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The library is pleased to announce that we have two new technology options for our patrons. First, we have added a wireless printer at the Children’s Desk. This gives you the capability to print from your phone, tablet, or laptop. Instructions can be found at the desk and staff is happy to help you print. This is great for quick print jobs, such as forms and documents you may have on your phone.

Second, we have added two laptops that are available for patrons to use in the library. Using a valid Pioneerland library card, patrons 16 and older may check out laptops and use them in the library. This gives patrons flexibility if they would like to take a computer into a study room or other area in the library. They may be reserved the same way as library computers – reservations are accepted the day of by phone or in person.

We are excited to offer these new options at the Willmar Public Library and hope you take advantage of them. As always, feel free to stop in or call with any questions. computer-1881_640

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The Liar by Nora Roberts








Shelby Foxworth lost her husband but soon discovers that the man she loved never really existed. As she uncovers the truth about who she thought her husband was, she moves back to her hometown to start over. That is not the end of the secrets about her husband, however, and the move puts her closer to danger than she ever was before.

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

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Dr. Eric Parrish’s work life has never been better but things at home are not going as well. Newly divorced, he is doing the best he can for his daughter. When he takes on a new patient, Max, his whole world crumbles. Are the ensuing events random or is something deliberately trying to ruin Eric’s life? Readers will be thrown into the grips of a sociopath in this new thriller by popular author Scottoline.

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair

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When Jennifer Teege recognizes her biological grandmother in a book, she discovers her grandfather was a vicious Nazi commandant. Adopted, Teege was never told of this fact by the biological relatives she had contact with. This book, interwoven with a journalist’s take on the story, tells of Teege’s discover and further research to learn more about her grandfather, learning in the process that as a black woman, he would have shot her.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

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Fans of McCreight’s first book, Reconstructing Amelia, will want to pick up her new one out this week. When the body of an infant is found in the woods, community members are devastated and want answers. Three women in particular are impacted and their stories are presented to form the truth of who the infant is.

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

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A young couple had it all, until suddenly lost jobs changed their whole world. Inheriting land from his grandmother, they move to Swannhaven hoping for better luck. With a secret buried in this odd town, will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their family? Read this debut to find out.

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg

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Berg’s new historical fiction novel is based on the scandalous life of novelist George Sand. After leaving her husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men’s clothing and had affairs with famous men and women. Berg provides readers insight into the heart and mind of a woman considered by many to be a genius of her time.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

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The Turner’s have lived in the same house for over 50 years, making tons of memories in the place many call home even after they’ve started their own families. When the matriarch Viola is forced to move in with her son due to health problems, the family finds out that the house is worth a tenth of its mortgage. The family comes together to decide what to do and must reckon with the past. Readers will be forced to think about the price they pay for the future and what the physical space of home means to them.

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The 2015 Carnegie Medal Shortlist was announced earlier this week. Given since 2012 by the American Library Association, the award recognizes excellence in literature in both fiction and nonfiction, with the winners being chosen by a panel of experts who work closely with adult readers. The winners will be announced from the shortlisted titles below on June 27, 2015.


Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson



Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Dead Wakethe newest book by bestselling author Erik Larson, came out last month and has stayed on bestselling book lists across the country. Larson, known for his in-depth look at historical events, has become popular due to the way his non-fiction titles read like fiction. He makes historical figures into intriguing characters that readers become attached to. Given the amount of research that goes into his books, he doesn’t publish as much as some readers may like. Listed below are some great books similar to Larson that you may want to try.


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Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods








In the next Stone Barrington novel, Stone travels to Wichita to take possession of his plane is given an invitation to a private club open only to exclusive members.

Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge








A year ago, Travis McKinley shocked everyone by winning the PGA Senior Open. He should be enjoying his success but he feels like he doesn’t deserve it. When he befriends a troubled teen, he gets a shot a redemption. Sometimes, the greatest miracles happen when no one is watching. This is Patterson’s second book featuring pro-golfer Travis McKinley – the first was titled Miracle on the 17th Green.

Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith








Best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels, McCall Smith takes on The Austen Project, a series of Jane Austen rewrites commissioned by HarperCollins in the U.K. In this modern retelling, Emma goes to live with her father after graduating. While trying to launch her own business, she offers guidance to others in her wise, witty and enchanting manner. Both fans of Austen and Smith will enjoy this remake.

The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits








Featured on the cover of the New York Times book review, The Folded Clock is a diary of Julavits, a forty something woman. Inspired by the detailed diary she kept as a kid, Julavits presents a personal look into her daily life and her past. Her sense of humor will appeal to readers, especially fans of lighthearted memoirs.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen








In 1875, a general of the Vietnamese Army sits in his villa making a list of the individuals who will be put on the last flights out of the country. As they begin a new life in L.A., they are unaware that their captain is reporting to the Viet Cong. This book chronicles the story of his captain, exploring a life between two worlds and the legacy of the Vietnam War today. Fans of spy novels and historical fiction should put this one on their to-read list.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan








The Royal We is a delightful spin on William and Kate by the founders of the fashion site Go Fug Yourself. Bex falls for Nick at Oxford, the future king of Great Britain, and is pushed into the spotlight. Unprepared, she struggles to face the pressures and winds up in trouble. Now, on the eve of the wedding, she must face the biggest choice of her life.

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer








Bill stumbles upon three acres of land and decides to buy it, seeing his future family happy there. He finds a wife, Penny, and later come four children. Thirty years later, the youngest child returns home and sets off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, the siblings tell their story and paint a picture of this family readers will become intrigued by. Packer’s novel explores the idea of just how much our adult lives are shaped by past events.

Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian








Orhan’s grandfather, Kemal, is found dead and in his will he leaves the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away. Curious, Orhan boards a plane to L.A. to find out who this stranger is, only to discover that her past could threaten his future. If her full story is told, the entire family legacy may come undone. Her debut novel, Ohanesian presents a powerful tale about the hidden stories that can haunt families for generations.

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley







Amateur code breaker Sara Thomas is hired to crack the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas. In beginning her work, Sara finds complications from all involved. The journal is a first-hand account of Mary’s involvement in a dangerous intrigue. As the tale grows more dire, Sara must choose which road will lead her safely home. Readers will enjoy a bit of puzzle solving in this historical fiction work that blends stories from two time periods. 

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The Willmar Public Library would like YOU to create a new library bookmark! From now until Saturday, April 18th, design a bookmark for the library and you could see your design printed and handed out to our patrons. This contest is available for all ages. Sheets can be picked up at the library or taken from the image below. This contest runs in conjunction with National Library Week, which runs April 12-April 18. For more information on our events during that week, check out our website.

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April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry’s vital place in our culture. Here at the Willmar Public Library, we have a number of events taking place during this month to help you celebrate poetry. Teens can create their own Blackout Poetry, in which they take a book from a page and black out words to create unique poems. Blackout poems will be displayed in the teen space, and supplies will be available at the Information Desk. Children can participate in Book Spine poetry and Chalk a Poem. For details on these events, check in at the Children’s Desk. For adults, we have a display of popular poetry books at the front table in the lobby. Finally, anyone can participate in our poetry board located at the Check Out desk. Come stop by the library this month and help celebrate National Poetry Month! Contact the library for details on any of these events at (320) 235-3162.


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At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

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Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, is back with her new novel set during World War II. After being financially cut off from his father, Ellis and his wife Madeline look to regain his trust by hunting down the Loch Ness monster. Maddie is left on her own while Ellis conducts his search with a friend, and she begins to get to know the villagers. Her friendship with two women in particular open her up to a whole new world and she starts to embrace a fuller sense of who she is.

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry











The Patriot Threat continues Berry’s Cotton Malone series, this time posing the question: What if federal income tax is illegal? Cotton is sent on a 24 hour chase to track a North Korean who may have some top secret U.S. Treasury files.

The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry











Anne Perry’s latest edition to the long running Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series is out this week. It needs no description – after 30 entries in this series, fans still anticipate her releases, something not many authors can do.

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle











On a vacation cruise, 77-year-old Sten kills a robber menacing a bus of tourists. After returning home, he finds his son Adam has spiraled out of control. With increasing symptoms of Schizophrenia present, Adam kills two people and goes on the run, spurring a huge manhunt. Boyle offers readers a look into the psychological psyche of America.

From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054 by Bernard B. Kerik












Kerik was New York City’s police commissioner during 9/11 and became an American hero due to his efforts. In 2007, he was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in federal prison. In this memoir, he talks openly about his time on the inside and makes a plea for change to our justice system, noting that sometimes punishment doesn’t always fit the crime.

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

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Between You & Me is a laugh-out-loud book about common problems in spelling, punctuation and usage. Using examples from famous works, she highlights how even editors have gotten them wrong. Fans of Eats, Shoots & Leaves will love this new one.


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Book clubs are becoming increasingly popular, whether it be with a group of friends or an organization led book club. Here at the Willmar Public Library, we love book clubs. And here’s why:

1. Provide a sense of community – when you share an intimate experience, such as reading, with a group of people, you tend to feel more connected to those individuals and in turn form a sense of community

2. You discover new books and authors – many times, book clubs read books that you wouldn’t ordinarily pick up on your own, giving you a wide variety of experiences with books and helping you find new authors or genres you may come to fall in love with

3. A place for self-expression – book clubs allow individuals to express their thoughts and views in an open, non-judgmental environment

4. They provide a welcome place for strangers – book clubs run by organizations are always looking for new members and whether you are new to a town or want to get involved more and meet people, they are great places to start when finding activities to occupy your time

5. Some books have to be discussed – book clubs usually help readers better understand books and they may even change your mind about a particular book; discussions often lead to an examination of themes and important social issues that are better understood when varying opinions come to light

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The Willmar Public Library has book clubs for all ages and we are always looking for new individuals to join.


The Children’s Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at 4PM.


The Teen Book Club meets once a month on Wednesdays at 4PM. This book club is always looking for members, but you must register first with the library.


There are two book clubs for adults. Novels @ Night meets at 7PM the second Tuesday of every month while the Lunch Bunch Book Club meets at Cornerstone Coffee at noon the third Wednesday of every month.

For those of you who are involved in book clubs already – did you know the library has resources just for you? Check out these Book Club in a Bag titles, which provides you with multiple copies of a given book and a discussion guide to aid in your understanding of the titles.

For more information, click on the links or contact the library at (320) 235-3162. Next month we celebrate National Library Week, and there’s better way to start off spring by joining a book club and discussing a great read!
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The Man Booker International Prize shortlist finalists were announced yesterday at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The award, given every two years, is given to a living author who has published in English or whose work is widely available in English. It is awarded by a panel of judges and comes with a 60,000 pound prize. The winner will be announced on May 19 in London.

The Shortlist:

Cesar Aira (Argentina)

Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)

Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe)

Mia Couto (Mozambique)

Amitav Ghosh (India)

Fanny Howe (United States)

Ibrahim Al-Koni (Libya)

Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary)

Alain Mabanckou (The Republic of the Congo)

Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)

While you may have not heard of these authors, their works are important in the world of literature. While we have some available in our system, if you want to read others we can search other libraries in Minnesota and order what it available. If you’re looking for a new author, look no further than those that have been recognized for their literature.

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