The Bookmark: There’s plenty of books waiting on the electronic sidelines


By Nancy Sanker, Special to The Paper

What a difference a measly month makes. We swing from, “Homeschooling for HOW long?”  to “Oh, when will life return to normal?”

It’s difficult to think that just a few weeks ago I started reading The Library Book, a lengthy love letter to books by Susan Orlean. Life was relatively calm. As I finished, the world was reeling.  But there’s good news. Books are waiting on the front lines in your home or on the electronic sidelines, to soothe, nourish and entertain.

  • Dive into your TBR (to be read) pile and add titles to a book journal or post them on Goodreads ( Aha! You have a ready reference of current reads, what you have completed and you’ve left a literary bread crumb trail for friends to follow.
  • offers suggestions to read a book by a local author, one written in the year you were born, a classic you never read in school or three books by the same author. Inspired to make sense of your personal library? Visit for “The Definitive Way to Organize Your Books.”
  • For littles – Organize a book scavenger hunt– find a book with a ball, animal or purple cover, etc. Jot down a tot-dictated story. It’s the perfect time to capture childish thoughts and drawings – include the outline of a sweet little hand or foot.
  • For middlesWonder, The Wednesday Wars and Smile are popular and there are always cookbooks. Double a recipe and discover that understanding fractions pays off! Grandparents and other extended family members can select a well-loved book like The BFG (1982) by Roald Dahl to read to a child. Whether the young person can read it herself is inconsequential – it’s time to create a memory.
  • For the rest of us – Newnan’s independent bookstore, Southern Fried Books, is offering free delivery or shipping of Ariel’s Island, an action-packed legal thriller by local attorney/author, Pat McKee. It was set to be released to well-deserved fanfare, but we all know the next chapter to that story. Buy your copy through Southern Fried –

Library Offerings

  • Digital activity at our libraries has more than doubled. No library card? No problem! Jimmy Bass, Director of Libraries for the Coweta County Library System reports that an ecard is available by:
  • Going to
  • Under QUICK Links choose eCard Online
  • Follow the brief instructions and you are good to go.
  • If you already have a card, just use your card # and PIN and click on Digital Library.

Newnan Carnegie – This library is offering many activities for all ages ranging from a Home Safari at the famed Cincinnati Zoo to Cosmic Kids Yoga. Visit and join the fun.

The Library Book closes with, “All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library’s simple unbroken promise. Here I am, please tell me your story; here is my story. Please listen.”

My echo? Please listen and use these moments, days and weeks to record your story.


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].

State Representative Lynn Smith and Jimmy Bass at Public Library Day at the Capitol.

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