Hazel Mackin Community Library
311 West Warren Street
Roberts, WI 54023
715-749-3849
HMCL@robertspubliclibrary.org

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Library Hours

Mon. 10 am - 6 pm
Tues.  1 pm - 8 pm
Wed. 10 am - 6 pm
Thurs.  1 pm - 8 pm
Fri. 10 am - 6 pm
Sat. 10 am - 1 pm
Sun. closed

 Teen Book Club

Grades 8-12

Thursday, February 16, 2017 

6 - 7:30 pm

"The Fixer"

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

If the elite of Washington, DC, have a problem that can’t be solved . . . they go to the Kendricks.

 

When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to stay with her older sister, she has no idea that the famed Ivy Kendrick is the capital’s number-one “fixer”. For powerful people looking to make a scandal disappear, Tess’s sister is there to help . . . for a price.

And no sooner does Tess enroll at the prestigious Hardwicke School than she unwittingly finds herself following in Ivy’s footsteps. Tess never thought she and Ivy had much in common, but when her new friends at school need help, she discovers that her talents quickly make her Hardwicke’s go-to high-school fixer.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life—until their worlds come crashing together in a conspiracy that reaches from the halls of Hardwicke to Capitol Hill. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics.

 

The odds are stacked against Tess, and the price for this fix might be more than she can pay. 

 


 

 Tween Book Club

Grades 4-7

Saturday, February 11, 2017 

10 - 11 am

"Forest of Wonders"

by Linda Sue Park

Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf has the potential to unleash a kind of magic.

When an injured bat crashes into Raffa’s life, he invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. The powers of the vine are stronger than Raffa could have imagined. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far reaching consequences.

 

Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question who he can trust…and whether exciting botanical inventions, including his own, might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect. 


"A Novel Idea" Book Club

for adults

January 30, 2017

6 pm

at Bobtown Brewhouse

"A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedics Wild Ride to the Edge and Back "

by Kevin Hazzard

A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe.

In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life—his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm—one of blood, violence, and amazing grace.

Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people’s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”

Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery—a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.