For our Adult Winter Reading Program, there are two separate challenges you can participate in to earn prizes: Warm Up to a Good Book Challenge and Winter Reading Snowfall Challenge. Our “Warm Up to a Good Book” challenge has you submit a picture of your current read with your favorite winter beverage. The winner will be picked through a random drawing on February 13th and will receive a warm beverage gift basket! So far, we have some pretty cozy entries. Take a look below at some of our participant’s entries as well as information about what book they warmed up to! If you haven’t already done so, CLICK HERE to sign up for our Adult Winter Reading Program and log books to earn prizes! Submit your entry to our challenges as well!

Mademoiselle Chanel: a Novel by C.W. Gortner    This book explores the inner world of a woman of staggering ambition whose strength, passion and artistic vision would become her trademark.

The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith   A couple who are old friends of Isabel Dalhousie’s ask for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater. The board has four final candidates but has received an anonymous letter alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling  As an overworked employee of the Minestry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

 

Mischling by Affinity Konar  It’s 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele’s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain. That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks–a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin–travel through Poland’s devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.

Murder in the Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson  Former police sergeant Frank Malloy and his wife adjust to life in New York high society as they investigate a death in the field of higher learning… A Gaslight Mystery After spending his first few weeks as a private detective by investigating infidelities of the wealthy, Frank has a more serious case at hand. Abigail Northrup of Tarrytown, New York, was her parents’ pride and joy. After graduating from a prestigious women’s college in Morningside Heights, she took a job there as an instructor. She also joined the ranks of the New Women, ladies planning for a life without a husband in which they make their own decisions and make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, her murder ended all that. When the police declare the incident a random attack and refuse to investigate further, Abigail’s parents request Frank’s help. Of course, he’ll need Sarah’s assistance as she’s more familiar with the world of academia, and it will be far easier for her to interview the lady professors. Yet difficulties arise as they learn that although Miss Northrup may have been an exemplary student and teacher, she lived in a world of secrets and lies.

These two grandparents enjoy warming up to a good book by reading with their grandchild. We have many great books for parents and grandparents to read to their children/grandchildren. Our children’s room is currently undergoing an exciting renovation! Read more about it here and visit our temporary children’s location in the meeting room on our lower level!

This patron is enjoying a nice beverage while reading a book on their e-reader! Kirkwood Public Library offers many resources to download and/or stream from your device. Between our different resources, you have access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, television shows, movies.

  • Overdrive: find your favorite eBooks or audiobooks and download them to your device for a certain period of time!
  • Hoopla: this resource offers many different eBooks, audiobooks, music, television shows, movies, and comics!
  • Zinio: download the latest magazines from our current subscriptions!
  • Biblioboard: find thousands of self published materials from people all over the country! You can also view our Digital Archives from here!
  • OneClickDigital: access audiobooks with this resource! OneClickDigital offers many of the classics!