2022 Seed Library
Clark County Residents with a valid/current CCPL card, or out-of-county CCPL patrons who have had a card since December 31, 2021 can request a veggie or a flower/herb bag, or both from the Seed Library. Limit is two bags each per household on two different cards from that household. Vegetables featured in 2022 include snap beans, kale, Asian greens, lettuces, carrots, beets, snow peas, shelling peas, tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers, spinach, mustard, squash, okra, and radishes. Flowers include sunflowers, zinnias, coneflowers, coreopsis, Sweet William, perennial candytuft, zinnias, cosmos, California poppies, fairy snapdragons, marigolds. Herbs include basil, dill, borage, parsley, and summer savory.
Clark County residents may sign up for a new card in order to access the seed library immediately. Residents from other counties are welcome to get a new CCPL card now but won’t be eligible to get seeds until the next new seed library release in the fall of 2022 or the spring of 2023.
Regular outreach patrons may have seeds delivered with their other items. Outreach librarians cannot deliver seeds to first-and-only-time patrons who are interested solely in the Seed Library.
Orders are placed by calling the Library (859) 744‑5661, filling out the “Seed Library” form on the Library’s homepage, www.clarkbooks.org, or requesting seeds while visiting the Library. In every case, the order will have to be filled, so please wait until the Library calls to say the request has been filled before coming to pick up seeds. Outreach patrons should note that they are outreach patrons during their phone conversation or on the online form.
For growing advice, browse the Library’s extensive gardening book and periodical collections. They include a collection of current well-written seed catalogs for patrons to check out, and a wide variety of print and digital current magazine titles.
A large collection of brand-new gardening magazines from around the world is available through CCPL’s online library app, Overdrive. Access to those magazines is free for CCPL cardholders. There is no waiting since magazine titles are available to all readers simultaneously.
Have a great time in your garden this year and if you like send the Library pictures.
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 of Olive, Again.
Monday, March 14, 11 a.m.: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive continues to startle, move, and inspire readers—in Strout’s words—“to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can.”
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m.: Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?
Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.
Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva realizes someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.
Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” domestic thriller.
Write Local and Meeting of Minds Zoom
The Library’s writing workshop, Write Local meets Friday, March 4 & 18, from 10–11:30 AM on Zoom. Participants read works in progress, discussion follows. We enjoy talking about writing and sharing ideas. All genres and styles welcome.
The Library’s discussion group, Meeting of Minds, meets Tuesday, March 29, 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.
The Recipe and Instruction Book: Presto Vertical Broiler, Call # 641.586 Pres
Along with having one of the finest agriculture and gardening collections in the state of Kentucky, CCPL is one of two Libraries in the United States with a copy of The Recipe and Instruction Book: Presto Vertical Broiler.
Iowa State University has a copy. But! IU’s copy does not circulate. CCPL’s does.
A 1970’s kitchen convenience appliance, the Presto worked like a toaster to broil both sides of recipes at once for faster cooking.
In the booklet are recipes from apple slices, Braunschweiger (not recognized by 21st century spellcheck, that’s “retro”) spread sandwiches and chicken and rice dinners, to pot roast, salmon patties and wiener delights with pickle relish. There are instructions for “Drug Store” wrapping food in aluminum foil. (?)
This little manual is a portal into 70’s cooking and culture. It came in Brady Bunch kitchen colors (look it up on Ebay) but the Bradys did not appear to have one. Check Duck-Duck-Go Images.
If a local Presto Vertical Broiler needed repair, it had to be taken to the Irvin Martin Electric Company, 1280 Bardstown Rd., Louisville for repair, or the warranty was void. The Irvin Martin Electrical Company is still in business, by the way, if you’ve got an old Presto.
Wiener delights with pickle relish. Bön Appetit!
March Exhibits: Women’s History, Seashells, Library Art
A Women’s History Month display is featured in the Library lobby. There is a picture of members of the 1953 Winchester Fine Arts Club who made the Library possible; they petitioned local and state governments and painted the first railroad car Library. Other notable Clark County women include Lynne A. Boxley, Clark County’s first full-time librarian, Winchester Sun journalist Betty Ratliff Smith, Joyce Morton, Director of the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee, and Helen Thomas, legendary White House correspondent for United Press International.
On the other side of the lobby is a display of seashells collected by circulation manager Laura Carpenter during a trip to New Zealand. The shapes, textures, and iridescent colors of the shells are fascinating. Take a quick trip to the beach before you enter the Library.
In reference, there’s an exhibit of works by local artists that have been in the Library for decades but seldom seen. A cheerful painting by Anna Laura Codell, “In Memory of Virginia Ann Codell White,” depicts two women and a girl in a wave of hydrangea. “Roughs of the Red River” is a painting by Clay City artist Nellie Meadows, who painted “Kentucky the Great State,” the official emblem of the Kentucky Bicentennial. “Clark County High School,” a poster by A. Jack May, features the building and highlights of the academic and social year. There’s an autumnal painting of the Guerrant House by Mrs. J.J. Porter, Jack Hodgkin’s iconic portrait of Daniel Boone, and a wood carving of a pugnacious squirrel by Woody Woodrum. Stroll into the reference section to enjoy some of the Library’s art collection.