Archive for August, 2012

Food for Fines

Take advantage of  Food For Outstanding Overdue Items!

Starting Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ending Tuesday, October 23, 2012

To receive forgiveness for fines, bring one non-perishable food item for each overdue library item (no matter how long the item has been overdue).  Food for fines is for outstanding items only. We will not accept food in payment of fines where items have  already been returned.   Canned goods or boxed goods accepted.

To ensure proper credit, please bring food items to the circulation staff at the front desk.

The items received will stay in your local area


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New Books!

Non Fiction

The Complete Book of Baby Names

Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope

A Guide Book of United States Coins

The early Christian & Byzantine World

Abigail Adams by  Janet Whitney

Growing Up brave by Donna Pincus

Restless empire: China Since 1750 by O.A. Westad


Mistress of Shadows by Barbara Michaels

The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

Beowulf on the Beach by Jack Murnighan

The Unfinished Garden by Barbara White

Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell

The Importance of Being Seven by Alexander Smith

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

A Gift from Brittany by Marjorie Price

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

Albert of Adelaide by Howard Anderson

Coup D’Etat by Harry Turtledove

The Gift by Bryam Litfin

Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs

A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

Sky Dragons by Anne McCaffrey

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow

Imitation of Death by Cheryl Crane

Rizzoli & isles: Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Young Adult Fiction

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Tiger Lily by Jodi Anderson

If I Life by Corrine Jackson

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

Starters by Lissa Price

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Code name Verify

The Drowned Cities

The Enchantress by Michael Scott

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

The Battle of Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Pretty Little Secrets: A Pretty Little Liars Collection by Sara Shepard


City of Night by Michelle West

Midnight rescue by Elle Kennedy

Bedeviled by Sable Grace

Slaughter Canyon by Ralph Compton

Battleship by Peter David

Kiss the Bride by Lori Wilde

On the Prowl by Christine Warren

The Final Detail by Harlan Coben

House Name by Michelle West

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New Paperbacks

The Year of Living Dangerously by K. Bennett

Texas Love Song by Altonya Washington

The Vampire Narcise by Colleen Gleason

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Carnage of Eagles by William Johnstone

Heat Rises by Richard Castle

Lost Girls by Caitlin Rother

One in a Billion by Beth Kery

Little Matchmakers by Jennifer Greene

His Texas Baby by Stella Bagwell

Slaughter on North LaSalle by Robert Snow

The 34th Degree by Thomas Greanias

Silent Slaughter by C E Lawrence

I Ate the Sheriff by K. Bennett

The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg


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Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Rescue me by Rachel Gibson

Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer

Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Gone Missing by Linda Castillo

The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy


New Fiction

Babel Tower by A S Byatt

The Shadow of  God by Anthony Goodman


New Non-Fiction

Repairing the March of Mars by John Apperson

T.R. Theodore Roosevelt by H W Brands

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pool and Billiards

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Come by and check out these new books!

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The After Wife by Gigi Grazer

The Gifted by Ann Gabhart

Against the Sun by Kat Martin

Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

The Quality of Mercy by Faye Kellerman

In One Person by John Irving

Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas

A Conspiracy of Friends by Alexander Smith


Limbo by Bernard Wolfe


Whitetop by Douglas Ogle

For the Royal Table


The CEO’s Unexpected Proposal by Karen Smith

Battle for the Soldier’s Heart by Cara Colter

The Cowboy Comes Home by Pat Thayer

The Rancher’s Housekeeper by Rebecca Winters

Clutches and Curses by Dorothy Howell

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

The Princess and the Outlaw by Leanne Banks

The Coyote Tracker by Larry Sweazy

Death of a Greedy Woman by M C Beaton

Blood Valley by William Johnstone

Montana Dreams by Jillian Hart

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 Senior Citizens Day
By Tod Owens

