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Library Talk – August 23, 2016


From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and more that brought the children to the Summer Reading Program this summer. With school now in session, the program is officially over, and it has been a success. If you see a child wearing a red t-shirt that says “On your mark, get set..Read!” and looks vaguely vintage, congratulate them, as this is proof that they read quite a few books during the summer, which should help them get back into the more formal reading required at school. Thanks to many volunteers the programs were fun, informative and free. Thanks to the Friends of the Library groups for their volunteering as well as their financial support in purchasing the t-shirts as an incentive to ‘keep reading on’.

The book publishing world is moving past the ‘beach read’ season as well—already Christmas books, both fiction and non-fiction are in the catalogs and will be coming out soon. We’ve ordered the gamut, from several Amish-themed fiction titles such as Amish Family Christmas, Kingsbury’s Baxter Family Christmas to Christmas with Southern Living 2016 and Best Holiday Sweets and Treats with more titles to come. Currently, the warm weather doesn’t get me too excited about baking, but in time…I’ll at least enjoy looking at the pictures and reading the recipes.

Don’t worry, not all is holiday inspired. This week, we are releasing Caleb Carr’s Surrender, New York—a suspenseful who-done-it set in rural New York, where ‘throw-away’ kids are in danger, and psychological profiler and a trace evidence expert team up to solve the crime, Andrew Gross pens a WWII thriller titled The One Man where a physics expert is trapped in a concentration camp and it is up to a few men to rescue him out before the Nazis realized the brain power they had in the camps. Beverly Lewis, the grand dame of Amish fiction gives her fans The Wish, and Foxfire readers will be glad to know that The Foxfire book of Simple Living, Celegrating Fifty Years of Listenin’, Laughin’ and Learning is now out, going back to some of the early interviews with Appalachian masters of craft and story-telling to current generations, a mix of old and new.