Pageturner’s Book Group
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.
Monday, April 11, 11 AM: Somebody’s Daughter by Ashely C. Ford
Through poverty, adolescence, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley C. Ford wishes she could turn to her father for hope and encouragement. But, he’s in prison, and she doesn’t know why. She doesn’t know how to deal with incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates. When the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Reeling from a rape she keeps secret from her family, Ashley desperately searches for meaning in chaos. Then, her grandmother reveals the truth about her father’s incarceration … and Ashley’s entire world is turned upside down.
Somebody’s Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. Ashley embarks on a powerful journey to find threads between who she is, what she was born into, and complicated familial love.
Monday, April 25, 11 AM: One by One by Ruth Ware
Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.
When the co-founder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech start-up, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. Then one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer. Tensions simmer, and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.
As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.
Write Local and Meeting of Minds Zoom
The Library’s writing workshop, Write Local, meets Friday, April 1, 15, 29, from 10–11:30 AM on Zoom. Participants read works in progress, and discussion follows. We enjoy talking about writing and sharing ideas. All genres and styles are welcome.
The Library’s discussion group, Meeting of Minds, meets Tuesday, April 26, on Zoom. Conversations at Meeting of Minds range. We usually do not start with a set topic. One of the group starts an idea rolling and we follow it. Interesting conversation among friends and neighbors. We converse; we don’t argue.
For a Zoom invitation, to either program contact Adult Services Librarian, John Maruskin, 859−744−5661, ext. 110; email@example.com.
April is National Poetry Month
Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, Thursday, April 28
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds us that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry is a treat. It has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important places in our lives.
The Library has an eclectic collection of Kentucky, classic, contemporary, US, and world poetry (call #’s 811–895). Spend some time in April browsing through it. Poetry is like any other writing: a lot doesn’t speak to you, but when you find the right book, it’s joy.
On Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, Thursday, April 28, the Library will be giving away poems by local poets. Feel free to ask for more than one.
If you write poetry and would like to display one of your poems in the Library during April, bring in a copy or email a file to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll frame it and display it in the Library’s reading area.
Paintings and Drawings by Ronnie B. Keltz on Exhibit in the Reference Section during April
Clark County dynamo, Cora Heffner, has loaned the Library a dozen works of art created by her mother Ronnie B. Keltz. There are watercolor and oil paintings, pencil drawings, and needlework.
Mrs. Keltz took a couple of art classes during her life but was primarily a self-taught artist. She drew and painted places she loved, plants that pleased her, and composed whimsical pencil/watercolor illustrations. (She was probably one source of Cora’s great sense of humor.)
There’s a light, breezy landscape of Squaw Island in Canandaigua Lake, NY. A cheerful ocean scene of two pelicans on pier piles in a sailboat horizon bay in Aruba (where she and her husband, Jack, vacationed every year). She had real skill for painting flower petals. Her first still life, done at the age of 19, is perfect for a library, a pair of tiger framed glasses atop two books, one of which, Favorite Stories, Cora kept for many years. There’s a painting of a covered bridge that glows with mellow summer afternoon light (Mrs. Keltz loved covered bridges) and a pencil drawing of the family home in Bradford, PA.
The pictures are colorful, inviting, a pleasure to look at, a measure of how wonderful our daily lives are if we take time to look.
Since April is also National Poetry Month, I suggest settling into one of the comfy chairs in the reference reading area with a volume of Billy Collin’s poetry and viewing the art of Ronnie B. Keltz. A great way to spend the afternoon.
Kentucky Career Center Representative, Christie Hoskins, will be at CCPL, Wednesday, April 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 April 20 visit, email email@example.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.
Bunnington’s Baskets, Bonnets, and Baked Goods at the Library in April
The Bunnington’s, their chicks, ducks, and friends M and Tuna stock their shop with stunning millinery and lots of carrot cookies.
Stop and guess the number of carrots in the shop near the circulation desk. Closest guess wins a $50 gift certificate to the Clark County Farmer’s Market. Second and third best guesses win $25 gift certificates to The Daily Grind. Remember, life is better when you wear a beautiful hat.