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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Public library re-opens for walk-in visits

Local small business B-Double-H Woodworks recently install this Plexiglass guard at the MCPL front desk to protect both patrons and staff. {Photo Provided}

LYNCHBURG — The Plexiglass is up. Masks are available and the Moore County Public Library is back in business.

According to Director of Library Service Peggy Gold, the Moore County Public Library (MCPL) is now re-opened for walk-in traffic, though she stressed that curbside services would remain available to those who still aren’t comfortable in public spaces. The library officially re-opened Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

Social distancing will still be encouraged. Those patrons returning materials should continue to do so at the outside book drop before entering the library so that staff can sanitize them before putting them back into circulation. Masks will also be available at the front entrance for those who prefer one and hand sanitizer, provided by Jack Daniel’s Distillery, is also available. B-Double-H Woodworks of Moore County also recently installed a Plexiglass guard at the front desk to protect both library staff and patrons.

To reserve materials for curbside pick up or for questions, call the library at 931-759-7285. •

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Library summer reading kicks off June 1

The staff at the Moore County Public Library have been busy transforming it into a fairy tale landscape for their summer reading program. {Photo Provided}

LYNCHBURG — No, the Moore County Public Library isn’t quiet ready to re-open it’s doors just yet, but that doesn’t mean its summer reading program is on hold. Castles, dragons, knights, princesses, and all thing fairy tale will take over on Monday, June 1 with an outdoor story time.

Kids can drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and enjoy multiple themed stories, the Kona Ice truck, take and make crafts, and more. The library will also sponsor a summer reading contest again this year with some cool prizes.

Library staff will have books ready for check out. All ages are welcome, and staff ask that everyone follow social distancing guidelines while on site. For more information, contact the Moore County Public Library at 931-759-7285 or get more details on their Facebook page. •

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Public Library will offer boat safety exams … by appointment

LYNCHBURG — The Moore County Public Library (MCPL) announced today that they will offer the TWRA Boating Exam test by appointment beginning on May 18.

Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 must show a TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam to drive a boat on public waters. The certification is not required if there is an adult (18 years old or older) on board to take immediate control of the vessel.  However this adult, if born after January 1, 1989, must have the boating education certification. 

According to the library, the test takes around two hours to complete and appointments will be available on on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in either a 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. time slot.

By law, all boating students must pass a proctored exam administered by an approved TWRA representative. Boating study guides are available at MCPL or online by clicking here and go to the Tennessee section.

For more information, visit the TWRA’s Boating Education website. To set up an appointment to take the exam, call the public library at 931-759-7285. •

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9 Lynchburg things to do while social distancing

shelter dog, fishing, barbecue
Walk a shelter dog, go fishing at Tims Ford, or barbecue … social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck inside. {File Photo}

Distillery tours are shut down, Moore County schools are closed … now what? On March 15, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance for stopping the spread of COVID-19 related illness. According to the CDC website, they “recommend that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.”

It’s called “social distancing” and it refers to a specific set of recommended actions taken by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious virus like COVID-19. It includes avoiding things like meeting in large groups as well as closing buildings, and cancelling events. But it doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck inside your home. There are lots of things you can do in the Lynchburg area.

1 | Explore Tims Ford State Park – It’s made up of 1,321 glorious, picturesque acres and there’s plenty of room for locals to explore without being on top of each other. It includes four hiking trails, three mountain bike trails, as well as three paved multi-use paths. It also happens to offer some of the best bass fishing in the South plus the Bear Trace Golf Course.

2 | Order take out from a local restaurant – Sure, we’re supposed to be avoiding dining in restaurants but that doesn’t mean you can’t order out. You can’t survive on snack food forever. Place a to go order at a local Lynchburg restaurant. We bet they’ll even offer curbside delivery if you ask.

3| Drop off a care package – We’re all in this together and now is the time to step up and take care of the less fortunate or vulnerable in our community. That includes that new mom, the elderly couple down the street, or the neighbor living with asthma. Pick some wildflowers, bake some homemade cookies, heck, be extravagant and give them a roll of toilet paper.

4| Shop local – Easter is right around the corner … so is Mother’s Day. The charming shops located in Lynchburg offer so many homemade, handmade, creative, original gift ideas. The Distillery tours are shut down for two weeks, so we’ve got the place all to our selves. If every person reading this just spent an extra $20 each week during the coronavirus response, it would make a huge difference.

5| Go fishing – Lynchburg’s blessed with several, amazing local waterbodies. Tims Ford Lake offers first class bass fishing. The Elk River is world-renown for its trout fishing. Fishing legend and Lynchburg native Bill Dance learned to hook em’ in the Mulberry Creek. Grab a pole and head out to a nice, secluded watering hole. And don’t forget your Tennessee fishing license.

