Winter 2013-14 - Three Rivers Public Library

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Holiday Concert


Sunday, December 8, 1:00pm. Featuring Barbara Bailey Hutchison. Bring the whole family!

If you’re like a lot of people, you might have a stack of books lying around your house that you just can’t keep. Where can you take them? Many book stores (such as Lowry’s Books & More, in downtown Three Rivers) and consignment shops will accept used books and offer store credit. Also, thrift stores such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army will take them. Or, check with your local shelter or retirement home. If you don’t have a way to get your books to those places, here are some websites that can take books off of your hands:

Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm. Something new every week: crafts, movies, and more! All ages welcome.

Monday Merriment


Preschool Story Hour

Mondays, 3:00pm. Music, art, and literature for elementary-age kids!

Better World Books (BWB) takes donated books and resells them or reuses them to help fund non-profit literacy programs around the world. On their website, you can print a free shipping label to send in boxes of books (BWB even covers the cost of carbon offsets), or drop your books off at the green donation box in the southeast corner of the Meijer parking lot in Three Rivers. BWB started at Notre Dame University in South Bend, so you can feel good supporting a local cause! (

Tuesdays, 10:30am

Drop-In Learning Laboratory Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00pm. All ages welcome to give and receive help on homework, research, etc.

Library Board Meetings Fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm (Exception: December meeting is Dec. 17)


Sites like and allow you to post offers and communicate with potential buyers.

Teen Book Club

Check out these other websites that will take books:

Wednesdays, 4:00pm

Library Book Club

Second Wednesday of the month, 5:00pm Ask at the front desk for a copy of the book!


Thursdays, 3:30pm


Fridays 6:00-7:00pm. See above for details.

Teen Writing Workshops Saturdays, workshops begin at 2:00pm Comic Book/Graphic Story – November 23 Non-Fiction – December 7


Downloadable Music

Learn a Language

Downloadable Books

Free + legal = Freegal! You can now download three songs every week from Freegal (rhymes with “legal”). Browse from thousands of artists and hundreds of genres. Songs can be downloaded to any MP3 player, can be loaded into iTunes, and can be accessed on mobile devices through the Freegal app! Compatible with both PCs and Macs.

Choose from twelve languages, from French and Spanish to Arabic, sign language, and more, and follow the interactive, multi-media courses! Listen to audio of native speakers, speak back to develop your pronunciation, and track your progress through the courses. Learn basic greetings and vocabulary, as well as more intermediate-level grammar. Note: you will need a valid email address in order to create an account.

E-books, audio books, music, and videos! Do you have an e-reader, like a Nook or Kindle? Or, do you want to be able to read or listen on your smart phone, tablet, or other device? Find all genres of e-books and audio books online. Also, search the collection of music and videos! Find the links to the Southwest Michigan Digital Library and the TRPL Digital Library under the “Catalog” tab at

New Teen Space!

The Three Rivers Library now has its very own corner of Young Adult fiction and nonfiction, magazines, graphic novels, audio books, laptops, games and more! With colorful furniture and tables, the new Teen Space now has a collaborative area for teens to do homework, hang out, use technology, talk about books, be creative and read. Teens are invited to get involved with various programs at the Library, including book and movie clubs, homework help, and more. Stop in to check out the Teen Space, and say hello to Beth, the Young Adult Librarian, in her new office!

NOW OPEN! Submissions for the library’s teen Writer-InResidence Award. This is a writing contest for young people aged 11 to 19 in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, comic book/graphic story and poetry. Instructions and application are available in the Teen Space at the library or at Deadline for submissions is December 20, 2013.

Computer Tutorials

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Find these online services under the “Catalog” tab at, provided at no cost to you. Accessible with a valid library account.

Teen Writer-In-Residence Award

Thursdays 2:00-3:00pm. Come with your computer questions! Please call 269-273-8666 to sign up.

920 W. Michigan Ave. Three Rivers, MI 49093 Phone: 269-273-8666 Fax: 269-273-9654 [email protected]


what’s new?


Tween Book Club Computer Tutorials


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by Kim, Circulation Clerk

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Where can you take your old books?

All events are free!


