It’s almost Railroad Festival time!! A fun way to kick off the annual festival is to hear from two real-life hobos at the Amory Municipal Library at noon on April 9.

The regular “Lunching with Books” program that day will focus on The History and Culture of American Hobos, featuring the 2019 Hobo King The Dutchman and 1990 Hobo Queen Gypsy Moon. Dutchman is the author of “Legend of BoBear: The Train Pizzly,” and Moon is the author of “Done and Been, Steel Rail Chronicles of American Hobos.”

As always, drinks and cookies will be provided for free by the library. Feel free to bring a sandwich and join in, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

New books for both ends of the reading spectrum this week include four new large-print books, four books for young readers and another Potterverse-related book for the in-betweens.

On the large-print front:

  • “Things Left Unsaid,” by Courtney Walsh, is a Christian novel about how four people react to the death of their childhood friend. One reviewer deems it a “poignant, powerful story.”
  • “Time’s Convert,” by Deborah Harkness, is a vampire novel about romance that begins during the American Revolution and continues into contemporary Paris. A reviewer calls it “A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution.”
  • “With This Pledge,” by Tamera Alexander, is a Civil War-era romance based on real incidents that happened at Carnton house after the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. A governess and a soldier from different sides learn to respect and love after Carnton becomes used as a Confederate hospital.
  • “Final Shadows,” a Bishop Files novel by Kay Hooper, is the third and final novel in the Bishop Files series. Tasha Solomon is a hunted psychic, and John Brodie is a Guardian who is determined to keep her alive.

For teen and young adult readers comes “The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel,” by Michael Scott, the fifth book in the six-book Nicholas Flamel series, based loosely on J.K. Rowling’s Potterverse. The first four books are “The Alchemyst,” “The Magician,” “The Sorceress” and “The Necromancer.”

And finally, for younger readers, four adventures in the “Time Twisters” books: “The Curse of Time,” “Time and Space,” “Time Under the Sea” and “Haunted Time.”

The library is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Sundays. Free regular programs are Pre-School Story Time each Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and Lunching With Books on the third Tuesday of the month.

The Amory Municipal Library is located at 401 2nd Ave. N. Call us at 256-5261 or fax to 256-6321.

Judy Crump is a member of the Amory Municipal Library Board of Directors.

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