Winter One Church One Read
The Library committee has selected This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger as its Winter One Church One Read title. Copies are available for checkout in the Library, and the discussion is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 22 in the Office Conference Room.

This Tender Land is a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression. In 1932, the Lincoln School in Minnesota is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated.

It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

Warm up With a Good Book
Be sure to visit the snow and winter book and movie displays in the OSL Library. To make your selection easy, a large number of items are on separate displays, one for children and youth and one for adults.

Library Hours
Sunday 8:30 a.m.–12:15
Monday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Friday Closed
2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.–noon and 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Second Saturday Movie
This month’s Second Saturday Movie, on February 8, will be Champion: Victory Begins in the Heart.

Sean Weathers is a hotshot dirt-track racer with a thriving career, adoring fans, and a loving daughter. Jack Reed is a successful businessperson working to reconnect with his estranged son. When a single mistake results in tragedy, the paths of these two men cross, and an unexpected bond forms between them. Together, they must work through the painful journey toward healing.

Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 in the Holy Word Theatre, followed by worship at 5:00 in the Sanctuary, and dinner afterward in The Gathering Place!

Monthly Book Club for Adults
The Book Club for Adults meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the OSL Library to discuss that month’s book. The February 27 selection will be Educated by Tara Westover.

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she had traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Join this exciting community of readers! A list of 2020 selections is available in the OSL Library.

New for Adults
Once More to the Rodeo: A Memoir by Calvin Hennick. Five years into fatherhood, Calvin Hennick is plagued by self-doubt and full of questions. How can he teach his son to be a man, when his own father figures abandoned him? As a white man, what can he possibly teach his biracial son about how to live as a black man in America? What does it even mean to be a man today, when society’s expectations of men seem to change from moment to moment?

In search of answers, Calvin takes his young son on the road, traveling across the country to the annual rodeo in his small Iowa hometown. Along the way, a stop at the Baseball Hall of Fame turns into an impromptu lesson about racism and segregation.

In Niagara Falls, a day of arcade games and go-karts unexpectedly morphs into a titanic struggle between father and son. A stop in Chicago rips the scars off old wounds, and back in Iowa, Calvin is forced to confront the most difficult question of all: What if his flaws and family history doom him to repeat the mistakes of the past?

In this unforgettable debut memoir, Calvin Hennick holds a mirror up to both himself and modern America in an urgent and timely story that all parents, and indeed all Americans, need to read.

Additional New Titles for Adults
• Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
The Pale-faced Lie by David Crow
The Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner

New for Middle- and High-School Youth
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds. Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the country. The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck, Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in never. When he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into—a room so full of songbirds and plants that it’s almost as if it’s been pulled inside-out—he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.

Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is awesome until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?

Additional New Titles for Middle- and High-School Youth
Free Lunch by Rex Ogle
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Dog Man: Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey

New Picture, Early Reader,
and Chapter Books

Never Let a Dinosaur Scribble! by Diane Alber. Dinosaurs are pretty strong and powerful, so why can’t they scribble? This story is about a little boy who keeps hearing, “Never let a dinosaur scribble,” but in his heart believes that people just don’t understand how beautiful scribbling can be.

He wonders what would happen if he just gave a dinosaur one crayon to scribble with and realizes that the dinosaur had other ideas in mind. The dinosaur ends up creating too much and creating a whole new set of problems. With a little imagination, this makes an amazing story.

Additional New Picture Books
The Pajama Zoo Parade by Agnes Green
I Can’t Eat This Stuff by Liz Fletcher

New Early Reader Books
Big Snowman, Little Snowman by Tish Rabe
Mission PAW (PAW Patrol) by Random House

New Chapter Books
The Last Firehawk by Katrina Charman
Unicorn Diaries: Bo’s Magical New Friend by Rebecca Elliott

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