Although our building remains closed, we are now offering curbside pick-up of library materials. Limited staff will be available to answer phones and pull items. All due dates have been extended and fines will be waived during this time. All programs have been cancelled or postponed. All Meeting Room use is suspended until further notice.

Please call 641-444-4160 for more information.

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Curb Side Pick Up!

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Running out of books to read, DVDs to watch or learning material?
The Belmond Public Library will be offering curbside pick up starting Monday May 4th.
You can call in with your requests at 641-444-4160, message the library through
Facebook, or browse online through our catalog.

You can access the catalog through our website.
  Please do make sure to leave your phone number with your requests so we can call you with a pick up day.

Pick up dates are: Mondays 2PM-5PM, Wednesdays 2PM-5PM and Saturdays 10AM-2PM.

Once you arrive at the south parking lot, call the library at 641-444-4160 and a librarian will bring your items out to you.
Please drop off any returns in the book drop located on the south side of the library. If you don’t know exactly what you would like to read, visit our online catalog. If you have a favorite author in mind or a genre you’re in the mood for, ask the librarian to gather an author/genre pack for you. The librarian will surprise you with material based on those suggestions.
At this time, the library building will not be open to the public.
We take the safety of our staff and patrons very seriously, so please follow social
distancing recommendations during pick up.

Recommended by the Librarians

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A Little Night Magic by Lucy March
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Romance with a dip in fantasy

Available for check out from our library

Synopsis: Olivia Kinsley’s life is not going as planned. She’s been rejected by her crush, she’s a waitress in a waffle house where she’s worked since she was a teen, and her entire life has become a routine. Just when she decides to do something about it by leaving town for a trip around Europe, magic comes into her life. Literally. Now she is learning how to handle her magic while avoiding those who want to hurt her and take it for their own. Will she find love, the ability to control her power, and a way to move out from her rut?

My impression: Lately my reading has taken a dark path into a lot of thrillers, dark fantasy and horror. I needed a break and this book was the perfect reading palette cleanser. The story is cute, the characters fun, the dialogue witty at time and the over ally book very endearing. I enjoyed this light read and everything it had to offer. I fully enjoyed March’s writing style. I liked the characters and the world she created. The perfect lazy day read!


The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

“Isn’t every hotel haunted since 'The Shining'?”

    Carly is a young,grieving woman. After the death of her mother, Carly decides to investigate the disappearance of her aunt, Vivian. She heads to Fell, New York and is soon living a life very similar to her missing aunt’s life. Carly takes a job at the Sun Down Motel, the very place her aunt was last seen the night she disappeared. The Sun Down Motel is anything but ordinary and Carly soon finds out not all of the inhabitants of Sun Down are as alive as they seem…

    The Sun Down Motel is, so far, my favorite thriller of 2020. I know that I am starting by saying this very early in the year but it was really THAT GOOD. Sleep did not come easy after finishing this book! This thriller really has everything a reader could ask for. St. James artfully constructed an exhilarating novel full of ghosts, dark humor, murderers, shoddy investigating, a dash of romance, and an over-all sensation of eeriness. The book is written in alternating perspectives of Carly and Vivian and Vivian’s perspective takes readers back into the 80s. Simone St. James reminds readers how far we have come as a society with her interchanging timelines. The novel is a quick, easy read but will leave a lasting impact on readers whenever they step into a motel for an overnight stay…


Aurora Rising (Book #1 in The Aurora Cycle) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Book available for check out through Bridges

Synopsis: A long missing transport ship, a mysterious girl from the past, and a pieced together group of military academy graduates come together in this piece of science fiction. Star academy student, Tyler, finds a strange girl on a missing transport ship from centuries past. Aurora, that mysterious girl, works to reconnect with her past and discover the truth about the world that seems to have disappeared. Together along with a mixed group of characters, search for answers, avoid a war, discover a cover-up and the horror filled reality of events that span centuries.

My Impressions: This was an impulse read for me. Honestly, I picked it up because I loved the cover artwork. With that in mind, I went into this book with no expectations. I actually enjoyed the book. The characters were interesting and entertaining. I enjoyed the story line and the dialogue between characters. I enjoyed the dynamics of the interactions between the characters. Kristoff did a good job with allowing the bonds between characters to form naturally instead of forcing characters. In addition, I really liked the way the characters were developed. The author allows the reader to discover the personalities of the characters as well as their thought patterns when making decisions. The approach felt natural as I could actually learn about the characters as the story developed. The chapters and story bounce between the perspectives of each of the team members. I think this format acts to give the reader a little insight into each of the characters. The inclusion of sections of 'dialogue' provided by the uniglass really helps give additional information without it feeling forced into the writing. I would classify this as a fun space romp with a mixed bag of characters getting into trouble and having a heck of a time doing it.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

“Don’t be ashamed for liking them. The backlash against the PSL [pumpkin spice latte] is a perfect example of how toxic masculinity permeates even the most mundane things in life. If masses of women like something, our society automatically begins to mock them.
Just like romance novels. If women like them, they must be a joke, right?”

