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NOVEMBER 30, 2014
Family Christmas fun
The library is currently taking registrations for two exciting Holiday events.On Saturday, December 13, the library will be holding what has become an annual Christmas treat for families. Christmas at the Library is a lively afternoon of Christmas stories, games, holiday themed crafts, and cookies from 1-3PM. Children ages 0-12 and their parents are invited to register. On Sunday, December 14, the Frackville Recreation Board and the Frackville Elks are holding their annual Christmas Party and Visit with Santa at the Frackville Borough Building. The event, which runs from 2-4PM, features music, refreshments, a gift for each child attending, and a popular bounce house. Children ages 0-12 must be registered by Saturday, December 6 for this event! The library is taking registrations for both of these programs. Call soon! Don't miss out on these free programs for your family!
When the library put its catalog on line back in August, the procedure for access to our ebook collection also changed. All members got new library card numbers, and these are now what must be used to checkout the ebooks. Unfortunately, we had a little glitch with that in October when our service provider made some changes to its server. Everything is back to normal now, and we apologize for any inconvienience. If you are having problems accessing ebooks on frackvillelibrary.com or if your device is not working as it was before, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will respond with assistance. The image on this post is one of our latest additions to the collection, Hilary Mantel's award winning Wolf Hall, a masterful piece of historical fiction. It's checked out right now, but you can put it on hold and be next in line!
The library's latest fundraiser is now in progress. We are selling beautiful, fresh wreaths, swags, and crosses made of fir and spruce, fashioned by Draus Farms. These greens are well made and last well into the winter season, especially when displayed outside. You can call the library at 570-874-3382 for more information about items and pricing. Orders can be placed until November 24 for pick-up at the library on December 4. We can also arrange delivery if you can't make it to the library. Enjoy these traditional pieces during the Holidays and help the library as well. All proceeds go to the the library's General Fund.
Longbourn by Jo Baker. Fiction with a historical background has been around since Sir Walter Scott in the late 18th century, and it never goes away. This book is one of the numerous Jane Austen-based novels sought out by fans, called Janeites, who just can't get enough of their favorite. Many of these are, unfortunately, not nearly as good as their inspiration, but I liked this one very much. It is really an original story, set against the background of Austen's most popular work, Pride and Prejudice. It tells the story of the servants employed by Austen's Bennett family. The housekeeper, Mrs Hill, and her staff of two maidservants, Sara and Polly, are the central characters of the book, and Baker gives us a completely different view of the famous household. When Mr Bennet hires a drifter as a footman, the life of Longbourn is suddenly turned upside down. This book really gives Janeites a new perspective on the original novel. It can also be very entertaining for those who have never read Pride and Prejudice, but like a story set in a different place and time. The novel is now available in our ebook selection.
Thanks to the employees at the Frackville store of the Wells Fargo Bank, we were nominated to receive a grant of $1000 for their 2014 Community Connections Giving Program. This is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selcts a nonprofit organization or school to receive a $1000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award close to $300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Pennsylavania. I attended a breakfast in Wilkes-Barre at which all of the recipients from Northeast PA received their grant. It was interesting to see the broad spectrum of organizations that were selected-food banks, libraries, cultural programs, and services to children and seniors. The library is proud to be part of this nationwide partnership and we thank Wells Fargo for their activity at the local level.
We had a great time at the first county wide Cupcake War fundraiser to support the public libraries in Schuylkill County. I entered as a baker and it was fun coming up with what I hoped was a unique idea. I put together a spice cupcake with apple pie filling and a caramel frosting. These were called 'Not Your Mother's Apple Pie Cupcakes' and a lot of the tasters said they like the combination. There were over thirty bakers in two categories of under age 18 and over 18. Some of the kid's entries were very tasty. I enjoyed an unusual Sweet Potatoe cupcake, and I absolute loved a Walnut Cupcake made by the grandson of one of our patrons. Jacqui Verhauz of Jim Thorpe entered the competition in support of Frackville. Her cleverly named Butterbeer Cupcake, a rich butterscotch flavor with scrumptious buttercream on top definitely deserved the win for Best Taste. Glad I was able to get one of those before they were gone! Think about enterering next year-it was really fun! Thanks to Claudia Gross of the Orwigsburg Public Library for all her efforts in getting this organized.
The November edition of Storytime will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6PM. Ms Rachel promises an entertaining and interesting program for children ages 4-7. The program includes stories, crafts, and other surprise activities. You can get more information or register by calling the library at 570-874-3382 or by visiting our calendar page for online registration.
In the Woods by Tana French. If you like detective fiction and are looking for a new series, here's a good one. The Dublin Murder Squad series begins with a riveting murder case which falls to the expertise of sharp Irish detectives Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox. Their unique relationship has allowed them to be friends as well as partners, and although young, their boss agrees to let them take on the high profile murder of a child. Unfortunately, Rob has a secret in his past that should keep him off the case-as a young boy, he was involved in a similar case which took place in the exact location of the recent murder. With Cassie's agreement, he does not reveal his true identity, and as they investigate, memories of his own experience begin to resurface. French is a masterful writer of prose which puts you squarely into the mind of the character. She has a great eye for detail, and although I thought some parts of the book were dragged out a bit, I would still recommend it as a pretty good page turner. Other books in the Dublin Murder Squad Series are also available at the library.
If you have questions about Medicare, there is a lot of help available locally. Apprise, the State of Pennsylvania's program for providing assistance to Medicare recipients has several avenues for you to find answers. There are many events being held all over the county during the open enrollment period for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. Open enrollment is available until December 7, 2014. You can find out more about the events or about assistance right at the library by calling us at 570-874-3382. Leave you name and number, and a counselor will call you to schedule an appointment.
To go along with the many changes taking place at the library these days, we are going to restart our Talk to the Frackville Library Blog. Although facebook seems to have taken the place of many sites like this, we hope to have some interesting stuff here directed toward those users who are really interested in our collection. We will still be featuring news of events on the blog, on the calendar, and on facebook as well. We welcome your comments and suggestions, either on the blog or through our comments page.