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Chickens Fly the Coop

Published on Monday, August 12, 2013

The Hen of the BaskervillesOnce again, Donna Andrews has come up with a very enjoyable Meg Langdorf mystery, Hen of the Baskervilles

Meg, who is married and a mother of twins, works as a blacksmith, and amateur sleuth in the little town of Caerphilly, Virginia. In this story, she is in charge of a local agricultural fair.

This isn't just a typical county fair -- rare breed chickens are stolen from a couple named Bonneville. Other problems crop up at the fair too; including murder.

A Special Session of the West End Book Club

Published on Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Image of aging across three generationsThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss books on aging.  Everyone is invited to pick a book on the subject of aging, read it, bring it and talk about it.  Tell us what your book says about aging and hear from others about the books they chose.  Some titles to choose from:

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013


"The Most Trusted Man in America"

Published on Monday, July 29, 2013

headshot of broadcast journalist Walter CronkitePlease join us for a special one-man show titled, "Walter Cronkiite: 'The Most Trusted Man in America,'" to be held Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor, written and performed by local actor-performer Dwane Starlin.

American broadcast journalist Cronkite (1916-2009) is best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962-1981). During the heydey of the news in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll.

Published on Monday, July 29, 2013


"The Bucket List"

Published on Friday, July 12, 2013

Picture of movie poster for "The Bucket List"Please join us for a special screening of The Bucket List to be held Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. as a tie-in with a recent library program titled "Planning Your Groundbreaking: Funeral and Burial Choices," all on the system-wide theme of "groundbreaking reads" for the summer.

Respectfully submitted by Colleen Semitekol

Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the summer of 1989, my mom sent me and my sister to stay with my aunt and uncle in rural Illinois where we spent two weeks at a Girl Scout camp in the middle of the woods.  I had two awesome experiences that summer:

Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

hole in the groundhole in the groundRescheduled to Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the West End Summer Reading Kick-Off Party. 

This year, dig into reading by digging into history by traveling to the Lasceaux, France to see and make cave paintings, dig in an archaeologists dig site in a "bog" in Ireland and dig into a "glacier" in the Swiss Alps. 

Recommended for ages to 2-6 years old.

Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery

Published on Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Cover for Grape ExpectationsWith warmer weather coming, I'd like to recommend Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers.

An innkeeper/sleuth named Magdalena Yoder solves crimes in the little town of Hernia, Pa. In this adventure, she comes across a plot hatched by newcomers to start a winery (they claim that they're just growing fruit).  This doesn't go over well with many of the citizens of Hernia who are mostly Amish or Mennonites and do not approve of drinking alcohol.

A Panel Discussion on Funeral and Burial Choices

Published on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Image of old tree showing roots in a cemeteryPlease join us for a panel discussion titled "Planning Your Groundbreaking: Funeral and Burial Choices," to be held Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor.