Library Notes for June 22, 2011

If you have been in the library in the past couple of weeks you know our library system is down. We are working hard to get this back up and running.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, but we hope to have everything back up soon. Our webpage is down also.  We will be updating our library cards too; so when you come in you will be asked for your driver’s license or ID.

You can still access our E-Books by going to typing in our zip code, click on John L. Street Library and you can see what you can check out. If you have any questions just call us.

Our Summer Reading Program will be getting started July 6th. Come by or call and get you children, or grandchildren registered for a fun filled month of activities, for kids ages 2-12 each Wednesday, in July.

We will have an “Amazing Race” for the older kids 13-16. This will be July 29, at 10:00. Kids will need to sign up in teams of two.  Ms Cheryl has some great prizes for Summer Reading and The Amazing Race!! So sign up today!!!

We will be having a Book Signing July 8th with Jimmie Baker. Mr. Baker is a native of Trigg County, who has written a book, “My Eventful Life.” He will have his books for sale for $17.00 if you have one bring it by and he will sign it.


Happy Reading!

Pam Metts



Library Notes for June 15, 2011

The Hottest Books of the Summer that’s what “Pam’s Picks” are this week. I know it is not summer until June 21, but I also know it’s been HOT. So here goes…

New Fiction: “Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts, in this novel you will jump into the world of elite firefighter, the men and women who thrive on danger and adrenaline, plus a little romance.

“Afraid of the Dark” by James Grippando, hero Jack Swyteck, is on his most dangerous case yet.

“Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle” by Ann B. Ross, sometimes promises are hard to keep, especially for Miss Julia. Miss Julia vows to mind her own business, but somebody is meddling in hers. With dead bodies, bad checks and babies being born Miss Julia has her hands full.

“Silver Boat” by Luanne Rice, this is a heartwarming story of three sisters who come home to Martha’s Vineyard one last time to say good-bye to the family beach house.

“The Fifth Witness” by Michael Connelly, this is the hottest of hot. The Lincoln Lawyer has fallen upon hard times, and paying clients are few and far between. He has expanded his business into foreclosure defense.

“Quicksilver” by Amanda Quick, this is book two of the Looking Glass Trilogy which is part of the Arcane Society novels. It’s too hard to explain but followers of Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz and Castle, Jayne will be overjoyed!

New Christian Fiction: “Lightkeeper’s Ball” by Colleen Coble, this is book three in the Mercy Falls series. Olivia’s hidden identity will be revealed at the masquerade ball.

New Biographies: “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Marable Manning, the story of a man who is constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins’ bullets at age thirty-nine.

“Choosing to See” by Mary Beth Chapman, this is the story of a journey of struggle and hope of a Christian woman.

New Non-fiction: “Blood and Smoke” by Charles Leerhsen, this is the true story of mystery, mayhem, and the birth of the Indy 500.

New Kentucky Non-fiction: “How We Talked and Common Folks” by Verna Mae Slone, this is a tribute to the richness, creativity and wisdom inherent in the language of the mountain people who were for so long isolated from the rest of the world

New Audio Books: “Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle” by Ann B. Ross, and “Gone, But Not Forgotten” by Phillip Margolin.

New CDs: “Thank you, Happy Birthday” by Cage the Elephant, and “Lungs” by Florence & the Machine.

New DVDs: “Working Miracles,” “Easy A,” and “Franklin Goes to Camp.”   

Start signing your kids up for Summer Reading it starts in July. Each summer we have a Summer Reading Program for kids ages 2-12 each Wednesday, in July. This year we will also have a special event for Teens, “The Amazing Race” will be July 29th. This will be done by teams of two so find a friend and sign up! Great prizes and free lunch! Call Ms. Cheryl for more information.

Pam Metts

Library Notes for June 8, 2011

June, Moon, Spoon, Gloom, Doom, Loon,

– I don’t have any of those subject, just trying to get your attention. What I do have are books that are all good READS, and “Pam’s Picks.”

New Fiction: “Heaven is High” by Kate Wilhelm, this is a Barbara Holloway novel. Barbara has left her father’s high firm to strike out on her own.  She finds Martin and Binnie Owens on her door step seeking help. Binnie is about to be deported back to Haiti. But little does Barbara know that this case may be her most complex and dangerous.

“The Dawn Country” by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and Michael Gear, this is the second book in the Iroquois quartet. Young Wrass is still being held captive, along with several other children, in Gannajero’s camp. Wrass knows he can’t wait to be rescued. He has to organize the children for an assault on Gannajero’s warriors.  Even if he dies, someone has to escape, to carry the story back to their Peoples. It’s the only way to stop the evil old woman.

“The Twelfth Insight the Hour of Decision” by James Redfield, it began with the Celestine Prophecy and now in this book the journey continues. James Redfield and his friend Wil have received a portion of another ancient and mysterious manuscript that describes a secret approach to spirituality that is silently arriving in the second decade of the twenty-first century. But the manuscript is only in fragments. Can they solve the mystery of the manuscript?

“Texas Blue” by Jodi Thomas, this is book five in the Whispering Mountain series. Gambling man Lewton Preston needs to learn a thing or two about ranching and love if he is going to have a chance in marrying a well-bred woman.

“Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys, this story begins in 1941, when 15 year old Lina, her mother and brother are deported by the Soviet secret police to Siberia. This is the story of love and survival.

New Christian Fiction: “Judgment” by Beverly Lewis, this is book two in the Rose Trilogy. Two Amish sisters reunited by unforeseen circumstances.

“The Journey” by Wanda Brunstetter, this is the first book in the new Kentucky Brothers series. Discover how life became anew for Titus Fisher and his family in Christian County, Kentucky.

New Non-fiction: “Killer Within” by Philip Carlo, in this book Carlo has interviewed some of the most infamous criminals and killer of our time.

“Myth of Autism” by Michael Goldberg M.D., this book will help with the misunderstood epidemic that is destroying our children.

“Max on Life” by Max Lucado, this book has the answers and insights to your most important questions. Lucado offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

And last but not least our cookbook of the week: “Salad as a Meal” by Patricia Wells, this book has healthy maindish salads for every season.

New Audio Books on CD: “The Sentry” by Robert Crais, and “Presumed Guilty” by Tess Gerritsen.

New CDs: “20 Great Broadway Show Stoppers,” and “Hallelujah Broadway.”

New DVDs: “Marmaduke,” and “Charlie St. Cloud.” 

New Display: Tea for Two and Two for Tea! So guess what is in the case? Tea cups, tea pots, and even a Hot chocolate set from Prussia, circa 1880’s. This was the collection of Teeny Cox Greer sister of Charlene Sheehan.  Charlene has her very first tea set circa 1960’s. This collection is a special treat. Stop by and check it out.

Start signing your kids up June 1 for Summer Reading in July. Each summer we have a Summer Reading Program for kids ages 2-12 each Wednesday, in July.

Pam Metts


Library Notes for June 1, 2011

I hope all my readers had a great Memorial Day weekend. Now it’s June. Don’t stop reading just because it’s great June weather. Take that book with you out to the porch swing or lawn chair. Boating- leave the book at home, please! “Pam’s Picks” will be great June reading.

New Fiction: “Now You See Her” by Joy Fielding, the story of a newly divorced woman attempting to heal her heartbreak, but finds herself on a desperate search for her daughter.

“Gideon’s Sword” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, this book introduces Gideon Crew, trickster, prodigy and master thief. His mother, on her death bed asks Gideon to avenge his father’s death. This is book 1 in this series.

“Angel” by James Patterson, this is the seventh book in the Maxium Ride series. Angel and Max and the gang live on the edge as fugitives. Now they’re up against a mysterious and deadly force.

“Wedding Promise” by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer, this is the second book in the Angel Island series. The inn is officially open for business. The first major event- a June wedding.

“Fire the Sky” by Michael W. & Kathleen Gear, this is the second book in the new Contact: The Battle for America series. It follows deSoto’s brutal expedition north from Florida.

New Non-fiction: “I Beat the Odds” by Michael Oher, Michael tells the story of his struggle to break out of the ghetto into a world of opportunity. The movie “Blind Side” is based on his life.

“Simple Government” by Mike Huckabee, this book tells us the twelve things we really need from Washington and a trillion that we don’t need.

“Do the Right Thing” by Mike Huckabee, this book has the inside story of the movement that’s bringing common sense back to America.

New Cookbook: “Serve Yourself” by Joe Yonan, this is the adventures in cooking for one.

New Audio Books on CD: “Now You See Her” by Joy Fielding, and “Gideon’s Sword” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

New CDs: “Battle of the Sexes” by Ludacris, and “The Hits Collection, Vol. 1” by Jay-Z.

