I love the local Spencer Penn Center. There’s a lot there to love but one of my favorite parts is the Charles & Rose Hylton Library.
I have a card at all of the local libraries but this one is my favorite. I discovered Karen White’s “The Sound of Glass” here. I also got started on Carol Miller’s Moonshine Mystery series here, reading “An Old-Fashioned Murder: A Moonshine Mystery“.
The thing to note about Carole Miller’s Moonshine Mystery series is that they are set here locally. Moonshine is still a big thing around here but that’s another post for another time. I had just finished the first book in the series, “Murder and Moonshine“, over the weekend and decided to pop over to Spencer Penn to see if I could pick up “A Nip of Murder“, the second one in the series and the only one I have left to read. (They read fine out of order).
As I understand it, the library got its start with donations from local residents (and still actively receives a lot of donations). That translates into a lot more Debbie Macomber novels than dusty classics which, to me, is a good thing. (Nothing against the classics but there’s nothing wrong with exploring new novels either). These are books people have read because they wanted to rather than because they thought that they ought to, so there are a lot of good choices for fun reads. The span of genres is pretty impressive too.
As it turned out, I got distracted by another book that’s been on my “to-read” list for awhile and completely forgot about the book that I was looking for. “The Alice Network” is a historical novel about a female spy ring in WWI that was released this past June.
So I’ll have to wait to finish the Moonshine Murder series. But I swear that I’ll read it next. (Full disclosure: That might not be true. Anne Mott Davidson’s “Tough Cookie” has been flitting around my desk, under my desk, or near my desk for a week demanding to be read. )
P.S. There is usually a cart outside the door of the library with used books for sale. I almost always browse the cart with the result that I have, at about any given time, a stack of books to read. Paperbacks are fifty cents a piece. Hard backs are a dollar.
P.S.S. I also buy used books from Amazon with my Amazon points. And those books will generally end up on the cart I mentioned above after I’ve read them.
P.S.S.S. There is also an adorable book store, Books & Crannies, in Uptown Martinsville that we try to visit occasionally because we want to support local businesses too and, well, it’s a bookstore.
My point is that that cart in front on the library is very active and I’m not the only reader around here that donates, buys, and checks out books on a regular basis. If you’re local, you should check it out. And go inside and sign the visitor’s log. You might leave with a new favorite author.
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