It's National Library week

Special to The State Journal Published:

In honor of National Library week, the Friends of the Paul Sawyier Library will hold a mini-book sale on Monday, April 3, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The sale will be on the first floor of the Library and we will have some of the many quality books that have been donated to Friends. This will be a preview of the quality books that will be for sale at the Giant Spring Sale scheduled for May 18-21.

Examples of some of the books that will be available: several books on carnival glass, an interesting book on the Civil War, lots of fiction including The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Until I Find You by John Irving, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, books by Anita Shreve, Elizabeth Berg, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, and others.

There will be children's books as well.

Proceeds will be used to help fund the stained glass window that will be in the Children's Section of the new library.

Computer classes

begin this week

Computer classes are scheduled to begin on April 4. These classes are offered free to those with little or no computer experience. Classes are taught using Windows XP and are held in the Leeco Room of the Library. No sign-up is necessary.

Computer Basics. This class is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Learn to use the mouse and navigate the desktop. Class dates: April 4 from 9-11a.m. or April 12 from 9-11.

Essential Computer Skills. This new class is designed to be the next level of Computer Basics. Learn to cut, copy, paste and save text. There will be instruction on text formatting and using the help feature. Class dates: April 4, 1-3 p.m.; April 10, 9:30-11:30; or April 12, 1-3pm. Must have had Computer Basics class.

Library Catalog. This class focuses on the use of the library computer catalog. Learn to search for materials by title, author or subject. Learn to place holds and access your account from home or work. Class dates: April 6, 1-2 or 2-3 p.m.; April 11, 9-10 or 10-11 a.m.

Using EBay and PayPal. This class is designed to help the beginner learn to set up an EBay account, sell and buy items, and make payments using PayPal. Must have previous computer experience. April 5, 9 a.m.-noon, or April 10, 1-4.

Introduction to E-mail. Are you ready to send an email to friends or family? This class is for you! Learn how to set up a Yahoo e-mail account and send/receive messages. Class dates: April 5, 1-2 or 3-4 p.m.; April 7, 10-11 a.m., or April 11, 1-2.

For questions contact Mark at 223-1658 or email

African American

Authors Group

This month the African American Authors Group will be reading Graceland by Chris Abani. In this, Abanis debut novel, he offers a chronicle of a young mans coming of age in Nigeria during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Elvis Oke is a teenage Elvis impersonator of the American rock-and-roll singer he is named after. The story alternates between Elviss early years in the 70s when his mother dies of cancer and leaves him with a disapproving alcoholic father who beats him and a ghetto environment that threatens to engulf him.

This is a story of how an innocent child grows into a hardened young man in a Third World country with a misunderstood version of American popular culture.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in this group discussion, which meets April 15 at 10 a.m. in the Directors office at the library. For more information, please contact Stacy Klink at 223-1658.

Top non-fiction reads

Looking for a great non-fiction book? The Library has some titles that you might enjoy. Marley & Me by John Grogan, The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman, Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren, Manhunt by James L. Swanson, The Sonoma Diet by Connie Gutterson, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin and Youre Wearing That? by Deborah Tanner are just to name a few. Come on in and check them out.

The Literary South:

Old and New

Richard Taylor will be the host for a Southern literature book group at the Library. The Literary South: Old and New will feature works by local and well-known authors such as Bobbie Ann Mason; Wendell Berry; Ernest Gaines and William Faulkner. The first meeting of the group will be April 27 at 7 p.m. and will continue every three weeks through June 29.

The titles of the books are: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines (April 27); Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason (May 18); Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry (June 8); and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (June 29).

For more information about this discussion group please contact Stacy at 223-1658 or email Make plans to join us for some lively and interesting discussions on these remarkable literary works.

The Paul Sawyier Library is located at 305 Wapping St. Regular hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. After regular hours the bookdrop is available to return books and videos. For further information about the library or any of its programs, call 223-1658 or visit The Youth Service Department closes five minutes before the main library. Any changes in hours will be posted on the front doors.

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