“Runt,” by Kerry Casey. Twelve-year-old Truman “Runt” Younger has been told he’s too small to amount to anything on the ball field. He’s a skilled player, but every year when traveling team tryouts are held, he’s ignored. Jess, his mother, has been a single parent since she ran away at 17. Now, back and settled in the small town she left as a pregnant teenager, she’s focusing all her love on Truman. Until a new coach suddenly arrives. Leo is a former first-round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs. As a coach, his approach is absolutely unconventional. But strange as his methods appear, everything he does is designed to hone champions. “Runt” is a story for anyone who loves underdogs—of the two- and four-legged variety.
“I Love You Too Much,” by Alicia Drake. “I knew I was in Paris, I knew that was the Seine beneath me, the sky above, but when I looked around for help, the grand apartment buildings of the Quai Voltaire stared back at me, indifferent.” This is the Paris of 13-year-old Paul. Shy and unloved, he quietly observes the lives of the self-involved grown-ups around him: his glamorous mother; her young lover, Gabriel; and his fitness-obsessed papa, Philippe. Seeking solace in his unlikely friendship with classmate Scarlett and the sweet confections from the elegant neighborhood patisseries, Paul yearns for love. But what will he do if he can’t find it?
“All Manner of Things,” by Susie Finkbeiner. After Annie Jacobson’s older brother is deployed to Vietnam during the war, tragedy at home brings their estranged father home without welcome. As tensions heighten, Annie and her family must find a way to move forward as they try to hold both hope and grief in the same hand.
“The King’s Mercy,” by Lori Benton. When captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is exiled to North Carolina, he’s indentured to Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will, MacKinnon is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex, he flees to the mountains where he’s faced with a choice: continue down his rebellious path or embrace a life of faith, where freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life.
“From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and Times of Dene Residential School Survivor,” by Antoine Mountain. Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school and his path to healing. In 1949, Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe, Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. At age 7, he was stolen away from his home and sent to a residential school run by the Roman Catholic Church in collusion with the government of Canada, 300 kilometers away. Over the next 12 years, the three residential schools Mountain was forced to attend systematically worked to erase his language and culture, the very roots of his identity. As a celebrated artist and social activist today, Mountain shares this moving, personal story of healing and the reclamation of his Dene identity.
“Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures That Feed Our World,” by Jodi Helmer. We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Birds, bats, insects and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting our entire food supply in jeopardy. In North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent. Helmer breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes readers inside the most promising conservation initiatives. Along with inspiring stories of revival, readers will find practical tips to get involved.
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.