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Notables Book Club

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Cover Image
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Notables Book ClubZen and the Art The Notables Book Club is a monthly meeting to discuss notable books with notable hosts in notable venues!
April's title is "If We Were Villains" by M. L. Rio with Notable Host Katherine Mayberry
will make things especially notable! This Notables discussion happens April 17 at Tri-Cities Historical Museum at 6:30pm.

 Find more deails on the Notables Book Club page.


North Ottawa Wellness Foundation Suggested Reads

North Ottawa Wellness Foundation

Facilitating physical, mental and emotional wellness in Northwest Ottawa County through research-based strategies to increase vitality and life balance while decreasing inflammation in the bodies and minds of local residents.

These insightful books provide the background for understanding this impact and include excellent practices and tips for navigating the stress response to a happier, healthier you. Check out the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation's web page for more information!
North Ottawa Wellness Foundation Partners include:
North Ottawa Community Health System  The Chamber of Grand Haven Spring Lake and Ferrysburg Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Tri-Cities Family YMCA 
Shape Corp. Grand Haven Area Public Schools Ottawa County Parks and RecreationOttawa United Way
The North Ottawa Wellness Foundation suggests these titles:
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Cover Image
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence Cover Image
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda Cover Image
Go Wild: Eat Fat, Run Free, Be Social, and Follow Evolution's Other Rules for Total Health and Well-Being Cover Image
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A Tr Cover Image
The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--And How You CA N Change Them Cover Image
Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Power of Your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being Cover Image
The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer Cover Image
Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being Cover Image
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books) Cover Image
The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity Cover Image
How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life Cover Image

Independent Bookstore Day

Indpendent Bookstore Day - Curious GeorgeCelebrate Independent Bookstore Day with us!

On Saturday, April 28th we will be celebrating with a Curious George themed party!

We'll have all sorts of games and activities going on throughout the day starting at 10:00am.

Catfish and the Man will perform from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

We'll also have face painting, story telling, prizes, treats, lots of fun, and MORE!

Come and party with us!

Bookman Book Club - The Girl From the Train

Girl from the TrainEveryone is welcome to the Bookman Book Club on Wednesday, April 25th.  Liz Lystra will lead a discussion of Irma Joubert's book "The Girl From the Train."

We will discuss this book at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 25th


Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Aushwitz. Jak b Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks.

As World War II draws to a close, Jakob fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first.

Gretl is the only survivor. Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people. When Jak b discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her in. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family.

But she can't stay with him forever. Jak b sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families--so long as Gretl's Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered.

Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jak b and Gretl will likely never see each other again. But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can overcome.

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ISBN: 9780529102379
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas Nelson - November 3rd, 2015

Illustrator Event with Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Legend of Sleeping Bear DunesJoin us at Loutit District Library on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00pm to meet with illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. He'll be there to talk about his books, and to sign them as well!

We'll be there with his books available at the event. We're excited to hear this fantastic artist talk about his work.

Among his many titles is "The Legend of Sleeping Bear." Which is the Official Children's Book of Michigan.

The Legend of Sleeping Bear (Legend (Sleeping Bear)) Cover Image
By Kathy-Jo Wargin (With), Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen (Illustrator), Ed (With)
ISBN: 9781886947351
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - October 1st, 1998

The Legend of Leelanau (Legend (Sleeping Bear)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781585361502
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - April 4th, 2003

Mackinac Bridge: The Story of the Five Mile Poem (Tales of Young Americans) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781585362837
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - September 1st, 2006

The Legend of Michigan (Legend (Sleeping Bear)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781585362783
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - March 21st, 2006

Poetry Lives!

Poetry Lives

Poetry Lives: Poetry Club. 

All are invited to meet with a group of gentle folks and enjoy both original and favorite poems. Bring a poem to share if you wish.

Join us at the Bookman!


This event takes places at the Bookman at 6:30pm