The Bookmark: February Happenings here in Coweta


By Nancy Sanker, Special to The Paper

Hearts are popping up all over. I bet your pulse quickens at the thought of a new book purchase, an author event or even writing a meaningful chapter. You must love reading.

My mom had a clue of my book obsession when she saw that I had used masking tape to number the spines of all of her vintage books and then pasted pockets (complete with cards) inside. She calmly said, “Nancy, I can’t believe you did that!” I basked in her obvious approval. A library was born! Decades later I understand how well she masked her disapproval. Mom continued to encourage my obsession when she ignored the evening glow of my flashlight under the sheets as I helped Nancy Drew solve crimes.

Whether you are a book lover or you’re instilling the passion for reading in your littles, there’s an event listed below to warm your heart during a chilly February.

Newnan Carnegie Library – 1 Lagrange Street – Please register for events at

• The Other Night School – hosted by the UWG School of Arts.
Receptions begin at 6 p.m. and talks start at 6:30. “Complimentary wine and intelligence.”

• Tuesday, February 11 – “Getting Warmer: Literature of Environmental Crisis” – Shannon Finck, senior lecturer of English, The HUB Carrollton.

• Tuesday, February 18 – “Remembering the Confederacy” – Keith Bohannon, professor of history, UWG Center, Newnan.

• Thursday, February 20 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Hometown Novel Nights – Meet Christopher Swann, author of Shadow of the Lions, “A twisty tale that surprises at every turn.” He will join Angela McRae, author of Emeralds and Envy, a cozy mystery sure to make you take a second look at vintage jewelry. Personally, it’s a fresh reason to visit estate sales!

Planning Ahead…
• Saturday, April 4 – Time – TBD – Mark your calendars to attend the launch of the paperback edition of Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. This is a don’t miss event for fans of C.S. Lewis and his brilliant irascible wife, Joy Davidman.

Coweta County Libraries – Reserve your spot at any of the four branches.

• Central Library – 85 Literary Lane – 770-683-2052
Every Thursday in February from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – FREE Tax Prep from AARP
Wednesday, February 19 – 10-11:00 – Bingo Anyone?

• Grantville Branch – 100 Park Drive – 770-683-0535
Tuesday, February 11 – 4-5 p.m. – Royal Tea Club
Thursday, February 27 – 4-5 p.m. – Kids Crafty Activities

• Powell Branch – 25 Hospital Road – 770-253-6235
Every Wednesday in February from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – FREE Tax Prep from AARP
Thursday, February 13 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Kid’s Valentine Party

• Senoia Branch – 148 Pylant Street – 770-599-3537
Monday, February 10 – 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Social Club Craft N’ Creations
Tuesday, February 25 – 4:30-5:30 p.m.- Camp Marimac

Nixon Centre for Performing Arts – 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road – 770-254-2787

Planning Ahead…. Wednesday, April 1 (NO fooling) – 6-8 p.m. – Enjoy the launch of Ariel’s Island, a legal thriller by Pat McKee.  Refreshments will be served at this free event. Books will be available for purchase.

Monarch House Assisted Living, 299 Bullsboro Drive – 678-552-9867

• February 23 at 2 p.m. – It’s a mid-winter double hit with Hometown Novel Nights as founder T.M. “Mike Brown” hosts two of our favorite local authors, Angela and Alex McRae. Join residents, families and guests – refreshments and door prizes are a bonus.

Winter is a great time to love a book club at Central Library: 

• February 11 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.– Inspiring Reads – Becoming by Michelle Obama

• February 13 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Gentle Reads – Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

• February 20 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Page Turners – Murder on a Girls Night Out by Anne George

More book clubs:

• Carnegie Literary Circle – Monday, February 24, 9:30 – Plain Speaking by Merle Miller

• As the Page Turns (also at the Carnegie) – Tuesday, February 25, 3:30 p.m. – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Reservations for Carnegie book clubs are requested.

• And Judy, member of our Cottages Book Club (aka Wine & Words) has selected The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow for our February discussion…wine optional.

Looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine? Skip the flowers and buy a copy of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. You and your Valentine will be glad you did.

I hope you continue to love books…. just don’t add masking tape to the spines!


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 The Bookmark to success! To email Nancy … [email protected].

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