6| Clean out your closets (and donate your stuff to Moore County Operation Spay/Neuter – You’ve got some time on your hands and spring is only a few days away. Why not get a head start on that spring cleaning? And before you throw anything away or sent it to Goodwill consider donating any “gently used” items to Moore County Operation Spay/Neuter and let them sell it on their online auction site. All proceeds fund spaying and neutering the community animals of Lynchburg. Click here to learn more.

7| Throw something on the grill – Woodard’s Market here in Lynchburg boasts one of the best fresh meat departments in the state. They offer a wide selection and if you don’t see what you want, just ask and they’ll cut it for you. Since we’re cooped up inside, why not barbecue … and maybe even share with a neighbor.

8| Check out the local e-library – The lobby of our local public library is closed to walk in traffic but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still check out materials. The Moore County Public Library offers tons of digital check out options including the Libby app that you can download to your smart device. Click here for all those options.

9 | Walk or foster a Moore County Friends of Animals pet – There’s nothing that soothes a bit of cabin fever like a wet nose or a furry tail. You’re going to be stuck at home a lot, so why spend that time with a local shelter dog … even if it temporary. Contact the Moore County Friends of Animals at 931-434-7508 to inquire about walking or fostering a shelter dog.

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Public Library remains open but closed to foot traffic

LOCAL NEWS — The Moore County Public Library Board decided last night to keep the library open but to adjust hours and close the building to foot traffic. Patrons may continue to check out items on a curb side/drive through basis. Staff will also provide materials and offer fax and copy services via drive thru. Staff posted directions and information outside to help patrons learn how to utilize library services remotely.

Librarian Peggy Gold says they adjusted their operating procedure and hours after reviewing information from the local EMA office, Stones River Regional Library as well as public guidance provided by Governor Bill Lee’s office and the White House.

The library will adjust their hours of operation. They will now be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

“Staff and patrons will have no physical contact,” she said. “All interactions will be over the phone and through the book drop. Books, audio books, DVD, laptops and Chromebooks will be made available by calling the library.”

Thr MCPL also utilizes several online options for all library patrons. The Hoopla website allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, comics and TV shows on your computer, tablet or phone. Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. also allow MCPL members to access materials from the regional system. Moore County folks may download the Libby app to read on their smart devices. For a complete list of digital library services, click here.

Gold also stated that all due dates will be extended to four weeks.

For more information, contact the MCPL at 931-759-7285 or visit their Facebook page for updates and changes in hours of operation. •

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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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Local library offers eight week cursive class

LOCAL NEWS — Once upon a time, Common Core standards didn’t require local educators to teach cursive handwriting to elementary students. That changed in 2015, after state law makers voted to add it back into public education. It’s left many students with a gap and playing catch up.

For many students who haven’t learned to read and write in cursive up to now, college could present a few obstacles. That’s why the Moore County Public Library (MCPL) is planning an eight week Cursive Class for Moore County Students. Students will learn to both read and write in cursive.

Organizers say it’s a “quick and easy class to help prepare you to read those college professor’s white boards and historical documents you may be assigned to research.” And once you’ve learned the basics, you can add your own personal flair, library officials say.

The class will meet for eight consecutive weeks and teachers will assign homework in between sessions. The class is free to students and no pre-registration is required. Classes will meet each Tuesday in February and March and classes kick off on February 4. Grades 6-8 meet from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and grades 9-12 will meet from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. For more questions, contact the MCPL at 931-759-7285. •

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Library launches Valentine reading contest for kids and teens

LOCAL NEWS — We’ve got some sweet news for kids in Lynchburg. The Moore County Public Library will launch a Valentine’s Day Reading Contest tomorrow (January 24).

For kids aged three to 12, they’ll launch the Love to Read and Create program. Check out any three books and return them by February 12 and you will receive a DIY Valentine Kit. For teenagers, each book you check out between January 24 and February 12 automatically enters you to win a Valentines Day-themed prize that included a stuffed bear and bucket of candy.

The library is located at 17 Majors Boulevard. For questions about the contests, calls 931-759-7285 or check out their Facebook page. •

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Public Library will screen Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on early release Friday

The Moore County Public Library will screen Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on January 17 at 1:15 p.m. Moore County students will have an Early Release Friday that day. {Art Courtesy of Walt Disney}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — All Moore County Schools will get out early on Friday, January 17 for teacher training. Starting at 1 p.m., local kiddos will have a little free time on their hands. Never fear, the Moore County Public Library will be there to save the day with an Early Release Day After School Movie.

Beginning at 1:15 p.m., they’ll screen the recently released Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. It’s a 2019 Walt Disney film starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s rated PG and runs about two hours long.

The event will be free to all Moore County students. Children 10 and older may attend without a parent. Parents should plan to accompany younger children. All movie watchers are welcome to bring their own after-school snack.

For more information or questions, contact the Library at 931-759-7285 or for event details check out the event’s Facebook page by clicking here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}