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Summer Reading at WCPLtn

TEENSRP2014By Erin Holt, Teen Librarian

What a great summer we’ve had at the Library! Our Teen Department had over 450 book reviews submitted and 13 awesome teens won various prizes, including an iPad Mini, Kindle Fire tablets, and Barnes & Noble gift cards! Everyone beat the heat at the library, stopping by our 2nd floor Teen Fiction room to cool off with a good book, play on the computers, and meet up with friends. We’re looking forward to fall and have some exciting new programs including Lego Mindstorm, Minecraft, and Wii gaming! Keep reading and we’ll see you at the Library!


2014 Summer Reading Winners!!!


Meet PRETTY IN INK author Lindsey J. Palmer


In case you missed our July Twitter Book Club chat, we caught up with PRETTY IN INK author Lindsey J. Palmer and she answered some of our burning questions about her first novel, Pretty In Ink!


  1. What made you choose to use so many points of view?
    I wanted to capture the many voices on the magazine’s masthead as a way to offer a 360-degree view of this complex world. The perspective of a newly hired assistant, for example, is worlds away from the perspective of an executive who’s afraid of getting ousted—so switching between various narrators felt like a rich and interesting way to tell the story while giving voice to this range of viewpoints.
  2. Which character do you identify with most?
    The various characters are a kind of mosaic of my mind—they collectively represent all of the perspectives and opinions and feelings I had at various points during my seven years toiling in the magazine industry. So there’s not one particular character that I identify with more than any other. That said, I did very much enjoy writing the chapter narrated from the intern’s point of view. An office intern has such a unique perspective because she’s at the company but not of the company–she’s got more than a visitor’s pass, but she’s temporary, too, trying out this career to see if it fits. She may be naive about a lot of the inner workings of the office, but the fact that she’s less entrenched affords her a totally fresh viewpoint, which from a writer’s perspective was fun to inhabit after taking on the points-of-view of so many longtime staffers. Also, one might say that the intern in Pretty in Ink has more of a heart than the other characters, and yet she also commits what is arguably the least ethical act of the novel. For these reasons, she was an interesting character to develop.
  3. What real experiences inspired the various situations in the book?
    So many! There are very few specific moments in the book that I pulled directly from real life, but obviously after working for so long at women’s magazines, I not only felt I knew this world like a native, I also believed it would be an ideal backdrop for a novel. So the feel of the world is real, even if the specifics aren’t. Plus, the particular era of magazines that I write about—one in which editor-in-chiefs gets fired when sales are down, setting in motion upheaval and staff reshufflings—is unfortunately quite real. The recession hasn’t ever really ended for print magazines, because of so much competition from blogs and webzines and brands’ own free online content. The basic shape of the plot that unfolds in Pretty in Ink is a fairly common one in the magazine industry.
  4. Why did you leave so many loose ends at the end of the book, not everything gets resolved for each character? Was this a reflection of one of your themes?
    With such a large cast of characters, inevitably not all of their issues are going to be resolved or tied up in a bow. I actually like a novel that leaves a reader wondering a bit at the end. I think it’s fun to imagine what’s going on with certain characters beyond the last page, to make up your own endings.
  5. What was your reason for including a chapter from Ed’s POV, especially since his is the only male POV included?
    A mail person has such an interesting window into an office place. He occupies a place there, but he’s also a visitor and thus can be a voyeur. I wanted Ed’s short chapter to be a vignette that’s a bit of a break from the inner workings of the staff. I hoped his perspective might add a different kind of texture and also provide a sense of scale.
  6. Why wasn’t there a chapter from Mim’s POV?
    I wanted Mimi to remain a bit of a mystery—this was a story more about the staff than about its boss. That said, I did try to get a bit into Mimi’s head. Up until the point when she goes out to drinks with the managing editor, Mimi has been cast as a villain. Out to drinks, she becomes more empathetic and complicated. Despite her position of power, as a new boss she faces insecurity and loneliness. What better way to get her feelings out in the open, I felt, than to get Mimi a little drunk? It was a challenge to write, but a fun one.
  7. What do you want your readers to take away from this book?
    There’s not necessarily a moral to the story, but what I do hope readers take away from the book is a closer consideration of the role of work and the workplace in our lives. Workplaces are worlds unto themselves, with their own rules (both official and unofficial), social codes, vibes, and hierarchies. And the people who populate these worlds have such a range of relationships to them — some see their jobs as merely a means to pay the bills, and others hinge their whole identities on them. There’s no correct attitude to have towards your workplace and your coworkers, of course, but for most of us, these are the places where, and the people with whom, we’ll be spending the majority of our waking hours for most of our adult lives. For that reason alone, it seems worth it to me to think about what that place and those people mean to us, and how we do or don’t survive or thrive in these settings. Offices are frequently depicted on-screen (i.e. in Parks and Recreation, Veep, and The Office), but more rarely on the page. Even if my readers have never picked up a women’s magazine let alone worked as an editor creating one, I hope they’ll be able to relate to some of the work scenarios depicted in the book and, as a result, put some renewed thought into the role that workplaces and coworkers play in our lives.
  8. Were any characters based off of yourself?
    Not really—the cast of characters is a composite of many mixed feelings I and many others have had about the world of women’s magazines.
  9. Are you working on another book now?
    I’m revising my next novel, If We Lived Here, which will be released in April 2015. It’s the story of a couple about to cohabitate for the first time, and they embark optimistically on a home hunt that quickly devolves quite disastrously. The story looks at how we make romantic relationships work over the long run, particularly during times of difficulty, and also how friendships evolve, especially as people’s lives diverge in different directions.

Thanks so much Lindsey!

Join us on TWITTER on Thursday, August 28 when we’ll discuss Allison Winn Scotch’s novel, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME!


News from our Teen Department

ErinHWe are pleased to announce that Erin Holt is the new Teen Librarian at the Main Library in Franklin. Erin brings with her a Masters in Library Science from Queens College (New York), experience working with teens at the New York Public Library, a love of all things social media, a flare for collection development, and fresh and exciting programming ideas for the teens and tweens of Williamson County. You may know Erin if you’ve stopped by the Reference desk, as she has been with WCPLtn for the past 4 years. Erin can’t wait to connect with the teens both in person and online with various programming initiatives set to launch this year. First up? The new “Imagination Station,” which includes Nintendo Wii, Minecraft, Lego Mindstorm, and other multi-media programs. Between this and other upcoming ideas, Erin plans to turn the Teen Department into a community hub for Williamson County teens. Keep yourself in-the-know & follow @wcplteen14 on Twitter. See you at the Library!

Miniature Horses at Leiper’s Fork

By Emily Anglin, Leiper’s Fork Branch Head

Cowboys and Cowgirls gathered from all over the Leipers Fork area in July to hear cowboy and horse stories at Leipers Fork’s Cowboy Story Time. I read one of my favorite stories to the children, Are You a Horse? By Andy Rash. It’s about a cowboy who gets a saddle for his birthday, but he doesn’t know what a horse even looks like! We also enjoyed an award winning book about miniature horses: Bucky & Bonnie’s Library Adventure, written by our very own director Dolores Greenwald and library staff.

Now we’ll get down to the real reason so many kids and parents were here. To see our very special guest Buddy the miniature horse from Angel Heart Farm. He was such a sweet little fellow. The children enjoyed getting to pet Buddy and have their pictures made with him. Yes, we had a horse inside the library!

What makes Buddy such a special horse? He works with children that have chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Buddy’s human Tracy Buddy4Kujawa, founder of Angel Heart Farm says that “it’s our mission to bring horses and children together for healing.” “We have created a safe and caring environment where children can experience the warmth and peace of bonding with animals, which has a positive effect in the healing process.” And that is why Buddy is such a special little guy, along with all the other horses on Tracy’s farm. Angel Heart Farm is a non-profit organization. If you’d like more information about this organization visit, if you’d like to see some books about cowboys and horses visit your local library branch.

The Pros of Chess

0225By Robin Ebelt, Reference Department

What game gives you constant feedback, shows your psychological strengths and weaknesses and gives you great possibilities for self-improvement? It’s chess, of course. You don’t play? No problem! It’s never too late to learn how to play chess. The Williamson County Public Library has a Chess Club that meets monthly in the Young Adult fiction room. All levels are welcome!

Why should you play chess?

  1. Chess is cheap!
  2. Chess is a game for people of all ages.
  3. Chess develops logical thinking.
  4. Chess develops memory.
  5. Chess improves concentration.
  6. Chess develops analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life.
  7. Chess shows that success rewards hard work.
  8. Chess is part of the curricula in nearly 30 countries. In Venezuela, Iceland, Russia and other countries, chess is a subject in all public schools.
  9. Chess is always changing. There is always new theory, new players, new puzzles and ALWAYS new game.
  10. Chess is fun!

Come join us! The Chess Club will meet August 2 at 2:00 PM in the Young Adult fiction room. All levels are welcome!

Terry Hedges, Master Magician comes to WCPLtn!!!

If you missed Terry Hedge’s performance on Thursday, June 5, you’re in luck!

Check out some of the photos from the event and remember, it’s still not too late to stop by and sign up for SUMMER READING!!!



The Animal Appetites Show!!!

In case you missed our Summer Reading Kickoff show, on May 17, here are a few pictures to recap!

Bob and Caiman

Everyone had great fun learning about the wildlife food chain thanks to Bob Tarter of the Natural History Education Company!

Bob and Fennec Fox

We assure you, fun was had by all, and ALL of the animals behaved 🙂

Owl with wings open_1


MakeAThon : A Festival of Creativity — The RECAP

By Erin Holt, Reference Librarian

Shew, what a flurry of activity we had going on at the library on May 3!! We’re still whirling from it all!

Between the stormtroopers, the drone, Bruce the WCPLtn remote controlled shark, the Irish Step Dancers, Minecraft, and the mad scientists, we can’t pick a favorite!

In case you missed it, check our twitter feed or click here–>  #makeathon14 <– to catch up on our tweets including photos and videos of the event!

And if you follow us on Facebook, click here  to view our online album!

Comment below and let us know what YOU thought of the MAKEATHON 2014!

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