New Staff Q & A.......................................... 2 Got a Question?.......................................... 2 What’s the TRPL Staff Reading?................. 3 Book Reviews............................................. 3

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q&a with new staff

What are TRPL staff members reading? Food: An Atlas by Guerilla Cartography Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Children’s Librarian


Young Adult Librarian


Circulation Clerk

Circulation Clerk

What is your favorite part of working at the library?

I love coming up with topics for story hour [every Tuesday at 10:30am], finding books to read, and being creative with the theme.

I love getting to spend time with the teens!

Moose Tracks – I love chocolate and peanut butter!

Any combination of chocolate and cherries.

I love connecting patrons with books that are exactly what they are looking for.

I’m surrounded by books all day! Really helps me find what to read next.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Praline pecan in a freshly made waffle cone.

Cookie dough + Superman (wonderful combination).

If you were given $1M to use for the library, what would you do with it? I think there’s a funky time between being a little kid and being a teen, and I’d like develop more programming to invite older elementary-age kids to be involved at the library, and encourage them to read – there are great books out there for them.


I would create a landscaped garden with artwork, trails for walking, and benches and alcoves for sitting and reading.

I would put in a reading loft and an audio-listening space for the children’s area, and expand the collection of music on CDs. I would also want to have more library programs that talk about other types of health – such as dietary health and community health – besides the mental health that reading contributes to.

I would invest some of the money in buying Macs for the library that have Photoshop and other art programs installed. I would use the rest of the money to get amazing speakers to come to TRPL.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini Don’t Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids by Leanne Shirtliffe Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia Help for the Haunted by John Searles How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny Detroit City is the Place to Be : The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Got a question?

by Michelle, Circulation Clerk Staff members at the library are more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for. You can find us at the front desk, call us on the phone, or email us at [email protected] . If you have a question about a book, how to find a book, or just need help getting started searching for books, just ask. If you have a reference question and aren’t sure how to find the answer, we can help. All questions big and small are welcome. Let us know how we can be of assistance to you!

Newsletter edited by Deborah Haak THREE RIVERS PUBLIC LIBRARY


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book reviews

Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole Georges

Calling Dr. Laura will probably stand out as the best graphic novel published this year. It’s a book that only takes a day to read, but packs a bigger punch than most 400-page novels. Georges has a unique style of illustration that reminds one of water-coloring without the color. She manages to define that style as all her own, not adhering to the newspaper comics or comic book methods that many graphic novelists seem limited by. Thematically, Georges tells her own story, one that is both charming and touching, about family secrets and living as a hipster in the most hipster of cities: Portland. She bares herself with this graphic novel, honestly and with the kind of personal intensity that most writers and artists struggle with when creating self-portraits. Reviewed by David Stewart, TRPL Patron

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt is one of those small but weighty books that has, fortunately, received a well-earned reception among both readers and reviewers (placed on Top Ten lists by everyone from The Wall Street Journal and Booklist to Kirkus and Oprah.) Brunt’s context is the AIDs crisis of the 1980s, and fourteen-year-old June Elbus is struggling to cope with the loss of her beloved Uncle Finn to the disease. Finn was a person who really ‘saw’ June, and her grief over his loss seems singular until she begins to know the only other person who might share its depth – Finn’s dying partner Toby. June’s family blames Toby for Finn’s death, forcing her to balance both their reactions to him and the couple’s ‘lifestyle’ and her jealousy of their closeness with her own need for what she and Toby can ultimately offer to each other. June is an old soul who, in another writer’s hands, might feel forced into carrying the weight of a heavily poignant and meaningful story. But, Brunt convinces us that she is up to the task. This is the kind of writing and storytelling we yearn for and so rarely find. Reviewed by Beth, TRPL Young Adult Librarian

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Karen Russell is adept at making very surreal stories feel completely natural, as she did with her breakout novel Swamplandia! The vampires in the titular story of her latest collection are simply an old couple, long used to one another’s company, trying to satiate an endless hunger. The arachnoid humans in a different story, enslaved to produce endless bolts of silk, are underprivileged girls yearning for freedom. Russell manages to transcend any kind of genre-pigeonhole by creating believable monsters and putting them into entirely human situations. The stories in this collection are as fascinating as they are varied, and with any luck this is just another step on Russell’s voyage to becoming one of our best authors. Reviewed by David Stewart, TRPL Patron