Bellaire Public Library has named Theresa Kwiatkowski, B.F.A., as their new Program Specialist. Theresa, along with Bri Weas, Samantha McAfee, and Stan Fedyszyn have planned some new activities for your children and teens to be involved in.
Please stop in to the library today to sign up!
Bellaire Public Library has named Theresa Kwiatkowski, B.F.A., as their new Program Specialist. Theresa, along with Bri Weas, Samantha McAfee, and Stan Fedyszyn have planned some new activities for your children and teens to be involved in. Please stop in to the library to sign up your teens today!
Brunch with Books
Come join us and bring along your book of the month, your opinions and your appetite to engage in a relaxing and lively book discussion with fellow bibliophiles. Each meeting ends with a tasty brunch to compliment the theme of the book!
Christina Schwarz's suspenseful debut pivots on two of the lost "virtues" of the past: silence and stoicism. Drowning Ruth opens in 1919, on the heels of the influenza epidemic that followed the First World War. Although there were telephones and motor cars and dance halls in the small towns of Wisconsin in those years, the townspeople remained rigid and forbidding. As a young woman, Amanda Starkey, a Lutheran farmer's daughter, had been firmly discouraged from an inappropriate marriage with a neighboring Catholic boy. A few years later, as a nurse in Milwaukee, she is seduced by a dishonorable man. Her shame sends her into a nervous breakdown, and she returns to the family farm. Within a year, though, her beloved sister Mathilde drowns under mysterious circumstances. And when Mathilde's husband, Carl, returns from the war, he finds his small daughter, Ruth, in Amanda's tenacious grip, and she will tell him nothing about the night his wife drowned. Amanda's parents, too, are long gone. "I killed my parents. Had I mentioned that?" muses Amanda.
“I killed them because I felt a little fatigued and suffered from a slight, persistent cough. Thinking I was overworked and hadn't been getting enough sleep, I went home for a short visit, just a few days to relax in the country while the sweet corn and the raspberries were ripe. From the city I brought fancy ribbon, two boxes of Ambrosia chocolate, and a deadly gift... I gave the influenza to my mother, who gave it to my father, or maybe it was the other way around."