not the code written by bureaucrats in New York, Albany, Washington, or anywhere else. As long as he kept making New York Times caliber busts and putting criminals behind bars (or in coffins), they closed their eyes, but his own code is getting harder to define. He could justify cutting corners to make a bust or lying to get a warrant, but breaking the rules to enrich himself has left him disillusioned. Through flashbacks from a jail cell, we follow him step-by-step as he crosses lines from being an idealistic cop to a dirty cop to a filthy cop. At rock bottom and long beyond redemption, he’s plotting to go out in a sacrificial blaze of glory to prevent the rest of the city from burning to the ground.

Winslow reigns as king of epic crime fiction. His 2015 work, “The Cartel,” examined the brutal lives of Mexican Narcos and the people who sell their souls to fight them. “The Force” returns to our side of the border to explore the relationships between the police, the (mostly black) inner-city denizens whom they protect and serve, and the politicians who view both sides as a means to an end. Once again, Winslow captures the Zeitgeist, bringing the headlines to life. This novel is so strikingly topical, it’s hard to believe he’s been researching it for 5 years, but his willingness to put in work doing the research is what separates him from other crime writers. While making allowances for a larger than life anti-hero in Malone, the rest of the book is saturated in gritty realism. It’s a street level view of the messy complexities and contradictions of race relations, and a deep exploration into the human heart in conflict with itself.

Watercolor Class

Watercolor Painting Class
With Suzanne Boeck
10 am Saturday, September 16, 2017
$20: Sign-Up Here

Learn to paint this delightful watercolor design with internationally known artist Suzanne Boeck. You’ll be amazed by what you can learn in 3-4 hours. With Suzanne’s guidance, you’ll turn a blank piece of paper into your own personal masterpiece!

Alex’s Animal Adventure

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Saturday July 22nd and 29th, and August 5th and 12th at 10:15 am

We’ll have a different animal visitor with use at these story times. Including mice, hamsters, gerbils and even a cat!

 

Silly Story Time with Alyssa

Image result for story timeSilly Story Time with Alyssa
Every Wednesday at 10:15 am

Join us for a fun craft or activity and an amazing story. We’ll do activities such as rock painting, Mom and Child Yoga, and much more!

NERF Wrap-Up

Image result for nerfProgram Wrap-Up , NERF Battle
Saturday, August 19th at 10:15 am

Join us for our rescheduled NERF Battle! Games will include Capture the Flag, Eliminator, and Zombies vs. Humans

Breakout EDU

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Thursday, August 17th at 5 pm

This is a fun, educational, and challenging activity for kids! They’ll have fun while working through problems and challenges.

Teen Breakout EDU

Image result for breakoutedu.comTeen Breakout EDU
Thursday, August 10th at 5 pm

This is a fun activity f0r teens, its challenging and educational but still a lot of fun!

Book Sale Opens

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Friday, August 4th at 10 am.

Came and look through our donated books! If you find one you like just make a donation and it’s yours!