March 2018

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Can we talk about something? This isn’t just any ‘something’. This is a ‘something’ of paramount importance. This is a ‘something’ that threatens the very fabric of life as we know it. And you know what that is? Stickers. Yes, stickers. The sticky sticker kind that stick to things. Things like books, and cases, and spines, and covers. Why for the love of all that is sacred, do distributors think it is okay to put stickers on their books?! They are like tiny paper leaches that weren’t good enough to become the pages of a book, so they take revenge by covering up tittles and ISBN codes, ripping precious book flesh away as I scrape them off with cracked, broken nails. Yes, THOSE type of stickers. The bane of every librarian’s existence. We’ve put men on the moon, I think it’s about time we make a sticker that can be removed without ripping away a book’s soul. Like unicorns, this breed of sticker is a rare occurrence, but my friend, I’m here to tell you I’ve encountered just such a wonderful creature. Lord bless them, one of our books sources uses stickers that peal off in one glorious piece, and they don’t even leave any trace of gunky residue.  Why can’t all stickers be like that? I don’t ask for much. I just need a one world order that require everyone use these stickers by penalty of being strung up by their toes. I don’t think that’s too extreme, do you? I’m pushing for a revolution, though so far it hasn’t caught on. But I’m no quitter, and one day, while imagining a perfect world, I made a wonderful discovery that has washed (almost) all by problems away. Alcohol. Yes sir, I keep a bottle in my desk. And on those days when the stickers are just too rough to handle, out it comes. And when no one is looking, I take just a couple drops. That’s all it takes. A couple drops. That and a cotton ball. (What were YOU thinking?!) The stickers seem to be responding well to this new form of treatment, and though this hasn’t solved ALL my sticker woes, it makes life so much easier. So, until you see the rise of the One World Sticker Order, I’ll be here with my alcohol.

In more official library news, we’ve had a full month here at CPL! February saw the completion of our Adopt-A-Book Fundraiser, and we were blown away by everyone’s generosity! Our goal was 100 books, but we crushed it with out final number of 144! That deserves a round of applause and a HUGE thank you to all our supporters and donors!

Spring Break saw a slew of activities for the kids, with movie days and lots of crafts. We also held a Celebration of Books Open House to show our appreciation for such a great community and give everyone a chance to see our new books. In case you haven’t been in lately, let me highlight some of our latest additions. If you are fan of the Mitford series, you will be happy to know that we have completed the series, all the way through #14, published just last year. If real life adventure is more up your alley, we have The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that Changed the Nation by Joe Urschel, cited as “a thrilling true crime story of gangsters and lawmen and how an obscure federal bureaucrat used this now legendary kidnapping case to launch the FBI.”; Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini “the riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence.”; and The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston which is, “a suspenseful and shocking, absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century surrounding a 500 year old legend, an ancient curse, a stunning medical mystery and a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world’s densest jungle.”

If you are looking for a lighter read, try one of three titles by author Katherine Reay, A Portrait of Emily Price, Lizzy and Jane, or The Bronte Plot. These Christian chick-lit titles are infused with themes from classic literature, making them a great modern cross over for fans of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. These are just a few of our many, many interesting new titles. Come by and check them out for yourself!

Desarae Phipps

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