Illustration: Oceans of possibilities

Pageturner’s Book Group

The Pageturner’s book group meets twice a month, on the sec­ond and fourth Mondays. Books are avail­able at the cir­cu­la­tion desk.  You will be reg­is­tered to attend when you check out a copy.

Book cover: The Swimmers

The Swimmers, by Julie Otsuka

July 11, 11 AM

The swim­mers are unknown to one anoth­er except through their pri­vate rou­tines (slow lane, medi­um lane, fast lane) and the solace each takes in their morn­ing or after­noon laps. But when a crack appears at the bot­tom of the pool, they are cast out into an unfor­giv­ing world with­out com­fort or relief.

One of these swim­mers is Alice, who is slow­ly los­ing her mem­o­ry. For Alice, the pool was a final stand against the dark­ness of her encroach­ing demen­tia. Without the fel­low­ship of oth­er swim­mers and the rou­tine of her dai­ly laps she is plunged into dis­lo­ca­tion and chaos, swept into mem­o­ries of her child­hood and the Japanese American incar­cer­a­tion camp in which she spent the war. Alice’s estranged daugh­ter, reen­ter­ing her moth­er’s life too late, wit­ness­es her stark and dev­as­tat­ing decline.

Book cover: The Best of Friends

The Best of Friends, by Lucinda Berry

July 25, 11 AM

Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s night­mare when a trag­ic acci­dent befalls their teenage boys, leav­ing one dead, anoth­er in a coma, and a third too trau­ma­tized to speak.

Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three moth­ers plunge into a des­per­ate inves­ti­ga­tion of the bizarre inci­dent. How could some­thing so hor­ri­ble hap­pen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?

They soon dis­cov­er that the acci­dent was just the begin­ning, and trou­bling dis­cov­er­ies lead to chill­ing ques­tions: Do they real­ly know their chil­dren? Do they even know each oth­er? As more secrets sur­face, a fog of doubt and sus­pi­cion threat­ens to poi­son their fam­i­lies, their friend­ships, and the whole community.

With the illu­sion of hap­pi­ness and safe­ty long gone, these women must now con­front the haz­ards of heart­break, the con­se­quences of jeal­ousy, and the dan­gers of liv­ing dou­ble lives.

Write Local and Meeting of Minds Zoom

The Library’s writ­ing work­shop, Write Local, meets Friday, July 8 and 22, from 10–11:30 AM on Zoom.

Participants read works in progress, and dis­cus­sion fol­lows. Individual mem­bers write mem­oirs, flash fic­tion, fic­tion, poet­ry, haiku, hor­ror, essays, and any­thing else they want to cre­ate.  We talk about the craft of writ­ing; we don’t impose style guide­lines.  Some of the best craft ideas come from the gen­er­al dis­cus­sion.  We don’t use prompts.  Everyone picks their own topics.

We con­tin­ue to meet on Zoom because the screen-shar­ing func­tion makes shar­ing work very con­ve­nient, and allows for mem­bers from out-of-town or state.  If you need more infor­ma­tion or want an invi­ta­tion, con­tact Adult Services Librarian, John Maruskin, 859−744−5661, ext. 110; john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.

The Library’s dis­cus­sion group, Meeting of Minds, meets Tuesday, July 26, 6 PM, on the Library’s front lawn (unless it rains, and then we meet on Zoom). Please bring your own lawn chair or blan­ket for the lawn sessions. 

Conversations at Meeting of Minds range.  We usu­al­ly do not start with a set top­ic.  A top­ic aris­es from ini­tial friend­ly kib­itz­ing and we fol­low the dis­cus­sion.  We’re friends and neigh­bors exam­in­ing events and issues of the day.  We dis­cuss, we don’t argue.  All opin­ions, per­spec­tives, par­ties, and per­sua­sions are wel­come.  That’s how we learn to under­stand each other.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact Adult Services Librarian, John Maruskin, 859−744−5661, ext. 110; john.clarkbooks@gmail.com

Other happenings

Kentucky Career Center Representative, Christie Hoskins, will be at CCPL, Wednesday, July 20, 1–4 PM

Kentucky Career Center logo

Christie can pro­vide career train­ing infor­ma­tion includ­ing pro­grams for vet­er­ans and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.  She helps peo­ple cre­ate resumes,  explore career options, and match jobs with their skills.

If you’d like to set up an appoint­ment with Christie dur­ing her June 15 vis­it, email choskins@kycareers.com, or call 859−779−4622.

Kentucky Career Centers are locat­ed in Richmond, Georgetown, Lexington, and Danville. If you’d like to talk to some­one about Career Center ser­vices before April 20, email KentuckyCareerCenterSupport@ky.gov, or call 502−564−0871, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

The 2022 Clark County Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities

June 1– July 31

All you need to enter is an Adult Clark County Public Library card.  Every time you check out adult or young adult mate­ri­als, a copy of your receipt will be entered into the Grand Prize draw­ing for one of three $100 gift cer­tifi­cates to the Clark County busi­ness of your choice.

