Library is open but sign-ups required for programs

The Moore County Public Library continues to remain open to the public but patrons must sign up for programs ahead of time in order to keep the number of people in the library at one time small. (File Photo)

LOCAL NEWS — Over 8,000 patrons and over 15,000 items circulated. Those are just some of the annual number reported by the Moore County Public Library in their 2019-2020 annual report. Their shelves also boast over 12,000 items and 2,304 local folks registered for library cards.

According to Director Peggy Gold, the Moore County Library is open for business but with a few changes to try and control the number of patrons inside the library at one time to keep folks safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Library staff ask that all patrons enter through the front doors located just off Majors Boulevard. Masks are not required at this time but masks and hand sanitizer will be available when you enter.

“We will continue to host our October scheduled programs but sign-ups are required, again, to control the number of people within the library,” explained Director Gold.

This includes the Brown Bag Book Club, Little Bookworms, and Story Explorers.

Curbside service are also available and free, public WiFi is always available 24/7 in the rear library parking lot. Copies and faxing are also currently available. The Library’s current hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“The last hour of the day is spent cleaning and sanitizing the library in order to keep our patrons and community safe,” says Director Gold.

If you have questions, or would like to sign up for any of the Library’s programming, call 931-759-7285. You can also get daily updates on their Facebook page. Click here for that link. •

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Local book club “heads West” with September pick

The MCPL’s Brown Bag Book Club picked The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent as their September read. {Graphic Provided}

EVENTS — The Moore County Public Library Brown Bag Book Club picked a historical fiction for their September read. The local book club will read The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent this month.

The Dallas-based author has authored three best-selling, historical novels including The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and this novel. She say she was inspired to write by reading a lot of Dickens, Poe and James Michener as a child.

Here’s the summary provided by the publisher:

It’s the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she’d been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich, chasing rumors of a pirate’s buried treasure.

Meanwhile, Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman with a pure heart and a strong sense of justice, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer named McGill who has claimed the lives of men, women, and even children across the frontier.

Who – if anyone – will survive when their paths finally cross? As Lucinda and Nate’s stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself.

Normally the book club meets each Friday at 1 p.m. but there will be no meeting this Friday, September 11. The group ends and begins a new book on the last Friday of each month, so they will discuss The Outcasts on both September 18 and 25.

For more information, visit the Moore County Public Library’s Facebook page or call them at 931-759-7285. •

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Library book club picks The Crane Wife for August read

LYNCHBURG — The Moore County Brown Bag Book Club recently announced they’ll be reading The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness for their August pick.

It’s the retelling of a Japanese folktale. In Ness’s retelling, he imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man might be transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that mysteriously lands in his backyard.

“One night, groggy American expat George finds himself tending to an injured crane that bizarrely appears in his London backyard. The next morning, Kumiko — a quiet, independent woman — soars into George’s life. She vaguely reminds him of the crane and leaves him wondering whether he was dreaming. As if in a storybook, Kumiko brings opportunity, human interaction and love to the lonely man but remains an enigma. George’s yearning to know more about her threatens their relationship and endangers their lives,” their synopsis reads.

The Crane Wife book cover

Ness is a southern-born author who grew up in Hawaii and now lives in London. He has won the Carnegie Medal twice, The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets every Friday at the Moore County Public Library. The group usually ends and begins a new book on the last Friday of each month. However, they will finish this novel early on Friday, August 14 so that they can move on to “the perfect suspense, mystery book,” according to their social media post. We’ll post that pick as soon as they release it. •

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Library’s book club announces July selection

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler is the Brown Bag Book Club’s July Pick. {Art Provided}

LYNCHBURG — The Moore County Brown Bag Book Club is back at it and they’ll be reading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swylar for their July pick.

The novel follows the life of a young, research librarian with an interesting family tree. His mother – long dead – worked as a circus mermaid and died mysteriously on July 24. One day a book arrives on his doorstep … fragile and water-damaged. It chronicles the life of a traveling carnival owner in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of “mermaids” in Simon’s family have drowned – always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Is his sister next?

According to Publisher’s Weekly, it’s a book, “in the tradition of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. The Book of Speculation – with two-color illustrations by the author – is Erika Swyler’s moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.”

The Brown Bag Book Club meets every Friday at the Moore County Public Library. The group ends and begins a new book on the last Friday of each month. They will begin The Book of Speculation on Friday, June 26. •

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A new perspective on Oz will be the March pick of the library book club

Finding Dorothy, a novel by Elizabeth Letts, will be the Moore County Library’s Brown Bag Book Club March pick. {Art Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — It’s a new twist on a well known work of fiction and it’s the March pick for the Moore County Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club.

 Finding Dorothy, a novel by Elizabeth Letts, tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud.

Set in 1938 Hollywood, MGM plans to adapt Baum’s work onto the big screen 19 years after his death and 77 year old Maud is determined to find her way onto the set. She’s convinced the producers need her to stay true to the spirit of the book. Why? Because she’s the only person still alive who knows it’s secrets. Once on set, a young Judy Garland reminds Maud of the girl she once knew in South Dakota – a place she and Frank lived that inspired much of the book. As Judy gets doubly pressured by both her ambitious stage mom and the studio, Maud become determine to protect her.

Lett’s deeply researched work transforms a certain period in time into a heart felt page turner.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets every Friday at 1 p.m. at the Moore County Public Library located at 17 Majors Boulevard. They begin and end a new book on the last Friday of each month. For more information, call 931-759-7285. •

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South Carolina author visits local book club

One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain is the Brown Bag Book Club November Pick. The author will visit on Nov. 22. {Cover Art Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — The Moore County Library picked One Good Mama Bone as their next Brown Bag Book Club pick. The book is a novel by South Carolina writer Bren McClain who likes to combine her love of farm animals and love of writing into works of fiction.

The novel revolves around the protagonist’s, Sarah Creamer, quest to find her “mama bone” after being forced to raise the boy who is the product of her husband’s affair. She receives lessons from an odd source … a cow named Mama Red. To read a complete novel summary, click here.

McClain grew up on a 72-acre beef cattle and grain farm in Anderson, South Carolina. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award named an excerpt from One Good Mama Bone as a finalist for a Novel-in-Progress in 2012. It also won the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. She’s currently on her next novel, Took, which features another farm animal, chicken. It won the 2016 William Faulkner-William Wisdom prize for Novel-in-Progress.

The Brown Bag Book Club will meet on Friday, November 22 at 1 p.m. at the Moore County Public Library located at 17 Majors Boulevard. Participants should bring their own brown bag lunch. If you would like to read the novel and join in the discussion, you can purchase it on Amazon and other booksellers or download it immediately on Hoopla.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. •

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