Art Circle Public Library, Cumberland County, TN


The Quackers Puppet Show scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Art Circle Public Library has been cancelled.

The next performance will be a special Halloween Quackers Puppet show on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cumberland Meeting room of the Art Circle Public Library.

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Library News for week of October 21, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 19-25, 2014, as Friends of Libraries Week to recognize the incredible amount of volunteer work and fundraising that citizens do to support their local public libraries. I am glad to report that we at the Art Circle Public Library are most fortunate to have our own wonderfully supportive Friends group! “At a time when community libraries are being used more than ever, offering new technologies and formats as budgets are shrinking, citizen Friends of Libraries are critical to the success of their libraries,” said Don Reynolds, President of the Friends of Tennessee Libraries (FOTL). “Friends support the library and expand its effectiveness in the community. Friends also provide an opportunity for individuals to make a positive contribution to their community.” Citizens in local communities join together as Friends of the Library to support, improve, and promote their public libraries as an essential institution of a democratic society. Public libraries are an American value, born of the idea that a free people should have free access to all kinds of information. Friends of Tennessee Libraries are a volunteer organization of individuals and groups dedicated to supporting Tennessee libraries and local Friends of Library Groups. For more information go to:

Please note that our local Friends of the Library will host a Book Sale on Friday, October 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. It will be held in the Cumberland Meeting Room and all proceeds will benefit the library. They will have a wide assortment of children’s books, novels, mysteries, paperbacks, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS tapes, Non-Fiction, and bargains. There will also be some individually priced books and sets. So come down and help us celebrate the Friends of Libraries Week!

Fall into Great Reads
“Deceived” by Irene Hannon.
For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret. As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, “Deceive” is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.

“Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival” by Jennifer Chiaverini.
Following “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” and “The Spymistress” (both 2013), author Chiaverini returns to the Civil War era and to another woman taken from real life, in this case, Kate Chase Sprague. When her widowed father, Salmon P. Chase, is appointed to be President Lincoln’s treasury secretary, Kate moves from Ohio to the capitol and soon becomes known as the belle of Washington. She has higher ambitions, however, she hopes her father will become president one day. But although Mrs. Lincoln feels threatened by Kate’s superior beauty and charm, Kate can’t displace Mrs. Lincoln as First Lady. Chiaverini follows Kate through her witnessing of the tumultuous events of the Civil War years, to her marriage to Rhode Island governor William Sprague, to Lincoln’s assassination. Rather than serving as a backdrop against which the characters play out their personal dramas, history is front and center here, and Kate’s story often reads more like nonfiction than fiction.

“The Forgotten Girl” by David Bell.
The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town. But Hayden never returns. And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.

“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt.
She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. “Neverhome” tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause. Laird Hunt's dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home? In gorgeous prose, Hunt's rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.

“The Thing About December” by Donal Ryan.
While the Celtic Tiger rages and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who have always protected him from a harsh world. Following the deaths first of his father and then his mother, Johnsey inherits the family farm, and a healthy bank account, both of which he proves incapable of managing on his own. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns. Though companionship, and the promise of love, enter his life as a result of a hospital stay following a brutal beating, Johnsey remains a lonely man struggling to keep up with a world that moves faster than he does. Readers will fall in love with Johnsey in a bittersweet tale that serves as a poignant reminder that we are surrounded in life by simple souls who are nonetheless more insightful and wise than we realize, or can even imagine.

We will host a concert performed by the Cumberland County Playhouse Performers on Wednesday, October 22nd at 12:00 noon in the library’s Cumberland Meeting Room. It is FREE and all are welcome to attend. Local author, Larry E. Matthews, will be on hand for our “Meet the Author Program & Book Signing” on Tuesday October 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Carol Darling Room. He will present his newest publication “Caves of Grassy Cove” and patrons may purchase them and have their copies signed. Mr. Matthews has been writing books about caves in Tennessee since 1971. This book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps and begins with the use of these caves by American Indians, continues with saltpeter mining during the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and continues with the current exploration by modern cavers. Also on October 21st we will show the 2014 film “Blended” starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, and Bella Thorne at 2:00 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and it runs 117 minutes. On October 28that 2:00 p.m., we will show the 2014 film, “Quiet Ones” starring Jared Harris, Olivia Cooke, & Erin Richards. It is rated PG-13 and it runs 98 minutes.

Information Tip of the Week
Foods are now available that have been fortified with sterols or stanols – substances found in plants that help block the absorption of cholesterol. Margarines, orange juice and yogurt drinks with added plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 10 percent. The amount of daily plant sterols needed for results is at least 2 grams – which equals about two 8-ounce (237-milliliter) servings of plant sterol-fortified orange juice a day. Plant sterols or stanols in fortified foods don’t appear to affect levels of triglycerides or of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” cholesterol.

Quackers Joke of the Week
Q: Why did the witches' team lose the baseball game?
A: Their bats flew away.

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by e-mail at or 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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Tuesday, October 21, 2014