Yes, football – but so much more! It’s the mid 1950s in a small western Pennsylvania town. It’s high school – social acceptance and status, dating, teachers, pep rallies, jocks and cheerleaders, winners and losers, heroes, nerds, sluts, and punks. In the middle of all this is 10th grade hesitant football hopeful Larry Simmons, through whose observations and experiences we are immersed in the culture of the school, the town, and the times. Football is not a book for young adults but for those who once were young adults, whether rebels without causes or faces in the crowd.
The reviewer, Ned Coates, a former inhabitant of the Fifties, began a teaching career at Hughesville High and ended that career retiring as a Penn College professor after nearly forty years of teaching Literature, composition, communications, and courses focusing on American Indian literature, cultures, and issues. He earned a B.A. from Susquehanna University with majors in English and social studies and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Arkansas. Over the years he has reviewed several books for the Friends of the Library. Ned is grateful and proud to be a longtime friend of the author, a former colleague in the days when Penn College was WACC, and of the author’s wife, Williamsport native Marian Schell.
Janet Hurlbert, Professor Emeritus of Library Sciences, Lycoming College will be the presenter for the JV Brown Friends Book Review luncheon, Friday, May 1. She will be reviewing the book O My America! by Sara Wheeler, a travel writer and biographer.
“Fifty is a tough age” Sara Wheeler writes. “Role models are scarce for women contemplating a second act.” In this book she tracks the “second acts” of 6 women, all who reinvented themselves in the second half of their lives in the new world of America.
One of the women is Fanny Trollope who left England for Ohio in 1827. After spending three difficult years in Ohio she returned to England and wrote one of the most sensational travel accounts of the nineteenth century, “Domestic Manners of the Americans”. Mark Twain claimed she was the best foreign commentator on his country.
The other women featured in the book are actress and abolitionist Fanny Kemble, radical sociologist Harriet Martineau, homesteader Rebecca Burlend, traveler Isabella Bird and novelist Catherine Hubback. Each woman reinvented themselves in their middle years in America, the land of new beginnings. This book is a great tribute to trailblazers and unstoppable women.
This will be the last Book Review Luncheon until the Fall.
Friends of the JV Brown Library Elect New Members and Officers
The Annual Full-membership Meeting of the local Friends of the JV Brown Library was held on Tuesday, December 2, at 5:15 PM, in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family Wing of the library. The meeting was called to order by Linda Schramm, President. Members in attendance heard the annual financial reports for the full organization and for the Friends Favorites Lightly Used Book Store. A temporary exception to the present by-laws was passed to elect a board member to a third term on the board. It passed.
New members were elected to the board. They are Nancy Berkheimer, Janet Hurlbert, Letty Gray, and Jeanne Yaggi. David Wright was elected to a third term.
The new officers will be Greg Thomas, President; Ardythe Cross, Vice-president; Mary Beth Kibbe, Secretary; and David Wright, Treasurer.
The chairs of each standing committee reported on their activities throughout 2014. Those committees are Book Store, Program Planning, Membership, Publicity/Newsletter, Mailing, Volunteer Recognition, Governing, Special Events, Sorting, and Book Sale.
Four retiring board members were recognized for their contributions of time, ideas and energy over the years. They were Nancy Lady, Tricia Shipman, Linda Schramm, and Alison Hopper. Each was thanked with a red rose.
The meeting was adjourned and cookies and punch were served.
JVB Friends Fuel Bookmobiles and More
After a successful fall book sale, the Friends of the James V. Brown Library have agreed to fund a wish list to support key programs at the library. Among these are gasoline allotments for bookmobile and Storymobile, the annual subscription renewal for the popular Mango foreign language program, large print book collections, a research series for the visually impaired, bonus books for e-readers, and young adult books. The $26,500 wish list is being funded with proceeds from recent book sales, Friends’ Favorites bookstore revenue, Friends’ memberships, and donations.
Previous Issues – Friends of the Library Newsletter
- November & December ’14
- September & October ’14
- May & June’14
- March & April ’14
- January & February ’14