Once again, the Holmes County Libraries will be running our annual Food for Fines drive during the week of Thanksgiving. From November 20th through 22nd, as well as Saturday the 25th, patrons may donate canned or boxed food goods in exchange for having their overdue fines waived. All food collected will be donated to charity. You can save on fines and help out a good cause!
Murder at the Ugly Sweater Party
A Murder Mystery Dinner
Thursday November 30th @ 6 p.m., Central Library
You’re invited to a holiday party to die for! Wear your tackiest Christmas attire and join us for this fun interactive murder mystery dinner.
Pizza will be served. Registration is required and space is limited.
This free program is for adults only.
Tuesday November 28th @ 1 p.m., Central Library
We will be discussing Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match.
Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more—more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.
From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.
Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this novel brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani’s consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.
A limited number of copies will be available at the Help Desk for checkout. New members welcome!
Scarily Bad Art Night
October 24th @ 6 p.m., Central Library
Craft projects don’t have to be perfect. They don’t even have to be good… Take the pressure off and have fun creating a work of art that is truly terrible!
How it works:
We provide the craft supplies and you have 45 minutes to create your hideous masterpiece (complete with title). The theme is Halloween or fall.
All participants will then have the opportunity to vote for worst art (you can vote for three entries but only once for yourself).
A prize (gift card to Jitters) will be awarded for worst art. This free program is for adults only. Registration required.
Tuesday September 26th @ 1 p.m., Central Library
We will be discussing The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
A “heartbreakingly delicious” national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life
Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect…
The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian’s soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create.
A limited number of copies are available at the Help Desk for checkout. New members welcome!
Tuesday September 19th @ 6 p.m. (Please be on time–the movie starts right at 6 p.m.)
Don’t miss the chance to see Wonder Woman’s origin story before The Justice League movie hits theaters in November.
Please note: this free event is for adults and teens only. Call the library at 330-674-5972 to sign up or find out more.
Join us for this sequel to the blockbuster hit about a group of reluctant superheroes in space. Free pizza (from Pizza Hut) will be served. Feel free to bring your own bottled water or soda. You may also bring packaged snacks. Registration required. This program is for adults and teens. Movie starts promptly at 6 p.m. Call the library at 330-674-5972 to sign up or for more details.
Tuesday August 29th @ 1 p.m., Central Library
We will be discussing Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another—a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love.
The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family’s situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover—but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.
In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddesscaptures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of voices.
A limited number of copies are available a the Help Desk for checkout. New members welcome!
On Monday, August 21st, a 100 mile wide strip beginning at a beach in Oregon and stretching to the beaches in South Carolina will be host to a total solar eclipse. The last total eclipse to occur in the lower 48 States was February 26, 1979. In anticipation of this event, hotels, campgrounds and the like have been booked for nearly two years!
Below is a simulation of the upcoming total eclipse as it may appear in Hopkinsville, KY.
So, why are we getting a little excited over this celestial event? Holmes County residents (and much of Ohio) will have the opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse in our area. Approximately 83% of the sun will be covered by the moon here in Ohio. If it’s a sunny day, you should see the skies begin to darken for this 2 hour phenomenon.
Plans are in the works for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Central Library. There will be activities and we will have some solar viewing glasses to give away on that day. Visit the Solar Eclipse Party events page for more details!
For more information about the solar eclipse and how you can get a pair of solar viewing glasses, visit our Partial Solar Eclipse Page.
The solar viewing glasses were made possible by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Tuesday July 25th @ 1 p.m., Central Library
We will be discussing The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay
For fans of Orphan Train and Water for Elephants, a compelling historical novel from “one of the best authors of women’s fiction” (Library Journal). Set against the turbulent backdrop of American Vaudeville, four sisters embark on an unexpected adventure—and a last-ditch effort to save their family.
It’s 1919, and the Turners are barely scraping by. When their father loses his job, their irrepressible mother decides that vaudeville is their best chance to make the rent—and create a more exciting life for herself in the process.
Traveling by train from town to town, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and recent widow Nell soon find a new kind of freedom in the company of performers who are as diverse as their acts. There is a seamier side to the business, however, and the young women face dangers and turns of fate they never could have anticipated. Heartwarming and surprising, The Tumbling Turner Sisters is ultimately a story of awakening—to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a new American era.
A limited number of copies are available at the Help Desk for checkout. New members welcome!