Changing Hours | The Black Count

The Black CountAs of the first of October, the library hours will change to  Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and Monday through Wednesday 4:30pm – 7:30pm.  Sarah Tezel will begin work as our new Library Director. We would like to welcome her to the Northwood City Center Library, and thank her for taking on this responsibility!  


Also beginning on October first, Kid’s Reading Hour and Storytime for Children will be cancelled until further notice.  Thank you so much to those of you who have been attending! We hope you continue to visit regularly; we love to see you here at the library, and there are many, many more books just waiting to be discovered!


This week our featured books are  Founding Fathers, by K.M. Kostyal, and  The Black Count, by Tom Reiss.


Founding Fathers, a National Geographic publication, gives us an informative and beautifully illustrated look at the lives of our founding fathers, as well as other important historical figures who were influential during the Revolutionary War.  

Kostyal weaves a coherent narrative of the war and the events that preceded and followed it, making it easier to understand the incredible story of the birth of our nation.  

Many of you have probably heard of Alexandre Dumas’s classic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.  However, did you know that the titular count was inspired by Dumas’s own father, Alex Dumas?  

In The Black Count (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Tom Reiss details the stunning true-life story of the man who inspired not only the Count of Monte Cristo, but also parts of The Three Musketeers.  Alex Dumas, the son of a Haitian mother and French nobleman, was first sold into slavery, then educated as a gentleman.  His rise from pauper to celebrated hero aroused the ire of Napoleon himself, which eventually lead his own friends to betray and imprison him.   Readers everywhere have found themselves wondering how they never heard of him before!

 “Triumphant…Reiss directs a full-scale production that jangles with drawn sabers, trembles with dashing deeds and resonates with the love of a son for a remarkable father.”
—The Herald (U.K.)


And our online resource of the week is, Library Edition: a great way to get started on tracing your ancestry, especially if you don’t have an account of your own.  Only available through schools and public libraries, so come to the Northwood City Center Library to check it out!


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