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March Madness

March Madness????

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

February was rough, everyone. It was a long month of sickness, family emergencies, and TOO MUCH SNOW.

March has started off much better, especially here at the Cherokee Public Library! I am so glad to welcome Tyler Hahn to our wonderful library. Tyler hails from Marcus, but now calls Cherokee his home. He has some incredible ideas for programs and for the space upstairs. Make sure you stop by this week and say hello!

On the other hand, it is time to say goodbye to our beloved Charlene Carlson. I’m sure you read her last article last week and cried as much as I did. Charlene’s quick humor, gentleness with kids, and general lightheartedness will be missed. She will be taking her talents out East to dazzle many other youths there. She wants to see all of her littles before leaving and her official last day will be Thursday, March 15th. As I write this, I realize that is tomorrow and not next week… Well, make sure you stop in quickly!

March also brings us (from what I’ve been told) to MARCH MADNESS! I think it’s a sports thing? Basketball? That’s the thing from 'Space Jam' right? Anyway, I know there are brackets involved so I am stealing that idea and making it bookish! Stop by the library to pick up your March Book Madness bracket, filled with classic literature. Pick your favorites and return the sheet to the front desk. I will tally the votes for each round at the end of the week, posting the winners on Facebook and our big bulletin board. You can also vote on Facebook! I will have the most recent round pinned to the top of the page.

Blind Date with a Book is over and I have to give a special shout-out to Julie Wright, who I could have filled this article with all of her reviews. Here are some great reviews from readers:

“I would not have picked this 689 page book of horror and fantasy off the shelf to read. Wrapped in plain, brown paper, it was way outside my reading choices. I did read it and will say it kept me engrossed. For some, mental fantasies like bikes crossing imaginary bridges can be used for good. For one, imagining ‘Christmasland’ to destroy children is evil. 4/5 hearts” – Deb Hankens, reviewing “NOS4A2” by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son, just FYI)

“I would recommend this book to friends. The book had me gripped from the beginning. The book was gripping. Kept my attention. Kept me guessing throughout til the end. 5/5 hearts” – Amanda Jordan, reviewing “The First Wife” by Erica Spindler

“Memoirs are not usually my cup of tea, but I slogged through this one. I would not want to read another, however. 3/5 hearts” – Julie Wright, reviewing “Faded Pictures from My Backyard” by Sue Carswell

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Originally Published in Chronicle Times March 14,2018 by Zach Freking-Smith

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