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Published 4:52pm Sunday, February 26, 2012

Book review
Heidi Ayarbe’s “Compulsion” gives an inside look at what it is like to have obsessive compulsion disorder (OCD) and how it can affect the lives of those who have it and those around them.
Jake Martin is a high school soccer player, and, on Saturday, he will lead his soccer team to its third state championship.  There is no way that they can lose because they have Jake … and Jake has the magic.  The magic of his prime numbers keeps him and his family safe and helps him manage his anxiety attacks. Saturday will be the day that every prime will converge and the magic will be permanent. But what if it doesn’t?
Ayarbe’s writing is an honest and compelling tale of a teen who struggles with OCD. The delves into how weakening the mind’s compulsions can be physically and mentally in juxtaposition with the dynamics of the teenage social life. “Compulsion” is a gripping and breathtaking novel.

Youth events
• A princess and knight party is 3 and 4:30 p.m. March 3 for children ages 3 to 7.
Children are encouraged to show up in costume.  Registration is required. Space is still available for the 4:30 p.m. party.
• A Hunger Games Celebration for teens is 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 16. There will be a scavenger hunt, trivia and a survival game.  Also, there will be food and prize drawings for copies of the series and tickets to see the movie on March 23.  Registration is required for this after-hours event, and registration is requested before March 9 because space is limited.
To register for activities in the Youth Services Department, call (269) 683.8545, ext. 106 or email
Adult events
•  Social historian, Kristen Lawrence, will speak on “Fashion and the Female Identity” at 1 p.m.  Saturday. As part of this Women’s History Month event, Lawrence will show authentic dresses and discuss how fashion trends have defined and sometimes confined the social role and identity of women.
• The ninth annual garden party is  March 10.  Master Gardener points will be awarded for attendance.  Presentations will include:
Three P’s of Landscaping: Purpose, Plants and Placement, at 10 a.m.
Invasive Garden Plants, at 11:30 a.m.
Woody Ornamentals: Planting and Pruning, at 2 p.m.
Container Gardening, at 3:30 p.m.
Register by calling (269) 683-8545, ext. 112, or by visiting the library’s website at

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