The Good Dream is a heartbreaker

February 7, 2014 by  

Reviewed by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor What happens when the old maid in a 1950 East Tennessee town is determined to save an abused child?  She may become the one who gets saved. Donna VanLiere chronicles each step of the way for Ivorie Walker in her first full-length novel, “The Good Dream.” The book starts rather slow, but I believe VanLiere designed it that way. Ivorie Walker is a thirty-something woman who is believed to be past the … Continue reading

The Boy on the Porch

January 24, 2014 by  

Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL youth services specialist What would you do if you found a little boy, asleep, on your front porch? Would you call someone to report finding the little boy? Or would you simply take the little boy into your home? This is the question that John and Marta are faced with one morning when they walk outside on their front porch. They figure out very quickly that the boy, whose name is Jacob, cannot (or won’t) … Continue reading

Short & Sweet

January 3, 2014 by  

The Short & Sweet program at the Kyova Branch (second Thursday at 6 p.m.) has some great selections coming up in 2014! This is a fun and easy program to do … just pick up a copy of that month’s short literary selections at Kyova, or read them online, using the links posted here. At the program, join in a brief discussion of each selection, and then enjoy some sweets. We promise to wrap it up within an hour. We … Continue reading

The Book Thief is an incredible read

December 27, 2013 by  

Reviewed by Barb Biggs, BCPL branch manager I think sometimes people throw words around carelessly. The pop star of the moment is an “icon” or some person “hates” this or that silly television show or brand of clothing. The book that I am going tell you about is about the power of words; how words can incite and how words can also save.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is set in Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s. … Continue reading

Al Capone Does My Homework: A Tale From Alcatraz

December 27, 2013 by  

Reviewed by Denise Dillow, BCPL youth services supervisor This book, the third and final one in the series, immediately grabs your attention! Who could imagine an infamous mobster, like Al Capone, doing someone’s homework for them? Not me. I was intrigued, and had to read. This story takes place in 1936 on Alcatraz Island. If the island sounds familiar, it is because Alcatraz Prison was once there. Many dangerous criminals were imprisoned there because it had the reputation that no prisoners could escape … Continue reading

Obituary Index updated

December 15, 2013 by  

The index for the Ashland Daily Independent obituaries has been updated. It has been updated with the 2011, Jan-Jun 1975, Apr-June 1946, a few missing months from the 1920s and 30s as well as misc. corrections. The database now contains over 194,000 entries.  The next update will bring the total over 200,000. Take a minute and check the updated index out.  

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