Pageturner’s Book Group

Books are avail­able at the cir­cu­la­tion desk.  You will be reg­is­tered to attend when you check out a copy.

Book cover: One Italian Summer

One Italian Summer, by Rebecca Serle — Monday, June 13, 11 AM

When Katy’s moth­er Carol dies, she is left reel­ing. Worse, their planned moth­er-daugh­ter trip of a life­time looms: to Positano, the mag­i­cal town where Carol spent the sum­mer before she met Katy’s father. Now Katy is faced with embark­ing on the adven­ture alone.

And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thir­ty years old. Katy doesn’t under­stand what is hap­pen­ing, or how—all she can focus on is that she has some­how, impos­si­bly, got her moth­er back. Over the course of one Italian sum­mer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her moth­er, but as a young woman. She is not who Katy imag­ined she might be, how­ev­er, and soon Katy must rec­on­cile the moth­er who knew every­thing with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

Book cover: Nine Lives

Nine Lives, by Peter Swanson — Monday, June 27, 11 AM

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a sin­gle sheet of paper. None of the nine peo­ple know or have ever met the oth­ers on the list. They dis­miss it as junk mail, a fluke—until very, very bad things begin hap­pen­ing to peo­ple on the list.

So why are they all on the list, and who sent it? FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list her­self, is deter­mined to find out. Could there be some dark secret that binds them all togeth­er? Or is this the work of a mur­der­ous mad­man? As the mys­te­ri­ous sender stalks these nine strangers, they find them­selves con­stant­ly look­ing over their shoul­ders, won­der­ing who will be crossed off next…

June Make and Take for Adults Workshops

Saturday, June 4th, 2:30 PM: Decorative Flower Pots
Thursday, June 9th, 2:30 PM: Bath Salts

Reference Librarian, Angela Turner, has devised these work­shops to be like her Facebook craft class­es. The crafts are easy to make. The Library will sup­ply all mate­ri­als you need to make them.

You must sign-up for each class you want to attend. To sign-up, call the Library, 859−744−5661, and ask for Angela; or use the Library’s Evanced online sign-up ser­vice. Classes are lim­it­ed to 10 participants. 

Write Local and Meeting of Minds Zoom

The Library’s writ­ing work­shop, Write Local, meets Friday, June 10 and 24, 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, May 31, on Zoom.  Conversations at Meeting of Minds range.  We usu­al­ly do not start with a set top­ic. One of the group mem­bers 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.

Kentucky Career Center Representative Christie Hoskins will be at CCPL Wednesday, June 15, 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.

Kentucky River Foothills Representative CaraGrace Cain will be at the Library Wednesday, June 15, from 12:30–3 PM

CaraGrace Cain will pro­vide infor­ma­tion about enrolling for KYnect Medicaid insur­ance and oth­er Kentucky River Foothills ben­e­fit pro­grams. She will be able to explain Qualified Health Plans avail­able in 2022 through KYnect Marketplace.

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.

Magic Bullet

Win a Magic Bullet blender by read­ing 5 books list­ed on the Library Challenge Bookmark. Enter as many times as you like.

Enter the Walk Winchester “Seaweed” (June) and “Sea Rock (July) Scavenger Hunts to win a $25 gift cer­tifi­cate to the down­town Winchester busi­ness of your choice.

A free Summer Reading Journal for the first 250 peo­ple who sign up.

To win the Magic Bullet Blender ask for a Library Challenge Bookmark when you sign up for the ASRP.

  1. Read one book for each of five cat­e­gories. (For exam­ple: “A Book that is fun­ny,” The Small Bachelor, by P.G. Wodehouse.)
  2. After read­ing five books, return the book­mark with your name and phone num­ber on it.
  3. If you’d like to enter again, ask for anoth­er book­mark, read five more books, and return the book­mark with your name and phone num­ber on it.
  4. Repeat as many times as you like

Walk Winchester Adult Summer Reading Program Oceans of Possibilities Seaweed (See Weeds) Scavenger Hunt

June 1– June 31

Sign up for the ASRP and get a Walk Winchester Seaweed (See Weeds) Scavenger Hunt work­sheet. (See below) During June walks, check off the weeds pic­tured after you see them. When all box­es are checked bring it in for a chance to win a $25 gift cer­tifi­cate to the down­town Winchester busi­ness of your choice.

Watch the Walk Winchester Facebook Page all sum­mer to learn about great places to walk, ways to make your walks more healthy, and Run/Walk com­pe­ti­tions in Clark County and Central Kentucky.

Stay tuned for the Sea Rocks (See Rocks) Scavenger Hunt in July.

Walk Winchester Seaweed list

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By now, most of us have plant­ed the seeds we got from this year’s CCPL Seed Library. It would be fun to see how gar­dens are pro­gress­ing. Take a dig­i­tal pic­ture of your gar­den and email it to john.clarkbooks@gmail.com. I’ll post it on the Library’s Facebook page. Send any infor­ma­tion you’d like me to include with the pic­ture. Can you have your pet in the pho­to? Sure! Pose the pic­ture any way you like. Get a pho­to of your­self read­ing your favorite Library book or one of your favorite mag­a­zines. This will cre­ate a swell visu­al diary of our gar­dens. Thanks!

