The Bookmark: Literary Happenings in October


By Nancy Carol Sanker, Special to The Paper

Scaffolding. Now that’s a word we don’t run across every day.

Downtown Newnan has had scaffolding lately to elevate and support workers as they beautify and protect our town. Many of us would also like to be uplifted! Our personal scaffolding, which consists of family events, school routines, church activities and workplace security has been a little – or a lot, shaken. If you’re like me you’re searching for the comfort of normalcy – warm hugs and handshakes included.

For example, who would have thought we would step outside the norm to celebrate my cousin’s long anticipated 50th wedding anniversary via Zoom? Only virtual hugs were exchanged. Where’s our bridge to the new normal? Reading, listening to books and participating in virtual activities provided by our libraries and local authors will help. Participating in these community offerings is especially crucial for children who may be balancing on tightropes above a pit of often anxious adults. Ages aside, we appreciate the efforts of all individuals at community resources for searching for creative ways to strengthen and support us! 

Coweta Public Library System (CPLS)

Using any one of the four Coweta County libraries listed below has never been easier. 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 (

Library branch phone numbers:

Central Branch – 770-683-2052

Grantville Branch – 770-683-0535

Powell Branch – 770-253-6235

 Senoia Branch – 770-599-3537

Temporary Hours:  M-W-F 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; T & Th – 1-6 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.– Central and Powell only

Curbside Pick-up: M-F 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Saturday – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Central and Powell only

The Newnan Carnegie Library – 1 Lagrange Street ( – 770-683-1347

Current Hours: M-T-Th-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; W 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-Noon

New class!  The Carnegie is excited to announce that it will be having a new drop-in virtual lap time for children ages 6-18-months. Class will consist of rhymes, songs, finger plays, movement and a board book.  Registration will start Oct. 6 and is ongoing. This Zoom class will be on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Registration is required in order to receive a code.

Thursday, October 15 – 6:30 – 8 p.m.- Hometown Novel Nights – Join Mike Brown and his talented author friends including Sharon Marchisello, Angela McRae, Kathleen Cosgrove and Roger Johns via Zoom at the Carnegie for Mystery Novel Night.  All four authors have written mystery/suspense novels. This will be a night you won’t be able to forget! Sign up at the Carnegie Eventbrite site.

No Newnan Bookstore? No problem! Step inside the Corner Arts Gallery, 30 S. Court Square to visit the ever-growing local author Book Nook. You’ll find the well-received trilogy by T.M. (Mike) Brown including the Shiloh Mystery Series, Sanctuary, Testament and Purgatory among other notable local authors.

October 10 – 2 -5 p.m. – Road trip! You can visit with Mike Brown and Angie Gallion at Lines Between the Wines, Warm Spring Cellars, 11 Roosevelt Walk, Shop #1, Warm Springs.

Skedaddle– that’s another word you hear infrequently. It’s the name of the third book by local award-winning children’s author, Jacqueline Leigh. The hilarious story follows Nellie who cannot get to sleep because of an unwanted noisy guest in her attic. Kids will enjoy following her creative problem solving.

Sunday, October 11, 3  to 5 p.m. Children’s Book Launch at the Blue Cicada Creative Studios, 401 Dividend Drive, Peachtree City.  I’m looking forward to buying an autographed copy and accomplishing some early Christmas shopping.

The Cottages Book Club, also known as Wine & Words (for no particular reason) has selected In The Woods by Tana Woods for our October read. Anne Hooks, the guest hostess for our last meeting, reported that three book clubs she participates in have read this 2017 book about a pair of Irish detectives and it was unanimous – everyone enjoyed it.

Our book club is looking forward to participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s which has been organized by member Michele Parker in honor of her Dad, O.J. Walker. We love reading and working together for causes that are close to our hearts. The Little Free Library (LFL) organization has designated us an “Action Book Club” because of our participation in community fundraising. For information on starting your LFL, which is now over 90,000 strong, visit

I hope that whoever and whatever exists as your scaffolding remains strong, supportive and sacred.


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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