Walk Winchester Adult Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities

painted rock
The rock pic­tured is NOT the win­ning rock.

Sea Rock (See Rocks) Scavenger Hunt

July 1– July 31

Visit the Walk Winchester Facebook page to learn how to win a $25 gift cer­tifi­cate to the down­town Winchester busi­ness of your choice.  Look for the post explain­ing the Sea Rocks (See Rocks) Scavenger Hunt.  The Sea Rocks Scavenger Hunt runs from July 1 to July 31.

CCPL Helps Residents Contact Government and Social Services

Because of the pan­dem­ic, many gov­ern­ment and social ser­vice offices are only avail­able online. A num­ber of peo­ple have called the Library ask­ing about using pub­lic com­put­ers to access those ser­vices and fill out forms.

There are four pub­lic access com­put­ers in the bar­rel vault of the Library and any­one may use them, even vis­i­tors who do not have Clark County Public Library cards.  Log-in instruc­tions are attached to the side of each mon­i­tor.  If you need help log­ging on, go to the ref­er­ence desk for assis­tance.  Reference Librarians can help vis­i­tors fill out forms, but they can­not fill out forms for oth­er people.

If all four com­put­ers are in use, there are a num­ber of lap­tops that can be checked out for tem­po­rary use in the Library.  Library patrons can check out lap­tops using their cards; vis­i­tors can check out lap­tops using a pic­ture ID.

Those lap­tops can­not be tak­en from the Library.  They are equipped with track­ing devices. Do not wor­ry about per­son­al infor­ma­tion being left on the lap­tops.  After each use, the laptop’s brows­ing his­to­ry is auto­mat­i­cal­ly cleared. All files are deleted.

Contact infor­ma­tion for local and state gov­ern­ment and social ser­vice offices are avail­able at the ref­er­ence desk.  Forms are print­ed free.  Forms can also be faxed or scanned and emailed free.

If you know you need spe­cif­ic forms and can iden­ti­fy them by title or num­ber, call the Library, con­nect to exten­sion 111, tell the Librarian which forms you need. They will be print­ed for you to pick up.

The Library is mak­ing every effort it can to help Clark County cit­i­zens through this dif­fi­cult time.  Librarians can­not advise you about what to do and they can’t give legal advice, but they can make sure you get the right forms and give you con­tact infor­ma­tion for local, state and fed­er­al offices.

Nesting cormorant
Nesting cor­morant

July Poetry: Geological Music

The fol­low­ing excerpt comes from the Autumn 1978 issue of The Countryman, an arti­cle enti­tled: “Caledonian Special: Looking at Nature, (p. 148). The Countryman is a British agri­cul­tur­al jour­nal that has been in print since 1939.  Old issues are trea­sure troves of idio­syn­crat­ic ver­nac­u­lar and lore. 

Nine out of 24 reg­u­lar British breed­ing seabirds rest on Meikle Ross, most of them in small num­bers, and Emlyn Evans, our geol­o­gist com­pan­ion, point­ed out on a sec­ond vis­it that one group of cor­morants’ nests was built on the erod­ed ends of high­ly inclined Silurian grey­whack­er sand­stones, beneath a mas­sive rip­ple-marked bed­ding plane, and then chal­lenged me to put that in sim­ple lan­guage, which I have not attempt­ed to do: it has a music of its own.

Sharply inclined Silurian Greywhacker Sandstone
Sharply inclined Silurian Greywhacker Sandstone
 

July Recipe

Whipped Frozen Lemonade

Whipped frozen lemon­ade com­bines the creami­ness of a milk­shake with the thirst-quench­ing tangi­ness of fresh­ly squeezed lemon­ade for an incred­i­bly refresh­ing treat. This sim­ple frozen lemon­ade treat comes togeth­er with just four ingre­di­ents and a blender. You can use light coconut milk or refrig­er­at­ed coconut milk in place of full-fat coconut milk, though the end result won’t be as rich and creamy. Leftover sim­ple syrup will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Whipped frozen lemonade
Whipped frozen lemonade

Casey Barber Eatingwell.com

Ingredients

Lemon Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup gran­u­lat­ed sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Lemonade

  • ½ cup fresh­ly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 ½ cups ice cubes

Directions

Step 1

To pre­pare sim­ple syrup: Bring sug­ar and water to a sim­mer in a small saucepan over medi­um heat, stir­ring occa­sion­al­ly until the sug­ar dis­solves. Stir in lemon zest and remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 1 hour, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve; dis­card the zest. (You’ll have extra syrup; refrig­er­ate for up to 1 week.)

Step 2

To pre­pare whipped lemon­ade: Add 1/2 cup sim­ple syrup, lemon juice, coconut milk, and ice to a blender. Blend until the ice is crushed and the mix­ture is slushy. Divide between 4 8‑ounce glass­es and serve immediately.

Tips

To make ahead: Refrigerate sim­ple syrup (Step 1) in an air­tight con­tain­er for up to 1 week.