“The Oracle,” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell. In 533 A.D., the last King of the Vandals still rules in northern Africa, but a prophecy reveals that his reign is doomed. Years before, sacred scrolls had been stolen from a high priestess, who cast a curse on the kingdom unless they were returned. The Vandal kingdom falls before the scrolls are ever found, leaving their location a mystery, and their discovery is the perfect challenge for Sam and Remi Fargo. However, their mission becomes more complicated when they run afoul of a rival bands of robbers.

“Outbreak,” by Davis Bunn. Something sinister is happening in the waters off the coast of West Africa, trailing death in its wake. Local insurgencies are no longer the only imminent danger and the panic mounts. But before a global alarm can be sounded, the sea currents shift, and the outbreak evaporates. Theo Bishop and Avery Madison saw the devastation and they know the danger hasn’t passed. But everywhere they turn, powerful interests are determined to silence all evidence of the impending biological disaster. They will have to stay out of the crosshairs long enough to convince the powers that be of the toxic destruction about to be unleashed on American soil.

“The Fall of Abilene,” by Johnny D. Boggs. Noah Benton, a teenager with a great memory and a head for arithmetic, is hired along with his older brother to help drive a herd of Texas longhorns to Abilene, Kan. Noah’s dreams of excitement quickly turn into nightmares as he chronicles Abilene’s last year as a cattle town, encountering John Wesley Hardin and Wild Bill Hickok.

“Dark Territory,” by Terrence McCauley. In the boomtown of Dover Station, Mont., tracks have been laid and everyone’s looking to make a fortune, lawfully or not. And the law has something to say about it, one bullet at a time.

“Brunch at Bittersweet Café,” by Carla Laureano. When an unexpected windfall provides Melody Johansson with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with a choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home or give it all up for the man she loves.


“Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona,” by Walter R. Borneman. The surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, remains one of the most traumatic events in American history. America’s battleship fleet was crippled, thousands of lives were lost, and the United States was propelled into a world war. Few realize that aboard the USS Arizona were 79 blood relatives. Tragically, in an era when family members serving together was an accepted practice, 63 of the Arizona’s 1,177 dead turned out to be brothers. Borneman returns to that critical week of December, guiding us on a journey of sacrifice and heroism, all told through the lives of these brothers and their fateful experience on the Arizona.

“The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Voyage that Defied the Nazis,” by William Geroux. In July 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic separated from their convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats in the maze of ice floes. Despite the risks, they had a better chance of survival than the rest of Convoy PQ-17, a fleet of 35 cargo ships carrying supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel, the limited help Roosevelt and Churchill extended to Josef Stalin to maintain their fragile alliance. The 24-hour Arctic daylight gave no respite from bombers, and the Germans wielded the terrifying battleship Tirpitz, nicknamed The Big Bad Wolf. Icebergs were as dangerous as Nazis. As a newly forged alliance was close to dissolving and the remnants of Convoy PQ-17 tried to slip through the Arctic in one piece, the fate of the world hung in the balance.

Story Time

Story time is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 45–60 minutes. Participants read books, followed by a craft or activity.

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