The Bookmark: July Literary Happenings in Coweta

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By Nancy Sanker, Special to The Paper

Arrgh, Matey.  The Sanker theme for the summer of 2020 is “pirates.”

Those who know me understand my personal mantra, “Life is better with a theme.” This one fits – all of our ships have been detained, robbed and plundered. That’s the downside. An upside is that I have yet to walk the plank. Most importantly, our personal treasure chests hold more than gold doubloons. They’re filled with opportunities to slow down, read, explore, learn and give thanks for what we have.

Now let’s unfurl the map and see where a good literary adventure can take you:

The Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 Lagrange St. (www.newnancarnegie.com) – 770-683-1347.

The Carnegie continues to offer a wide variety of programs online including:

  • Preschool Storytime
  • Mr. Damon’s Shadow Puppet Shorts
  • Chapter book storytimes
  • STEM Craft time
  • Craft time with Ms. Terri – 6 and up
  • In the kitchen with kids!

Check the online schedule for times and dates.  If you want to dream about the future (my personal coping strategy) T.M. “Mike” Brown will be at the Carnegie on August 20 for Hometown Novel Nights.

Corner Arts Gallery, 30 S. Court Square (https://cornerartsgallery.net), 678-633-5705. There are signed copies of Mike Brown’s third and final addition to the Shiloh Mystery series, Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest in the Gallery Book Nook. You’ll enjoy discovering what happens in Mike’s well-received series.

Coweta Public Library Systemwww.cowetapubliclibrary.org

Our Library System continues to offer curbside service. Reserve your books online or call your closest branch to have your next great read(s) brought to your car Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Branch phone numbers:

Central Branch – 770-683-2052

Grantville Branch – 770-683-0535

Powell Branch – 770-253-6235

Senoia Branch – 770-599-3537

Do you need a library card? No problem! Visit http://cowt.ent.sirsi.net/en_US/ecard.

Check online for the wide variety of CPLS programs including:

  • STEAM
  • Kids DIY
  • Summer Storytime
  • Summer Family Performers
  • Teens Create and Play
  • Paper Crafters
  • Spanish Storytime

Windows and Mirrors

Discovering unexpected online treasures makes me feel like a true swashbuckling adventurer. Wildgeese Bookshop in Franklin, IN is owned by Tiffany Phillips who shared her perspective that is just too important to keep to myself. She feels her responsibility as a bookseller is to give readers, particularly children, both mirrors and windows (Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop). Somedays we need to see ourselves in books like a mirror, but other days we need to use a book as a window to experience what others see and feel.

Mother-Daughter Book Clubs – Unburied Treasures – My daughter recently gave me a copy of The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. She also bought a copy for herself and declared us a mother-daughter book club of two. This simple act has sparked fruitful conversations which motivated me to research Mom-Daughter clubs. Turns out they’re popular for all age groups.

Relationships created in mom-daughter clubs can help young girls navigate the murky, sometimes dangerous waters of social media and peer pressure. In addition, participation in a book club helps young women develop new skill sets. The ability to feel comfortable speaking in a small group is an asset in middle school all the way through college and into the workplace.

Sure-fire picks for you, your daughter (age 10+) and additional members who are lucky enough to be invited include:

  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly– Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 by Gennifer Choldenko – Boy stands up for his autistic sister in this compassionate tale.
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryBeloved classic features a loveable imaginative heroine. This book definitely launched my love of books.

For additional book selections and insightful information visit http://motherdaughterbookclub.com

The Cottage Book club aka Wine and Words – A book mentioned as a “sidebar read,” This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is making its way around our group. Hop on board this canoe trip down the Mississippi River as four children attempt to escape their brutal lives. Hope, compassion and redemption are woven through this tale that will compel you to skip a night or two of sleep.

Now we are looking forward to reading The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, chosen by Diane Robertson. What great books has your book club discovered?

It turns out that this time of isolation, fear and mask- wearing is not all about being stuck in the brig. It also hands us the opportunity to shield the sun from our eyes and exclaim, “Ahoy!” to new discoveries.

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

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