Archive for December, 2016

Remembering Debbie Reynolds!


Actress/author/businesswoman Debbie Reynolds was born on April 1, 1932 and died on December 28, 2016.  She was one of the most enduring stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and she devoted much of her time in her later years to preserving memorabilia from that era.   She became a star at the age of 19 in “Singin’ in the Rain” after only acting in five previous films.   She never slowed down and continued to  work in film and on stage and in animated features like “Charlotte’s Web” or  in television films like “Halloweentown” for the remainder of her life.  She wrote the memoir Unsinkable.  The Marion Library owns her films “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Singin’ in the Rain” on DVD while her autobiography is available at the Chilhowie Library along with her film “Tammy and the Bachelor.”  Sadly, she died one day after the passing of her daughter actress/author Carrie Fisher.


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Remembering Carrie Fisher!



Actress/author Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016.  While best known as the intelligent and determined Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films, she also became a successful author with her acerbic wit on display in works like : Postcards from the Edge, Delusions of Grandma, Wishful Drinking,  and The Princess Diarist.  Your local Marion Library owns the original three “Star Wars”  films which starred Fisher as well as her books Shockaholic and The Princess Diarist.





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Holiday Schedule!


SBRL will be closed this Saturday, December  31, 2016 for the New year holiday!

That leaves you plenty of time to stock up on DVDs and books and make a resolution to return everything on time!

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It doesn’t matter if your holiday plans are many  (or Minnie)  or few, we wish you a Merry Christmas and remind you that SBRL will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Monday December 26.  We will also be closed on  December 31 for the New Year’s holiday.


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Author Leigh Anne Hoover!


Leigh Anne Hoover is well-known for her popular holiday book The Santa Train Tradition. She kindly showed her support for our local library and we appreciate her friendship!

Leigh Anne W. Hoover is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education/English and a minor in general communications, Hoover has worked for over 30 years in the media. She has extensive writing and public relations experience in the region and has published articles encompassing personality and home profiles, arts and entertainment reviews, medical topics, and weekend escape pieces.

Notable features include one-on-one interviews with actress Andie MacDowell, artists Bob Timberlake and P. Buckley Moss, author Jan Karon, Grammy-winner, singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and the 14th president of Clemson University, James F. Barker. Hoover also writes a monthly column for East Tennessee Medical News titled “Enjoying East Tennessee.”

She is the author of the well-known children’s book The Santa Train Tradition and award-winning Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites. Her children’s books have been endorsed by New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe and parent educator Nancy Samalin.

Reading with RalphA Journey in Christian Compassion is a Christian book about her adult literacy student. For Better or Worse…Unless Annulment Comes First is Hoover’s second adult Christian book.

She is currently working on a debut novel set on a remote, bridgeless island Hoover refers to as Spartina, South Carolina. Although Blue Blood is fiction, a real life concept is interwoven through blood, medicine, the horseshoe crab, and Jesus.

Hoover serves as president of the Friends of Allandale board of directors and is a member of the Kingsport Delphian Club. She is also a past president of the Literacy Council of Kingsport, the Junior League of Kingsport and past co-chair of the Clemson University Parents’ Development Board.

Hoover is a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, and she volunteers as an adult reading tutor. She and her husband, Brad, reside in Kingsport, and they have two adult children.             

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New Books @ Marion!


Miss Tracey has added the following new books to her departments.

E Fiction

Alex’s Ten-Dollar Adventure by Wendy Bailey


J Non-Fiction

Lego Manufacturers: The Kristiansen Family by Lee Slater



Flip the Bird by Kym Brunner

Four-Four-Two by Dean Hughes

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon



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Lara Spencer of   “Good Morning America” recently named  M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans as one of her favorite books.  The best -selling novel inspired a film and may be found at your local Marion Library in both regular and large print formats.




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