Gavin Scott, Nashville Legends second baseman, has magnificently messed up his marriage. After the biggest blow out with his wife, Thea, she asked for a divorce. Determined to win Thea back, and give his daughters the childhood his wife never had, Gavin joins a top-secret romance book club full of Nashville’s manliest men. “The first rule of book club, you don’t talk about book club.”  The men refer to the romance novels as manuals, and use the words to gain understanding about the females in their lives. Gavin, and Thea, realize what it really takes to make a marriage work in this steamy romance novel.
First, I would just like to say more men should openly read romance novels. There is nothing better than a man secure enough in his ‘masculinity’ to own his love for ‘feminine’ things. That is my opinion and I am sticking to it! If you want to hear more about my opinion about “The Bromance Book Club”, continue reading. I put a hold on this book on Bridges (
our elibrary, and where this book is available) and honestly forgot all about the hold. I got an email about it and was very excited because I needed something short and sweet with all of the holiday madness going on. This book is the first in the series Bromance Book Club. I highlighted quite a few passages that I found insightful. Mrs. Adams is a gifted writer and really makes it easy to lose yourself in Gavin and Thea’s relationship and family dynamics. I give “The Bromance Book Club” four stars for its readability, insightfulness, relatability, awesome characters and all around contemporary views on the gender roles.


A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Mystery

Available at the Belmond Public Library in the future (release date April 2020). Check with one of our librarians to add your name to the hold list.

Synopsis: (from Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

My Impressions: I am a huge fan of Jones and her Charley Davidson series. When I heard she was departing from the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre to write a mystery novel, I knew I needed to read it. Thankfully, I got my hands on an advance copy through Netgalley. I really enjoyed this book. The book included the same humor and feel as the other books she has written. I loved Sunshine’s relationship with her daughter, Auri. The sarcasm and quips between the two felt natural. I found myself laughing aloud in several places and eagerly reading parts of the book aloud to my husband (who simply looked at me confused). I like that the characters in the book are quirky and flawed. The story is engaging despite a few plot holes here and there. I think if you want a fun little mystery with a lot of humor and pep, this would be perfect. Readers of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and other like books would absolutely devour this fun little novel.


Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

I picked up Joe Hill’s writing because his father, Stephen King, is one of my favorite authors. I continue to read Joe Hill because his work is awesome. There is clearly something in the DNA makeup of this family because they can all write excellently.
“Full Throttle” features thirteen short stories that range in topic and genre.  My two favorites were of course ‘Throttle’ written with King and ‘Late Returns’, being a librarian motorcyclist will do that. I would recommend these stories to anyone who enjoys sleepless nights, thinking outside the box and can appreciate something well written.

“Throttle” stuck with me because I often find myself thinking how horribly automobile drivers are around motorcycles and how easily anyone riding a motorcycle could lose their life due to vehicle driver error. Unless you have rode a motorcycle, you do not often consider motorcycles and the people on them. I started this story and thought of an older movie I had seen before, Joy Ride, staring the late Paul Walker. The story begins introducing a seedy motorcycle gang with a gruesome background at the beginning of a questionable journey.  Once the truck driver realizes the ‘small world’ connection he has with this meth dealing motorcycle gang, he plans to right their wrong his own way. I loved this story and the ‘ah-ha’ connection at the end.

“And you’re not an envoy from the Lord? You’re not an angel?”
“Nope. Just a librarian.”
“Ah, well,” she said. “That’s close enough for me.”

“Late Returns” was my favorite because books. I do not really feel like I need to say more but I suppose I will because I want everyone to know how much this will resonate with book lovers. We follow a man who recently was fired from his semi-driving job after the unexpected death of his parents. He returns to his hometown to clean out his parents’ home. He finds a very overdue book and decides to return the book to the library. While at the library, he finds himself taking a job driving the very interestingly painted bookmobile. I will just get this bias out of the way…My husband is a truck driver; I am a librarian. That part of the book is real life. Of course, time travel could be real and just be kept under lock and key really well by the government. I hope it is a thing by the time I pass on because it would be the ultimate afterlife if I could continue to read new books…even more so if it is by Joe Hill.


Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Non-fiction

Synopsis: Caitlin Doughty, mortician, factually answers questions posed to her by children over the years. She uses a blend of facts, casual language and humor to take the scary out of death and replace it with knowledge and education.

My Impression: Like many parents, my kids asked both thought-provoking and difficult unnerving questions for which I never really had answers. I spent a lot of my 20’s and 30’s searching books and the internet to answer these questions while gaining an almost obsessive desire to find the answers for myself. I loved this book. Doughty does not hold back at all in answering such thought-provoking questions about death like “Can I be buried in the same grave as my hamster?”, “If I died making a stupid face, would it be stuck like that forever?”, and “Will I poop when I die?” She uses facts, hypothetical situations, analysis, and humor to educate readers about what generally seems a dark and difficult subject. I wish this book had come out when my kids were younger and when I needed help with the difficult talks about the physical realities of death. My children are grown now, but I plan to recommend they read this book.