New DVDs: “Springtime for Max & Ruby,” and “For the Love of Grace.”

E-Books: We have e-books available now on our web page All you need to have is your library card number, no pin is required. We are very excited about this new service. So if you have a Nook, Sony E-reader, Kobo, or a Smart Phone with a Nook app., you will be able to download e-books! If you have any questions please call. 

Start signing your kids up June 1 for Summer Reading in July. Each summer we have a Summer Reading Program for kids ages 2-12 each Wednesday, in July.

Happy Reading!

Pam Metts


Library Notes for May 25, 2011

May, May, May, May… the Merry Month of May. If the weather has not made the month merry then maybe “Pam’s Picks” will.

New Fiction: “Mystery” by Jonathan Kellerman, this is an Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis mystery. They have a mutilated body of a beautiful young woman, no DNA. Her death is as mysterious as her life.

“Sing you Home” by Jodi Picoult, the story of identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. Zoe Baxer’s whole life has been surrounded by music. After a series of personal tragedies, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist. Slowly a friendship blossoms into love and Zoe makes plans for a new life, but to her shock some people, even those she loves and trusts most, don’t want that to happen.

“The Winter Ghosts” by Kate Mosse, a thrilling story of haunting and romance.  Two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

“Union Quilters” by Jennifer Chiaverini, this is the 17th Elm Creek Quilt novel. The women of Elm Creek are propelled into the unknown as the men rally to Mr. Lincoln’s call to arms. The women support one another through loneliness and fear and devise a business to keep Water’s Ford functioning.

“Vicious Cycle” by Terri Blackstock, this is book two in the Intervention series.  Fifteen year old Lance is thrown into the criminal world when he finds a baby and is accused of kidnapping. Can he help himself and the teenage mother hiding behind her lies?

New Non-fiction: “Vertical Gardening” by Derek Fell, this book will let your garden grow to new heights. Grow your garden up, not out, for more vegetables and flowers in less space.

“Sister States, Enemy States” by Kent Dollar, the story of the Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee.

And a last minute “Pick” for Non-fiction that reads like fiction. “Pioneer Woman” by Ree Durmmond, from black heels to tractor wheels. This is a love story, the story of a cowboy and wranglers, and chaps, and the girl who fell in love with them. Drummond has an award winning website where she shares her transition from city life to ranch life.

New Juvenile Fiction: “Crank,” “Fallout,” and “Glass” all by Ellen Hopkins. The heart-wrenching bestselling Crank trilogy shows that addiction is never just one person’s problem.

New Audio Books: “Full Dark, No Stars,” by Stephen King and “The Secret Soldier” by Alex Berenson.

New DVDs: “The Company,” and “Remember Me.”

E-Books: We will have e-books available the beginning of June. We are very excited about this new service. So if you have a Nook, Sony E-reader, Kobo, or a Smart Phone with a Nook app., you will be able to download e-books! More information coming next week.

Start signing your kids up June 1 for Summer Reading in July. Each summer we have a Summer Reading Program for kids ages 2-12 each Wednesday, in July.

Happy Reading!

Pam Metts


“Lessons in Loss and Living,” “Preemie Primer,” “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar” and more arrivals

“You keepin going your way.

I’ll keep going my way.

River stay away from my door.” River Stay Away from my Door, words by Mort Dixon, music by Harry Woods, Kate Smith with Guy Lombard, artists: Fiona Apple, Charlie Rich, and Frank Sinatra. I hope the rivers stayed away from your door.

I am going to do something a little different in my column this week. I decided to feature Non-fiction books!!! We have so many great Non-fiction books to read and lots of them go un-noticed. Don’t sigh, I’ll include some great fiction also.


New Fiction:

“Night Road” by Kristin Hannah, the story of a mother who life has come down to a series of choices hold on, let go, forget, and forgive. Which road will you take?

“West of Here” by Jonathan Evison, this story chronicles the life of one small town, connecting lives and centuries.

New Non-fiction:

“Sew Charming” by Cath Derksema, this book has 40 simple sewing and hand printing projects for your family and your home.

“The Style Strategy” by Nina Garcia, this book has a less is more approach to staying chic and shopping smart.

“Feed Your Face” by Jessica Wu, M.D., this is an easy to follow 28 day diet plan that will help you banish blemishes, wipe out wrinkles, shed unwanted pounds and generally feel better in your clothes and in your skin.

