Library News


Special to The State Journal

The Friends of the Paul Sawyier Public Library are pleased to announce that best-selling author Gwyn Hyman Rubio will be at the Womans Club at 2 p.m. TODAY to speak about her work.

Rubio is the author of Icy Sparks and The Woodsmans Daughter. Icy Sparks was chosen as an Oprahs Book Club Selection in 2001 and as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.Rubio was born in Macon, Ga. She is the daughter of Mac Hyman, the author of No Time for Sergeants, the best-selling novel that was later made into a film starring Andy Griffith.

She has had short fiction published in literary journals and anthologies, and her writing has been awarded grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She and her husband, Angel, live in Berea.

No signups are necessary, so mark your calendars for this wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with one of Kentuckys favorite authors.Rubios books will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.For more information e-mail

Library sponsoring

Campfire Kev concert

The library announces a special Summer Reading event for all ages. Campfire Kevin Holladay will be performing Animal Antics, which includes a collection of animal stories from around the world, featuring a handful of Aesops fables, Native American and African folk tales.

Audience members can learn how to make animal sounds in other languages, and sing along to original music from Kevs new CD, The Pet Project.

This special program will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at Collins Lane Elementary School. All performances are designed for preschool through adult (family) audiences. Groups of 15 or more should call the library for a reservation. For more information call the Youth Services Department at 223-1658.

African American

Authors Group

This month the African American Authors Group will be reading Somethings Wrong With Your Scale by Van Whitfield. This is a lighthearted story of self-discovery, weight loss and loving someone for who they are.

Sonny Walker, a nice hard-working African American, is overweight and unable to accept his rotund appearance any longer. After his girlfriend dumps him after he gains 75 lbs., he decides to join a weight-loss center. There he meets lovely Kayla, who but for her abundant appearance could be someone he might take a romantic interest in.

His buddies prove to be shallow and after many wisecracks, advise him not to date Kayla. While weight discrimination is a strong and humorous theme, this book covers issues of self-esteem and consumerism while finding happiness in neither food nor fitness alone.

The group will meet 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17 in the directors office at the library. Everyone is invited to come and join in this lively and entertaining discussion. For further information, please call Stacy at 223-1658.

Summer story hours

for children announced

The library will begin its summer session of story hours for children the week of June 19. All story-hours are free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required for the weekly programs.

To register your child for any of the following story-hours, call the Youth Services Department at 223-1658, ext.205, stop by the Youth Services Department, or visit our website at

Summer reading

program begins

If you have not yet signed up for the summer reading program there is still time. Stop by the Youth Services Department and register for Paws, Claws, Scales & Tales. Participants will keep a reading log and will receive a prize upon completion. In addition, teens can participate in Creature Feature and become eligible for a variety of prizes. Call the Library for more info.

FPD Canine Unit

presenting June 22

The Frankfort Police Departments Canine Unit will make a special presentation on Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at Bridgeport Elementary. Audience members will meet the canines that serve the community as well as their human counterparts in an informative presentation.

All presentations are designed for preschool through adult (family) audiences. Groups of 15 or more should call the library for a reservation. For more information call the Youth Services Department at 223-1658 or visit us on the web at

Library featuring travel

This month the Library is featuring books on travel. Now that school is out it is time to start making plans for vacations. If you need help deciding where to go and what to do when you get there, check out the items we have available.

There are numerous books, videos and DVDs on different areas of the world, states of the United States and in-state travel ideas. Whether you are making plans to visit Japan, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, or places here in Kentucky, we have something for you. If you do not see what you are looking for please ask and we will be glad to assist you in finding any information you may need.

Floral arrangement

on display

The Capital City Garden Club has on display a beautiful floral arrangement for the enjoyment of the public. It is a traditional mass design in a monochromatic color scheme. The flowers in the arrangement are Roses, Ballerina Mini Carnations, Alstromeria, Spirea Japonica Neon Flash, and Dianthus.

The foliage consists of Rosy Glow Barberry, Dappled Willow, Hosta, Nandina, and Boxwood which are in a tall-stemmed ceramic vase. The floral design is by Bernice Mills and Betty Gardner. Be sure to stop in and enjoy the sights and smells of this arrangement.

Stivers is June

Reader of the Month

Viola Stivers has been named the librarys Reader of the Month for June. Viola utilizes the Outreach program sponsored by the library. Some of her favorite authors are Ed McBain, James Patterson, Harlan Coben. and Michael Connelly. Two of her favorite books include Harlan Cobens The Innocent and Michael Connellys City of Bones.

Currently she is reading Missing Person by Stephen White and Hear No Evil by James Grippando. Stop by the Library and check out Violas bulletin board. Congratulations and keep watch for Julys Reader of the Month.

Library to phone

about overdue items

Within the next month the library will begin utilizing a system of overdue notification known as PhoneTree. PhoneTree will call patrons about their overdue items the day after they are due. A generic informational message will be recorded explaining that the patrons items are overdue and that they should return them as soon as possible.

When the patron answers the phone they will then get this recorded message.PhoneTree software has the intelligence built in to determine if the call is answered by an answering machine, answered by a person, placed while the line was busy, or not answered. Results of phone calls will be recorded. Calls will be made during the day on weekdays.

The library is hoping that by using an automated system of courtesy, overdue notification costs of postage and paper can be reduced by more than half. Patrons will be notified about overdues earlier and can return those overdues sooner.

Currently, because of the high number of overdue items, paper notices are sent only after items are 10 days overdue. In preparation for this patrons will be asked to provide or verify home or cell phone numbers. Every attempt will be made not to call a place of business.

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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