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The Carnegie Library building was completed in September of 1919, but work towards the building began as early as 1914 when the Carnegie Corporation of New York agreed to donate $11,000 for the building; a resolution was acted on by the County Commissioners in 1918. A subscription drive was also undertaken by the Civic Improvement Club to purchase the lots where the library now stands for $550 from Lena Henry. Local building contractor, Mr. Elmer Ranck, designed and built the building which hosted the first event in September of 1919.

Wednesday, September 18 an Open House will be held throughout the day to honor the 100th anniversary of this building. At 5 p.m. the library will also host Business After Hours. Plan now to stop by between 12-7 p.m.

This fall the library will host a series of three folding book art classes with the first to be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30 p.m. The series is suitable for all levels of experience. Holiday patterns are planned for either decorating or gift giving. Call the library at 334-3490 to register!

“Gone Too Long” is a new novel by Lori Roy. Imogene Coulter is forced to confront long-held secrets when, while cleaning out her father’s property after he dies, she finds a child. Young and alive, the girl is in an abandoned basement behind a door that locks from the outside. Imogene’s search for answers leads her to Beth’s disappearance years ago. Despite fearing the Klan’s retaliation (her father was a Klan leader), Imogene is determined to shine a light on her family’s dark history – even if it means changing the course of her own life forever.

Other new fiction books are “A Rreluctant Bride” by Judy Hedlund, “The Sheriffs of Savage Wells” by Sarah M. Eden, “My Italian Bulldozer” by Alexander McCall Smith, “Please Don’t Feed the Mayor” by Sue Pethick, “Eye Spy” by Mercedes Lacky, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong, “A Touch of Forever” by Jo Goodman, “The Seekers” by Heather Graham and “Good Girl, Bad Girl” by Michael Robotham. A new young adult title is “Shadow & Flame” by Mindee Arnett.

“The Joy of Tiny House Living: Everything You Need to Know Before Taking the Plunge” by Chris Schapdick is among new non-fiction titles. Also available: “Alone At Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operation Force” by Dan Schilling and “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America” by Eliza Griswold.

The Lennea Lewis Slagle Children’s Library has these new junior books “Towers Falling” by Jewell Parker Rhodes, “Spy School British Invasion” by Stuart Gibbs and “Some Kind of Courage” by Dan Gemeinhart. A few of the newer easy titles are “Happy Cat” by Steve Henry, “Dragons Do Not Share” by D. J. Panec, “Little Ducks Go” by Emily Arnold McCully and “Crabby Crab” by Lisa Charlesworth.

“Trees!” is the theme for Storyhour on September 17, 2019. Storyhour is held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday throughout the year. Call 334-3274 anytime to hear a recorded story. Dial-A-Story is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Visit the library’s historical database by going to and clicking on the tab, Historicals. Data is continually being added so check back often.

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.