Come on in this July for great beach reads!

Author Reading: Alison DeCamp, My Near Death Adventures #2: I Almost Died Again

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
It is 1895 Michigan. But now, instead of helping out rough-and-tumble lumberjacks, Stanley Slater (aka Stan the Man) must go to school. And on top of that, he has to look after Cuddy, a younger boy, before and after school. When his ne’er-do-well father shows up in town, Stan finally has a chance to meet the man he’s dreamed about for so long. Plus, it will give Stan a chance to impress the infamous Captain Slater. (Stan is a whiz at impressing people, he doesn’t mind saying.) But Captain Slater isn’t quite what Stan expected. In fact, Stan isn’t so sure he wants to be like his dad— Captain Slater—at all.

Author Reading: Abi Ayres, Gold

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

GOLD is the first book in "A Collection of Colors". Go on a journey as you dive into the imagination of a young girl who discovers a life lesson that although gold is an awesome color, it isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Author Reading: L.E. Kimball, Seasonal Roads

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

In Seasonal Roads, L. E. Kimball introduces Norna, Aissa, and Jane - mother, daughter, and granddaughter - who are as fierce and complex as the northern terrain they inhabit. Following a nonlinear timeline, Kimball's stories unravel the beautiful mess of layers that is their lives and allow the narratives to roam freely in time, thus granting the reader keen insights into the past, present, and future. Spiraling through time and perspective, the stories converge at Norna's two-room cabin in the woods, accessible only by "seasonal roads" that disappear under deep snow in the winter.


Author Signing: Sue Allen, Water Beyond the Bridge

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Ella Hollingsworth has no place on her to-do list for what-might-have-beens. With a crumbling Victorian cottage on Mackinac Island, aging mother, and rebellious teenage nephew to care for, resurrecting an old relationship is the last thing she wants. Then Nick Pappas, a lover from a youthful summer romance thirty years ago, appears at Ella s gate. Together they must learn how to navigate the unexplored waters ahead and make peace with their pasts. Steeped in yearning and illuminated by the shining waters of the Great Lakes, this later-in-life love story gives readers an inside view of Mackinac. You ll meet carriage drivers, manure sweepers, eccentric summerfolk, and plenty of horses.

Author Signing: Jan Doerfer, I See a Bird! Birds and Birding for Kids and Their Families

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

I SEE A BIRD! is a child-oriented introduction to birds and birding every child and family can enjoy together. With full color illustrations and descriptions of 22 birds commonly found in backyards, parks, and recreation areas, it will spark an interest in nature and conservation, and ignite the imagination of even the youngest child. Each page is illustrated with a full color picture of the bird, a poem with clues to help identify the bird, where you might see the bird, and interesting facts and activities children will enjoy. Fun as well as factual, it is the perfect beginning bird book to share with a child.


Author Signing: Joan Schmeichel,The Times of Laura Grey

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

"Set against a backdrop of poverty, THE TIMES OF LAURA GREY takes us to a time in America’s history when the future seemed to promise little. Seen through the eyes of a child, however, small details loom large, and almost anything is possible. This is a story of hope, written with clarity and empathy for a girl who is wryly self-aware of her own foibles. In true Dickensian spirit, it might be called an update on A Christmas Carol." —Judith Kitchen, author of The House on Eccles Road

Author Signing: Calvin Emerson, Joy, Love, and Peace

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

We have been taught that if we desire to be loved, we have to do things to earn that love.  Yet we all have temperamental days when we become unlovable and people find it difficult to love us.  The problem is, those are the days we need to be loved most.  This book will help you discover the beautiful kind of love you desire.  Calvin Emerson has also written JOY:  A HIDDEN TREASURE (IN PLAIN SIGHT) and PEACE: A HIDDEN TREASURE (IN PLAIN SIGHT).


Author Signing: Jeff Smith, Becoming Amish

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Jeff first wrote about his lifelong friends the Mosers following the economic crash of 2008. The magazine story folded into a growing national conversation about people looking for more intentional lives based in simplicity and balance as a way to find greater fulfillment. Jeff wondered what perspective the Mosers, who had left one of America’s wealthiest communities to become horse-and-buggy Amish, could bring to that conversation. The book Becoming Amish grew from his belief that though few modern families would ever become Amish, there were many aspects of the Amish life that could inform today’s families as they contemplated the direction an intentional life might lead. He also saw that the Mosers, as people who grew up in the modern, everyday America, brought unique perspective to the topic because they were both insiders and outsiders in the Amish world, and their observations would resonate with contemporary peers.

Story Hour:  HEDGEHOGS

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Every Friday at 10:00 am, Horizon Books offers Story Hour.  Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft.




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