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 Latham Family-Award Winning Book Collection:

2016 Pulitzer Prize Awards:
"The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen
"Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New
                    America" by T. J. Stiles
"Barbian Day: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan
         General Nonfiction:
"Black Flags: the Rise of ISIS"
                      by Joby Warrick
2016 James Beard Cookbook Awards:
“Beetlebung Farm Cookbook: a Year of Cooking on Martha’s
                      Vineyard” by Chris Fischer
“Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy &
                      Wholesome” by Virginia Willis
2016 Royal Chemical Society Award
        “The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New
                      World” by Andrea Wulf

Adult Fiction

  • January 25, 2017

          “Never Never” by James Patterson
          “Ring of Fire” by Brad Taylor
          “Because You’re Mine” by Colleen Coble
          “The Old Man” by Thomas Perry

  • January 11, 2017

          “Tom Clancy’s True Faith & Allegiance” by Mark Greaney
          “Turbo Twenty-Three” by Janet Evanovich
          “The Seventh  Plague” by James Rollins
          “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel
          “Below the Belt” by Stuart Woods
          “Winter’s Child: a Wind River Mystery” by Margaret Coel
          “Egg Drop Dead” by Laura Childs
          “Moonglow: a novel” by Michael Chabon
          “Curtain of Death” by W.E.B. Griffin
          “The Midnight Bell” by Jack Higgins
          “Faithful” by Alice Hoffman
          Tennessee Dreams Series: “Heart of Mercy: Book 1,
                  “Threads of Joy: Book 2”, “Gift of Grace: Book 3”
                  by Sharlene MacLaren 

  • December 16, 2016

          “Cross the Line” by James Patterson
          “When All the Girls Have Gone” by Jayne Ann Krentz
          “I’ll Take You There” by Wally Lamb
          “The Flame Bearer” by Bernard Cornwell
          “Crash and Burn” by Fern Michaels
          “The Whole Town’s Talking: a novel” by Fannie Flagg
          “The Cherished Quilt” by Amy Clipston
          “The Chemist” by Stephenie Meyer

  • November 30, 2016

          “Chaos” by Patricia Cornwell
          “No Man’s Land” by David Baldacci
          “The Sleeping Beauty Killer” by Mary Higgins Clark
          “Odessa Sea” by Clive Cussler
          “The Girl From Venice” by Martin Cruz Smith
          “This Was A Man” by Jeffrey Archer
          “Precious and Grace: a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
               novel” by Alexander McCall Smith

  • November 16, 2016

          “Night School” by Lee Child
          “The Award” by Danielle Steel
          “Night Watch” by Iris Johansen
          “The Bookshop on the Corner” by Jenny Colgan
          “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” by Michael Connelly
          “Hag-Seed” by Margaret Atwood
          “Independence Day” by Ben Coes

  • November 2, 2016

          “The Whistler” by John Grisham
          “Sex, Lies & Serious Money” by Stuart Woods
          “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware
          “Puppet Master” by Dale Brown
          “Escape Clause” by John Sandford
          “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult
          “Order to Kill” by Vince Flynn
          “Darkest Journey” by Heather Graham
          “Christmas Caramel Murder” by Joanne Fluke
          “A Baxter Family Christmas” by Karen Kingsbury
          “Deadly Fate” by Heather Graham
          “Pharaoh” by Wilbur Smith
          “The Obsidian Chamber” by Preston & Child

Adult Non-Fiction

  • January 11, 2017

          “The Lost City of the Monkey God: a True Story”
                     by Douglas Preston
          “Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the
                     Romanovs” by Douglas Smith

  • November 30, 2016

          “Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet: the Memoir” By Phil Collins
          “Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”
                by J.D. Vance

  • November 2, 2016

         “His Final Battle” the Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt”
                by Joseph Lelyveld
         “The Magnolia Story” by Chip & Joanna Gaines

Audio Books on CD

  • November 2, 2016

          22 titles added        

Children's (Yellow dots for pre-school-3rd grade)

