Pageturner’s Book Group
The Pageturner’s Book Groups 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 Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
Monday, August 8, 11 a.m.
In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.
Picking up her mother’s old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive. But the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren’t keen to let a woman pave her own way.
If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she’s going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Monday, August 22, 11 a.m.
Finlay Donovan is killing it … except, she’s not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist. Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.
When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. Finlay discovers crime in real life is more difficult than in fiction, and gets tangled in a real-life murder investigation.
Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.
Two Sessions: Sunday, August 14 & Thursday, August 18. Both sessions are 2–4 p.m.
There will be multiple activities to choose from for a fun afternoon at the Library. You do not have to be at the workshop exactly at 2 p.m., but Angela needs to plan for the number of people who will attend. Please call 859−744−5661 and ask for Angela to register.
Write Local and Meeting of Minds
The Library’s writing workshop, Write Local, meets Friday, August 5 & 19, from 10–11:30 a.m. 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 writing craft and 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, August 30, at 6 p.m. 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
Kentucky Career Center representative Christie Hoskins will be at CCPL on Wednesday, August 17, 1–4 p.m.
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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Paintings by Greg McGuire in the reference reading area during August
I knew him best as the diligent craftsman who kept my 60-year-old desk lamp working way past its product life. You probably know him as one of the helpful guys at Bridges and Lane and D & S who answered every hardware quandary. Now all of us can know Greg McGuire as a talented Clark County artist. During August the Library will display Greg’s paintings in the reference reading area.
The downtown library was Greg’s first art venue. In the 1950’s he won first prize in a National Library Week art contest sponsored by CCPL. Greg says he was always interested in art and the prize, a book about art, encouraged him to draw and paint. He’s done that all his life.
August’s exhibit features paintings on canvases and a remarkable and eclectic array of images on rotary saw blades; images as different as a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and a copy of the poster for the 1966 surfing film, “Endless Summer.”
Greg says he gets a lot of inspiration for his canvas paintings by Googling art instruction videos on Youtube. His paintings are colorful, absorbing, thoughtful, and cheerful. Come in and marvel at the variety of images and moods he has created. A wonderful way to relax during a hot August afternoon.
Vouchers for five free books from C.C.’s Closet available at the library’s circulation desk
Because of the pandemic, many library book donations were sent to Community Services’ outlet C.C.’s closet. C.C’s will let customers have 5 free books when they bring in one of the vouchers pictured here. Next time you’re in the Library, ask for one and take it to C.C’s when you shop.
Late Summer by Jennifer Grotz
Poet and translator Jennifer Grotz (b. 1971) is the author of Window Left Open (2016), The Needle (2011), and Cusp (2003). She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
She translated the contemporary Psalms of French poet Patrice de La Tour du Pin, collected in Psalms of All My Days (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013), and in collaboration with Piotr Sommer—a selection of poems by the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski. She teaches creative writing at the University of Rochester and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program and is the first woman to serve as director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Before the moths have even appeared
to orbit around them, the streetlamps come on,
a long row of them glowing uselessly
along the ring of garden that circles the city center,
where your steps count down the dulling of daylight.
At your feet, a bee crawls in small circles like a toy
Summer specializes in time, slows it down almost to
And the noisy day goes so quiet you can hear
the bedraggled man who visits each trash receptacle
mutter in disbelief: Everything in the world is being
Summer lingers, but it’s about ending. It’s about how
redden and ripen and burst and come down. It’s when
city workers cut down trees, demolishing
one limb at a time, spilling the crumbs
of twigs and leaves all over the tablecloth of street.
Sunglasses! the man softly exclaims
while beside him blooms a large gray rose of pigeons
huddled around a dropped piece of bread.
Jennifer Grotz, “Late Summer” from The Needle.
Copyright © 2011 by Jennifer Grotz.
Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)
A beautiful hot weather meal. Light and refreshing.
1 (12- to 16-ounce) loaf artisan bread (8 to 10 very full cups)
2 to 3 large heirloom tomatoes (3 pounds, about 8 cups chopped)
½ large cucumber
1 medium red or yellow bell pepper
½ medium red onion
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
Slice or tear the bread into roughly 1‑inch cubes. Leave crusts on, or remove them if you prefer. You should have about 10 overflowing cups of bread.
Dry the bread: Spread the bread cubes over a baking sheet. Leave uncovered overnight to stale and harden. Alternatively, bake in a 300°F oven until hardened on the outside but still slightly soft in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking.
Chop the tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. Slice the onion into thin slices and soak in a bowl of cold water for 10 to 15 minutes while assembling the rest of the salad.
Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and a few grinds of fresh pepper in a jam jar. Shake vigorously. Alternatively, combine ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Combine the bread and chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over top and use a spatula to thoroughly combine.
Let the salad sit at least half an hour before serving, or up to 4 hours. Stir occasionally so the juices and vinaigrette are evenly distributed.
Add basil and serve: Just before serving, stir in the basil. This salad is best eaten the day it’s made