“Lessons in Loss and Living” by Michele Reiss, Ph.D. this book has the hope and guidance for confronting serious illness and grief.

“When the Hurt Runs Deep” by Kay Arthur, this book has the healing and hope for life’s desperate moments.

“The Good Divorce” by Raoul Felder and Barbara Victor, this is a survival guide to teach you how to walk away financially sound and emotionally happy.

“Preemie Primer” by Jennifer Guer, M.D., this is a complete guide for parents of premature babies from birth through the toddler years and beyond.

“Menopause Reset!” by Mickey Harpaz, PhD., with Robert Wolff, this is a how to book for getting your body back during and after menopause. Reverse weight gain, speed fat loss, all in three simple steps.

“Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hearing Loss” edited by William M. Luxford, M.D., learn what you can do to improve your hearing.

“Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar” by David Hodge, learn the basics and start playing now. This book includes an audio CD that features over an hour of practice music.

New Audio Books: “Strategic Moves” by Stuart Woods, and “Decision Points” by George W. Bush.

New CDs: “Get Closer” by Keith Urban, and “Number One Hits” by Tim McGraw.

New DVDs: “Watchmen,” and “Letters to Juliet.”

A very special thank you to the James Thomas Chapter DAR for: “American Patriots Bible.” This is the word of God with the shaping of America too. Thank you DAR for this wonderful donation to our library.

Congratulations to our bookmobile librarian Lucy! She gave birth to Abigail on Mother’s Day, May 8. What a nice present. Ms. Abigail weighted 7lbs. and 5ozs. and was 20 inches long. Welcome to the world Abigail.

Pam Metts


“Gardening Basics” and more May Mysteries

Rain Sound

At first it’s like drumming

As it patters down, then stops,

Now it’s an animal

Outside the window

Quietly licking its chops.

-By Lillian Morrison


And we have all had that feeling in the last few weeks. We have lots of new good books to help soothe that stormy feeling away.

“Pam’s Pick” of the week…”Gardening Basics” by Ken Beckett, this book will help you with how to design, plant, and maintain your garden.

Just a few May is for Mysteries, that I could not list in my column last week.

“I’ll Walk Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark, this is a spine chilling identify theft. Zan Moreland is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation. Zan is still haunted by the kidnapping of her son, Matthew. When pictures surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child a chain of events to turn her world upside down. She desperately wants to know who is behind this and who has her son.

“Mobbed” by Carol Higgins Clark, is a Regan Reilly mystery.

“Secret Soldier” by Alex Berenson, super spy John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon in this thriller.

“The Jungle” by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul, this is book eight of the Oregon Files. Juan and the crew have never had an adventure like this one.

New Christian fiction: “Leaving” by Karen Kingsbury, this is the first book in the new Bailey Flanigan series featuring members of the Baxter family. Bailey is headed off on the adventure of a lifetime, while Cody is in Indianapolis. Will the distance expose the cracks in their relationship?

“Angel Sister” by Ann H. Gabhart, the story of love and survival. Little does young Kate Merritt realize that bringing home the half-starved five-year-old abandoned on the steps of her grandfather Reece’s church will set in motion a chain of events destined to reveal long-buried secrets in the town of Rosey Corner, Kentucky.

New Non-fiction: with subject matter about as far apart as it could possibly by.

“In the Blink of an Eye” by Michael Waltrip, this stories of Dale, Daytona and the day that changed everything.

“Afterlives of the Rich and Famous” by Sylvia Browne, featuring intimate afterlife accounts over 40 stars we’ve loved and lost.  Like Princess Diana, John Lennon, Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe and several others.

New CDS: All three of these are soundtracks for the Chronicles of Narnia: “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

New DVDs: “A Little Princess,” and “The Bounty Hunter.”

We have a New Bridge! We would like to thank Samantha Harper and her Dad for the new bridge over into the woods in back of the library. Samantha plans to clean up some of the walking trail back there too. This was part of a Girl Scout project for Samantha.  Thank you so much Samantha for a job well done!

New Display: In the display case this month is scuba gear! David Westerfield has filled the case with all kinds of scuba gear and even a couple of scuba diving GI Joes. One tank is setting out of the case for you to examine.  So dive in and see the display!

Happy Reading!

Pam Metts


“M” is for May, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and …

… in the library’s case… “M” is for Mystery, Mystery, and Mystery.

That’s a clue, “Pam’s Picks” a few good mysteries.

