WCPL will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 27. We will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on December 2.
2018 issues of WCPL's magazines will be available starting November 1.
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents-telekinesis and telepathy-who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out." In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don't, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
A multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple--still madly in love after forty years--match wits, harbor grudges, and recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built. When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'.
Photography Contest & Santa Arrives!
It is time for the 11th Annual Amateur Photography Contest, for 18+. All entrees must be turned in at the Reference Desk between December 2nd and 14th. Click here for rules and entry forms.
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be returning for their annual visit to WCPL on Saturday, December 7th. Take pictures with both of them from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this event requires no registration or fees. The Friends of the Library have also donated holiday gift bags for each child to take home. Cookies are available for each child to enjoy thanks to our friends at Meijer. If the line is too long upon entering, please head upstairs and help us decorate our tree in the children's department. We will have an ornament craft available from Santa Day to Christmas. Don't forget to check out some holiday books while you're at the library!