Archive for September, 2017


“Love Inspired”  paperbacks have larger print than typical paperbacks and according to their subtitles they present “heartwarming inspirational romances!”  Try these new titles at Marion and see for yourself!

Love Inspired The Texas Rancher’s New Family by Allie Pleiter

Love Inspired The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family by Lisa Carter

Love Inspired His Secret Alaskan Heiress by Belle Calhoune



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New Large Print Books!



You don’t have to be Eloise to live large. Try these new large print titles from Marion!

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

The Red Hunger by Lisa Unger

The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler

God Bless the Broken Road by Jennifer Dornbush

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Thief’s mark by Carla Neggers

There Your Heart Lies by mary Gordon

Look Behind You by Iris Johansen

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter

The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo

Light of Dawn by Vannetta Chapman


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Author Leigh Anne W Hoover with library logo

Leigh Anne Hoover, author of  The Santa Train Tradition and  Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites , was kind enough to show her support for our local library and we appreciate her help!





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.

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

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 and a black Labrador retriever.           

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Nonfiction Best Sellers!

Your local Marion branch of Smyth County Public Library owns the following current nonfiction best sellers!



Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Al Frankin, Giant of the Senate by Al Frankin

Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates



The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


Grit by Angela Duckworth



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Kirby MacKenzie works as the librarian at McAuliffe Elementary. She became a favorite with television viewers after appearing on the “Ellen” show. Kirby was kind enough to add her support for Smyth County Public Library’s new name and we appreciate it!


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Shelf Discovery

“I’ll get you my Pretty and your library card too!”  L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a hit upon its 1900 publication. It not only spawned countless sequels but it inspired more than one stage or film production.  However, during the twentieth century it became the target of more than one attempt to ban it from school and library shelves! Some readers objected to the portrayal of any witch as “good” while  others disliked the concept that traits like courage and brains could be seen as commodities separate from God given characteristics.  One of the oddest complaints came from the  Library Director of the Detroit Public Library who banned the book because he felt it “had no value” for modern children and promoted negativism! Some readers disliked the way women were depicted as being equal to the male characters. Other readers felt it promoted socialism.  The book…

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The following titles are frequently challenged or banned by parents or other readers who wish to have them removed from the shelves of schools or public libraries.

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • George by Alex Gino
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
  • Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Little Bill (series) by Bill Cosby
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell



Shelf Discovery


The American Library Association’s  Banned Books Week event began in 1982. The campaign attempts to make readers aware of books that have been challenged by individuals who objected to the content for one reason or another. In an effort to encourage all readers to freely choose to read what they wish to read and to evaluate all books based on an informed perspective, the A.L.A. annually promotes Banned Books Week as an educational program.  Listed below are ten of the Young Adult titles most frequently challenged during the 2014-2015 period.

  1. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Sherman Alexie
  2. “Persepolis,” Marjane Satrapi
  3. “The Bluest Eye,” Toni Morrison
  4. “The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini
  5. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Stephen Chbosky
  6. “Drama,” Raina Telgemeier
  7. “Chinese Handcuffs,” Chris Crutcher
  8. “The Giver,” Lois Lowry
  9. “The House on Mango Street,” Sandra Cisneros
  10. “Looking for Alaska,” John Green

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