Library Happenings

A Series of Events 

by KellyAnne Terry

 

Last week Youth Librarian Dani Buehler gave us a holiday rendition of the series she offers in youth. To build on her Serieslandia column, I am here to tell you that books in series live everywhere in the library.  

In today’s world of publishing, authors are encouraged to write their ideas as series, making a cohesive set of characters to become attached to. Several years ago, when author Craig Johnson visited as the guest of our Annual Author Dinner, he shared that his publisher told him to write the Longmire mystery books as a series because they could market it better. To date there are 13 books about Sheriff Walt Longmire, and six television seasons based on the character.  

Books even try to hide as non-series even though they obviously are – take Bill O’Reilly’s Killing series.  Whether it is Killing Kennedy or Killing England, it is not ending well for somebody. Also, some authors refer to characters from previous novels written, which of course sucks us in, because we want to know what happened to these people! I am referring to the Simone St. James ghostly mysteries that usually have different protagonists, but a love interest or minor character is someone we have already met in her earlier books. Tricky.  

I am here to confess that I am as dependent on “the next one in the series” as any reader out there. I try not to think I am too clingy, but come on Ellie Griffiths! Can’t you write the Ruth Galloway mysteries faster? I know you are also writing the Magic Men series about magicians solving crimes, but what’s a girl to do inbetween Ruth solving mysteries and revealing her complicated love life? I know, I should move on to another series, but which one?  I do enjoy the Lady Darby mystery series by Anna Lee Huber, or the Lady Emily suspense novels by Tasha Alexander, and I could always reread those Simone St. James ghost stories mentioned earlier (even though she denies the machinations of a series.) But perhaps this time I will move on to one of the lavish television series we have here at the library, namely Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (which take place in 1920s Australia) or Mrs. Bradley’s Mysteries (she solves crimes with her chauffeur).  

Regardless of what the next series love affair may be, you can be sure and find them at the Library – just ask any librarian, we know where they all like to hide, and can help you find the next one in your library-loving Serieslandia.    

 

Upcoming Hours

The library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 26 to observe the Christmas holiday and Tuesday, Jan. 2 to observe the New Year holiday.  Happy holidays!   

 

Patron Update

Please update your contact information at the front desk or by calling the library at 538-5212. If it’s been quite some time since you signed up for your library card and given the library your contact information, we urge you to do so at your earliest convenience, and we can update so our correspondence can reach you.  

 

Save the Date

The 7th Annual Chili Bowl is coming soon! Mark your calendar for Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 and start assembling your trivia team. Chili dinner begins at 5 p.m. at Jack’s Hanger with trivia to follow. Tickets available at the door.

 

Board of Directors

The next Board of Directors meeting is Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Library upstairs meeting room.  For the new year, the regular monthly time is set for the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

 

Book Station

Drop by the next Friends of the Library monthly book sale on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Gently used books will be on sale and proceeds benefit the Library.

 

Friends of the Library

Make a note to attend the upcoming quarterly Friends’ meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at noon in the Library upstairs meeting room. Get involved! Meetings are open to the public.

Poll

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