What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand 
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

Last year I listened to the audiobook, “Winter in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand. I was forcing myself to branch out of my normal ‘thriller/horror’ genre. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Winter in Paradise’ and could not wait for the second book in this chick lit trilogy, ‘What Happens in Paradise.” You could read this book as a standalone but I really do not recommend it. ‘What Happens in Paradise’ picks up right where we left our characters at the ending of the first in this trilogy. Irene is struggling to understand her husband’s death, her fresh feelings for Huck, and her new life on the island. Cash has decided to start over on the island, accepting a new position on a snorkeling boat. Baker, in the midst of divorcing his wife, has similarly decided to return to St. John. Both men are hopeful of a new relationship with the island’s most sought out bachelorette, Ayers Wilson.  The conclusion of the book leaves you guessing and wanting more out of these characters.
I really love Hilderbrand’s writing style. She seems to be able to construct a storyline that captivates me when most authors would bore me writing of the same subjects. The characters are not always loveable, I am looking at you Baker and Ayers, but they are always real. I was able to read ‘What Happens in Paradise’ in three days and I really wished I had paced myself. This book helps build the characters and their relationships better and, presents us with glimpses of characters that were not directly in the first volume. I really do recommend this series to many patrons that come to the library because I enjoyed it so much. I hope Mrs. Hilderbrand does not make us wait too long for the conclusion. 




The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Contemporary fantasy ficiton

Synopsis: Galaxy “Alex” Stern sees ghosts. Escaping her tragic past she is presented with a ‘too good to be true’ opportunity. Given a full ride to Yale, she has only one requirement, become a part of a group that monitors the secret societies that call Yale home. These powerful houses, known as tombs, list many of the world’s rich and powerful among their elite alumni. With magic, these alumni and members achieve success, riches, and prosperity. However, beneath the glitter and glory lies a dark and sinister reality.

My Impressions: I came to read this author by way of a suggestion by a patron and fellow book buddy. This is my first real endeavor into Bardugo’s writing. I knew she has a very popular young adult series coming to Netflix in the future, but other than that, I had no real experience with her writing. I really enjoyed her writing. The book read very much like a thriller/mystery with a conspiratorial secret society element that really piqued my interest. The addition of magic, ghosts, and all things relatively spooky really got me excited. Let us face it, I like to read a lot of unusual and rather ‘weird’ stuff. This fit nicely into my tastes, but had enough of a normality to it that I think any average reader of thrillers might enjoy the tale. I found the dynamics of the characters intelligent and well thought out. I enjoyed the writing, pacing and momentum of the story. Bardugo creates a dark fantasy atmosphere and backs it up with some strong theories and ideas. I liked the characters but found myself feeling as if I did not fully understand the main character. A lot about her remains a bit of a mystery but develops as the story progresses. By mixing the past and present, the author provides a history while keeping the story moving forward. I found myself fully engaged and guessing at the mystery elements of the story.


The Institute by Stephen King
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink

Twelve-year-old prodigy, Luke Ellis, is kidnapped in the dead of the night. He awakes in a room identical to his, with just a few changes. There is no window in this bedroom, and it is located inside The Institute, surrounded by other strange bedrooms full of children with telekinesis and telepathic abilities. The children are put through rigorous, medical torture to extract their abilities for worldwide gain. While the medical doctors and caretakers believe the children are sacrificing themselves for the betterment of the world, Luke Ellis is working on an escape plan.
It is not a secret that Stephen King is my favorite. I was slightly disappointed with his less than thrilling novelette “Elevation” that was released last year. King makes an epic comeback, in my opinion, with this perfect mixture of science fiction and thriller starring an unlikely gang of heroes. The book is 561 pages long and took me a week to read. It was unputdownable. The chapters are long but King broke it down in very manageable sections within the chapters. The entire book is written in different characters point of views and that, along with the impeccable storyline, is what keeps it interesting. I highly recommend this book, even if you are not normally a fan of King’s past works but love a thrilling storyline. Pick up this five star read from Belmond Public Library today!


Online Omnilegents - Belmond's Online Book Club

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A completely online book club! 

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Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library was formed in 1995.  They are an auxiliary group of the Library Foundation.  Their mission is to maintain an
association of persons interested in the library, to focus public attention on the library, to lend financial support, to coordinate volunteer efforts,
and help promote the programs and services of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. 

As a Friend, you will have the satisfaction of supporting one of our most important educational institutions, playing an important role in making books and other materials available to the community. 
You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for various events and programs.

  You can join for as little as $5.00 per year as an individual, or $15.00 as a family.
If you are already a Friend of the library, please stop by today to renew your membership. 

Please contact the library with any questions. 
The library would love to have you as a Friend!

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