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Winter reading program begins Jan. 2


Sunday: Closed

Monday: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Wadena City Library's winter reading program will be starting Jan. 2. Stay warm in your cozy living room and read then tell us what you have read. You will receive a free gift when you sign up. Then for every five books you read and log, you will receive one chance to win a prize in our drawing at the end of March.

The Wadena City Library Board and Wadena City Council is considering some building improvements - expansion of our present building or construction of a new building. This could possibly be done on the present site or on another site within the city limits. A consultant has been hired and a Needs Assessment has been done. An informational meeting for the public was held in November and a Patron Survey is now being distributed in the city water/sewer bills, at the library and various locations around town. We are interested in having you complete this survey so the City Council and Library Board members can make decisions regarding this project based on what the public would like. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We want to keep the momentum going on this exciting possibility.

Have you thought about joining the Friends of the Library Book Discussion group? They meet the second Tuesday of every month at noon in St. Helen's Church next to the library. In December, they will be reading and discussing "One of Ours" by by Willa Cather.

In December the library will be closed on the 24th and the 26th for the Christmas Holiday. The library will also be closed on Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year's holiday.

Here's a look at what's new at the library:

Adult fiction

"A Baxter Family Christmas" by Karen Kingsbury. Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter's daughter, Erin, her husband and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for Christmas Eve dinner—Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin's heart. In light of their father's idea, Ashley and her brother Luke don't think it's right. They want to protect their ten-year-old niece, Amy—the only surviving member of the accident. But John is determined and believes meeting this woman is something his deceased daughter would want. At the same time, Maddie West, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Brooke Baxter West, is praying for meaning this Christmas. Could she find it in a newfound friendship with a boy she never expected to see again? Maddie believes in miracles, especially at Christmastime, but this is a stretch even she can't imagine. Meanwhile, Kendra Bryant has been struggling these past few years to find purpose in the tragedy that gave her a second chance. She believes the invitation to see the Baxters and witness their unwavering faith in God can instill peace and happiness back into her life. Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and redemption, A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love story, all with the help of one very special child.

"A Christmas Message" by Anne Perry. The year is 1900, and Victor Narraway is giving his wife, Vespasia, an unforgettable Christmas present, a trip to Jerusalem. Vespasia is enchanted by the exotic landscape of Palestine, and charmed by a fellow traveler the Narraways meet at their hotel in Jaffa. But when the man is murdered over a torn piece of ancient parchment he was taking to Jerusalem, Victor and Vespasia risk their lives to finish his mission and deliver the puzzling document to its home. Pursued by a shadowy figure with evil intent, they embark on a dangerous yet ultimately enlightening pilgrimage to the holy city, where the mysterious message on the parchment may finally be revealed.

Rich in suspense and wonder, A Christmas Message is at once a breathtaking adventure story and a poignant meditation on faith and spirituality.

"The Christmas Angel Project" by Melody Carlson. Five women from different walks of life have become close friends through their book club--enjoying one another's company even more than they enjoy the books. So when the leader of the book club unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the four remaining friends are stunned. They relied on Abby for inspiration and motivation. She was the glue that held them together, and they're sure that without her the group can't continue. When the group gathers "one last time" to open a bag Abby's husband gives them, they find Abby had made each of them an angel ornament for Christmas, crafted especially for each woman and accompanied by a sweet and personal note. Inspired by their beloved friend, together Cassidy, Louisa, Grace, and Belinda decide to commit themselves to becoming Christmas Angels to others in need. Each woman will use her life situation and talents to reach out and help others in her own unique way--little knowing that her own life and her relationships will be changed forever.

"The Christmas Secret" by W. Brunstetter. Bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter delivers a poignant historical story of a couple on the threshold of marriage who are suddenly pulled apart. Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother's diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her. Can David root out the truth about the past and bring back his bride? Or is the truth destined to bring an ultimate end to their romance?

"Three Christmas Wishes" by Sheila Roberts. When three friends visit a shopping-mall Santa on a lark, the jolly old elf is full of mysterious predictions about the thing they're all wishing for: the perfect man. Or at least men who are perfect for them. Riley Erickson's fiancé turned out to be a dud, dumping her for her bridesmaid three weeks before the wedding. But Santa says that she's soon going to meet her ideal man in a memorable way. And he predicts that a new man is about to come into Jo's life. What on earth does that mean? She's pregnant and already has her hands full with the perfectly stubborn husband she's got. Noel has given up completely on ever finding her perfect match. But apparently Noel is going to get a good man to go with that house she's trying desperately to buy. These friends are about to discover that Christmas wishes can come true, because in spite of romantic setbacks and derailed dreams, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

