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Library Happenings – Literary fathers impact lives (June 17, 2015 issue)

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21. To those who needed the reminder, you’re welcome! As they do in our lives, fathers play a pivotal role in many novels. Atticus Finch, in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a model of caring and courage. Pap, Huck’s brutal father in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” falls at the other end of the spectrum.
In between, we find characters like Mr. Bennet, Elizabeth’s father in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” We find him likeable and do not doubt he loves his daughters (although, obviously, some more than others). His parenting skills are sufficient for the two well-behaved older sisters. They are, however, wholly inadequate to the task of managing the headstrong Lydia and Kitty, Lydia’s susceptible shadow. Still, we are willing to overlook a number of Mr. Bennet’s flaws in recognition of his “unhappy alternative” speech when he refused his wife’s hysterical request to make Lizzy marry the odious Mr. Collins. Who is your favorite literary father?
Friday Fun
Mr. Bond, Science Guy will kick off our Summer Reading Program’s Friday Fun Days series on June 19. His “Spectacular Science Show” will explore the more entertaining aspects of science in a program designed to appeal to kids from three to 93. If previous shows are any guide, you can expect something to explode! The fun will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Erwin’s Town Hall.
Beach Read
I can almost taste the shrimp and grits! Since the Lowcountry of South Carolina is only five hours from here, many of us know the charm of Charleston and the nearby beaches. I think that’s at least part of the reason why books by Dorothea Benton Frank are so popular with our female patrons. As you might expect, her most recent release, “All the Single Ladies,” is set in that steamy convergence of salt marsh, sand and sea.
What is the nature of love? Nurse Lisa St. Clair is mourning the passing of her favorite patient with Carrie and Suzanne, two of the woman’s devoted friends. When they consider men, children and finances, they realize that each one has experienced her share of loss and disappointment. As they walk and talk on the endless beaches of the Isle of Palms, they learn from each other and take a lesson from Kathy Harper’s all-too-short life.
Next week, we’ll head north to the beaches of Nantucket with Elin Hilderbrand and “The Rumor.”