Monthly Archives: May 2013

Groundbreaking Reads at the Ripley Public Library

By Sheila Lence, Librarian

As the children prepare to “Dig Into Reading” with our Summer Library Program, the rest of us look forward to having time to relax, vacation, and read throughout the summer as well. Although they are not new releases, these books have all made an impact, whether literary, scientific, personal, or otherwise. All are available at the Ripley Public Library.

The River Wife by Jonis Agee. Chronicles the adventure-filled life of Jacques Ducharme, a French fur trapper and river pirate, and the women whose lives he touches – Annie Lark, whom he rescues in the wake of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake; his second wife Laura; Omah, a freed slave and fellow river raider; Maddie, his young daughter; and Hedie Rails, betrothed to his grandson,

Blind Descent by Nevada Barr. Forced to cope with her claustrophobia and to use all the skills she has developed above ground, park ranger Anna Pigeon enters the dangerous Lechuguilla Cavern in New Mexico’s Carlsbad Cavern National Park to attempt a rescue and learns whom she can trust and who can be saved.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set during the Prohibition era and Jazz age, this is the story of Jay Gatsby, who tries to recapture the past and win back his former love Daisy Buchanan, despite the fact that she has married.

Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines. A woman born into slavery on a Louisiana plantation, freed at the end of the Civil War, and who lives for 100 more years recalls her struggle against bigotry and racial injustice from her childhood during the Civil War to her participation in the twentieth-century civil rights demonstrations.

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul. After a recent civil war, a country in the interior of Africa is under a new presi­dent, whose insane energy and crudity have made his power felt everywhere including an isolated village at a bend in the river, where one restless, reflective, and isolated villager and his friends uneasily submit to the tide of events.

Love Story by Erich Segal. A tragic love story that depicts the love and marriage of Oliver Barrett, IV, a wealthy Harvard ice hockey player from a stuffy aristocratic family, and Jenny Cavilleri, a poor Radcliffe music student from a working class background.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. The horrifying conditions of the Chicago stockyards are revealed through this narrative of a young immigrant’s struggles in America.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. During the Great Depression in the United States, and after the loss of their farm in Oklahoma, the Joad family is faced with a journey of more than one thousand miles to California in search of a better life. Can hope defeat poverty, illness, hunger, and even death as they follow their dream?

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. Stingo, an inexperienced 22-year-old writer, takes us back to the summer of 1947 and a boarding house in a leafy Brooklyn suburb. There, he meets Nathan, a fiery Jewish intellectual; and Sophie, a beautiful and fragile Polish Catholic concentration camp survivor. Ultimately, he arrives at the dark core of Sophie’s past: her memories of pre-war Poland, and her choice.

Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time to De-Junk Your Life by Don Aslett. This is an updated guide to organization that offers good-natured, practical guidance in ridding homes, offices, and lives of clutter and, thereby, enhancing one’s relationships, emotional well-being, and personal growth.

Darwin’s Ghost : The Origin of Species Updated by Steve Jones. A modern geneticist revisits Darwin’s classic work, which examined evolution and the origin of species, to offer contemporary examples and modern research – from the AIDS virus and the physiology and psychology of pets to the genetic success of humankind – that confirm the classic book’s conclusions on evolution.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. This is a collection of essays on the natural world during a year spent around Tinker Creek in a valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and reflects the author’s interactions with her wilderness surroundings.

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Michael Okrent. In this fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict alcoholic bev­erages, the author explains how Prohibition happened, what life under Prohibition was like and what it did to the country. Explores the factors that led to Prohibition, and discusses what life was like under Prohibition and how the country was changed by this unprecedented government interference in the private lives of its citizens.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life one of the most intriguing women in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. She separates fact from fiction to reconstruct the life of the most influential woman of her era, revealing Cleopatra as a complex woman and shrewd monarch whose life and death reshaped the ancient world.


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“Dig into Reading” – Summer Library Program at GEA Library

            Plans are underway for many exciting activities and events during the George E. Allen Library’s Summer Reading Program to be held during June 2013.  Join us as we enjoy stories about dinosaurs, buried treasure and things that live underground with our theme, “Dig Into Reading”.

            The Reading Program is open to all children, aged preschool through young adult.  The library will sponsor weekly programs, door prize drawings, take home activities and much more for everyone to enjoy.

            Pre-registration for the reading program begins now and for the first 150 children who register, the library has a special surprise waiting!  Pre-registration will continue until Tuesday, June 4, at which time all the names of children registered will be entered into a drawing for a Summer Reading Program T-shirt to be given away during the first program on June 5.  And don’t think we’ve forgotten our parents either – we’ll also have a drawing for a prize for one of the pre-registered parents!  Although children can be registered for the program at any time during the month of June, pre-registration is recommended to help the library with planning the events.

