Harper Lee and the Iconic Tale

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Our Wood River Reads title has been announced: it is To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, a persistently loved tale of justice, prejudice, unexpected heroes and childhood wisdom. Libraries around the Wood River Valley will be promoting talks, events, and online commentary, but mostly, we hope everyone picks it up, even just to taste a chapter. After rereading the novel myself this spring, I can honestly recommend it for nearly every reader. The story still sings.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Many dedicated readers and librarians across the globe were stirred and even thrilled to cold chills to hear of the impending release of Go Set a Watchman, the unpublished novel written by Harper Lee before To Kill a Mockingbird. The Library Journal reports that the current planned July 14 release date will include 2 million volumes in the first press run.

The announcement that a new book about Scout and company set twenty years later created quite a Twitterstorm after the February announcement. While Twitter is an ungainly firehose of information at the best of times, it can be useful for wrangling links on breaking news and diverse topics. Our @LibraryDenizenK and @KetchumLibrary accounts will be following the Harper Lee threads from now until the harvest moon in October, when the Wood River Reads project culminates. The Guardian online book club has its readership poised to jump on Go Set a Watchman quite literally the moment it is released, via eBook, print, audio, hook or crook. They have been licensed to release the first chapter, in text and audio–get a taste of the language at The Guardian via this link.

Cover to Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

The release announcement is not without controversy and conflicting reports, but there is no doubt the book is exciting a great deal of interest and anticipation. No pre-publication copies are available, and publishers are sending out stern warnings about keeping the content under wraps until the lay down date on the 14th (somewhat unusual in the library and publication trade, but not unheard of, as Harry Potter readers can attest.) Many are viewing the release with no little trepidation, and a lot of hope.

The looming question for Library Denizens at the Community Library here in Ketchum–how many copies to buy? What are your thoughts about the release?

Open House Garden Party @ The Community Library–this Friday!

The Wood River Valley is Open–We’re Inviting Everyone to Celebrate!

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Smoke Clearing the Valley

The Community Library is throwing an Open House Garden Party for everyone in our local Community, this Friday, from 4:00-6:00pm. We will be gathering on the south lawn on 4th Street between Regional History and the Children’s Library. Stop by to enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and meet with friends and network with neighbors. Our new Director, Cynthia Dillon, Board members, and Librarians will be available to talk with new visitors, patrons and supporters.

Don’t worry about weather–a little rain won’t stop us. We’ll just move the party inside to the stacks–Garden Party comes under “gazebo” (Dewey number 728.93)–but we plan to take over the whole west wing. Going to the Reckless Kelly concert? Tune up at the Library, and check out our wide collection of popular and classical music (which includes 4 CDs by Muzzie Braun as well as the Braun boys). Please stop on by!

Walnut Avenue in front of the Gold Mine during Beaver Creek Fire

Walnut Ave in front of the Gold Mine

The recent fire has impacted our local economy county-wide. At the height of the evacuations, 4th Street and Walnut Street were eerily deserted in the bright summer sun. On a normal Sunday in the high tourist season in Ketchum, cars line these streets and shoppers roam the local businesses, including the Gold Mine Thrift Store (on the right), a keystone support of The Community Library. The Gold Mine is having an epic sale right now through Saturday, and will have it’s Fall Grand Opening on September 12th.

4th Street in Ketchum Aug. 18th, deserted midday

4th Street Sunday Aug. 18th, 2013, Midday

Help us fill 4th Street this Friday, from 4:00-6:00! There’s a party @ the Community Library!