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Shorelines September 2015
Tutors Wanted!
We are looking for kind, patient, motivated individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of our local youth! If you think you can help out as a tutor at the library, or would like more information, contact us at 352-4671, or email Renée Herman at
Fun Fridays at the Library! Begins October 2nd
The library will be a little more lively on Friday mornings as we begin "Fun Fridays" from 10 to 11 a.m. Our first Fun Friday will be hosted by Mary Ann from M.O.B.B.I (Movement Oriented Brain Body Integration). This program is designed for ages 2 to 5; however, all are welcome. Circle Time for babies and toddlers continues on Mondays at 10 a.m.

Upcoming Programs

Circle Time : Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Infants and toddlers and their parents/caregivers will have fun rhyming and moving with Miss Char. With a focus on repetition, children build their repertoire each week of rhymes, both old and new.

Tech Tuesdays : Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
A library staff member will be available to help you with your library related technology issues. Learn how to download ebooks, and audiobooks to your personal device. Learn how to search the library's digitzed newspaper collection. Non-library related tech issues will be addressed as time allows.

Fun Fridays : Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. beginning October 2nd
Join MaryAnn from MOBBI (Movement Oriented Brain Body Integration) for some fitness and movement fun at the library. This program is designed for ages 2 to 5 but all are welcome.

Spanish Conversation Group : Tuesday, September 29th at 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation in Spanish. Practice your language skills and meet other Spanish speakers.

Frankfort Beer Week Presentation : Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 p.m.
The library is sponsoring a program on the history of local beer in conjunction with Frankfort Beer Week. The presentation will be made by 7 Monks Taproom general manager and Cicerone® certified beer enthusiast Jason Kasdorf.   For more information on FBW visit

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, October 21st from 9 to 10 a.m.
Bring your own coffee or tea and talk about books. Share what you have read recently and find out what fellow community members have been reading. This is a great way to discover new books!
The library is sponsoring a program on the history of local beer in conjunction with Frankfort Beer Week. Please join us on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 pm for a presentation made by 7 Monks Taproom general manager Jason Kasdorf. Jason is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and has been a Craft Beer Advocate for 20+ years. His long time interest in history was a natural progression into beer & brewing history. 
 For more information on FBW visit
Books, Books, Books....

     Many years ago, I attended a lecture by Jim Lehrer. He said that everyone in his family wrote and if they had dog, the dog would write, too. I wonder if writing runs in families, or perhaps it is in the blood? I am surprised by the number of authors I can think of who have family members who are also authors. The variety of relationships is so interesting: fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, cousins, sisters, brothers, and shirttail relatives. Interestingly, some relatives write together and some create separately. (It’s fun to note if members of the same family work in the same genre.)
     One of the first relationships that comes to mind when thinking of writing families is that of siblings. The Bronte sisters (Emily, Anne and Charlotte), the James brothers (Henry and William), and the Enger brothers (Lin and Leif) all created their books independently. Two sisters comprise the Perri O’Shaunessy mystery writing team. (Siblings cooperating!!)
     A number of married couples work as a team but many write on their own. Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Aimee and David Thurlo, Kathleen and Michael Gear produce books together. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman (mystery writers), novelists Aylet Waldman and Michael Chabon, poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, and, of course poet Percy Shelley and his wife, Mary Shelley (FRANKENSTEIN), all wrote individually.
     Charles Todd is actually a mother-son team. Their Ian Rutledge and Beth Crawford mystery series are both good. There are several more examples of families in which both a parent and a child are authors, but, unlike Charles Todd, they do not collaborate on their books. The very successful, prolific Stephen King has two sons who followed in his footsteps. James Lee Burke and his daughter, Alafair Burke both have mystery series. Jim Harrison is a novelist, poet and non-fiction author. Jamie Harrison, his daughter, is a mystery writer. John Cheever wrote fiction and daughter, Susan, writes non-fiction. Jeanne Ray and her daughter, Ann Pachett; and father and son, Kingsley and Martin Ames are all novelists. Jeff Shaara continued the Civil War series his father, Michael, began with KILLER ANGELS. Felix Francis, the son of Dick Francis, co-authored some of his father’s later books and writes mysteries set in the same horse racing world.
     Shirttail relatives, perhaps, suggest that a talent for writing does run in families. Although not a direct descendant, Joanne Trollope is from the same family as Anthony Trollope. Gore Vidal and Hugh Auchincloss are distant cousins. Elizabeth and Eileen Goudge have a very distant family tie. It gives us pause to think of the term “blood lines.”

“Most Talked About Books”
     A “most talked about book” seems to happen every summer. One summer it was UNBROKEN; another it was THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS; last summer it was ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. This summer, THE 100-YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED by Jonas Jonasson was one of the books most mentioned by patrons. If you enjoyed FOREST GUMP by Winston Groom or BEING THERE by Jerzy Kosinski, this book has the same ‘type’ of main character.    

Happy Reading,

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