"A Game of Thrones" (Illustrated Ed.) by George Martin, "And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Loner" by Backman, "Cakewalk" by Rita Mae Braun, "Chaos" by Patricia Cornwell, "Cross the Line" by James Patterson, "Escape Clause" by John Sandford, "Hang Tough" by James Lorelei, "High Heat" by Richard Castle, "Homecoming Book 3" by R. A. Salvatore, "Kept" by Maya Banks, "Mistletoe Games" by Jaci Burton, "Night School" by Lee Child, "Night Watch" by Iris Johansen, "No Man's Land" by David Baldacci, "No Witness but the Moon" by Suzanne Chazin, "Odessa Sea" by Clive Cussler, "Say No More" by Hank Phillippi Ryan, "Season of Us" by Holly Chamberlin, "Seduced" by Randy W. White, "Sex, Lies and Serious Money" by Stuart Woods, "Six Scary Stories" by Stephen King (Story Collection), "Sleeping Beauty Killer" by Mary H. Clark, Alafair Burke, "Star Wars Catalyst" (A Rogue One Novel) by James Luceno, "Still Waters" by Heather Graham, Karen Harper, "Sunrise Canyon" by Jane Dailey, "The Award" by Danielle Steel, "The Chemist" by Stephanie Meyer, "The Christmas Secret" by W. Brunstetter, "The Mirror Sisters" by V. C. Andrews, "The Mistletoe Secret" by Richard P. Evans, "The Walking Dead" by Jay Bonansinga, "The Whistler" by John Grisham, "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly, "Turbo Twenty Three" by Janet Evanovich and Zack Armed and Dangerous" by Cheyenne McCray.

Youth fiction

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs.

Adult nonfiction

"365 Free Motion Quilting Designs" by Leah Day, "1,234 Facts," "A Life Discarded" by Alexander Masters, "Assassination Generation" by Dave Grossman, "Bacon Freak" (50 Savory recipes), "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah, "But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan," "Costa Rica 2017," "Craft Burgers and Crazy Shakes" by Joe Isidori, "Cruising and Cruise Ships" by Berlitz, "God's Crime Scene" by J. Warner Wallace, "Guy Fieri Family Food" (125 Real Deal Recipies), "Hypnobirthing - The Manran Method," "Man/Myth/Mission" by Rice Brooks, "Mid Century Christmas" by Sarah Archer, "Nolo's Law Forms for Personal Use," "Ray and Joan" by Lisa Napoli, "Scratch" by Maria Rodale, "Superfood Snacks" by Julie Morris, "The Collectible Lego Minifigure, "The Grain Brain: Whole Life Plan" by David Perlmutter, "The Well of Being" by Jean-Pierce Weill, "They Can't Kill Us All" by Wesley Lowery, "To Pixar and Beyond" by Laurence Levy and "Wonder Woman" by Sam Maggs.


"00 Stories of the Game" by Wayne Gretsky, "Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played," "Between Two Worlds" by Tyler Henry, "Brett Favre, Gunslinger" by Jeff Pearlman, "Our Revolution" by Bernie Sanders and "Pope Francis" by Marie Duhamel.

Large print fiction

"Agatha Christie: Closed Casket" by Sophie Hannah, "Christmas Caramel Murder" by Joanne Fluke, "Cross the Line" by James Patterson, "Escape Clause" by John Sandford, "Fates and Traitors" by Jennifer Chiaverini, "Kill or be Killed" by James Patterson, "No Man's Land" by David Baldacci, "Paris for One" by Jojo Moyes, "Pushing up Daisies" by Ml C. Beaton, "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult, "The Award" by Danielle Steel, "The Life She Wants" by Robyn Carr and "Two by Two" by Nicholas Sparks.

Large print nonfiction

"A Lowcountry Heart" by Pat Conroy.

Book on CD

"Order to Kill" by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills and "The Whistler" by John Grisham.

Junior fiction

Adventurers Wanted, "Albrek's Tomb" and "The Horn of Moran" by M. L. Forman, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down" by Jeff Kinney, "Flat Stanley's Adventures by Midnight Ride of Flat Revere" by Egan, "The Seelie Kings' War" by Yolen and "Warriors Moth Flight's Vision" by Erin Hunter.

Junior nonfiction

"Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids" by Korpella, "Math Dictionary for Kids" by Fitzgerald and "Space Dictionary for Kids" by Anderson.

Easy reader

"Andy and Sandy and the First Snow" by Tomie dePaola and "Moo Dog" by David Milgrim.


"Dinosaurs in Disguise" by Krensky, "If You Give a Mouse a Brownie" by Laura Numeroff and "The Penquins" by Cynthia Rylant.

Adult DVDs

"Independence Day," "Love and Friendship" and "The Purge: Election Year."

Junior DVDs

"Finding Dory."

Music CDs

"When there's Good to be Done" by Curtis & Loretta.