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Library Article for August 23, 2016

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!  It’s a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card, especially here at the Art Circle Public Library. Do you find that with children back in school, family time is often hindered by homework and afterschool and social activities?  Well, a public library card is your ticket to free educational resources and activities that bring families together! Our library not only provides the necessary tools to parents and children that support early literacy and lifelong learning, but truly transforms how families spend time together.  Here card holders have free access to a family destination that provides a collection of over 90,000 books, DVD’s, audio books, magazines as well as computers and a spectrum of free programs and workshops for all-ages!  In our effort at ACPL to bring families together, Quackers (my talking duck puppet) and me invite parents/caregivers and their young children to three Evening Puppet Show/Story Time Programs this September!  At 5:30 p.m. on the following three Monday’s:  September  12, 19, and 26 in the large Cumberland Room, Quackers and his friends will entertain ages 1 to 101 telling stories, using a felt board, singing songs, and giving out easy craft kits, along with yummy treats during these hour-long, fun-filled  programs!  Kids are also welcome to wear their pajamas, bring a pillow, blanket, and their favorite stuffed animal (or puppet!) to surprise Quackers and me!  Parents/Caregivers need to accompany their children during these programs.  For more information, please call 484-6790 ext. 240 or 243.

Great New Books!

Note: The following summaries give a blend of information that stem from the actual books and from professional review sources. In no way do they reflect my personal opinions. Thank you.

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline   Adult Fiction

A lawyer's life is threatened when she undertakes the representation of a young boy against the allegations of a low life attorney's client. Patrick is the child. Bullied and dyslexic, he captures attorney Mary's heart. But is he really the innocent victim or a deceptive demon child?  This is a fast paced, engaging novel with plenty of twists and turns.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton   Adult Fiction

Evanovich and Sutton have created two strong main characters with an interesting cast of quirky supporting persona.  It’s a brand-new series of mysteries featuring Emerson Knight and Riley Moon, a dynamic duo with instant and undeniable chemistry. This light-hearted adventure/mystery/romp will keep you entertained the whole way through because of the bantering dialogue; akin to a screwball comedy at times.

Troubled Refuge: Struggling For Freedom in the Civil War by Chandra Manning   Adult Non-Fiction

Digging deeply into a wealth of sources, Chandra Manning has provided a powerful new account of how emancipation actually proceeded on the ground and how former slaves and the Army forged a new order of freedom and black citizenship.  This is a vitally important book that settles the long-standing issue of the freedmen’s own role in exiting slavery.

We’re All About Information!

For empty nesters, seniors and others who find themselves moving into a smaller space, downsizing can feel emotionally and physically overwhelming. But careful planning and perspective can make it easier. It helps to keep your eyes on the prize, experts say. Envision how great it will feel to be unburdened by excess and achieve your goal of living happily with less, in a smaller but comfortable space, says Stephanie Sisco, home editor for Real Simple Magazine.

Stingy Schobel Says  . . .

Boxes of Cheerios and Lucky Charms are among the most overpriced items you can buy at the grocery store. A box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes has a retail markup of about 43.5%. Generic versions are often made by the same manufacturers, so the price difference is really due to the packaging, not the product itself.

Quacker’s Joke of the Week

Q.  What do you call a boy with a dictionary in his pocket?

A.  Smartie Pants!


For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at  The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Cumberland County Archives & Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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