Stories of a 911 Dispatcher and Calltaker

East Central Regional Library invites the community to an author visit featuring Caroline Burau, who writes about her past career as a 911 dispatcher and calltaker, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 at Princeton Area Library.

In her new book, “Tell Me Exactly What Happened,” Burau shares her on- the- job experiences at both a single- person call center and a ground and air ambulance service. Whatever the position, the challenges for a dispatcher never end. Tragedy, boredom, and mind- bending weirdness are constant companions, as her stories— some funny, some odd, some sad— show.

Burau, who switched careers to technical writing in 2014, will appear at the Princeton Library thanks to sponsorship from the East Central Regional Library and funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Called: The Making & Unmmaking of a Nun

East Central Regional Library invites the community to a Minnesota author visit featuring Marge Rogers Barrett at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 at Milaca Community Library.

Barrett will discuss her book, Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun, which tells of her lively and free-spirited youth as part of a large family in a small town on the prairie in Minnesota; of her calling by God; and of her new calling to marriage and life as both mother and teacher. With joyful and difficult experiences along the way, it’s a story of resilience and spirited immersion in all that life has to offer.

For the last 10 years, Barrett has been teaching classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, running short-short story contests for MinnPost and conducting a variety of workshops. She writes everything, from poetry to nonfiction and fiction.

This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Young and Powerful

Week 9 of AudiobookSYNC includes the audiobook debut of the earliest published stories from a teen who later became a prolific fantasy author, and a second that delves into the true history of the teens and women on whom Colonial America’s witch hysteria focused.

Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories is the fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett, featuring stories written when Terry was just 17 years old and working as a junior reporter. Listeners will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight—as well as seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

 

The Witches: Salem, 1692 provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials. The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis, one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history.  Author Stacy Schiff aligns early American anxieties brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

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Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/29/2017! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the eAudiobook is yours to keep.

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