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May 2022
The Traverse des Sioux Regional Library will host its Tween (9-12) and Teen (13-18) Battle of the Books on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the St. Peter Community Center. Participants will receive and read four books, and participate in a book trivia event. Each participant will be able to keep the four books and also be eligible for prize drawings. Members of the winning team will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Tweens and teens who are interested in participating should register online by Friday, May 27. Space is limited. Participants may register as an individual or as a team. The library will contact each participant in early June when their books are ready for pick up at the library.
Children's and Teen Programs
Catch the last storytimes of the spring season on Monday, May 2 and 9 at 10:30 a.m. We'll have stories, songs, and more! 

Can't join us on Monday mornings? Pajama Party storytime will meet Wednesday, May 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the children’s room. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal for songs and stories before bed. Storytimes at the library are free and open to all children and their parents or caregivers. 

After May 11, storytimes will take a break for the rest of May before we kick off our Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 6. Check our website for a preview of all the summer fun to come!
Adult Programs
Internationally renowned folk music duo Hungrytown will perform at the library on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Their simple, melodic songs with strong harmonies and memorable arrangements are mostly original, but take their inspiration from traditional folk songs. 
This free program is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

The New Ulm Film Society is beginning their next series of films! They will meet Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room for the showing of their first movie in a series of films directed by Clint Eastwood. Grab some popcorn and take a seat as they present the film Play Misty for Me from 1971. This film is rated R with a running time of 102 minutes.
Check out these other great May adult programs: Don't forget to check out our May book group meetings: Copies of the book group selections are available at the library's service desk.

For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar.
Staff Recommendations
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Two men are murdered, seemingly at random, in 1977. A rich young eccentric, Beth Greer, is tried for the murders but acquitted and the cases are never solved. Forty years later, Shea is researching the Lady Killer Murders for her cold case podcast. Soon, she’s drawn into Beth’s strange world which puts her in danger, but can’t seem to quit her investigation. I enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, since this is a multi-layered story with unusual characters who act in abnormal ways, so one isn’t sure what or whom to trust. Plus…there’s a haunted house. Really. But it’s believable and well-done and super creepy, so the supernatural aspect is only one part of the fabric of the mystery. This is an out-of-the-ordinary story with compelling characters, an unsolved mystery and an atmospheric setting (the rocky coast of Oregon). Plus: ghosts! - Sue
Dear Mr. Dickens by Nancy Churnin
A children’s book that speaks to adults and children alike, Dear Mr. Dickens is the story of Eliza Davis and the way she used creativity and the power of her pen to call out prejudice. Eliza loved the stories of Charles Dickens. Like many people in nineteenth century England, she eagerly awaited the next installment of his latest tale. Eliza admired the way Mr. Dickens helped people by using his stories to call attention to their suffering. However, when she remembered reading Oliver Twist and thought about the way Dickens wrote about the “old shriveled Jew” whom he portrayed as dishonest, selfish, cruel and ugly, Eliza’s heart hurt.  Eliza was Jewish too. Following Dickens’ example, Eliza decided to try to correct this portrayal. She wrote a letter to Mr. Dickens about his prejudice. His mind was not quickly changed but after Eliza wrote a second time, Charles Dickens began to reconsider. Eventually, he published Our Mutual Friend in which he created another Jewish character who was generous and loyal. Eliza’s courageous creativity and Mr. Dickens’ willingness to listen and learn with an open mind are the heroes of this inspiring true story. Many thanks to the patron who recommended this book to me! - Ann
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
True crime writer Wylie Lark retreats to an isolated farmhouse to finish her latest book when a deadly snowstorm hits and she is left without power and unable to leave. She finds a small child lost in the blizzard and takes them in. That is just the beginning of the night’s events. Secrets are slowly revealed. Is it fate that Wylie was there to find the child? The Overnight Guest takes place in Iowa and I enjoyed the references to places I recognized. I was transported to an isolated farmhouse in the middle of a blinding blizzard, imagining the fear and helpless feeling of not being able to escape. - Leasa
Avalina Jones and the Eye of the Storm by Lori Adams
Avalina Jones will soon be turning 10. Growing up in a strict and strange orphanage outside New Orleans, Avalina wonders how she was found abandoned in a tree out on the grounds. Miss Ward, the very organized and strict headmistress, is another puzzle entirely. She is clearly frustrated by Avalina’s adventurous nature, theatrical storytelling, and her strange affinity with water. However, despite her austere nature, Miss Ward seems afraid of Avalina. To complicate things even further, Avalina can still remember her mother’s last words, “You must never cry in front of others. They wouldn’t understand.” When more strange things begin to happen and a fantastical visitor arrives, Avalina is suddenly thrust back into her parents’ legacy and the world they knew. Will she be able to fit in and prove herself? Or will she fall victim to a long running family curse? If you love adventure, pirates, and enjoyed Harry Potter, this is a fun and imaginative start to a new junior fiction series! - LeRoy
The Secrets We Share by Edwin Hill
The Secrets We Share is a suspense novel full of twists and turns. The story revolves around two sisters who are about as different as sisters can be. Natalie is a Boston cop and Glenn is an up and coming baking blogger and soon to be published author. Although they are so different from one another, they share the horrendous secret of their nightmarish past. Just when Glenn is about to achieve her life-long dream, Natalie is called to an abandoned building where a murder has occurred and the murder was discovered by Glenn’s teenage daughter. Unimaginable situations begin to occur and, even though the sisters don’t realize it yet, these situations can be traced back to the girls’ childhoods. The reader is left not knowing what is happening and what to expect. This is a book that is hard to put down and keeps one guessing to the very end. - Pam
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