Friends of Library's book sale this week

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Friends of Paul Sawyier Public Library will be hosting a giant sale in the basement of the library May 18-21. In addition to books the sale will feature CDs, DVDs, software, videos and magazines.

Mothers Day

Mothers Day was first observed in 1907 at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who asked her church to hold a service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mothers death. After a letter-writing campaign, Congress passed legislation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mothers Day.

Literary South Book

Group meets Thursday

Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason is the featured book for discussion on Thursday evening, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the Leeco Room of the library. Richard Taylor will host the book group for this lively and entertaining discussion of Masons first book of fiction.

Bobbie Ann Mason was born in 1940 in Mayfield, Kentucky, where her father was a dairy farmer. Mason graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1962 and worked in publishing and magazines in New York. She received an M.A. from SUNY-Binghamton in 1966, and a PhD in English from the University of Connecticut in 1972. She wrote fiction as well as literary criticism, and has had stories published in The New Yorker and Redbook, among other magazines.

African American authors

group meets Saturday

This month the African American Authors Group will be reading Cookie Cutter by Sterling Anthony. This debut book is a psychological thriller with a legacy of racial violence reenacted by a crazed serial killer.

Lieutenant Bloody Mary, along with others from the Detroit Polices Homicide Squad, investigates a string of murders with a distinctive feature. Certain African Americans are being executed because of their politics, precisely those considered sell-outs. After each murder, the victim holds an Oreo cookie in their hand, black on the outside and white on the inside.

This novel delivers a keen analysis of race relations, social history and psychology which follows throughout to its bloody conclusion. The group will meet May 20 at 10 a.m. in the Directors office at the library. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in this lively discussion. For more information, please contact Stacy at 223-1658.

Get Caught

Reading Month

May is Get Caught Reading Month. You will see celebrities appearing in ads appealing to people of all ages reminding them of the joy of reading. To celebrate this month, the library will be featuring books from biographies to fiction, nonfiction to science fiction, in hard back, paperback and in audio, just in case you would rather listen to a book. Whatever your area of interest, stop by the Library and our staff will be glad to assist you.

Did you know?

May 14, 1686: Today is the birth anniversary of German physicist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, whose name is attached to one of the major temperature scales. He introduced the use of mercury in thermometers and greatly improved their accuracy. He was born at Danzig, Germany, and died at Amsterdam, Holland, Sept. 16, 1736, at the age of 50.

Library set to launch

Summer Reading Program

Pick up your leash and walk on over to the library to explore Paws, Claws, Scales & Tales. Pet owners and animal lovers from birth to 12 years old can sign up to join the Summer Reading Program which will begin June 5. The summer will be filled with puppet shows, reptiles, and meowy special events! Sign-ups begin June 5, 2006. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 223-1658.

Book News has arrived

Heres an easy way to discover new books and authors at the Paul Sawyier Public Library!

Visit our homepage at Book News. You will discover books with reviews and links to our catalog so you can reserve a copy. You may view monthly newsletters on-line or sign up for e-mails about new books. In addition, there are links to award-winning and best selling books. View this new service today and try it out. We know you will be pleased.

Statistics on aging

As we continue to celebrate Older Americans Month, here are some interesting statistics about this special age group:

4.9 million: the number of people 85 and over in the U.S. as of 2004

86.7 million: projected population of people 65 and over in the year 2050 meaning people in this age group would comprise 21 percent of the total population of the U.S.

147 percent: projected percentage increase in the 65-and-over population between 2000 and 2050

4.6 million: the number of people age 65 and over who are still employed amounting to 13 percent of all people in this age group

9.7 million: the estimated number of people age 65 and over who are military veterans.

The theme for this years celebration is Choices for Independence. According to Kentuckys Division of Aging Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentuckians are living longer and staying healthier than ever before.

Regional Area Agencies on Aging coordinate a statewide network of local, private, and public aging resources, deliver direct services, and provide referrals to older Kentuckians. The Bluegrass AAA, which serves Franklin County residents, can be reached by calling 859 -269-8021 or going to their website:

Some library books on healthy aging which may be of special interest to seniors include: Aging Well: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health by Jeanne Wei & Sue Levkoff (613.0438 Wei); The Virtues of Aging by Jimmy Carter (305.26 Cart); Aging with Attitude: Growing Older with Dignity & Vitality by Robert Levine (305.26 Levi); Challenges for the New Century by Michael Smith-Mello; Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging by Edward J. Cregan (612.67 Creg); Gary Nulls Power Aging by Gary Null (LT 613 Null); Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being by Andrew Weil (613 Weil); The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty by Carolyn Heilburn (BHeil),

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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