            Here’s how our program works:  parents of young children read at least five picture books per week to their children.  Children who can read for themselves read at least two chapter books per week.  Parents record the titles of the books in each child’s reading log and then bring the log back to the library once a week beginning in June.  Each week that the child reads their books, he or she will receive a food coupon from a local restaurant.

     An attendance record will be hung on the windows in the children’s area of the library and each week that books are read, the child will receive a sticker.  The library will also give away coloring sheets, bookmarks, more stickers and have door prize drawings each week.  And remember, there isn’t an age limit for children to participate in the reading program – everyone’s welcome!

The special activity programs will be held on Wednesdays in June, with each one beginning at 10:00 and lasting for approximately one hour.  (To ensure the safety of all the children attending these events, parents are asked not to drop off or leave any children unattended – regardless of age.)

The festivities kick off on June 5 with Friends of the Library member Laurie McBride as she presents a fun-filled program filled with creativity.  After her presentation, we will have a fun craft project to finish the hour.  On June 12, the Junior Auxiliary will present an exciting program for the children.   On June 19, beloved teacher Cindy Ford will present her trademark energetic program filled with songs, dances, stories and more.  On June 26, acclaimed children’s recording artist Mr. Richard will return to perform.

The festivities will draw to a close on Thursday, June 27 with the Summer Reading Program Awards Ceremony.  At this time, the children will receive their certificates, attendance records and reading lists.  Drawings will be held for several door prizes (most of which you’ll have to be present to win!) for both the participants and their parents. To round out the event, the Booneville Woman’s Club and the Junior Auxiliary will provide snacks to end the program.

Also going on this year is our Teen Reading Program – “Beneath the Surface.”  Teen readers will have their own reading records to write down the titles that they read.  For each week, they will receive food coupons and be eligible for prizes to be given away at the end of the program.

Each week in June, Dewey the garden gnome will be hiding out in a different location in the library.  Find him and you get to put your name in a drawing for a prize to be given out at the end of each week.

Also throughout June, we will have a contest to “Guess the Number of Bookworms” to win a Summer Reading Program T-shirt.  The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 27.

If you’d like more information about any of our programming, please feel free to call the library at 728-6553 or stop by for a visit at 500 W. Church Street.  We hope to see you soon for this fun-filled time of the year!


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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

Make sure you take time this Memorial Day weekend to catch up on some of the wonderful new fiction titles that we’ve recently received at the library.  They include:

Silver by Rhiannon Held is the first in a new series.  Andrew Dare, territory enforcer for the Roanoke wolf pack, comes across something he’s never seen before when he sets out after a lone Were.  She’s beautiful and she’s crazy and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her bloodstream.  As a result, she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift anymore.

Dan Brown’s latest novel is Inferno.  Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a dangerous world centered on one of history’s most mysterious literary masterpieces – Dane’s Inferno.  Langdon must battle a chilling opponent as he grapples with an ingenious riddle about the book.

In Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Lottie and her ex-boyfriend have made a pact to marry if they were still single in their thirties.  After becoming tired of commitment-phobic men, Lottie accepts her ex’s proposal.  This rushed arrangement prompts both much family disapproval and an unexpected renewal of passion.

A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans is the fourth journal in Alan Christoffersen’s Walk series.  As he travels through St. Louis, Alan faces another life-changing crisis that threatens to put his healing process and his journey to grace in jeopardy.  His anger pushes away those who wish to help him as he struggles to understand that life can be worth living again.

New Christian fiction titles include The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer, Seven Bride for Seven Bachelors #1; Unwritten by Charles Martin; Jennifer by Dee Henderson, a mini O’Malley love story; The Message on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson and A Place to Belong by Lauraine Snelling, Wild West Wind #3.

Plans are underway for our exciting Summer Reading Program to be held on Wednesdays in June this summer.  Stay on the lookout in the newspaper and in the library for more details!  We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

Great new fiction titles that we’ve recently received at the library include:

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs is the first in a new series by the best-selling author.  Tess Delaney makes her living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners.  When she inherits half of a 100 acre apple orchard in the town of Archangel that she must share with a half-sister she’s never met, Tess’s world becomes unexpectedly filled with the simple pleasures of food and family.

