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Nancy's Notes - February 12, 2015

Fine forgiveness, "Blind Date", “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler, "Funny Girl" by Nick Hornbey, “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” by Christopher Sotton.

 We are in the Valentine spirit at the library. During the month of February we have two promotions going on for our patrons. The first is to show you that we “Have a Heart”. Any patrons that have old fines or materials that need to be brought back will have their fines erased by simply asking us at the desk. As long as all overdue materials are returned we will delete any money owed.
        Secondly we are offering you a blind date for Valentine’s Day. Each staff member has selected several books and sealed them in a paper bags. There is also a treat in each bag which can be enjoyed when you check out your surprise package and take it home. Maybe you’ll find a date with a book you would never have tried a pleasant surprise.
        Anne Tyler’s, “A Spool of Blue Thread” has received good ratings in many of the reviews lately. It is the story of four generations of Whitshanks and their lives as they unfold in and around a sprawling, worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century.
         Set in 1960's London, "Funny Girl" by Nick Hornbey is an account of the adventures of the daring young Sophie Straw as she navigates her change from local girl to television starlet amid a group of interesting characters.
        Christopher Sotton’s, “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth”, takes place in the Appalachian town of Medgar. After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather in the mountain village. It is a peeled-paint coal town where Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire Kentucky town. Medgar is plagued by a massive Mountaintop Removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Kevin's grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the 'company' and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their limits in a struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.
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