The Bookmark: December Literary Happenings in Coweta

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By Nancy Carol Sanker, Special to the Paper

It’s the season of giving, gifting and going … well, maybe not quite so much of the going this year. But certainly, it’s the season of giving.

It’s the perfect time to give thanks to our healthcare professionals, teachers and everyone else in the workforce who has struggled to keep life chugging along. While you’re in the giving mode, would you please consider giving our local businesses your dollars? They have slogged through this challenging year to offer you books, candles to read by and pillows to be snuggled into.

Let’s give a shout-out to the literary world, too. They have pivoted from classic book tours to virtual tours. On the flip side, more people have participated and appreciated authors who splash words on pages that transport us when we are stuck and touch our hearts when we are feeling heartless.

As you consider the activities and gift suggestions listed below, I hope your heart is filled with gratitude. For what you have, for who you know, for what your body can do, for all the things we slip into taking for granted.

Read on for more ideas and a final important gift that defies wrapping.

Coweta Public Library System (CPLS)

It’s free, my favorite four- letter word. Have you given yourself and your family the gift of a library card? Using any one of the four Coweta County Libraries has never been easier. Your library card is like a child’s Transformer.

 Your ecard provides access to all digital resources including GALILEO, eRead Kids, Mango Languages, Testing Prep Courses and more.  The best news? You can now receive reserve notifications for your favorite books via text. Please check the CPLS website and Facebook page for new virtual programming (cowetapubliclibrary.org). Temporary hours vary – call before you visit.

Library branch phone numbers: 

Central Branch … 770-683-2052 

Grantville Branch … 770-683-0535

Powell Branch … 770-253-6235

Senoia Branch … 770-599-3537  

Curbside Pick-up: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central and Powell locations only

Free Wi-Fi is available from all four library parking lots, seven days a week from 7a.m. – 11 p.m. The network name for all four branches is “BOOKWORM.” No password needed.

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Thank you! The Selah Foundation, founded by Kelly Woodward, partnered with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office to provide an early Christmas gift of a Book Nook at Pinewood Villas. This Nook contains books for adults and children with more Nooks to come, according to Sheriff Lenn Wood.

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The Newnan Carnegie Library

1 Lagrange Street, Newnan (www.newnancarnegie.com). 770-683-1347. The Carnegie is an honor system library for adult/children’s books.

Current Hours:

9 a.m. to  5 p.m. … Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. … Wednesday

9 a.m.- to noon … Saturday

What’s new? My vintage-loving heart has found a fresh reason to flutter. The Carnegie now sells books including The Vintage Christmas Cookbook by Angela McRae, which features old-fashioned decorations and of course, recipes you’ve known and loved.  Classic Cornflake Candy? Check. Peanut Butter Balls? Check. All guaranteed to be appreciated by the recipient – and maybe even the giver’s family! Stop by the Carnegie to buy a signed copy for yourself and a friend … or two.

Wednesday, December 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Book Club with Lola – Register for a 15-minute session between 3:15 and 4:30 for your child to read to Lola via Zoom. Word has it that Lola enjoys hearing any tale told by a child.

December Mondays – 1:30 — 4 p.m.– Wishin’ You Didn’t Have to Crochet at Home?  Join the Carnegie Crochet Group for ages 10 and up. It’s the perfect time to learn a new skill or re-visit an old one. Please bring your own materials including a size H hook and Red Heart Yarn. Register at Eventbrite and of course, wear a mask.

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• T.M. Brown, author of the perfect gift-giving Shiloh trilogy, is reading The Big Free by Martha Boone to the residents at Monarch House Assisted Living. I wasn’t familiar with this book, but soon learned it is an autobiographical novel following an intern’s life at New Orleans’ Charity Hospital, otherwise known as The Big Free. After reading the reviews, I am jumping in and reading a book that will make me want to say an even bigger “thanks” to all of my doctors.

• Gift ideas for Seniors – Mike gives the gift of storytelling. What can you give the senior in your life? Audiobooks are perfect. E-reading devices offer adjustable backlighting and font size. Non-tech readers will appreciate large print books, reading lights, magnifiers and book holders. Potential book gifts include A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman, The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg and of course, the beloved Mitford Series by Jan Karon.

• The Cottages Book Club aka as Wine and Words is whining this month. We had plans to meet at Pat Darrow’s House to discuss The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, but COVID-19 made us hesitate. Meantime, I am reading Anxious People by Fredrik Backman because of the stellar reviews and because I am well … anxious.

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This season is classically about gratitude and giving. I’m adding an unusual priceless gift idea – forgiveness. It’s frequently difficult, almost impossible to give and yet when it is delivered, the giver is gifted, too. This simple reminder is my present to you. 

Wishing you a safe, healthy and Merry Christmas.

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Nancy Carol Sanker landed in Newnan via Ohio, Colorado and California. The constants in her life are her love of family, friends, fundraising and books. Nine years ago, she created Lights for Linda to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of her sister. Now she looks forward to illuminating the literary opportunities and fundraisers our community offers readers of all ages. Nancy’s 11-year-old book club provides fresh, new titles while her two and eight-year-old grandchildren keep her aware of books for “littles.” Who knew a cow could type? Your contributions about book clubs, Little Free Libraries, events and fundraisers will lead The Bookmark to success! To reach Nancy, email: [email protected].

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