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!

Paradox | Universal Class

ParadoxThe phone number for the Northwood City Center Library has been discontinued.  If you wish to contact the library via phone, call the City Office at 701-587-6301, and the employees there will pass on the message.  Otherwise you can get in touch with us through our email, facebook page, website, or you can stop by to see us during our open hours and ask your questions there!


Our featured book this week is Paradox, the latest novel by New York Times best-selling author  Catherine Coulter.

In Paradox, agents Sherlock and Savich set out on a desperate chase for the escaped mental patient who attempted to kidnap their five-year-old son Sean.  Meanwhile, when dragging a lake in search of a victim of a recent murder, investigators find dozens of human bones in an underwater burial ground.  It isn’t long before they discover a frightening connection between the bones and the attempted kidnapping.

Savich and Sherlock soon find themselves dealing with a bizarre Jekyll-and-Hyde scenario, and  if they do not unravel it, it will only be a matter of time before they too find themselves at the bottom of a lake….

“Pulse-pounding… Coulter fans will have a tough time putting this one down.” — Publishers Weekly


This week we’d like to bring to your attention a resource made available to us through the state library:  Universal Class- an online educational service that offers over 500 courses! Interested in writing? Law? Alternative medicine and health?  Universal class has these and many, many more. To make an account and start learning, visit us at the Northwood City Center Library, or go to .