September 2017
Local Author Showcase

Looking for new authors to read? Want to support local artists? Then stop by the Bella Vista Public Library’s Local Author Showcase! This is event will be filled with local authors who want to share their works with you. Meet new people, find new books, and connect with authors who live right here in Northwest Arkansas!


No Categories Gathering of the Bookies

The library is hosting its 12th annual gathering of all area readers and book clubs on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  Cookies and punch will be served at 12:30, followed by a gathering where we will all share what books we have read and enjoyed (or hated) in the past year or so.  All book clubs and readers — from neighborhood groups to the tennis buddies to solo readers — are invited to come together to discuss and gossip about our common love: books!  If you are part of a book club, bring along a list of what your club has read in the past year.  Copies of book lists from various clubs will be available to take home with you.

Following are the books mentioned by readers who gathered for an hour of book gossip at the Bella Vista Public Library on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.


April 1865: The Month that Saved America by Jay Winik

Rickshaw Boy by Lao She

The Train to Warsaw by Gwen Edelman

Russka by Edward Rutherford

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

The White Road by Sarah Lotz

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Bedani

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Wager by Allen Kent

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak

Saga Vol. 1 (graphic novel) by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

The Ark: Children of a Dead Earth Book One by Patrick S. Tomlinson and Larry Rostant

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

PrairyErth: A Deep Map by William Least Heat-Moon

Term Limits by Vince Flynn

The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917 – 1963 by Robert Dallek

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin

Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt by William Hazelgrove

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and American in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Selling the Lite of Heaven by Suzanne Strempek Shea

Hoopi Shoopi Donna by Suzanne Strempek Shea

Knitters and Crocheters

This growing group is open to people of all ages and levels of expertise? Come knit and crochet with us, get to know some new people! Learn from experienced knitters! Help a beginner! You’ll be glad you came!


Every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m., this group of puzzle-solvers get together to go over the answers to the month’s new packet filled with mind boggling, thought-provoking puzzles and games designed to keep your brain working and problem solving. Pick up the packet at the front desk and get to work on this month’s puzzles!


Mystery Book Club

Mystery Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Bella Vista Library to read books from some of the best mystery authors.  Fans of all types of mystery/crime/suspense novels are invited to this mysterious club!


No Categories Designated Quiet Time

We know that our small library can get pretty loud, especially if there is an event going on. To help combat this issue and provide our patrons with a quiet space where they can read and study, we will be implementing a Designated Quiet Time during which we will not schedule events. Thursdays from 9:00-12:00 and Fridays from 1:00-5:00 we will not have any events scheduled. Feel free to come to use the library to read, study, and enjoy the quiet space.

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