Passport to Reading Fun!

Take a six week vacation by reading a book from each of the six regions of America.  Each time you finish a book from one of the six regions, you may come by the Chilhowie Library and receive a stamp for your reading passport. When you receive all six stamps (and finish reading all six books)  you may enter a drawing for prizes donated by area businesses. You need to turn in your completed stamped reading passport by  July 15 in order to enter the drawing.

1. Select your books set in each of the six regions

2. Or select  books by authors from the six regions.

3. Read books about people, history, or culture of the regions.



Build your own castle tonight at the annual meeting of  Princess Tracey’s Lego Club!  If you are between 5 and 11 and love Legos (or are a long lost heir to a royal throne) stop by tonight at 6:00 in the Copenhaver Meeting Room of the Smyth County Library. Fun will be had by all and you might just meet Kate, Duchess of Cambridge!




School is out but your local library is open today from 9:00-4:00.  Come by and get the kind of books you want to read! You won’t be tested on what you read. We won’t make you write an essay or book report.  We don’t mind if your book features Tom Sawyer or Spencer Hastings or Groot! We just want you to find the books and movies you want and enjoy your summer!  Enjoy a good book with no pressure…except for the urge to get to the end and find out what happens!




We have some wonderful new books here at Marion!  If you don’t like old books then these are the books for you! These books are brand new and untouched by human hands!  Well, I guess I touched them when I typed this list and others touched them when they arrived and were processed.  Don’t worry though!  They are all really nice people. You’d like them.  Come to think of it, somebody had to touch them when they printed them and then prepared them for shipping.  I don’t really know  who touched them before they reached this library.  Maybe you should only handle them with gloves or have your trained Book Monkey turn the pages for you!  It is up to you but I can assure you that these books are new!

Fresh Start by Joel Osteen

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamont

Prince Charles by Sally Smith

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin

Ballplayer by Chipper Jones

Pretty Tough Plants

How to Hygge

The Daily Show The Book by Jon Stewart

It Starts with Food

Engineering Victory

Penguin the Mappie

The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia






Does that title remind you of something Stan Lee would have written? If so that is appropriate since Smyth County Library’s new Library Director Rob Farmer enjoys classic and contemporary graphic novels among other literary works.   While “Readin’ Rob”  will officially take office (assume the position sounds vaguely criminal) on July 1, he was kind enough to share a few of his reading habits with us and we appreciate it.

“I have eclectic reading patterns, and I will pick up anything I think looks interesting. I like biographies, bio-science, history, and entertainment in non-fiction. Jill Lepore’s recent book about Wonder Woman was especially interesting to me. For general fiction, I like classics, preferably American like Mark Twain; science fiction from folks like Ray Bradbury or Larry Niven; newer fantasy from Jim  Butcher or Larry Correia. Most recently I am reading Seanan McGuire.

Since library school I have often gravitated toward kids books. I read everything from board books to YA. Some of my favorites have included the Rick Riordan mythology based books, lots of Avi, and Francesca Lia Block. I am just starting The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

I am also a HUGE fan and advocate of comics and graphic novels for all levels of reader. The bulk of my checkouts recently have been collected editions of various comic series, both new ones and ones from my childhood.  I have made adding graphic literature of all kinds for the collection here. I think it has  been very successful so far.

Finally, I have an affinity for giant monster books. So, I will read or watch anything dinosaur, giant squid or giant shark. ”









It’s no mystery why  people come to the library.   Life would be pretty spooky without new books to read! We all know the appeal of a brand new title. It can lure you in like a trap and hold you in its grip until you reach the end.  I’ll let you in on a secret.  Librarians love getting new books too! You’ve unmasked us and exposed our passion for books! To think we’d have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for you meddling kids…and adults!  (No Scooby snacks in the stacks!)


New Fiction

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Brimstone by Cherie Priest

What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

One Perfect Life by Lisa Scottoline

Since We fell by Dennis LeHane

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child