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Library Happenings – Funds from state going to laptops, technology training

By Angie Georgeff

If you have come to the library lately, you may have noticed a really big check propped up behind our circulation desk. It is really big in size (18 by 42 inches) and in its amount ($8,761.50). It can’t be cashed, but it does represent real funds that we are going to use to purchase updated laptops and pay for additional technology training.

Much of our focus will be on children and seniors, but classes will be offered for all ages. The contract is in the mail, and when it is fully signed, we will be able to start purchasing hardware and software. Barring any unforeseen delays, we should have everything in place and be ready for classes to start by the end of summer.

Tennessee’s Secretary of State Tre Hargett came to the library to make the presentation. The dignitaries who attended were intrigued by our beautiful and historic building and Story, of course, thought it was all about her. We are so thankful to have this opportunity to offer enhanced technology training to our community! I will keep you posted on our progress.

Friday Family Fun Day

Two words:  Pool party!! Be sure to join us at Fishery Park Pool on Friday, June 16 for the wettest fun under the sun. The pool will open at 6 p.m. and we’ll have to be out of there by 8:45, but that will give you plenty of time to soak and swim. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the responsible adult must remain on site with the child. As is the case with all of our Family Fun Days, there is no charge and no need to preregister for this special event.

Spotlight Books

John Grisham is known for his legal thrillers, so I was a bit curious when I saw the dust jacket of his latest novel, “Camino Island.” It shows a boardwalk that ends at a sandy beach. It almost could be the cover of a summer romance novel by Elin Hilderbrand, except for the preponderance of boardwalk over beach and the dark clouds that obscure the sun. I have a feeling this novel is not going to be a romp in the surf.

It begins with the well-planned theft of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original manuscripts and other papers from a vault at Princeton University. Their actual value is incalculable, but the company that insured them stands to lose $25,000,000.

The action then shifts to Camino Island in Florida, where bookstore owner Bruce Cable sells popular novels to sunburned beachgoers but also deals in rare books and manuscripts.

If your heart is set instead on Elin Hilderbrand’s new novel, “The Identicals,” please ask us about it. And yes, it is about twins, Nantucket (of course!) and Martha’s Vineyard.