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Courtesy photo author Joelle Charbonneau will host a virtual program on October 19, sponsored by the Alpena County Library.

Join the Alpena County Library at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 19 for a virtual presentation and Q&A with New York Times best-selling author Joelle Charbonneau. This program will be live streamed on both Facebook and YouTube and will be accessible afterwards. Ages 12 and up will appreciate the content of this program.

The chat will focus on books “To verify” is “Disclose,” which are set in the not too distant future now when censorship has reached new heights, with words erased from public consciousness, illegal paper, and public no longer wise … except for the main character who discovered that The Dead Mother she was recently involved in an underground group fighting for the truth.

Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical theater productions throughout Chicagoland. She now teaches private singing lessons and is the author of nine novels for young adults, including the recently published one “Disclose,” a sequel to “To verify,” is “The Testing” trilogy (“The Testing” “Independent studio,” is “Graduation day”), as well as two mysterious series: “The Rebecca Robbins” mysteries and the “Glee Club” mysteries. His YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, the YALSA Top 10 books for 2014 and the YALSA Quick Picks for reluctant readers.

This event is free and open to all ages, although Charbonneau’s books are recommended for ages 12 and up. Books written by Charbonneau are available for checkout at the library or for purchase at Parallel 45 Books and Gifts in downtown Alpena. Buy here: For more information on this program, contact Sara at [email protected]

Storytime on Facebook

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library will offer fairytale moments with Mary Clute on Wednesday morning. Join us on Facebook at 10am starting Wednesday, October 14, for stories, movement and fun! Each week will have a different theme with a craft. Craft materials will be available for collection by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays at the temporary library location in Bear Pointe Plaza (while supplies last). Although Storytime is for children aged 2-5, everyone is welcome!

For more information, call 989-356-6166 extension 13, visit the library website or Facebook page

Early Literacy Program

“To speak is to teach: speak, read, sing! Building your child’s future one word at a time “ is a new program from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday 21 October, hosted by the library and the Great Start Collaborative.

Join Alpena County Library and Great Start Collaborative on Wednesday 21 October at 6:30 pm via Zoom for a one-hour early literacy information session for parents and guardians of children from birth to 5 years.

In this virtual program, participants will learn the vital role they play in their baby’s brain and language development, and will receive concrete tools to speak, read and sing with babies from birth onwards.

Registered participants will receive a “Talk, read, sing” tote bag, which includes a book, resources, activities and simple tips to ensure the active development of strong language and literacy skills. Register here:

Participants will be contacted individually to request their scholarships. A link to the Zoom event will be sent prior to the October 21 meeting.

For more information visit or the library’s Facebook page.

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