Sep 26

Mark Your Calendars to Attend – “Gitchie Girl” Authors at the library October 13th





On Thursday, October 13th at 6:30 PM,

 A terrified voice cried out in the night.

“Who are you? What do you want?”

The sound of snapping twigs closed in on the five teenagers enjoying an evening around a glowing campfire at Gitchie Manitou State Park.

The night of music and laughter had taken a dark turn.

(An excerpt from Gitchie Girl.)

 Gitchie Girl cover

The subject of the book is Sandra Cheskey, the lone survivor of the 1973 Gitchie Manitou mass murders and her personal account regarding one of the Midwest’s most heinous crimes.

Cheskey recently broke a forty-year silence to give the riveting

and shocking inside story surrounding this horrific event.


Authors Phil & Sandy Hamman from Sioux City, Iowa

will be giving a presentation about the inside story of the book Gitchie Girl

and the events surrounding the 1973 Gitchie Manitou mass murders that occurred in Northwest Iowa.

Phil’s former best friend and three other teenagers he knew were murdered that night.

The presentation portrays the survivor’s story of Cheskey’s many struggles to rebuild her life emotionally and spiritually following a sexual assault that night.

 A question and answer session as well as a book signing will follow the event.

 Gitchie Girl is a #1 national best seller on several of Barnes & Noble’s & Amazon’s true crime lists.

Books will be available on site for purchase.


Sep 26

National Banned Books Week






Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.


Sep 21

“Frank Lloyd Wright – Or Was He Wrong?” October 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am

“Frank Lloyd Wright – Or Was He Wrong?”

11:00 am   October 8, 2016

Harlan Community Library



Join us to hear Roy Behrens present this fascinating program and address

pressing questions like: Where did Wright come from philosophically?

Was Wright right about architecture, and about intrinsic connections between human beings and their earthly surroundings – including the houses in which they reside? His presentation will be richly illustrated by scores of historical images of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and the iconic objects he made.

Dephians, Delta Kappa Gamma, Harlan Literary Club, Shelby County University Women, and the Harlan Community Library have received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private non-profit state affiliate of the

National Endowment for the Humanities, to bring you this special presentation.

Behrens is an author of several books, a Professor of Art and a distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa.

The program is free and open to the public.

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Sep 21

Check Out Our Children’s Area

If you haven’t been into the library in the last week, then you haven’t seen our spiffed up children’s area. We have added a bright colored reading rug and some cozy cushions for the kiddos to kick back and read on or to play on. We have also done some rearranging to help make it more kid and parent friendly.

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Sep 13

Library Lines- Sept.13,2016


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