Library: Highlighting Local Women’s Stories |

The 2022 theme for Women’s History Month in March, “Women Who Heal, Promote Hope”, is both a tribute to the tireless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and a recognition of the myriad ways in which women have met these basic needs throughout history. The Carver County Library celebrates by highlighting the stories of local women.

To contribute, please share a personal story about a woman in your own life or history who has worked in health care or another form of caregiving.

Who gave you hope? A mother? A girl? A friend? A colleague? Share your story by contacting Linnéa Fonnest, Adult Services Librarian, Chanhassen Library: [email protected] for more information.

We will be collecting stories to share with our community through postings in the library and on social media. Submissions are welcome now and will continue until March 21.

LITERARY FICTION

One of the most trusted sources for reading, Library Journal, recently published its list of the best books of the year in several categories. Here are some of their best literary fiction books.

“Perplexity” by Richard Powers. Astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life in the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual 9-year-old daughter Robin after the death of his wife. Robin is a warm and kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He is also about to be kicked out of third grade for punching his friend in the face. As his son becomes increasingly troubled, Theo hopes to keep him away from psychoactive drugs. He discovers an experimental neurofeedback treatment to enhance Robin’s emotional control, which involves training the boy on his mother’s recorded brain patterns.

“The Five Plagues” by Kirstin Valdez Quade. It’s Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and 33-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the role of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is feverishly preparing for the role when his 15-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans for personal redemption. Lively, tender, funny and beautifully rendered, “The Five Wounds” covers baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge.

“Matrix” by Lauren Groff. Chased from the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and ill-fitting for marriage or court life, 17-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, her nuns on the brink of starvation and plagued by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds concentration and love in the collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters.

“Once upon a time there were wolves” by Charlotte McConaghy. Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists to reintroduce 14 gray wolves to the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but also Aggie, undone by the terrible secrets that drove the sisters from Alaska.

“The wide” by Caleb Azumah Nelson. In a crowded London pub, two young people meet. Both are black British, both got scholarships to private schools where they struggled to fit in, both are now artists and both are trying to make their mark in a world that is by turns in turn celebrates them and rejects them. Temporarily, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence, and over the course of a year they find their relationship tested by forces beyond their control.

EVENTS FOR ADULTS

SEO (search engine optimization): 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 1. Online registration required. Without connecting your website to Google and other search engines, your website is an island. SEO is as important as creating a website because it connects the website to the World Wide Web and makes it searchable successfully in Google. This course teaches you the principles of SEO so that your website is found effectively on the web.

YOUTH EVENTS

Funday Monday on Facebook Live: From 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 28. We will read books, tell stories, sing songs and more. Carver County Library Youth Services Librarians and special guests will lead the way!

Flat packs for teenagers: From Monday, March 1 through Friday, March 5, teens can pick up a free flat pack full of treats to create cool stuff. In March, look for Artist Trading Card flat packs that contain drawing materials.

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