The Bookmark: What’s hot locally at the Libraries, Southern Fried Books, Coweta Ferst


By Nancy Sanker, The Bookmark

Shwew … We’ve almost made it through another cooker of a Southern summer. Now it’s time to see what activities and books are hot in Newnan.

But first, did any of you find any sizzling “literary ideas” on your summer travels? My favorite was discovering our lunch tab tucked inside a vintage book at Savannah’s Gryphon Tea Room. This stunning turn-of-the-century restaurant, crowned with stained glass and lined with mahogany bookshelves, is worth the drive.

And now … back to a sampling of what’s hot locally:

Coweta Public Library – Please call to reserve your space at these four branches:

• Central Library – 85 Literary Lane – 770-683-2052 
September 16 – 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Tales for Two’s
September 18 – 10-11 a.m.– Bingo Anyone?

• Grantville – 100 Park Drive – 770-683-0535
September 12 – 4-5 p.m. – Cooking with Ms. BeLinda
September 16 – 4-5 p.m. – Full STEAM Ahead

• The Powell Branch – 25 Hospital Road – 770-253-3625
September 17 – 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. – Medicare Educational Workshop
September 19 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.– Lee St. John – Author Book Release Party!

• Senoia Branch – 148 Pylant Street – 770-599-3537
September 19 – 4:30-5:30 p.m.– Senoia Lego Club
September 21 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.– Senoia Branch Library Writers Group

• The Carnegie Library – 1 Lagrange St. – 770-683-1347 for reservations or reserve online.
September 23 – 9:30-11:00 a.m.- Carnegie Literary Circle will discuss Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
October 1 – 6-7:30 – The Other Night School – Reading in the Renaissance. Visit for more information

• Southern Fried Books – 29 Jackson Street
Friday, September 20 – 5-9 p.m. – Newnan Art Walk – T. M. Brown will be talking about his inspirational trilogy, Shiloh Mysteries at Southern Fried Books. Don’t miss the discussion of all three books including Sanctuary, Testament and Purgatory.

• Wine & Words aka The Cottages Book Club
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley was our “book-club-lite” choice for August, but hey, this group also likes to discuss money. Yep. We like to fundraise for causes that have touched our group. The family of one of our members has been deeply affected by Alzheimer’s so last year our book club raised over $8,000 during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  This year our “Walking Readers” are hot to top that amount at the Southern Crescent- Peachtree City Alzheimer’s Walk on October 5.

• Coweta Ferst Foundation
Here’s another worthy event … Coweta Ferst Foundation will have its signature fundraiser, the Ferst Annual Lewis Grizzard and Catfish Memorial Bike Ride, on October 6, 2019, beginning at the Moreland Mill with the start at 8 a.m. Registration is available at,, or by emailing [email protected].

Registration is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the ride. Groups of 10 or more may take advantage of a $30 per person rate by emailing [email protected] to register in advance.

Routes of 12, 25, and 66-miles take riders through the beautiful, rural countryside of Coweta County. Rest stops are strategically placed and lunch is served at the end of the ride. A commemorative t-shirt is given to all participants. Enjoy the day with family and friends and support literacy in Coweta County. Please help reach the goal of $40,000 to enable this organization to send almost 3,000 children age-appropriate books each month.


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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