Date: October 18, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Essex Inn, Tappahannock, Virginia
The Friends of Essex Public Library invite you to the Fall 2019 Evening with a Writer, featuring three authors of the anticipated new historical novel Ribbons of Scarlet. The book’s six authors bring to life six diverse female characters whose paths cross during the French Revolution. The result is an epic novel illuminating the power of women to change the world.
Three authors, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, and Sophie Perinot, will be the event’s guest speakers. The evening’s festivities will be held at the Essex Inn in Tappahannock. Tickets are $35 and are available for purchase at Essex Public Library or online at: https://friendsfall2019.brownpapertickets.com.
The ticket price includes a glass of wine and French hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are limited and must be purchased no later than Wednesday, October 9. Proceeds benefit Essex Public Library.
A book signing will follow the authors’ reading and discussion. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Come join the fun as you hunt for B-8 or G-3 or O-2! The Friends of Essex Public Library will host a special bingo night, “Adventure Bingo,” on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:30, at Historic Old Beale Sanctuary in Tappahannock. Prizes include a range of fun experiences, food and entertainment, and services, such as tickets to Ingleside Winery for a V.I.P. wine tasting, tickets to a Westmoreland Players performance, high tea at Belle Grove Plantation, and even an estate-planning package provided by local attorney Lisa S. Andrews.
Complimentary sweet and savory snacks will be provided, and there will be a cash bar for wine and lavender lemonade. Three prize baskets will also be raffled off; the basket themes are “Party Time”, “Home and Garden”, and “My Reading Life”.
It’s well known that stuffed animals enjoy a good story. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, Essex Public Library will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover the evening of Friday, May 3. Community stuffed animals are invited for an evening of games, crafts and stories before being tucked in for a giant sleepover.
Children are welcome to drop off stuffed animals between 3:00 and 6:00 on Friday, May 3rd. The sleepover will end on Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 during a special storytime where children will find out what things their stuffed animals have been up to.
Owners of stuff animals will be asked to register their friends at the front desk during drop-off so that the staff can be properly introduced to them. It can be hard to choose which particular stuffed animal you want to bring, but it’s very important to remember that it should feel comfortable spending an entire night away from you. We really don’t want any of our friends at our sleepover party getting homesick in the middle of the night!
Because Ms. Beth needs to know just how much pizza to order for all the stuffed animals, registration is required. Call Essex Public Library at 443-4945 or e-mail email@example.com.
We see thousands of books move across our service desk each year at Essex Public Library. As big-time book lovers, we discover many fresh favorites as they hit our shelves, and of course we also hear about lots of great reads from our library users. At the end of 2018, we took a little time to reflect on our year of reading. We created a list of seven favorites, and we hope that one of these books will become a favorite for you in the new year.
Circe by Madeline Miller
You don’t need to be a classics scholar to enjoy this mythical retelling from the Greek goddess Circe’s point of view. Mounting rivalries among Circe’s powerful family and her encounters with mythical creatures add drama and suspense. Circe’s voice is warm and intimate, yet her sweeping story stretches across countless years. This novel, ultimately a celebration of humanity, will remind you why these myths are so enduring.
Don’t You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son by Mary Carter Bishop
In this compelling memoir, Mary Carter Bishop explores deep family secrets after discovering that she had a half-brother who was given up at birth in a home for unwed mothers, the result of their mother’s shameful youthful “mistake.” Bishop’s powerful story explores themes of guilt and fate, and the Central Virginia setting makes Don’t You Everespecially interesting to our local reading audience.
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
This novel was written for middle grade readers, but both kids and adults will find twelve-year-old protagonist Mason Buttle a remarkably memorable character. Mason is the biggest, sweatiest kid in school, and he has a learning disability. When he finds his best friend dead at the base of their tree fort, things get even worse. Written with sensitivity and compassion, The Truth Told as Told by Mason Buttleis a heartwarming story about resilience and love.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
As one of Oprah’s 2018 Book Club picks, An American Marriage isn’t exactly an under-the-radar choice for our list, but it deserves the attention. The story centers on a modern African-American newlywed couple, Celestial and Roy, ripped apart by terrible and unexpected circumstances when Roy is wrongfully convicted of a crime Celestial knows he did not commit. This intimate novel is a striking portrait of the ensuing devastation of their marriage and family
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Waterman of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift
Chesapeake Requiemis a respectful study of the past, present, and tenuous future of Chesapeake Bay’s Tangier Island and its residents, mainly families who have been rooted on the island for generations. But Tangier Island is disappearing. The proof is everywhere and mounting each year. As the graves of their ancestors are washed out by the tide, Tangier’s residents battle to maintain the only way of life they know. Here is more excellent nonfiction which will have high appeal for our region.
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Romance readers should not miss Alyssa Cole’s “Reluctant Royals” series, which begins with A Princess in Theory. In this delightful and steamy contemporary royal romance, our heroine Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairytales. Emails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince have been interrupting her busy life as a grad school student with multiple jobs. She, of course, deletes them. But the ever-dutiful Prince Thabiso is willing to go to great lengths to track down his betrothed. Can this city Cinderella find happiness with Prince Charming?
The Word Is Murderby Anthony Horowitz
The brilliant Anthony Horowitz dazzles readers in this inventive mystery in which he centers a fictional version of himself as the ghostwriting “Watson” to a modern-day “Holmes.” His Holmes is an eccentric, disgraced London investigator named Daniel Hawthorne, who asks Horowitz to write a book about him. Together, they investigate the death of a woman who walks into a funeral parlor to arrange her own funeral and then is murdered six hours later. As the murder suspects are revealed, readers will find the testy relationship between Horowitz and Hawthorne just as intense as the unraveling murder plot.
We wish you lots of good reading in 2019. Happy New Year from Essex Public Library!
Join us each Saturday in October from 1:30 to 3:30 for a spooky movie throwback from the 80s or 90s, shown on the big screen in our meeting room. Free popcorn, thrills, and chills! Call the library at (804) 443-4945 for movie titles. All ages are welcome but note that age appropriateness of films will vary. All movies shown will be rated PG.