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; jrmaruskin@clarkbooks.org.

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 jrmaruskin@clarkbooks.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 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.

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.