Contrary to popular belief, librarians do not always get to read the hottest titles as soon as they are available. First, we have to wait our turn in the hold queue along with everyone else. Next, we are often so busy shelving, discussing, and checking out the most popular titles, that we have little time to read them.
The most recent title that I finally caught up to was 2015’s The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. The novel sold well. It spent 45 weeks on the “NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List” and 20 weeks on the “New York Times Bestseller List.” It also circulated well at the library, with all formats in constant demand in 2015 and the better part of 2016. I am glad to have finally read it, and was reminded of several books, also set in World War II Europe, that I have enjoyed in recent years.
Hannah’s title brought new perspectives and information to light. So much so, that I spent time on the website for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (www.ushmm.org). I read about Ravensbruck, viewed maps, and heard the personal narratives of survivors. I was reminded that stories, works of fiction, often go so much deeper than we imagine. And, when the horrors of the world seem too large to grasp, literature can draw us back in.
Teens: We can’t wait to see what you have created! Join us at Carnegie Library’s first-ever “Teen Fright Film Fest.” We will watch your creations and vote for the best! The top three winners will have their films featured on Channel 3 and posted on their YouTube Channel! This event is free and open to all students in grades 6-12. Film viewing will take place at the library on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.
In Washington Court House: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is Preschool Storytime for children 3 – 5 years old and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. is Books & Blocks for children 1 – 3 years old. Siblings are welcome at either session. Oct. 25 is our “Trick or Treat Party!” Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for a “Trick or Treat Parade” through the library! Then, Thursday, Oct. 27, join us for the world’s largest shared reading event! We will “Read for the Record.” This year’s title is The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.
Also each Tuesday at 11 a.m., the library is introducing a new “Books & Babies” program! “Books & Babies” is a 15-minute session specifically created for our youngest patrons to look at board books, do finger plays, bounce on laps and explore. This early literacy time will introduce your baby to the library and the world of books! Now through December, you can join the Carnegie Fantasy Football League! Kids and teens, grades 1-12, pick your NFL players each week before Thursday and celebrate the following Monday. Prizes will be awarded weekly! “Sewing 101” with Jodi for kids and tweens, grades 3-8, will be held on six consecutive Wednesdays. The next session takes place Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required.
In Jeffersonville: Every Tuesday at 11 a.m., come listen to stories, play instruments, create crafts, and socialize with other little friends at Toddler Time. Each week features a new theme! Tuesday, Oct. 25 is “Monsters at Play.” Coming up, the “Knitters & Crocheters Drop-In” will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m., and is open to everyone, ages 8 and up.
Information about all of our programs may be found on the library’s website www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540 and the Jeffersonville Library at 740-426-9292. All programs are FREE, unless otherwise noted. Check us out on Facebook; follow us on Twitter!