- March Newsletter - 

Stay up-to-date with all of the exciting happenings going on at Whelden this month.
We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, March 12th, 12:00 p.m. at the library
* All are welcome *

The Bookstore will re-open for the season on
Saturday, April 14th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m


Upcoming Events  



Call to sign up for 30-minute or 60-minute blocks
Stitching at Whelden

Stop by during the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of each month between 2:00-4:00 pm for an informal get-together. Come to knit, crochet, sew or enjoy any other type of needlecraft. Bring a project and work in the company of our cozy library. 

Beginners welcome!

The Children's Room 

Want to join Whelden Library's new Youth Advisory Board?
Do you want to add to your experience and resume? All you need to do is volunteer at the library when you have spare time! Help with your own event ideas and planning! Take part in your community by spreading the word about the library's great programs and resources via social media and word of mouth! Use your own favorite things to create a buzz in our
Youth Programs, whether it's a book, film, TV series, music, art, games, etc.! It's up to you!
Become a leader when you team up with Whelden!

- Check in with our front desk, or email Liz at emerna@clamsnet.org -

Whelden Book Corner 

- Staff Picks -
What we're loving this month...
Highly Recommended:  
I. J. Parker's Sugawara Akitada Series 
{Submitted and Adapted by Ellen Russon}

Travel to another place and time with I. J. Parker's Sugawara Akitada series set in 11th-century Japan. In these fast-paced adventures, Akitada, an impoverished nobleman and earnest young government clerk, is on assignment for the Ministry of Justice. He meets with political intrigue, bandits, renegade monks, and more, as he investigates murders and other mayhem for the Japanese court. He earns a reputation for solving crimes and is awarded a post as a provisional governor in a far province. These are wonderfully written mysteries with fascinating period and cultural detail and sharp humor. The 17 (!) books in this series so far are best read in chronological order. The first four are: The Dragon Scroll, Rashomon Gate, Black Arrow, Island of Exile. For a list of all of the titles, see: http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp or amazon.com.

"Parker's remarkable command of 11th-century Japanese history -from the rituals of the royal court to the minutiae of daily life within Japan's often rigid caste system -makes for an excellent whodunit. Readers will be enchanted by Akitada, an honorable sleuth who proves more progressive than his time."- Publisher's Weekly

"Parker does a masterful job of conveying human drama without resorting to melodrama. More than just a mystery novel, this is a superb piece of literature set against the backdrop of 11th-century Kyoto."- Mark Schreiber, Japan Times

"In the pantheon of mystery books, I.J. Parker's stand alone. Far from simple potboilers, her mysteries weave multiple plot threads into a lush tapestry of Japanese society in the Heian period. Her latest book, The Convict's Sword, features her detective, the judicial clerk Akitada Sugawara, trying to clear the names of two friends, even as he makes decisions about his family more serious than he ever imagined. The result is one of her best - if not the best-books yet, a complex and heady mix of suspense and Asian culture written with authority and flair."
- Mike Street

"Shamus-winner Parker ... deftly pulls the reader into the world of 11th-century Japan ... and manages the impressive feat of presenting a classic whodunit in an exotic and unfamiliar setting."- Publisher's Weekly

I. J. PARKER was born and educated in Europe. An associate professor of English and Foreign Languages (retired) at a Virginia university, Parker began research into eleventh-century Japan because of a professional interest in that culture's literature. She turned to mystery writing and won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story in 2000 for "Akitada's First Case," published in 1999. This led to the Akitada series of mystery novels.

- March: Women's History Month -
This month we are celebrating 'Women's History Month' and have compiled a top selection of inspiring and remarkable reads of and by some fierce females! We have a full catalogue list of others not currently on display; ask for more suggestions!

- For Kids & Young Adults -
This month, we've added many titles to all sections of our library for kids and young adults -- we have new picture books, new juvenile fiction and graphic novels as well as young adult reads. Here are some of the latest!

Many thanks to the 'Dig & Delve' Garden Club for their beautiful and sweet-smelling floral creations for the month of February! To Dorothy Stahley, for a festive Valentine's Day set-up, and to Mary Dempsey, for an early peek into Spring!

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