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Easter hours

In observance of Easter, the library is closed today. The book drop will be open for the return of materials. Regular hours resume Monday.

Poetry reading April 23

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Broadstone Books of Frankfort and the library will sponsor a reading and book signing by three Kentucky poets on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Leeco Room.

Sheila Bucy Potters rural narrative poem Home Place has been described by Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor as Frost with less irony and more heart. In addition to her first book Home Place and Other Poems her work has appeared in the Journal of Kentucky Studies, and she is a featured performer with the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

Steven R. Cope is an author and songwriter, hailed by Kentucky Poet Laureate James Baker Hall as among our deepest, most eloquent and versatile writers. He has published over 200 poems and numerous books and chapbooks, including The Furrbawl Poems and Crow! a collection of childrens verse.

Under the imprint Gnomon Press, Jonathan Greene has had a distinguished 40-year career designing and publishing notable and beautiful books. He has authored more than 20 books of poetry, and his most recent collection Fault Lines was praised by United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser as rich with poemsthat show fresh new ways of looking at the world.

Copies of these and other books by the authors will be for sale following the reading.

Damaged goods

on display now

In the display case this month are several items that have been damaged in different ways. There are books that have been chewed on by dogs, books that have gotten water damaged and are mildewed and items that have been broken and bent by the heat of being left in hot cars or being stepped on.

Dogs by nature look to amuse themselves, sometimes by chewing on your library book. Cats and birds may even get in on the action, so please keep your books up where they will be safe and in one piece when you decide you want to read them.

Damage caused by dropping a book in the bathtub or leaving it out in the rain or dropped in water can develop into mildew, which can then spread to other books.

If you leave DVDs, videos and audio books in your car when it gets hot outside, they will warp and will no longer play.

Also, please be considerate with your books. Even though particular items in a book are important to you, they may not be to someone else, so please dont underline words. The library offers free bookmarks, so it is not necessary to bend down the pages of a book to mark your stopping place. This wears the pages out and they can tear off easily.

If you have books that have patterns or pretty pictures you like, please make a copy of those pages, but do not tear them out or cut up the pages. Other people would probably enjoy the same pictures that you do.

The fewer damaged items the library has to replace the more we can spend on purchasing new items for your enjoyment.

Help needed for

Spring Sale

Volunteers are needed to help sort books for the upcoming Spring Book Sale Tuesdays 9:30-12:30 and 5-7:30. Even if you only have 30 minutes to spare, please come and help in the basement of the library.

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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