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Library Talk – June 27, 2016


From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

Half a year gone (already). I hope everyone’s summer is going well—we’ve had very good summer reading program participation so far and I’m expecting it to continue. We’ve ordered the first batch of t-shirts last week as some of the kids are within a few books of meeting their goal. Way to go!

The Friends of the Library are deep into planning the 2nd annual Silent Auction and Fish Fry, scheduled for July 23rd, 2016 from 5-7:00 p.m.. Last year, we had a blast with excellent food, fantastic music and the race for the highest bids on the creative fish crafted by local artisans. This year, we hope for the same, but the artists started with a 30 inch oar, creating extra-oar-dinary artwork. As I pen this column, we have 5 of the 20 oars in, and will soon be displaying them here and around town. We should be having pictures and stories on our facebook page soon about the oars. The money raised at the auction will be for furnishings for the annex—slowly coming together—lights are being installed this week, but still a few big projects to go before completion.

It is pretty easy to ‘sell’ the latest hot titles, especially the fiction. The next James Patterson, Danielle Steel, Stuart Woods…always a market. But a public library has much more, and so I pulled a few non-fictions off our new book shelf to wet your reading appetite! Hogs Wild by Ian Frazier is a collection of his reporting pieces—short, diverse articles that are easy to read when you just need a brief dip into a book—the longest story is only 30 pages. Several of the articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Outside and New Yorker magazines. White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. By Nancy Isenberg. An interesting and thought-provoking book, illuminating not only the early 1600s stations or class distinctions to the television interpretations of ‘white trash’ with Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo. The Long Game: A Memoir is by Senator Mitch McConnell. We hear about Senator McConnell regularly as Senate Majority leader as well as coming from our neighbor state of Kentucky, but this book allows him to tell his story, from his polio-ridden childhood to the esteemed position he now holds, it is an American success story.