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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 www.artcirclelibrary.info, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com. 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.