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.

The Book Woman's Daughter

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

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.

Adult Crafternoon

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;

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;

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, 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, 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

Saw blade art by Greg McGuire

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.

CCCS voucher

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.

August Poem

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.

Late Summer

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
thrown away!

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.

August Recipe

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