Patrons of the Charlevoix Public Library, with the announced outbreak of COVID-19 or novel coronavirus
in the State of Michigan, we want to make you aware of proactive steps we are taking
to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of our users, staff, and
especially our vulnerable populations.
Charlevoix Public Library
will suspend all operations as of Saturday March 14th until further notice. The Library has suspended all Library Programming as well as community meetings
of greater than 10 people.
We will continue to monitor all available resources
throughout this time period and reevaluate once the situation becomes more
Finally, we encourage patrons to monitor our website and Facebook
page for updates and to utilize our robust digital and downloadable services
which can be accessed from our website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work our
way through this challenging and developing situation.
Bessie Bawtry is a young girl living in the early 1900s in Breaseborough, a mining town in South Yorkshire, England. Unusually gifted, she longs to escape a life burdened by unquestioned tradition. She studies patiently, dreaming of the day when she will take the entrance exam for Cambridge and be able to leave her narrow world. A generation later, Bessie's daughter Chrissie feels a similar impulse to expand her horizons, which she in turn passes on to her own daughter.
Nearly a century later, Bessie's granddaughter, Faro Gaulden, finds herself listening to a lecture on genetics and biological determinism. She has returned to Breaseborough and wonders at the families who remained in the humble little town where Bessie grew up. Confronted with what would have been her life had her grandmother stayed, she finds herself faced with difficult questions. Is she really so different from the plain South Yorkshire locals? As she soon learns, the past has a way of reasserting itself-not unlike the peppered moth that was once thought to be nearing extinction but is now enjoying a sudden unexplained resurgence.
The Peppered Moth is a brilliantly conceived novel, full of irony, sadness, and humor.