Wednesday, Apr. 24, 5:30-8:00pm
The new session of adult computer class will begin on April 3rd and go until May 1st. The time of the class is 5:30-8:00pm. Week 4 will cover email. You can register by calling 507-345-5222.
Thursday, Apr. 25, 6:00pm
Girls in grades 3-6 and their signifiant adult females are invited to join us for Mother Daughter Book Club on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm. The book for this month is Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin.
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 6:00pm
Wine & Words Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00pm. The book for this month is White Houses by Amy Bloom.
Wednesday, May 1, 5:30-8:00pm
The new session of adult computer class will begin on April 3rd and go until May 1st. The time of the class is 5:30-8:00pm. Week 5 will cover Word, social media and Excel. You can register by calling 507-345-5222.
The Paragon Hotel
The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.
She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new "family" of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods.
Why was "Nobody" Alice James forced to escape Harlem? Why do the Paragon's denizens live in fear--and what other sins are they hiding? Where did the orphaned child who went missing from the hotel, Davy Lee, come from in the first place? And, perhaps most important, why does Blossom Fontaine seem to be at the very center of this tangled web?