Vinton Public Library Newsletter
January 1st through January 6th, 2024
Thursday, January 4th
- Open 9a-6p
- 10am: Tummy Time, birth through 18 months
- 5pm: Raising School Ready Readers
- 6-8pm: Open Craft Night
Friday, January 5th
- Open 9am-4p
- 9am: Free Coffee Fridays for Adults
- 10am: Play-Doh Fun for Kids
- Noon: Guided Journaling for Adults
- 2pm: Benton County 4H/ISU Extension-'Snow Spectacular'
Upcoming Programming Events
Raising School Ready Readers
Invest in your child's future! Learn fun ways to engage children in literacy play and turn everyday experiences into learning activities to help children be ready for school. Families participate together in hands-on activities that support early literacy skills in six areas.
Intended audience: Adults/caregivers and their children, ages 3-6
Format: Five 90-minute workshops
Thursday, Jan 4, 2024, 05:00 PM
Open Craft Night
Thursday, Jan 4, 2024, 06:00 PM
Vinton Iowa Public Library, 510 2nd Avenue, Vinton, IA
ISU Extension 'Snow Spectacular' Event
Friday, Jan 5, 2024, 02:00 PM
Community Book Club: 'The Woman in the Library'
Join us at the library for our monthly Community Book Club! This month we're reading 'The Woman in the Library' by Sulari Gentill.
Saturday, Jan 13, 2024, 09:15 AM
New Books in Our Collection
New Large Type Fiction
- 'Scream Blue Murder' by Susan Page Davis
- 'Things We Hide From the Light' by Lucy Score
- 'Things We Never Got Over' by Lucy Score
- 'The Christmas Spirit' by Debbie Macomber
New Large Type Fiction
- '12 Months to Live' by James Patterson and Mike Lupica
- 'Lion & Lamb' by James Patterson and Duane Swierczynski
New Adult Nonfiction
- 'Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity' by Peter Attia, MD
- 'Teddy and Booker T.' by Brian Kilmeade
- 'Class' by Stephanie Land
- 'My Name is Barbra' by Barbra Streisand
- 'The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder' by David Grann
Author Spotlight: David Grann
VPL Note: We have both 'The Wager' and 'Killers of the Flower Moon' available in regular type here at the library.
David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.
His newest book, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder, will be published in April of 2023. With the twists and turns of a thriller, it tells the true saga of a company of British naval officers and crew that became stranded on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia and descended into murderous anarchy. The book explores the nature of survival, duty, and leadership, and it examines how both people and nations tell—and manipulate—history.
Grann is also the author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, which documented one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. Described in the New York Times as a “riveting” work that will “sear your soul,” it was a finalist for the National Book Award and a winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best true crime book. It was a #1 New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of the year by the Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Time, and other publications. Amazon selected it as the single best book of the year.
The book has been adapted into a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro, and Jesse Plemons, which will be released in the coming months. For middle schoolers, Grann has also released Killers of the Flower Moon: A Young Reader’s Edition, which the School Library Journal called as “imperative and enthralling as its parent text.”
Grann’s first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was #1 New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, it was chosen as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications. The book, which the Washington Post called a “thrill ride from start to finish,” was adapted into a critically acclaimed film directed by James Gray and starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Holland.
One of Grann’s New Yorker stories, The White Darkness, was later expanded into a book. Mixing text and photography, it documented the modern explorer Henry Worsley’s quest to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Ernest Shackleton, and traverse Antarctica alone. The story is currently being adapted into a series for Apple starring Tom Hiddleston.
Many of Grann’s other New Yorker stories were included in his collection The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, which was named by Men’s Journal one of the best true crime books ever written. The stories focus on everything from the mysterious death of the world’s greatest Sherlock Holmes expert to a Polish writer who might have left clues to a real murder in his postmodern novel. Another piece, “Trial by Fire,” exposed how junk science led to the execution of a likely innocent man in Texas. The story received a George Polk award and was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in his opinion regarding the death penalty. Several of the stories in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes have also served as source material for feature films, including “The Old Man and the Gun” with Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, and “Trial by Fire” with Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern.
Over the years, Grann’s stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Writing; The Best American Sports Writing; and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His stories have also been published in the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal.
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