Vicky Horst

Vicky Horst

It’s really hot outside. Our air conditioning is working well and you are always welcome. We have some interesting programming going on this month. Or, you could just come by and find your next great read.

Community Storytime every Thursdays at 10 a.m. for the younger people (from 2-5 years old) and their grownups.

The library is a summer feeding site which means any child between the ages of birth and 18 will be given a lunch to eat at the library. We also have a short program each day, designed to challenge the kids a bit, encourage some creativity and critical thinking and be fun.  The program will end on July 19.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the program, volunteered to help, or just put up with the chaos. This is important work and we are honored and excited to be part of it.

All the programming for July has not been listed here, because programs are subject to last minute tweaking and we may add programming if demand is great enough. Therefore, because it is especially difficult in the summer with all that we have going on finding out about programs should be done through Facebook, subscribing to our e-newsletter, or checking the Google calendar attached to our webpage (  You can always call the library at 229-386-7148 for more information as well.


What’s new to read?


If you are interested in seeing all the new materials added to this (or other libraries in Georgia belonging to the PINES system) it is easy! Go to the library catalog ( select PINES account, then library catalog. In the middle of the screen you should see a graphic of a pile of books labeled “New Library Materials.” Drop the menu, chose the library (we are a part of the Coastal Plain Regional Library system) and a list of materials added in the last few months will appear, often with plot summaries. But here are a couple of our newest books.

Diane C. McPhail’s debut novel is called “The Abolitionist’s Daughter.” Set at the beginning of the Civil War, this story imagines the lives of women who are Southern Abolitionists and the struggles they may have endured trying to do the right thing in the midst of war.

De’Shawn Charles Winslow has written “In West Mills” and this is his first novel. West Mills is an African American community in rural North Carolina with a larger-than-life resident named Azalea “Knot” Center, who is determined to live her life in the way she wants to live it – which means a lot of cheap liquor, nineteenth century literature and men. Eventually it all gets old and Knot decides some stability is in order. Enter Otis Lee Loving. He is keen to help, but there is a lot going on in West Mills.

One of the Amazon Best Books of June 2019 and named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by a number of media outlets, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” takes the form of a letter being written by Little Dog, a son who cannot remember any place other than America, to his mother, who has survived the Vietnam War, migration to the United States, birth, death and violence. She is also illiterate. How do such disparate worlds communicate? Is love enough for understanding? Ocean Vuong is the author.

“Ladysitting: My Year With Nana at the end of Her Century” is novelist Lorene Cary’s story of being the caretaker for her grandmother, at the end of her life. Nana Jackson had managed her own business well into her nineties, surviving a car wreck, various bouts of pneumonia and other infections. A messy, funny, sad and very human memoir.

From the CDC website. “Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.” Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent has written “Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community after Unthinkable Loss.” Inspired by the suicide of her ex-husband, Dr. Ashton talks about her experiences and gives suggestions that might help the people left to mourn the dead heal.

Are parenting books ever helpful? Acting on the popular advice “If you can’t be useful, at least be entertaining” Fredrik Backman (“A Man Called Ove”) has written “Things My Son Needs to Know about the World.” He starts the book with an apology for everything he will do for the next 18 years, everything he misses, everything he doesn’t understand and all the times he will embarrass this child. And then reminds his son of the time he hid the car keys and wouldn’t tell him where they were. Chapter titles include such gems as “What you need to know about motion-sensitive bathroom lights” and “What you need to know about God and airports.”

Biographies can be just the best things ever. Interesting people, exotic locales, and exciting lives. Here’s one with everything: “African Samurai, The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan.” Even though it sounds like something straight out of a graphic novel, it is the true story of history’s first foreign-born samurai and how he came to be a respected member of Japanese high society.

From Trina Jones, children’s department manager. For a slightly different take on the “Universe of Stories” theme during the 2019 Summer Reading Program, try some of these 8-12 years-old reads about kids who are “lost in the universe,” which is to say, they are on a journey to discovering where they belong in their world. Some of these are award-winning titles, some just haven’t found as wide an audience as they deserve, but if you enjoy reading about engaging and inventive kids who don’t let their age or circumstances stop them from reaching their goals, then these titles are for you.

“The Book of Boy” by Catherine Murdock.

“Bob” by Wendy Mass.

“Crenshaw” by Katherine Applegate.

“Flora & Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo.

“Pax” by Sara Pennymaker.

“The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown.

“Hello Universe” by Erin Kelly.

“Orphan Island” by Lauren Snyder.

“The Wonderling” by Mira Bartok.

Mo and Dale Mysteries” by Sheila Turnage.

“Serafina” by Robert Beatty.

“The Story of Diva and Flea” by Mo Willems.

“Tumble and Blue” by Cassie Beasley.

“The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.

“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin.

“Savvy” by Ingrid Law.

“Inside Out and Back Again” by Thanhha Lai.


Did you know?


There has been an avalanche of advertising for lately. There are all sorts of special deals for various holidays and marketing campaigns, promising you unlimited access for a great price per month. Just remember that you can access the library version of free at the library any time we are open.

Our licensing agreement with Ancestry does not allow us to offer you access at home, like all our other GALILEO databases, but, free is always a good price. Come see what is available through the program before you decide if it is the right purchase for you.

The library board and staff would like to thank the city council for approving our budget request for the 2019-20 budget year. We are working hard to provide the county with the information that they have requested and will hopefully work out a budget request that both the county and the library can work with in the near future.

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