Between the Covers – November 4

This week’s New Books are “Choppy Water” by Stuart Woods, “A Private Cathedral” by James Lee Burke, “The Silent Wife” by Karin Slaughter and “A Forgotten Murder” by Jude Deveraux.

The New Movies cataloged this week are “2 Brothers and a Bride”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” and “Midsommar”! We have a couple older ones and a couple of newer ones! Check it out at the Wawa Public Library!

Our staff pick of the week is James Patterson’s “Criss Cross”!(from book jacket) A killer with all the skills of a master detective has made Alex Cross the subject of his deranged “investigation.”

In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse. “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.”

Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as “M” lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details — details that conjure up decades-old cases. Details that conjure up Cross family secrets. Details that make clear that M is after a prize so dear that — were the killer to attain it — Alex’s heart would no longer have reason to beat.

We are very proud to have received this amazing furniture from the Wawa Heritage Committee. At one point, these beautiful pieces of furniture were part of the décor of the Eagle’s Nest.  Many thanks to the Wawa Heritage Committee for allowing us to home, display and use these unique pieces.

Sir James Dunn & his Eagle’s Nest (by Johanna Rowe)

Born in 1874 in Bathurst Village, NB, James Hamet Dunn’s legal prowess and business savvy made him a multi-millionaire by the age of 40.  In 1921 he was bestowed with the title of Baronet in recognition of his war efforts during the First World War.

Sir James Dunn is credited with single-handedly saving the steel industry in Sault Ste. Marie and iron mining operations in Wawa.  A 1951 article in the Maclean’s Magazine stated “no Canadian lives more lavishly” than Sir James.

In 1945, Sir James directed the construction of a residence for his use when visiting the mining operations in Wawa.  The Eagle’s Nest has a commanding view over Wawa Lake, the town of Wawa, the Magpie River Valley, and Lake Superior.  “The house was not elaborate but ultra modern for its time complete with a kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room, living room, sun porch, master bedroom and 3 guest bedrooms each complete with a 3 piece bathroom.” (Heart of a Mountain – Soul of a Town, J. Morrison-Rowe, page 27)

Following his death in 1955, the Eagle’s Nest continued to be used by visiting dignitaries and company administrators.  Social gatherings, retirement parties and meetings were a common use of the unique building and its lavish furnishings.

The MacLeod Mine and Eagle’s Nest were abandoned in 1998.  The Michipicoten Museum Society and Town of Wawa Heritage Committee salvaged some of the Eagle’s Nest furnishings and the painted portrait of Sir James Dunn which used to hang in the front room above the fireplace. The Wawa Public Library is now home to Sir James’ painting, 3 chairs, ottoman, and two end tables.

Don’t Forget – REMEMBRANCE DAY POPPIES can be purchased at the library for a small donation in the Legion Poppy fund! Help us support your local Legion Branch 429!



















WAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS:  Join us on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for amazing stories, fun crafts and drawing and some awesome science experiments with Indiana Imperatori. We have the AfterSchool Program via an on-line format so tune in to our Facebook page @wplafterschool. Check it out!


LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP:  A library membership is available to all municipal residents and contracting communities.  Proof of residency and a photo ID is required.  We also have a non-resident registration available for anyone coming from out of town or from a non-contracting community nearby.  The fee for non-residents is $10.00 per month or $95.00 per year!

LIBBY:  Your library card gives you access to a huge selection of e-books and audiobooks.  Download the app to your computer, tablet or mobile phone and open up a whole new world of reading.  This is an amazing app!! Download it today!

WEBSITE : Check out our website at  There is an amazing amount of reference material and tools available for everyone.  Check the E-Resources tab for all kinds of information.  The Online Catalogue and your library account are accessible.  We also have a blog page titled Library News.  In here you will find current happenings at the Wawa Public Library.

DVD TO VHS CONVERSION: We are now able to convert VHS-C cassettes to DVD!  These are the small cassettes that fit in a video camera.  Thank you to a patron who donated the VHS-C cassette adapter.  Please call the Circulation Desk for more details.


WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi is available at the library and can be accessed from your vehicle.


DROP BOX: Our drop box is in place for returns. Please no batteries or ink cartridges in the drop box.


BOARD MEETING: The next Wawa Public Library Board Meetings will be held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers. Due to Covid 19, there will be a maximum of 8 people in the gallery and will be on a first come basis. Masks must be worn and hand sanitizer will be provided.

LIBRARY HOURS – Open Tuesday-Friday from 11:00am-4:00pm!


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