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Humboldt Reads!

An enjoyable hour with an informal dinner and interactive book discussion!

Please join us for our February Humboldt Reads!  It will be held on Thursday, February 20th, 5:30 pm, at the Caribbean Coffeehouse in Humboldt, IA.  Attendees pay for their meal choice, but no pre-registration or monthly commitment is required.

This month’s selection is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

Book Info:

“Memphis, 1939.  Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat.  But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force.  Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth.  At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day.  Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon.  But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.”

Please return by the due date so others may enjoy this month’s selection.  Attend the February Humboldt Reads! and you are welcome to a copy of the book by stopping in the library and requesting a copy after joining our discussion at the Caribbean Coffee House.

Please click here for a PDF flyer.

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, please contact the library (332-1925) regarding updates on the scheduled book club event, or visit our Facebook page.

If you have questions,
please call Julie Larsen
at the Humboldt Public Library.



Reading Programs and Events


The HPL has partnered with the Humota Theater to put together a program called Kernels of Wisdom.

The adult basket has goodies, popcorn, and movie tickets.

To enter to win the adult basket (grades 6-adults), the individual must checkout a book. One entry each time they checkout (not for each book).

This program will be going until January 23rd, 2020 and we will be drawing the winner on January 24th, 2020.


Visit the library and enjoy Music and Mocha every Friday from November 8th through February 14th.  During the hours of 10 am – 2 pm, we’ll be serving coffee, hot chocolate, and cider while light jazz music plays in the background.  Stop in and enjoy a very relaxing time at your HPL!


Display Case Exhibit


This month’s display is done by our very own George Walters, and it features her snowman collection.

Quilt of the Month


It is from the collection of Karen May.