The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Extra Large Edition

Donated by Mary Laughead

The Little Engine That Could comes to life all over again in this gorgeous oversized picture book with foil on the cover and the beautiful art from the 1950s. A train of toys desperately need an engine to take them over the mountain so that they can deliver toys and food to children. But none of the big, important engines will help them. Luckily, the Little Blue Engine comes along. She is small, but she has confidence that she can do it, and she does!

An Amish Secrets Novel Series by Beth Wiseman

Donated by Mary Laughead

Her Brother's Keeper

Charlotte is on a mission to discover just what happened to her only brother - and she isn't above playing dress ups and telling a few lies to do so. Calling herself Mary and slipping on Amish dress, Charlotte will do whatever it takes to gain the trust of anyone who might know why Ethan had to die. Unless she gets found out first.

Love Bears All Things

Charlo­tte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a web of deception—and this time, she isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Home All Along

Charlotte has made a home for herself in Amish Country with Daniel. But unforeseen events rock their fragile world and may move them even further away from the life they long for.

Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices.

Lego Building Large Box Creator XXL, 1500 Pieces

​Donated by Mary Laughead


Legos are open to the public when a program is not in session.  Sign in at the front desk and take them to any space inside the library.  Please keep like colors together in their drawer.  You can ask for your creations to be photographed for our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

Martha's Vineyard Mysteries by Cynthia Riggs

Donated by Mary Laughead

In Cynthia Riggs's Martha's Vineyard mysteries, we follow one of fiction's most delightful and most realistic amateur detectives. Victoria Trumbull is a feisty ninety-two-year-old who refuses to let the aches and pains of age stop her from enjoying her multifarious activities. Oh, and you just might catch her serving baked beans on a Saturday night.

Did you know that in 1948 Cynthia qualified for the Olympic fencing team? That she’s crossed the Atlantic twice in a 32-foot sailboat? That she was reportedly the seventh woman ever to set foot on the South Pole?

And it includes this priceless photo of two-year-old Cynthia riding on the shoulders of her mother, poet Dionis Coffin Riggs, the model for the indomitable sleuth Victoria Trumbull.

Laura Numeroff Books

Donated by Mary Laughead

Lego Minifigures


I have been given so much, I wanted to share.


God Bless you, Mary Laughead

Mary is seen here at the beginning- 2010.  She started shelving books on Main Street when Don and Inez Winters suggested she keep busy after her husband, Wendell, passed.  I have chosen titles for Jessica Spinner's program Li'l Ones Story Hour, Inspirational titles which she loves and Legos. 

Thank you, Mary, for your generous donation.

The Girl Before  by J.P. Delaney

In Loving Memory of Fern Dennis

Presented by PHS Class of '65

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Heart of the Frontier Series by Tracie Peterson

Donated by Mary Laughead

​​Tracie Peterson Begins Compelling New Series Set on the 1840s Frontier

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in "Oregon Country," she decides to stay rather than push on. 

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills--or her presence--and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

...and much more.  



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Jerry Nash

Jan. 20, 1947 - Feb. 6, 2017

Memorial Presented by PHS Class of  '65

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Fern Dennis

Aug. 30, 1924 - Feb. 6, 2017 

Lego City Set


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Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

In Loving Memory of Jerry Nash

Presented by PHS Class of '65

Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally.  
Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation. Often, they return home with injuries—both visible and invisible—that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life. In addition to these burdens, research shows a civilian-military divide. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: eighty-four percent say that the public has "little awareness" of the issues facing them and their families.

In the Shadow of Denali

The Heart of Alaska Series Book One

Book two (Out of the Ashes) is due out January 2, 2018 

Donated by Mary Laughead

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook's assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father's death climbing Mt. McKinley, he's worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father's partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear and much more dangerous than either could ever imagine.

Thank you for your donation, Mary Laughead. 

Each of your 103 years continues to be a blessing!