Come join us at the library for Family Fun Night on August 6th at 6:30! We will have games for all ages prior to our final Movie in the Meadow of the summer. Life size chess, Bingo, ring toss, and corn hole are just a few of the games we will have. For our younger patrons we will have chalk to decorate the sidewalks, Boomwhackers to create your own music, and superhero dress up, among many other things. There will also be food provided at this event.
Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to stay for The Greatest Showman, beginning once the sun goes down.
We hope to see you there!
If you aren’t a self-described metalhead, you might be surprised to learn that those with a love for leather jackets and amps cranked up to 11 are actually quite well read. If you are a metalhead, you’re probably convinced that half of all metal songs are secretly (or not so secretly) about J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. From Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in the late 60s, through the thrash metal of the 80s, up to modern day slayers Mastodon and Lamb of God, nearly every metal band has at least one song inspired by literature - classic literature as often as fantasy and science fiction. Check out some of our favorites and the books they’re inspired by below.
This summer, it is easier than ever to bring the whole family to the library to participate in our Summer Reading Program. With new transportation options from RFTA, Town of Basalt, and WeCycle, anyone can get to the library for free from the Ranch at Roaring Fork all the way to Old Snowmass.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
The story follows two points of view in two separate timelines: Charlotte (Charlie) St. Clair in 1947 and Evelyn (Eve) Gardiner in 1915. It begins with Charlotte traveling to Switzerland from New York City with her mother to have an abortion, a theme controversial in the 1940s and in today’s world. Charlotte was previously a mathematics student until her “little problem” as she puts it throughout the story. However, Charlotte is rather uninterested in the path her parents have set for her and, instead, decides to venture off on her own in London to track down one Evelyn Gardiner, whose address she found while searching for traces of her cousin Rose Fournier with whom Charlotte lost contact during WWII.
Eve’s story, in contrast, begins in 1915 London where she is recruited to be part of The Alice Network, a clandestine all-female resistance group operating in German-occupied France during WWI. Based on real people, Eve meets Louise de Bettignie, the leader of the Alice Network who goes by Lili. Once installed in Lille, Eve takes a job at Le Lethe, a restaurant owned by a notorious collaborator Rene Bourdelon. German officers frequent the restaurant thus enabling Eve to gather crucial information to help the Allied Powers.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Quinn does a absolutely superb job blending fiction and historical events that had me deep-diving into the real history and women of the actual Alice Network throughout the book. I greatly appreciate how Quinn highlights the actions and importance of women in wartime in all of her books, especially in this one.
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