What's New at the Library

October 6, 2015 - The Libri Foundation of Eugene, Oregon has awarded a very special non-matching $1,000 Books for Children grant to the Fannie Brown Booth Library. The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children's books they could not otherwise afford to buy. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $6.5 million worth of new children's books to more than 3,300 libraries in all 50 states.

The Fannie Brown Booth Library has submitted 3 grants in the past that have all been funded. These grants have helped build a quality children’s collection. This year will be the last year of the Libri Foundation. Their final gift to libraries that were in good standing with the foundation was a $1,000 gift of children’s books of the library’s choice. In addition, Libri gave each library a one-year subscription to the Junior Library Guild Science Nonfiction series that will provide a new science book each month for 12 months.

The Fannie Brown Booth library is grateful for the past support of the Libri Foundation and other foundations that support rural libraries across the country. These foundations support the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, and expand their horizons.

September 29, 2015 - The Friends of the Library members are sponsoring a booth at the Poultry Festival to promote the library. Members will be selling tickets for the quilt raffle. As always, the quilt is a stunner by Charlotte Szabo. In addition to tickets, members are asking for a few minutes of your time to complete a survey designed to get information about how the library can be improved. This survey is important for determining what the community wants and needs from the library.

The Friends of the Library members are also busy organizing the fall book sale that will occur the last week in October. The members want to make the sale easy for book buyers to find their favorite authors and types of books. This is not an easy task with the hundreds of donated books to sort though. If you are interested in helping with this task and could donate a few hours, contact the library.

Did you know that the library has a free genealogy database like Ancestry.com advertised on tv? Unlike Ancestry.com that charges a monthly fee, the library’s Heritage Quest is free and can be accessed from your home computer or a library computer. All that is needed for access is login information. Call the library at 598-5522, to get login information and you can start immediately searching for your ancestors.

Best Sellers
Brown, Dale - Iron Wolf (audio & print) 
Brown, Sandra - Friction (audio & print) 
Cussler, Clive - The Solomon Curse (audio & print) 
Donoghue, Emma - Frog Music
Gregory, Philippa - The Taming of the Queen 
Kellerman, Jonathan - The Murderer's Daughter
Lagercrantz, David - The Girl in the Spider's Web 
McLain, Paula - Circling the Sun: a novel 
Steel, Danielle - Undercover (audio) 
Weiner, Jennifer - Who Do You Love 

August 2015 - This is the time of year at the library when the children who noisily rummaged all summer through bins and shelves for that special book and oohed and aahed at the magician, firemen, and storytellers drift back to school and more serious books. The teachers and young parents who gobbled up our summer bestsellers are turning their attentions away from pleasure reading and back to responsibilities. It is that lull between seasons when there is a certain quiet in the library. It is only broken by our faithful readers who, regardless of seasons, prefer to browse through the shelves for that special book. Once found, these readers want to hold that book in their hands like an old friend who has a good story to tell.

It is that time of year when we begin looking for what is missing and what needs replacing. Of course, there will be a few books about snakes and sharks that won’t find their way back into the library. I suspect they are under some little boy’s bed. When the tasks of getting children back to school is over, a mother will find a much overdue book and deliver it to us with a red-faced apology. There will, of course, be that much loved children’s book who was chewed on by the family’s new puppy… again a red-faced apology. It is also the time when Sandra begins thinking about the preschool story time program and I will begin the cycle of grant writing. It’s always sad to see summer come and go but it’s sometime really good to have a “lull”.

New Bestsellers

Blackwood, Grant - Tom Clancy’s Under Fire
Box, C. J. - Badlands (Audio & Print)
Castillo, Linda - After the Storm
Cline, Ernest - Armada
Harbison, Beth - If I Could Turn Back Time
Lansdale, Joe - Paradise Sky
Lansens, Lori - The Mountain Story
Lee, Harper - Go Set a Watchman (Audio & Print)
Macomber, Debbie - Silver Linings (Audio)
Patterson, James - Alert (Audio & Print)
Reichs, Kathy - Speaking in Bones
Rosenfelt, David - Let the Dog Out
Stephenson, Neal - Seveneves
Weiner, Jennifer - Who Do You Love? (Audio)