The Alcona County Library is pleased to announce that we will be opening to Phase 3 (50% capacity) in our reopening plan on Monday August 3, 2020. All branches will be open. Harrisville hours will remain Monday-Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Lincoln Hours will remain Monday-Friday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm. Caledonia hours will be Monday-Thursday 1:00 pm-5:30 pm, and Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Touchless Pickup Only (winter hours will be in effect October 1-April 30). Mikado Hours will be Monday-Thursday 2;00 pm-6:00 pm, with Touchless Pickup Only. In addition to the cleaning by the cleaning company, staff will sanitize touch points within the building at least twice daily. Before reopening Mikado and Caledonia branches will be sanitized. Soft seating will remain reduced/eliminated. Every other computer
will be marked out of service to increase physical distance between
patrons. Patrons will be limited to 25 at Harrisville, 10 at Lincoln. Face Masks must be used in buildings per Michigan Executive order
2020-147. Patrons will be asked to don facemasks, and facemasks will be
made available to patrons. Full details available at http://library.alcona.lib.mi.us/index.php/programs/277-reopening-plans-p3
Frances Sherwood brings to life the experience of the Jewish community during a period of oppression and rebirth. Set in seventeenth-century Prague, The Book of Splendor is an adventure-filled romance stocked with court intrigue and political tension, including the machinations of the rival Ottoman Empire, the religious controversies of Protestantism, and the constant threat of violence to the Jewish community. At the heart of the novel is Rochel, a bastard seamstress who escapes poverty through an arranged marriage to the tailor Zev, but falls in love with Yossel, the Golem created by Rabbi Loew to protect the Jewish community. Meanwhile, Emperor Rudolph II puts the safety of all Prague at risk in his mad bid for an elixir of immortality. The Book of Splendor is an epic tale reminiscent of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, and a love story as unlikely as Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring. Reading group guide included.