In Pirate Alley by Stephen Coonts, a luxurious vacation cruiser in the Red Sea is attacked by modern day pirates.  Jack Grafton, Tommy Carmellini and their team of CIA and Navy SEAL operatives must mount an undercover operation to save the hostages and halt a dangerous conspiracy.

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris marks the end of her Sookie Stackhouse series.  After learning the devastating reason why vampire hunk Eric has cooled on their relationship, clairvoyant waitress Sookie becomes entangled in a shocking murder cases that sends the whole town of Bon Temps into an uproar.

T. Jefferson Parker also ends his Charlie Hood series with The Famous and the Dead.  Charlie struggles with the moral challenges of arresting Bradley Jones, his late love’s cartel-connected son, while the mysterious Mike Finnegan uses his unsettling knowledge to infiltrate both of their lives.

The Humanity Project by Jean Thompson finds student Linnea relocated after surviving a high-school shooting to the home of her estranged father who is resentful of her new presence in his life.  She is unwittingly placed in charge of a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund and her only confidante is a handyman who is burdened with family struggles of his own.

Other new titles by your favorite authors include Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb, Silken Prey by John Sandford, The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels, No Way Back by Andrew Gross, Fly Away by Kristin Hannah, Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods and The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig.

Plans are underway for our exciting Summer Reading Program to be held on Wednesdays in June this summer.  Stay on the lookout in the newspaper and in the library for more details!  We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.


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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

New non-fiction titles that we’ve recently received at the library include:

Just in time for Mother’s Day we have The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters by lifestyle philosopher Alexandra Stoddard.  Stoddard reflects on the lessons she has learned raising her own daughters as she offers words of wisdom and timeless truths to help countless generations of mothers and daughters.

As you start getting ready to plant your summer garden, check out Square Foot Gardening Answer Book by Mel Bartholomew.  It contains tips, techniques and frequently asked questions collected from over 2 million successful square foot gardeners.  This volume gives advice on finding a place to locate your garden, building your planting boxes and dealing with pests, pets and other problems that may pop up.

Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices and Materials by Ellen Eagle is a complete primer for beginners as well as advanced artists as it traces the history, materials and techniques of pastel artwork.  It shows examples from the works of both old masters and notable contemporaries as it discusses formal techniques for working in the medium.

Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss by Bob Harper, celebrity trainer and coach of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, features 13 short-term rules that will get your weight loss on track as it provides a jumpstart plan that includes simple exercise routines and proper protein to carbohydrate proportions.

Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion by Joseph Shrand and Leigh Devine outlines methods for transforming your anger impulses into positive action-oriented responses.  It counsels readers on how to recognize various anger forms and also how to manage destructive anger behaviors in others.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.


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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian


New donation and memorial items we’ve recently received at the library include:

Bonnie and Chyene Kemp have donated several children’s picture books to honor the 91st birthday of Mrs. Eudora Kemp.  Princess Matilda by Eva Montanari is the story of a little girl who enjoys pretending to be all sorts of things – a butterfly, a witch, a clown and even a beautiful princess.  In Just One More Swim by Caroline Pitcher, a mother bear shows her cubs about their surroundings by teaching them how to catch fish and swim.  Benji’s New Friends by Jillian Harker is a beautifully illustrated story starring a child’s new toy as he finds his place among the other toys.

Jim Free of Houston, Texas has donated a copy of Bill O’Reilley and Martin Dugard’s Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot in memory of his grand-parents Samual Arthur Free and Mattie Lou Nunley Free, formerly of Booneville.  This best-selling non-fiction work chronicles the murder of John F. Kennedy and how the event led the nation into the Vietnam War with its culture changing aftermath.

Mable Lee Cooper has donated a copy of her book Escape, Faith and Courage of Lou Bertha Flanagan in memory of her son Johnny Ray Cooper and her parents Roscoe and Rosie Flanagan Moore and their children George, Hazel, Troy, Randol, Rikey, Jimmy and Sammy Moore.  Mrs. Cooper has also donated a copy of From Ireland to America, the story of the lineage of John R. Flanagan by R. Earl Flanagan.

New audio books in CD format that we have received thanks to the Jeffery Cox Memorial Fund include Good Dog. Stay by Anna Quindlen, The Bourne Objective by Robert Ludlum, The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker, Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon and The Reversal by Michael Connelly.

The family of Jobie, Lisa and Reed Lindsey has donated several DVDs to the library.  King Kong Lives was given in honor of Colby and Krysten Lindsey, Christy: A New Beginning was given in honor of Lisa Johnson, Batman Begins was given in memory of Edward Jobe Lindsey and Felix the Cat was given in honor of Edward, Anna and Sarah Lindsey.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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