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JULY 20, 2011
On Wednesday, the New York Review of Books published an essay on its blog by former U.S. poet laureate Charles Simic entitled “A Country Without Libraries,” wherein he lamented the bygone days when “study and reflection [came] more naturally to someone bent over a book.” Then, on Thursday, Amazon announced it was now selling 105 ebooks for every 100 sold in hardcover and paperback. As for the gamers who gathered this night, they would come to delight in knowing that not only was the
This week I’m featuring my fourth and final staff pick, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (GLPPPS) by Mary Ann Shaffer. This is an unusually written book as the entire story is told in letters and would be of interest to fans of Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road. The GLPPPS opens in 1946 right after the Second World War. Guernsey is one of Great Britain’s Channel Islands occupied by the Germans during the war. In the aftermath of the war, writer Juliet Ashton looked to the inhabitants of Guernsey as a topic for her next book. The islander’s stories are told in letters to and from Ashton who ultimately travels to Guernsey to meet her correspondents. The book centers on members of an impromptu book club launched by a spur-of-the-moment lie told by a handful of islanders in need of a quick alibi to avoid arrest for curfew violation. Note: Sadly, the book’s author, Mary Ann Shaffer, died before the book was finalized. Her niece Annie Barrows (also a writer) worked putting the finishing touches and edits to the book for publication.
July is here and we are either on vacation, or contemplating going on vacation. With these economic times it is sometimes difficult to plan a vacation. If you live in Pennsylvania, there are plenty of day trips to take. We have many parks to visit, state or national. There are parks for camping and also local amusement parks close by. These can be inexpensive and yet maybe the best family vacations to be remembered. Check out your local library for resources. There are books and computers available for maps and printed directions.
It's time for some of those delicious Deppen pies! The library is now taking orders for the following varieties: blueberry crumb, double crust raisin, apple crumb, strawberry/rhubarb crumb, pumpkin custard, double crust cherry , shoo-fly, coconut custard, lemon sponge, no-sugar apple. The price is $8.50 for a 9 inch pie with payment due when ordering. Place your order by Tuesday, February 14 for a February 29 pick-up.
On Saturday, July 30, 2011, the Frackville Recreation Board will be holding their Annual Christmas in July event at the Frackville Elks. This fun-filled evening will feature music by DJ Ed Collins, a local favorite and a light buffet. The real attraction of the event is the long list of great prizes donated by local merchants and Frackville supporters. Gift cards, cash, services, and great Yuengling items will be in the drawing. In addition to a chance to win the prizes, each ticket holder will also receive a collectible Yuengling beer glass. Tickets are $15.00 per person, and can be purchased at the library or from any Recreation Board member. Call 874-3382 for more information. Proceeds go to the Recreation Board to cover the cost of free community events such as the Christmas Parade.
Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell. In Rendell's latest psychological thriller, she examines a group of dwellers in a suburban neighborhood. Stuart Font has just inherited a bit of money, and he uses it to buy a flat. He invites his neighbors to a party- a trio of college girls who share a flat, a woman who is trying to drink herself to death, a middle-aged bachelor, and even the building's handyman. The party is soon interrupted, however , by a man with a cudgel, who breaks Stuart's arm and threatens further damage. As the tenants begin to learn more about each other, secrets are revealed which soon lead to more frightening events in the housing complex. Dark and sinister, like all of Rendell's work, this novel deals with a familiar theme-seemingly ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. You can find this and more of her work at the library.
Once again the library is sponsoring its Art of the Pumpkin contest in conjunction with the Frackville Pumpkin Festival, being held September 30 and October 1, 2011. Wooden pumpkin blanks are being sold at the library for $10 each ($5 for students or adults over age 65). These blanks can be decorated in any medium-paint, paper, fabric-the possiblilities are endless. The finished art pieces will be displayed around town prior to the festival, and will be judged to determine a winner. Prizes will be announced soon. The pumpkins will then be awarded to the highest bidder in a Chinese auction. All procedes go to the library's general fund. So put on your creative thinking cap, and create a one-of-a-kind pumpkin for this unique contest. Entries must be returned to the library by Wednesday, September 21.