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.

Book cover: 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.

Book cover: Behind Every Lie

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; john.clarkbooks@gmail.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.

Book cover: 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.