The Baseball Poetics of Roger Angell

Roger Angell was called the “Poet Laureate of base­ball” but he dis­liked that distinction.

Richard C. Crepeau wrote that “Gone for Good”, Angell’s essay on the career of Steve Blass, “may be the best piece that any­one has ever writ­ten on base­ball or any oth­er sport.”  In 2021 ESPN jour­nal­ist Ryan McGee called anoth­er Angell essay, “The Web of the Game”, “per­haps the great­est base­ball essay ever penned.”

He was induct­ed into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals in 2010 and was named the 2014 recip­i­ent of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on December 10, 2013.

Angell died of con­ges­tive heart fail­ure at his home in Manhattan on May 20, 2022, at the age of 101.

Wikipedia:  wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Angell

“This was a new recog­ni­tion that per­fec­tion is admirable but a tri­fle inhu­man, and that a stum­bling kind of semi-suc­cess can be much more warm­ing. Most of all, per­haps, these exul­tant yells for the Mets were also yells for our­selves, and came from a wry, half-under­stood recog­ni­tion that there is more Met than Yankee in every one of us. I knew for whom that foghorn blew; it blew for me.”

“Baseball’s clock ticks inward­ly and silent­ly, and a man absorbed in a ball game is caught in a slow, green place of removal and con­cen­tra­tion and in a ten­sion that is screwed up slow­ly and ever more tight­ly with each pitcher’s windup and with the almost imper­cep­ti­ble for­ward lean and lit­tle half-step with which the field­ers accom­pa­ny each pitch. Whatever the pace of the par­tic­u­lar base­ball game we are watch­ing, what­ev­er its out­come, it holds us in its own con­tin­uüm and mer­ci­ful­ly releas­es us from our own.”

“Every play­er in every game is sub­ject­ed to a cold and cease­less account­ing; no ball is thrown and no base is gained with­out an instant respond­ing judgment—ball or strike, hit or error, yea or nay—and an ensu­ing sta­tis­tic. This encom­pass­ing neat­ness per­mits the base­ball fan, aid­ed by expe­ri­ence and mem­o­ry, to extract from a box score the same joy, the same hal­lu­ci­na­to­ry real­i­ty, that prick­les the scalp of a musi­cian when he glances at a page of his score of Don Giovanni and actu­al­ly hears bas­sos and sopra­nos, wood­winds and violins.”

All quotes from The Summer Game

June Recipe
Blackberry BBQ Pork Chops with Collards & Corn 

Steaming corn right on top of the col­lards saves time. Skip bot­tled BBQ sauce and mash black­ber­ries with some pantry sta­ples to yield a great bar­be­cue sauce.
eatingwell.com.

Ingredients

  •     1 table­spoon grape­seed or canola oil plus 2 tea­spoons, divided
  •     2 slices bacon, chopped
  •     1 pound pre­chopped col­lard greens or kale, tough stems removed
  •     ½ tea­spoon salt, divided
  •     ½ tea­spoon ground pep­per, divided
  •     4 medi­um ears corn, husked and cut in half
  •     1 table­spoon honey
  •     2 tea­spoons ketchup
  •     1 tea­spoon gar­lic powder
  •     1 tea­spoon cider vinegar
  •     1 tea­spoon fine­ly grat­ed fresh ginger
  •     ⅔ cup fresh blackberries
  •     4 pork loin chops, 1–1 1/2 inch­es thick (1−1 1/4 pounds)

Directions

Position rack in upper third of oven; pre­heat broil­er to high.

Heat 1 table­spoon oil and bacon in a large pot over medi­um-high heat; cook, stir­ring often, until the bacon starts to brown, 1 to 2 min­utes. Reduce heat to medi­um. Stir in col­lard greens (or kale) and 1/4 tea­spoon each salt and pep­per. Cover and cook for 5 min­utes. Stir greens and place corn on top of them. Cover and cook until corn is ten­der-crisp, about 5 min­utes more. Set aside, covered.

Meanwhile, com­bine hon­ey, ketchup, gar­lic pow­der, vine­gar and gin­ger in a small bowl. Add black­ber­ries and coarse­ly mash, stir­ring to combine.

Heat remain­ing 2 tea­spoons oil in a medi­um skil­let over medi­um-high heat until hot but not smok­ing. Season pork chops with remain­ing 1/4 tea­spoon each salt and pep­per. Cook until browned on the bot­tom, 2 to 3 min­utes. Turn the chops and top with the sauce.

Transfer pan to oven. Broil until an instant-read ther­mome­ter in the cen­ter of a chop reg­is­ters 145 degrees F, 6 to 8 min­utes. Serve chops with greens and corn.