They occasionally refer to a classic song as a “golden oldie.” The implication is that while the composition is not new, it has acquired a certain status or merit. I suppose we could use that whole analogy when we think of senior citizens. It’s not merely the fact that those individuals have reached a certain age that makes them important. We see them as being worthy of respect and extra consideration because in the course of their lives they’ve earned our gratitude because of the ways in which their individual actions have contributed to society as a whole. The idea that we owe much of what we now have to the sacrifices made by those who came before us clarifies why we should view the elderly with respect and gratitude. We know that to a certain extent, each generation raises the next one in terms of improving quality of life and advancing social justice. Rather than relegate senior citizens to the side lines of life, we should celebrate them and work to enable them to more fully become integrated in society. Your local library might be the perfect avenue of empowerment many senior citizens need. August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day and it is a perfect time to look at what growing older means for an individual or a society.
Having achieved retirement age, many citizens desire a new challenge. They may decide to take up a new hobby or seek new horizons through travel. The library has resources that will enable any patron to learn more about hobbies ranging from gardening to playing a musical instrument to learning a foreign language or beginning photography. If we don’t have the exact book you need, we may be able to borrow it through our Inter-library Loan service in which we request the book from another library and ask our patron to pay the postage needed to ship the book back to its actual owner. It is fast and economical and it allows users of every age to figuratively turn our local library into a source for almost any book a patron could desire! It is great for those who wish to look into a new hobby without having to pay a large amount of money to actually purchase books on the subject! We also have computers for public use and these machines enable users to open up a whole world of entertainment and knowledge.
There is no fee for use of the computers except for a nominal printing fee should users desire to print out black and white or color copies. If an older user desires to learn more about the music or television shows favored by their grandchildren, there are sites like Youtube that allow users to watch and listen to video clips that feature any performer from Ozzie Nelson to Katy Perry. Naturally, the library computers also allow patrons to send and receive e-mail in order to keep in touch with distant friends and relations. Free e-mail accounts are available through sites like hotmail or yahoo and library staffers are more than happy to create e-mail accounts and give basic lessons in the use of e-mail to any interested patron! All you need to access the computers or check out the books mentioned above is a valid library card!
We all owe senior citizens our respect and gratitude as individuals; however, it is even more obvious that our state and Federal governments owe older residents numerous services designed to improve their lives. By coming to the library, older patrons may find out how to contact these agencies and learn more about the type of programs for which they may qualify. While the library staff can’t offer medical or legal advice, we are able to provide users with basic information or contacts for more expert assistance. Growing older is not a crime nor is it an excuse to avoid modern life. Senior citizens don’t have anything to prove to younger neighbors but they do have plenty of opportunities to teach or interact with them. Elders interested in mentoring or tutoring the young might find eager pupils or valuable contacts through a visit to the library. Library volunteers are always welcome and we know that we will learn as much from you as you do from us! After all, with age comes wisdom!

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The Caped Crusader’s Papery Origins

by Amber Combs

It seems like everyone is talking about the new blockbuster hit, The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale and directed by Christopher Nolan. Fans have stuck with Nolan’s trilogy from the films’ first entry, Batman Begins, but most don’t realize just how old Batman really is. His original appearance was in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939 in response to Action Comics’ new successful creation, Superman. National Publications’ Bob Kane collaborated with Bill Finger to devise a new character that looked like Superman’s darker opposite and had no innate super powers, choosing instead to use wealth and technology, intelligence and detective skills, martial arts, and intimidation on his foes.
Many fans wouldn’t recognize the first-conceived physical appearance of Batman. Kane first designed him as wearing a black domino mask and a red union suit with black trunks and huge black bat wings. But most don’t know the literary and cultural inspirations for the Dark Knight, either. Kane drew ideas for his new hero from films like The Mark of Zorro and The Bat Whispers, while Finger looked toward already established characters such as Doc Savage, The Shadow, and, unsurprisingly for a comic book hero who was sometimes called “The World’s Greatest Detective,” Sherlock Holmes. As for Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne, his name was taken from the Scottish patriot, Robert Bruce, and Mad Anthony Wayne. Bruce Wayne married personality traits from both his namesakes; Robert Bruce was a rich playboy, while Anthony Wayne was an army general famed for his military exploits and hot-tempered personality. Bruce Wayne is actually depicted in the DC Comics as General Wayne’s direct descendant!
Batman’s basic storyline hasn’t changed much over the years; he is still portrayed as the orphaned child who swore to get revenge on criminals after his parents were murdered. What has changed, however, are the writers and artists who depict the character. From the original artist and writer Kane and Finger to Frank Miller’s darker reevaluation in the 1980s, as well as the debut of the 1960s Batman television series and numerous movies directed by men like Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan, Batman has become the popular superhero he is today. If you’re interested in the Caped Crusader, then be sure to pick up any of the comics or movies to learn more about him and expand your knowledge of Batman. Remember, the library has a lot of them, including the Frank Miller comics and Batman Returns (which also stars Michelle Pfeiffer in what is possibly one of the best portrayals of Catwoman in the history of Batman’s on-screen appearances)!

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Come Check them out!


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Black List by Brad Thor

The Spymasters by W.E.B. Griffin

The Unspoken by Heather Graham

Beyond the Farthest Star by Bodie Thoene

When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason

The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter

The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope



The Girl in Blue by P G Wodehouse

The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson

Desperate Measures by Fern Michaels

Day for Night by Frederick Reiken

Warrior of Rome by Harry Sidebottom

Separate From the World by P. L. Gaus

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philppa Gegrory

The View From Here by Deborah McKinlay



Life :100 Photographs That Changed the World

The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt by Rulka Langer

The Looting of Social Security by Allen Smith

The Hatfields & the McCoys by Otis Rice

World Religions by Robert Pollock

Bluegrass Jamming on Mandolin

The Confederate Nation 1861-1865 by Emory Thomas

A Day without Pain by Mel Pohl

What to Wear Where by Hillary Kerr

In the Blink of an Eye by Mark Waltrip

Passages in Caregiving by Gail Sheehy

To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid and Pat Garett by Mark Gardner

Microsoft Office 2010

Resources of South-West Virginia


SWVA Heritage Room (not for circulation)

Provincial North Carolina Wills Vols. 1-2

Heritage of Russell County, Virginia

The Virginia Company of London

York County Land Records 1729-1763

York County Wills, Inventories, and Court Orders 1702-1704

Prince George County Virginia Miscellany



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