  • January 25, 2017

          Easy Picture Book
          “XO, OX: a Love Story” by Adam Rex
          Easy Pre-K
          “Little Penguins” by Cynthia Rylant

  • January 11,2017

           Easy Pre-Kindergarten
           “Have You Seen My Trumpet?” & “Where’s the Baboon?”
                      by Michael Escoffier
           “Bunny Slopes” by Claudia Rueda
           Easy Reader Graphic Novel
           “How This Book Was Made” by Mac Barnett

  • December 16, 2016

          Children’s Audio Book on CD
          “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
          Children’s Board Book
          “Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” by James Dean
          “Digger, Dozer, Dumper” by Hope Vestergaard
          ”Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm” by James Dean
          “Take Away the A: an Alphabeast of a Book ”
                     by Michale Escoffier
          “An Excessive Alphabet: Avalanches of As to Zillions 
                     of Zs” by Judi Barrett
          “Hap-pea All Year” by Keith Baker
          “Pete the Cat: and the Missing Cupcakes” by Kimberly
                     & James Dean
          Easy Picture Book
          “Also an Octopus” by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
          Easy Family Resource Education
          “Quit Calling Me a Monster!” by Jory John
          Easy Reader
          I Can Read: “Pete the Cat Snow Daze” by James Dean   

  • November 16, 2016

          Preschool: “Panda Pants” by Jacqueline Davies

  • November 2, 2016

          “Mr. Moon Wakes Up” by Jemima Sharpe
          Easy Picture Book
          “The Magic Word” by Mac Barnett

Juvenile (Blue dots for grades 2-6)

  • January 25, 2017

          Junior Reader
          “Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day” by Jessie Haas
          Juvenile Graphic Novel
          “The Iron Hand” by Scott Chantler

  • January 11, 2017

          Juvenile Graphic Novel
          The Gold Compass: The Graphic Novel-Volume 2”
                       by Stephane Melchior
          Juvenile Fiction
          “Gertie’s Leap to Greatness” by Kate Beasley
          “The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones” by Wendelin Van Draanen

  • December 16, 2016

          “Guinness World Records 2017: Gamer’s Edition”
          Scholastic “Year In Sports 2017”

  • November 16, 2016

          Graphic Novels:
          “The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo” by Drew Weing
          “Snow White: a graphic novel” by Matt Phelan
          “Diary of a Wimpy Kids: Double Down” by Jeff Kinney # 11

  • November 2, 2016

          Graphic Novels
          Cici: A Fairy’s Tale: #2 “Truth In Sight” by Cori Doerrfeld
          The Creeps: “Curse of the Attack-O-Lanterns”
                   by Chris Schweizer




Young Adult

  • January 25, 2017

          “A Blind Guide To Normal” by Beth Vrabel
          “Love and First Sight” by Josh Sundquist

  • January 11, 2017

          “Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine”
                      by Ibtisam Barakat       





Upcoming Events

Summer Reading BINGO

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Our program takes place June 14th - July 14th for preschoolers-teens. This is a self-paced reading incentive program for your children to help them maintain their reading skills during the summer.  Stop by the Library and join the fun!  There is no cost to participate.

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The Wood Place Library is operated by The Elia Wood Foundation.  The board recently voted to provide FREE library cards to anyone residing in Moniteau County that wishes to use the library.  We encourage those who have never used the library to apply for a library card and begin exploring the collections for check-out, 14 public computers, free WiFi, e-Books, Copy/Faxing services,  and programs.  The Foundation is reaching out to residents to assist them in making an informed decision when considering a future levy campaign.

In the meantime, the Foundation will be fundraising to assist with operating costs until pubic support is voted into existence and tax funds are received.  The projected goal is to be open part-time in 2017, and full time beginning January 2, 2018.  

Once a levy has been passed, the library will be eligible for MO State Library programs and grants.  These grants provide funding for the Summer Reading Program, Interlibrary Loan Courier Service, the Rural Electronic Assess for Libraries (REAL) program, and other beneficial programs. 

We are excited about the future of the library and appreciate your support and understanding during this most difficult time for the library.

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