The Bookmark: Carnegie Spring Festival, Spring Book Suggestions


By SUSAN CRUTCHFIELD, Newnan Carnegie Library Director

Spring is such a delightful time of year! Sunshine, flowers, staying light later, and the Carnegie Spring Festival!

Spring always feels like such a time of renewal after winter. I always feel like that’s when the new year really begins. The trees turn green around the square and the flower baskets pop up. The downtown area really shows off how beautiful it is during spring. We won’t even discuss the pollen though. You win some, you lose some!

This year’s Carnegie Spring festival will be held on Saturday, April 22nd starting at 10 a.m. We have so much fun planned for the whole family. We will have games and crafts on the sidewalk for kids & teens. We also are excited to welcome back the Coweta Master Gardeners upstairs to talk about the Joy of Container Gardening, which also starts at 10 a.m. But the day’s highlight will be the reveal of our Summer 2023 Programs Schedule and Summer Reading Program! We hope you will be able to join us for this fun morning! You can let us know you are coming by RSVPing on Eventbrite.

I would be remiss if I didn’t leave you with a few Spring book suggestions!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery — This book begins in the spring and the descriptions are so beautiful and vivid. Who can forget Anne’s dreams of wanting to sleep in the wild cherry trees? No one can describe a nature scene like L.M. Montgomery!

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister — This book is so stunningly written. It weaves magical realism with family drama and longing for a place to feel like home. I also loved the visceral descriptions in this book. And the way the author uses scent as magic feels fresh and new.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon — I adored this romance book about a TV meteorologist and sports reporter. These two start scheming to reunite their formerly married bosses so they will leave them alone at work and during the process, they get to know one another. I like how this book handled depression in such a beautiful way.

And our children’s librarian Ms. Teri suggests the book Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson. It will show the reader how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful plants.

I hope everyone has a beautiful spring and I hope you have a chance to visit a library to help grow your mind!

Susan Crutchfield is the director of the Carnegie Library in Historic Downtown Newnan. She also is a professional photographer and enjoys volunteering with the Newnan ArtRez and the Newnan Theatre Company.    

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