Friday, November 16, 2021


We had a GREAT turnout at our recruiting meeting and were so excited to meet a really diverse group of interested volunteers. It's giving new life to our Friends group, and we are even going to plan a book sale for March now!  We'll be having another strategy meeting December 12th at 7 PM to figure out where we want to go from here, and then we'll have a meeting in January to plan the book sale. If you're interested in a position on our board, please attend the December meeting, and if you'd just like to help us with the book sale, keep an eye out at the end of the year for more details on the January meeting.

One of our prospective board members (thanks, Patricia!) sent me some information to share - this really interesting Library Calculator, that shows the monetary value of your library use, and also news about an author talk:

Anne Lamott Speaks
Mon., Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Decatur

Lamott returns with an inspiring and compelling new book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. This is a free event. No reservations required; doors will open at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book and FBCD Conversations Ministry.

Some more information on Lamott's talk is here; Anne wrote one of my all-time favorite books, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year (available at Ocee). Her focus has mostly turned to spirituality with her latest books - the one she will be speaking about at this event (not yet available at the library) has gotten some great reviews.

One of our board members (hi, Aileen!) is giving out rave book reviews as well: she loved The Round House by Louise Erdrich (available through the library's floating collection), which won the National Book Award last night (and was also named Amazon's Book of the Year this week), and In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree by Vaddy Ratney (available at Ocee), a "fictionalized memoir of Khmer Rouge and the fall of Cambodia through the eyes of a child in the royal family driven from life of privilege into the chaos of the takeover by communists". There are currently waiting lists for both of these titles, but they sound like they'll be worth it.