In no special order, except alphabetical by author:

“Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree” by Nancy Atherton, this is a charming read just right when life gets too hectic.

“Death of a Chimney Sweep” by M.C.  this is a Hamish Macbeth mystery. In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager’s fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn’t believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete’s body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it’s up to Hamish to discover who’s responsible for the dirty deed.

“Fadeaway Girl” by Martha Grimes, this book has three murders, an attempted murder, and a kidnapping. This is the sequel to “Bell Ruin.” Twelve year old Emma is still hard on the trail of the truth behind the murders of Mary Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen and Fern Queen, the attempted murder of Emma herself and most of all the kidnapping of the four month old Slade baby, twelve years earlier.

“A Bone to Pick” by Charlaine Harris, this is an Aurora Teagarden. Aurora is surprised to inherit a friend’s estate. And ever more surprised to find a scull hidden in a window seat. She inherited a murder mystery too.

“Fatal Error” by J. A. Jance, this is a pulsing tale of suspense where no one is safe from a fatal error.  Ali Reynolds agrees to help a friend whose fiancé is missing. Ali soon learns that he is a cyber sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he turns up murdered Ali must clear her friend’s name.

My Non-fiction Pick, It’s not an “M” but a “D” for Derby Day. A unique book called “Derby Day” by Pamela Pease. What makes it unique, it a Pop-up book a celebration of the Kentucky Derby. Plus, two new “H” is for Horse books.

“What Every Horse Should Know” by Cherry Hill, this is an in-depth look at how horses think, learn, and respond to stimuli, and interpret human behavior.

“Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia” by Sandy Ransford.  This book has general information on horses and pony breeds. It also covers keeping, feeding, grooming, health care, and riding with beautiful illustrations.

New Audio Books on CD: “Fatal Error” by J.A. Jance, and “Devil’s Food Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke.

New CDs: “Come Around Sundown” by Kings of Leon, “The Element of Freedom” by Alicia Keys, and “Loud” by Rihanna.

New DVDs: “Annie’s Point,” and “Back to You and Me.”

SPRING BOOK SALE: We are having a Spring Book Sale this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 5-7!! We will have great buys ($1 a bag). 9:30-4:00 Thursday & Friday and 9:00-12:00 on Saturday.

Happy Reading!

Pam Metts


You’re a poet and didn’t know it – It’s National Poetry Month

It is still National Poetry Month…so here is my chosen poem.

Humming Birds by Betty Sage

I think it is a funny thing

That some birds whistle, others sing.

The Warbler warbles in his throat,

The Sparrow only knows one note,

But he is better off than some,

For Humming Birds can only hum.

I guess you know by now, They’re Back! So get your feeders and sugar water ready.

Every now and then (sounds like a good book title) I like to do what I call a doubles column, well…”Pam’s Picks” for Fiction: “Heartbeat Away” by Michael Palmer, this books is at the crossroads of politics and medicine in this shocking thriller. His son Daniel Palmer has his debut novel, “Delirious.” This is a mind bending novel of paranoia, deception and revenge. Doubles!

“44 Charles Street” by Danielle Steel, where strangers become roommates, and roommates become friends in an old Victorian house. This is in regular and large print.

“Indulgence in Death” by J. D. Robb, this is a NYPSD Eve Dallas novel.

“Treachery in Death” by J. D. Robb, this is also an Eve Dallas novel.

Pam’s Picks for Non-fiction: “Good Old Dog” by Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Nicholas H. Dodman BVMS and Lawrence Lindner, this book has expert advice for keeping your aging dog happy. (My dog Ashes is 12 years old) I tell her we are going old together!

“Your Dog: Owner’s Manual” by Dr. Marty Becker, this book contains hundreds of secrets for raising a healthy happy dog.

New Kentucky Non-fiction: “Kentucky Fresh Cookbook” by Maggie Green.

“Tastes of All Seasons” by Trigg County Hospital.

New Audio Books on CD: “Hell’s Corner” by David Baldacci, and “The Distant Hours” by Kate Morton.

New DVDs: “Grown Ups,” “Bugs Bunny’s Easter Funnies,” and “The Fat Albert Easter Special.”

For all of you who have asked…we do have the 2011 Edition: “Calorie, Fat, and Carb Counter.” Plus sodium and alcohol, too. But you will need to ask for it at the Circulations desk.

Happy Reading!
Pam Metts