Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is the OSL Library committee’s selection for the Winter One Church One Read title.
“Two Children for Sale.” The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams. Any mother facing impossible choices could have written it.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication, but when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.
At the paper, Lillian Palmer is haunted by her role in all that happened. She is far too familiar with the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. As the bonds of motherhood are tested, she and Ellis must decide how much they are willing to risk to mend a fractured family.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.
Copies of the book are available for checkout in the Library; the discussion will be at 10:00 a.m. on March 24 in the Conference Room.
Second Saturday Movie
This month’s feature, on March 9, will be Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and WWII hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). When his Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, Zamperini and two other crewmembers survived on a foundering life raft for 47 days. The men faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst, starvation, and enemy aircraft. Beyond the raft, they faced a trial even greater—they were caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini answered desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; and brutality with rebellion. (The follow-up movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption will be the April Second Saturday Movie.)
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 March 28 selection will be Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her 26th birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported back in time to the antebellum South. The son of a plantation owner is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
Join this exciting community of readers! A list of 2019 selections is available in the OSL Library.
Spring Book Sale
The OSL Library will be accepting books, movie DVDs, and music CDs from March 3 through March 31 for its spring book sale. The book sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in the Friendship Room.
A large selection of children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction books will be for sale along with music CDs and movie DVDs. Don’t miss it!
Eggs-on-the-Shelf Lent and Easter Activity
To keep God’s grace at the heart of the Lenten season, come check out items from the OSL Library each Sunday and Wednesday from March 6 through April 21, find one of the Resurrection Eggs hidden among the shelves, and answer a question about the Easter story to receive a prize!
Sunday 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
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
2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.–noon and 4:30–6:30 p.m.
New for Adults
True Places by Sonja Yoerg. A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses. Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the highway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her—a change she both fears and desperately needs.
Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. However, beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. After her discovery of the ethereal 16-year-old, Iris, who has never experienced civilization, Suzanne is compelled to invite Iris into her family’s life and all its apparent privileges.
Iris has an independence, a love of solitude, and a discomfort with materialism that contrasts with everything the Blakemores stand for—qualities that awaken in Suzanne first a fascination, then a longing. Now Suzanne can’t help but wonder: Is she destined to save Iris, or is Iris the one who will save her?
Additional New Titles for Adults
• The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
• To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury
• The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
New for Middle- and High-School Youth
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. Can you love someone you can never touch?
Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Five feet apart. No exceptions.
The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn 18 and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.
Will is exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella, she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. Suddenly five feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.
What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?
Additional New Titles for Middle- and High-School
• Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt
• Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
• Dog Diaries by James Patterson
New Chapter, Early Reader, and Picture Books
Eerie Elementary: Classes Are Canceled by Jack Chabet. Eerie Elementary is falling apart! Floors are splitting, walls are crumbling, and students are in serious danger! Principal Winik announces that the school must be torn down. However, Sam, Lucy, and Antonio are not sure that is the answer. Could this all be part of Orson Eerie’s plan to live forever? Sam and his friends must work fast to find out!
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers.
Additional New Chapter Books
• Sorcerer’s Apprentice retold by Fiona Chandler• Terror of the Deep by Alex Milway
New Picture Books
• I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and Ann James
• Today I’m a Monster by Trevor Judson
New Early Reader Books
• David and Goliath by Nick and Claire Page
• Amelia Bedelia Treasury by Herman Parish