Between the Pages

Ponca Library’s book club, Between the Pages, is back after a long hiatus!

If you enjoy a good mystery, you will want to join the club on Monday, October 18th, at 2 pm.

They will be discussing the book The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

Here is a quick summary provided by the publisher:

“On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”

If this book sounds like your next good read, stop by the library to pick up your copy today!

October News

Grab your sweater! Fall is here and we have some fun things happening at the library this month.

October 5th @4 pm– Ponca State Park program featuring Bats

October 17th @ 2pm – Book Signing with Myra Kingsbury

October 19th@4pm – Ponca State Park program featuring The Moon

October 30th @10amMonster Mash Halloween story & craft. Ages 4-9

Creatures of the Night

We are so excited to begin our Fall programming with

Ponca State Park

Please join us at 4pm on October 5th and October 19th

The theme for the month will be Creatures of the Night.

This program is appropriate for ages 5 – 12. Each session will include a hands-on learning activity and

a featured book presented by a Ponca State Park naturalist. Snacks will be provided.

** November theme and dates to be announced soon **

Remembering 9/11

This year will mark twenty years since that tragic day on September 11, 2001. For most of us, that day will be forever in our hearts and minds. However, nearly one-fifth of this country is too young to remember firsthand that day that changed everything.

So, I want to share something special with both of these groups. Those who do remember firsthand and also those younger.

Many adults have heard of The Library of Congress.  It is the world’s largest library; and they did an extraordinary thing on September 11th, 2001.

Within hours of the terrorist attacks, The Library of Congress staff began to call for and collect a vast array of materials regarding the attacks which included videos, interviews, personal accounts, photographs, news stories and more. These were then used to chronicle this historic event from every angle and perspective from firefighters to bystanders. The incredible result of this can be seen in an online exhibition called Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at The Library of Congress. ‘It is an exhibition that exposes visitors to powerful eyewitness accounts and commentaries regarding events on Sept. 11, 2001.’

Here is the link to view the exhibition items:

For younger children, teachers and parents may not know how to discuss the events of 9/11. I recommend the following website which was designed specifically for children. It is filled with stories, videos and lessons appropriate for teaching younger children about 9/11.

(Some content not appropriate for children)                                            

Celebrating our Visiting Authors

Over the past year, our library has had the pleasure of hosting several special guest authors. Each one had a unique story to tell. If you were present at one of these events, you learned not only about the author’s personal journey but also about the journey of the characters in their books and how the author developed them.

If you were not able to attend our previous author visits, you will be glad to know we are currently working on booking more authors both via ZOOM and in person.

While you are waiting for our next author to be announced, we encourage you to check out some of the books from the authors we have hosted. These books are available in our library.

William Kent KruegerThis Tender Land, Ordinary Grace, and his newrelease Lightning Strike (released Aug. 24th 2021)

Lauren Francis-Sharma:  Book of the Little Axe

Tricia Currans-Sheehan and Jeanne Emmons (pen name JT Ashmore):    

Scaled Book One and Deep Skin Book Two

Tammy Marshall:  The Clearwater House, Ticker Tape and State of Georgia and Other Writings