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AUGUST 31, 2009
Just finished reading...
The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar. When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their seven-year-old son, Benny, to an unexpected illness, their marriage begins to unravel. In order to try and save the relationship, Ellie talks her husband into taking a transfer to a manufacturing plant in a small town near Mumbai, India. The change of scene seems to offer some comfort to Ellie; that is, until her husband becomes obsessed with Ramesh, the young son of their domestic help. Umrigar's lovely prose coupled with a page-turning ending definitely makes the book worth reading, even if you are not interested in Indian culture.
A few months ago, I attended a workshop called Senior Spaces. The idea of the workshop was to encourage us to carve out some space in our library which we could dedicate to patrons over the age of 55. This is a kind of unusual idea-most of the time we're thinking about rooms or areas especially for kids or teens. As the population ages, however, a greater percentage of our users will be older, and we need to make sure we have the resources to serve them. We've been fortunate to have been awarded a grant for $4000 through the LSTA Grant Program to accomplish this. Our plan is to have an older adult area, which we're calling Your Place. Not only will it contain new materials appealing to these patrons, but it will also be accompanied by new programs built around their interests and needs. We are very excited about the possibilities! Keep reading our blog for further developments.
Frackville Free Public Library is now on Twitter! Follow us at http://twitter.com/frackvillelibra We'll try to keep you filled in on the latest library news, programs, and new materials with at least one tweet a day!
In case you haven't heard, the library now has Voice Mail. That means you can leave a message any time the library isn't open. Call 874-3382 and leave a call-back number and we'll return your call as soon as possible. Or you can use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
Many of us need a little help seeing these days, and some people have found it a lot more comfortable to read a book with larger print. Of course, there are others who find large print books strange to read and want no parts of them! But, if you prefer it, you'll be glad to know that our collection of large prints is growing. Not only have we received donations of some great titles over the summer, but we are also buying a few new editions of the latest best sellers in large print. You'll be finding authors like Stephen White, Kathy Reichs, and Sandra Brown as the year progresses, in addition to older favorites by writers like Danielle Steele, Sue Grafton, and Nora Roberts. Come have a look, and you may not even need those glasses!
We'll be presenting a special program on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 10AM at the library. Our guest speaker, Debbie Pauzer, is a representative of Apprise, a county-supported agency which supplies healthcare counseling and information. She'll give an overivew of Medicare D and answer your questions about this sometimes confusing but valuable benefit. Call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page to get more information or to register. The program is free. Residents of Frackville and surrounding communities are welcome. Please take this opportunity to get some valuable healthcare information without having to leave town!
Our Adult Reader's Group selection for the August meeting has received rave reviews by the critics and many of our patrons. The Help, a first novel by author Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of Skeeter, a young Southern woman who in 1962 returns home to Jackson, Mississippi. Her friendship with two black maids not only provides her with a subject for her own first book, but forces her to face up to the changes happening in both her own hometown and in the country as well. Join our group to discuss this great book on Thursday, August 20 at 7PM. For more information call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.