“Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service,” by Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton. As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock ‘n’ roll than schoolwork. But when he auditioned for a school production of “West Side Story,” he found his purpose, or so it seemed. Within a few years, Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most important new theater companies in America. Television and film came calling soon after, eventually leading to his role as Lieutenant Dan in “Forrest Gump.” The military community’s embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary’s realization that America’s defenders had not received all the respect their sacrifices deserve. This became Gary’s mission. While working in film and television, Gary has worked on behalf of those who serve this country, eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a quest to honor America’s veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

“The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts,” by Joan Biskupic. John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005, claiming he would act as a neutral umpire in deciding cases. His critics argue he has been anything but, pointing to his conservative victories on voting rights and campaign finance. Yet he broke from orthodoxy in his decision to preserve Obamacare. How are we to understand the motives of the most powerful judge in the land? In “The Chief,” Biskupic contends that Roberts is torn between two, often divergent, priorities: to carry out a conservative agenda, and to protect the Supreme Court’s image and his place in history. Biskupic shows how Roberts’ dual commitments have fostered distrust among his colleagues, with major consequences for the law. Trenchant and authoritative, “The Chief” reveals the making of a justice and the drama of this nation’s highest court.

“The World of Lore: Wicked Creatures,” by Aaron Mahnke. In this illustrated volume from the host of the hit podcast Lore, you’ll find tales of infamous characters whose crimes remind us that truth can be more terrifying than fiction. Mahnke introduces us to William Brodie, a renowned Scottish cabinetmaker who used his professional expertise to prey on the citizens of Edinburgh and whose rampant criminality behind a veneer of social respectability inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” And no rogues’ gallery could leave out Bela Kiss, a Hungarian with a taste for the occult and a collection of gasoline drums with women’s bodies inside. Brimming with accounts of history’s most heinous real-life fiends, this best-of-the-worst roundup will haunt your thoughts and leave you wondering if there are mortal monsters lurking even closer than you think.

“Fruit Trees for Every Garden: An Organic Approach to Growing Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Citrus and More,” by Orin Martin. For more than 40 years, Martin has taught thousands of apprentices, students and home gardeners the art and craft of growing fruit trees organically. Martin shares his recommended fruit varieties and techniques for productive trees, including sweet cherry, orange, lemon and fig. Whether you have one tree or 100, Martin gives you all the tools you need, from tree selection and planting practices to seasonal feeding guidelines and in-depth pruning tutorials. 


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. 


Chetek Library hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 1–6 p.m.; and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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