Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Paul Elie

As we near Easter, I have completed my "assigned reading" for lent: The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Paul Elie. The reading was assigned by me to me to help celebrate the season of patience and waiting that is lent. Subtitled, "An American Pilgrimage," the book is a collective biography of four of the greatest 20th century American Christian writers. Elie's theme is that these four were on a great pilgrimage in life to more fully know the love of God and their fellow humans.

The four authors are the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, the founder of the Catholic Worker Dorothy Day, the southern Gothic writer Flannery O'Connor and physician and philosopher (and Mississippian) Walker Percy.

Elie's excellent book presents these important thinkers not as saints, but as humans with many weaknesses to overcome who are aspiring to make the world better through their love of God. The book is long and occasionally a little tough going, but it is well worth not just reading but studying in depth.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Brookhaven Children's Room Taking Shape

The renovation of the children's room of the Lincoln County Public Library in Brookhaven is in high gear now! The walls have been painted, the furnishings returned from the refinisher and the new furniture installed. While a few new surprises haven't arrived yet, the room is almost "ready for its close-up."

Friday, April 4, 2014

61 Hours by Lee Child

The fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series are among the most devoted in all of series novels. On the surface, Reacher seems an unbelievable character--in addition to being frighteningly intelligent and strong, he is a Christ-like figure with his refusal to own any possessions and his devotion to charity.

While these characteristics would seem to make a character into a caricature, in Child's capable hands, Reacher becomes not only real but extremely likable.

And while Child has created a character that has a legion of fans, his writing is also in the first rate of thriller writers.

In 61 Hours, Reacher has hitched a ride on a tour bus traveling through the northern tier of states during the coldest time of the year. Of course, the bus crashes and the elderly tourist are saved by Reacher and the local police. While stranded in a small town in South Dakota, Reacher is enlisted by the locals to solve an international crime that reaches from South Dakota to Mexico and Russia via the CIA and the Pentagon.

Child's Reacher books have been described as "airport thrillers." And while I suspect those critics mean that as an insult, I think it is a great description--the books are fast moving, exciting and well written with believable characters that the reader cares about. If you like thrillers and haven't discovered Jack Reacher, do yourself a favor and pick up any of the books.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Neil White at Friends of the Library Gala

IT'S OFFICIAL, Neil White, author and publisher is doing a fund raiser for FRIENDS OF LINCOLN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Neil is author of several books one being IN THE SANCTUARY OF OUTCASTS about the time he was incarcerated in federal prison at what was the last Leper Colony in the United States. He is also author of several books about famous Mississippians.
Now we can reveal all of the facts. First, go mark your calendar for APRIL 12. The first part of the fund raiser will be a casual intimate luncheon for Neil and his wife Debbie. Twenty sponsors and their guests will be able to mingle with Neil. Since the number of sponsorships is limited and several have already been taken, if you are interested let us know soon and we will save you two tickets. Sponsorships are on two levels Business/Corporate for $300.00 dollars and Individual sponsorship for $200. The Business/Corporate sponsors will each receive two tickets to the luncheon and four (4) tickets to the keynote address and reception which will be held at Olde Town Church. Individual sponsors will receive 2 tickets to the luncheon as well as 2 tickets to the keynote address and reception. In addition, if you are interested in becoming a Patron of the Library you may elect to join at this time for the $100 membership fee which will also entitle you to 2 tickets to the keynote address and reception. There is also a Patron membership for $100.00 and you will receive 2 tickets to the night event. The night event, held at Olde Town Church will start at 6pm with Neil’s presentation in the sanctuary. Tickets to the night event only are $20. Since we have been told the sanctuary only seats between 185-200 people there is obviously limited seating so please make your reservations early. If you have not had the opportunity to see Olde Town Church since the renovations this will be the perfect opportunity to do so. Please feel free to email me at modestyann@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to be put on the ticket list. Neil will also be bringing some of his books to sell and sign. We are not sure which ones he will bring but it might be a good time to put back a Christmas or Birthday gift early, especially, if he brings his books on famous sportsmen. Every man is going to want a copy of that one. Please share this post so all can see this wonderful event coming to Brookhaven. FOL hopes this is the first of many literary events we will sponsor.

Lives Change @ Your Library

Calling all Brookhavenites former Brookhavenenites or Anyone with a story 

Please share your own story of how the library changed your life or what it has meant to you-- before APRIL 11.
We are seeking library memories in YOUR life.  Our theme this year is LIVES CHANGE @ YOUR LIBRARY.

All you have to do is compose an email to librarystories@yahoo.com with your story--just a paragraph, or whatever you like!
The newspaper staff will choose their favorites to publish during National Library Week, April 14-19.

It's fun, it's easy, and it may inspire someone else to use the library!

Thanks for participating.  Please list your name and address for the newspaper's requirements.  If not, we will just enjoy them here in Ole Brook on our library's new bulletin board. 

THANK YOU!  Forward this to anyone from here that you think would be interested.

Friends of the Library

Friday, March 14, 2014

New/Old Seating for Brookhhaven Children's Room

The renovation of the Children's Room at the Lincoln County Public Library is continuing as the painters prepare to paint this weekend. Meanwhile, the newly refinished and recovered children's chairs have come in.

Come in often and check the progress!

Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos is a top notch crime writer with several series to his credit. Hard Revolution is a prequel to his widely read Derek Strange novels. in the earlier novels, Derek Strange is a middle-aged black private investigator in Washington, DC. In Hard Revolution, he is a rookie cop in 1968 dealing with the political and civil unrest surrounding the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King.

And if the chaos of the streets of Washington weren't enough, he has a number of family and personal problems to deal with. Pelecanos conjures up a very real world with a very real character who must answer to his own conscious as well as his supervisor on the force and the violence in the streets.

If you like crime fiction and haven't discovered Pelecanos, please start with any of his exciting books.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Burnt Norton section II

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
These lines from the second stanza describe the "still point," which is the Logos or Word--which the Book of John explains most succinctly:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

What an incredible image this presents, showing us God as the still point that is the center of everything and which is everything.

The section ends with the rose garden and the significance of time:

To be conscious is not to be in time
But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden,
The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
Be remembered; involved with past and future.
Only through time time is conquered.

Time is part of the turning world, not the still point, and yet the world is also the Word.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Burnt Norton by T.S. Eliot

I always seem to turn to T.S. Eliot during lent. He is one of the greatest poets who wrote in English and is both Christian and Modern. Burnt Norton is the first poem of one of his greatest works, Four Quartets. Helen Gardner says of this poem. "...we may say that mystically the subject of Burnt Norton is grace: the gift by which we seek to discover what we have already been shown."

Burnt Norton is actually an English manor with extensive, beautiful gardens. The poem was inspired when Eliot visited the gardens. In the first section, Eliot uses the rose garden to symbolize the place where the temporal and eternal meet. The first lines of the poem are

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.

As we read on, we get a suggestion of the Logos (John 1:1) which is developed as the poem moves into the second section--which I will discuss next time.

In the meantime, grab a copy of this wonderful poem and read it for yourself. You don't even have to go the the library--it is available free on many websites.

The Quest by Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series is filled with action and adventure. The books remind me of many Saturday afternoon matinees of my childhood--heavy on plot and short on character development--just the thing for an afternoon's escape from rainy weather.

The Quest is the fourth book in the series and continues where the previous book, Warlock, left off. Taita, a powerful Magus is given the task of solving the curses that plaque Egypt due to evil at the headwaters of the Nile. Tatia and his faithful ally Meren Cambyses journey up the river battling natural and supernatural foes in their quest.

The Quest is exciting and filled with adventure, but be forewarned it is also graphic and bloody.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Mississippi School of the Arts Student Exhibit

The Mississippi School of the Arts students hung their show in the Lincoln County Public Library yesterday. It is always entertaining to see what the students are doing!

New Book Bins in Brookhaven Children's Room

The renovation of the children's room of the Lincoln County Public Library is continuing with the arrival of the new book bins for the easy books. The light colored wood continues the wood tones of our original furnishings and keeps the look of the room bright and fresh.

These bins are for the books for our youngest library users and make books easy to browse.

Our great children's room is becoming more colorful, cheerful and exciting as we continue to improve our library.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Photography Exhibit at Lincoln County Public Library

Anding Exhibit at the Library
Flowers out-of-season grace the meeting room walls at the Lincoln County Public Library this November.  Jessica Anding shares her love of photography with the public through this mostly floral exhibit.  
Originally from Brookhaven, the Anding family moved back to the Homeseeker’s Paradise from New Orleans in 1986. Jessica, daughter of Janice and Nelson Anding, enjoyed small town living with her brother Jason.  Graduating from BHS in 1988, Jessica attended Copiah Lincoln Community College and later, USM, before illness caused her to come home.  
Ms. Anding received instruction in art from Tom Ross and Janet Smith at Co-Lin.  Thereafter, drawing and painting became hobbies.   She went on to receive a degree in computer drafting and design from Co-Lin and worked at Logical Link for 2 years.
Advances in computer technology and digital cameras helped fuel Ms. Andings’ interest in photography as a hobby.    Nephew, Grayson Anding, and nieces, Marin and Amelia Anding , became favorite subjects of her photos, in addition to outdoor scenes.
Another hobby Ms. Anding enjoys is crocheting.  “A blanket I am currently working on will be auctioned at First Baptist Church in Brookhaven to benefit the orphanage, Casa de Fe,” she said.
Ms. Anding is currently working part time at Edward Jones Investment Co.  
The public is invited to view Ms. Andings’ photography on display at the Lincoln County Public Library in Brookhaven through the month of November.      

From Donna Kenney

Friday, November 1, 2013

This was our bookmobile in 1965

Monday, October 21, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Have you ever wonder what it would be like to turn sixteen and have to decide which faction to join? That is what happened to sixteen year old Beatrice in Veronica Roth's first installment in the Divergent Trilogy. This story takes place in a dystopian society in futuristic Chicago, where on a given day sixteen year olds are given an aptitude test to determine which faction best suits them. Each faction is based on a virtue of humanity. But for Beatrice something goes very wrong with her test.

This book is full of action, danger, and intrigue in every chapter. When I started reading the book, I could not put it down. I am not going to tell you what happens to Beatrice, you will have to find that out yourself. It is a very fast paced book that keeps you interested to the end. If you liked The Hunger Games series, you will like this trilogy.