I don't think there's any better way to kick off National Library Week than to highlight a few of the new books from the shelves of the Cherokee Public Library that I have read, so here they are:
'The Dog Who Danced' by Susan Wilson starts at a truck stop. Justine and her Sheltie, Mack, are trying to reach her hometown before her father dies. Along the way they become separated. Told in people language and dog thoughts, it is a heartwarming story of love and healing.
Jane Green's new book,' Another Piece of My Heart', is an emotional story about a stepfamily. Andi is desperate to have her own baby, but it is stepdaughter Emily who becomes pregnant. Observations from both points of view make it is a realistic look at human faults and strengths.
Somehow I missed buying 'Christmas at Ladybug Farm' by Donna Ball when it came out in December. A novella, it is an amusing account of the characters from previous Ladybug Farm books as they celebrate Christmas with all their normal style and mishaps.
'The Dressmaker' by Kate Alcott is a fictionalized version of the sinking of the Titanic and the legal trials that followed it. The account of Tess, a personal maid to a famous designer, is a wonderful historical look at an event that shook the world. Non-fiction readers may want to try 'Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage' by Hugh Brewster for a detailed account of the lives of first class passengers on the ship. Both booksare good reading.
Many favorite authors have new books which haverecently arrived at the library or ones which will be coming out later in April or May. Be sure to check the shelves and the newsletter. The latter also lists the new DVDs.
In my last column, I wrote about the things planned at the library to celebrate National Library Week. I am going to quickly repeat them here and hope that our patrons will take notice.
On Monday, April 9, there will be slide shows complete with lemonade and popcorn provided by the Cherokee Area Archives.at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, April 12, Judy from our staff will host information sessions on WILBOR at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and answer individual questions about ereaders as time permits. Also on Thursday, April 12, Peg will have a special kid's program from 3:45 p.m. -- 4:45 p.m. which includes Mr. Tap 'n Go, music, crafts and snacks. There will be daily door prizes and the coffee pot will be on all week.
Stop in at the library and help us celebrate!