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.
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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; email@example.com
Kentucky Career Center Representative, Christie Hoskins, will be at CCPL, Wednesday, July 20, 1–4 PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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.
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.
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.
Casey Barber Eatingwell.com
Lemon Simple Syrup
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- Zest of 1 lemon
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 2 ½ cups ice cubes
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.)
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.
To make ahead: Refrigerate simple syrup (Step 1) in an airtight container for up to 1 week.