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At the Library: Settling the account, having reading fun

By Staff | Nov 12, 2014

Kids and Families! Saturday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Captiva Memorial Library hear stories and poetry about buttons and make a Native American corncraft from colorful buttons.

Between 10-11a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, children and teens 18 and under can “Read Down Fines” at the Captiva Memorial Library. “Read Down Fines” is a program which allows young library patrons the opportunity to decrease their library card overdue charges by reading for “Library Bucks.” Readers check in with staff at the start of the program and for every 15 minutes of reading, they will receive a coupon worth up to $2 in “Library Bucks” to be used toward existing overdue charges, with the potential of earning $8 in one hour.

If the library card of the child/teen has overdue charges of less than $2, only the existing overdue charges will be removed. There is no cash value for any unused portion of the $2 “Library Bucks” coupon and any leftover amount cannot be applied to future overdue charges. A library card or library card number is required to access your account.

Captiva Memorial Library has many good books that are sometimes overlooked:

“Fin and Lady”

by Cathleen Schine

“It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady-giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free-is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

So begins “Fin & Lady,” the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling “The Three Weissmanns of Westport.” Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the ’60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War-Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself. “Fin & Lady” is a comic, romantic love story: the story of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.” *

“The Fire Witness”

by Lars Kepler

“Flora Hansen makes her living masquerading as a medium. Yet when a young woman is brutally murdered at a rural home for wayward girls, she begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police, claiming to have seen a ghost, but Detective Insp. Joona Linna is the only one who listens. The case seems obvious to everyone: Another girl fled the home on the night of the killing and left behind a bloody hammer under her pillow. But Hansen insists that the murder weapon was, in fact, a stone. Linna refuses to accept the easy answers, and his search leads him into darker, more violent territory-and to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.” *

“The Mystery of Mercy Close”

by Marian Keyes

“Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear-it’s just something men invented to get all the money-and yet she’s sinking. Her private investigator business has dried up, her flat has been repossessed, and now some old demons are resurfacing. Chief among them is her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who offers Helen a lucrative missing-persons case. Wayne Diffney from boyband Laddz vanished from his house in Mercy Close-and the Laddz have a sellout comeback gig in five days.

Helen has a new boyfriend, but Jay’s reappearance proves unsettling. Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her own worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she has never even met.” *

“Life After Life”

by Jill McCorkle

“Award-winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction. “Life After Life” is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self-discovery at any age. And the residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center (from twelve-year-old Abby to eighty-five-year-old Sadie) share some of life’s most profound discoveries and are some of the most true-to-life characters that you are ever likely to meet in fiction. Delivered with her trademark wit, Jill McCorkle’s constantly surprising novel illuminates the possibilities of second chances, hope, and rediscovering life right up to the very end. She has conjured an entire community that reminds us that grace and magic can-and do-appear when we least expect it.” *

“The Lifeboat”

by Charlotte Rogan

“Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant oceanliner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?” *

“Glamour in Glass”

by Mary Robinette Kowal

“In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent’s concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoonto escaping it” *


by Keigo Higashino

“Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems. At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka’s best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers’ relationship was very different that they claimed, that they were anything but best friends. But the question before Kaga isn’t necessarily who, or how, but why” *

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library