Art Circle Public Library, Cumberland County, TN



The Art Circle Public Library and the Cumberland County Archives & Family Heritage Center will be closed Wednesday, December 24, 2014 & Thursday, December 25, 2014 for the Christmas Holiday.


The Art Circle Public Library and the Cumberland County Archives & Family Heritage Center will be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015 for New Year’s Day.


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Library News for week of December 16, 2014

This month, there will be two Holiday concerts “In the Round” whereby choral group members will sing from the library’s second floor balconies. Shortly after the library had opened in 2010, it was discovered that the interior design of the Carol Darling Reading Room and its 40 foot high ceiling created amazing acoustics. Be sure to come hear for yourself on Wednesday, December 17th at 12:00 noon when the Festival Choral of Fairfield Glade performs and then on Monday, December 22nd at 12:00 noon for “An Acapella Christmas” performance by the Cumberland County Community Chorus. All are invited to enjoy these free annual concerts.

On Tuesday, December 23rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Cumberland Meeting Room, Joe Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, and Madhur Mittal will star in the 2014 Walt Disney Pictures presentation of “Million Dollar Arm”. From the studio that brought you “Remember the Titans” and “Miracle” comes “Million Dollar Arm” – a true inspirational story of self-discovery, second chances and personal triumph in the face of adversity. In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball's next great pitcher form a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know nothing about the game of baseball or America. It's an incredible and touching journey that will change them all – especially JB, who learns valuable lessons about teamwork, commitment and family. The movie runs 124 minutes in length and is rated PG.

Hey kids, it’s all aboard “The Polar Express” on Friday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. for a wonderful adventure. To get into the spirit of the journey, you are welcome to wear pajamas! This fun film
program is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by their parent/caregiver. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact: (931) 484-6790 x228.

New Heavy Hitters in Fiction

“Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” by Jan Karon
Here is the latest and much anticipated continuation of the Mitford series; although you would not necessarily have to have read the previous volumes. There is a peace and a reality in Jan Karon's writing. This is a book with prayer, where the characters pray for each other to help them in their lives. It is not overwhelming to the story line; but that faith and belief is there. The people readers have come to care about are here, Dooley and his family, Barnabas, Father Tim and Cynthia. We meet some new faces and a story that finally gives the town paper some real news to report. Life happens and even death comes. There are the daily events and they are dealt with; but most of all, there is what we have come to hold dear about Mitford...its caring, hope and of course love.

“Deadline” by John Sandford
John Sanford has outdone himself with this eighth book in the Virgil Flowers series. There is something here for every reader's interest. Dog lovers will become fans as the story begins with an effort to find dogs stolen by a scalawag who thinks nothing of taking man's best friends and selling them to medical laboratories. As Virgil's rather goofy friend, Johnson ropes him into taking on the task of being an animal detective in a small town. Things rapidly heat up as corrupt citizens go off the rails and start a chain reaction of crime resulting in murder. The pace is rather fast as a whole host of criminals get jumbled into a rat’s nest of separate crimes. It is up to Virgil, a cast of oddballs, and fellow cops to try and sort out the various schemes and bring the perpetrators to justice. The twists and turns are fun along with lots of humor.
“Any Other Name” by Craig Johnson
Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire’s eleventh case takes him out of his jurisdiction to Campbell County, near South Dakota. He’s investigating a lawman’s suicide as a favor to his friend, the crusty Lucian Connally, who’s along for the ride. Walt may be away from home, but when undersheriff and love interest Victoria Moretti and old friend Henry Standing Bear show up, he may as well have brought Absaroka County with him. “Any Other Name” is yet another fast-paced novel filled with Johnson's brand of Wild West humor and quick wit – where the hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers, with age.

“A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marton James
This work delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica’s history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts – over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows; that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his/her fate. Compelling, well-researched, well-written with a unique style of its own, this is a masterwork by a master storyteller.
This young writer is one to watch. “Any Other Name” was voted a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and it was also named Best Book of the Year eleven times over.

Information Tip of the Week

Here are some ways to make your artificial Christmas tree fool your guests. Hang your largest ornaments, placing them strategically to fill visual gaps in the tree and hide the rod that holds it all together. Add depth to your tree by hanging medium and small ornaments closer to the trunk—and don't forget the bottom layer! As with the ornaments, a layer of garland helps conceal unnatural gaps between branches. But don't choke the tree! Elegant, loosely-placed garlands are your best bet. To ensure you have enough material, go for at least nine feet per foot of tree. (And if you have a cat, be prepared to fight it for the garland!) Add a little earthiness to your fake tree by gathering some pine cones from your backyard – just be sure to remove any insects hiding inside before nestling them in. Place them on a baking sheet at 250° F, bake for 30 minutes, and let cool. Then rest them in the branches for a rustic touch. Last but not least, the real Christmas tree smell factor. Try hanging Balsam Fir–scented ornaments, infused with fragrance to give your tree that authentic Christmas tree scent. Intensify the woody aroma by hanging multiple scent sticks – or scented candle sticks – on the branches of your tree and throughout the room.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q. What did the ghost say to Santa Claus?
A. I’ll have a boo Christmas without you.

Quackers will have his Christmas Puppet/Story Time with Santa this coming Wednesday, December 17th at 10:00 a.m.

Please remember that our Art Circle Public Library and the Cumberland County Archives & Family Heritage Center will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th for the Christmas Holiday. We will also be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015 for New Year’s Day. Come in now and stock up your reading selections to tide you over the holidays!

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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