Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mystery Book Group Receives The Ultimate Facelift!

The "Murder, Mystery and Mayhem" Book Discussion Group has undergone some major changes! Not only has the name been changed to "Death in the Stacks," but the website has a new look. And as if that were not enough, the group has gone from meeting monthly at the library to meeting online!!!

Yes, you read that right! "Death in the Stacks" is now an online mystery/thriller book discussion group? Sound intriguing? Join us! It's not hard, but it does require setting up an account with - an international social network that allows you to not only join some rather interesting discussion groups, but to create your very own cyber-bookshelf.

For more information or to find some helpful instructions on joining, visit the Death in the Stacks webpage. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ligonier 250 : The Fort, The Town, The Valley

Ralph Kinney Bennett, author of Ligonier 250: The Fort, The Town, The Valley, will read from his book, discuss researching and writing it and answer questions at the Ligonier Valley Library on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

The book, tracing the settlement and subsequent history of Ligonier and the valley over the past two and a half centuries, was published in June 2008 as part of the ongoing Ligonier 250 celebration.

Bennett, a retired national editor of The Reader’s Digest who now writes for various magazines and publications, says his short narrative history of Ligonier is an effort to explain what he calls “Ligonierness,” that “unique cultural quality” that characterizes the valley. Bennett, who is a trustee of the library, will be available immediately before and after the program to sign copies of his book.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Once upon a midnight dreary...

The door creaks open and a tentative foot crosses the threshold, heartbeat racing with anticipation of what might be found on the other side. Ghosts? Monsters? A mystery full of intrigue and thrills? Cautiously the person steps inside only to be met with... the smiling faces of library staff. A sigh of relief escapes the patron, as, for now, the things that go bump in the... errr... library have been tamed and trapped within the pages of a good book. Comforted, the patron hurries to their favorite section... it is lunchtime after all.

So as a chill enters the air and Halloween ghost and goblins loom on the horizon, what will you be reading? Tell us, we're just dying to know.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Crafts, floats, re-enactors, food, bands... what do these things have in common?

... they can all be found in Ligonier this weekend!

Fort Ligonier Days - October 10, 11 & 12

Come join the town as we celebrate 250 years of history! For more information or to see a schedule of events, visit the Fort Ligonier Days website.

The library will be closed on Friday and Saturday, and will re-open at 10:00 am on Monday the 13th! See you then!

Meanwhile, share some of your favorite stories from previous Fort Ligonier Days by commenting to this post.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Had a fun morning at our "Read the Movie...View the Book" meeting. We are a small, but mighty group of book and movie lovers! Since this was our first meeting on a Saturday morning, I brought along a variety of books and movies for the members of the group to consider for future discussions and viewings.

We just started chatting and throwing out ideas...It was great! Once we started talking about a favorite movie or book, the discussion snowballed. We discussed classics like "The Grapes of Wrath," "Rebecca" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" and recent movies based on bestsellers like Robert Ludlum's "Bourne Identity." One of the best suggestions was to read a book that had several movie versions and then watch all of the versions and compare them. Did you know that Jane Austen's classic book, "Emma," not only inspired the 1996 movie, "Emma," starring Gwyneth Paltrow, but also inspired the teen hit, "Clueless," starring Alicia Silverstone!

We decided to read Anne Tyler's quirky book, "The Accidental Tourist." The movie version stars Geena Davis, who won an academy award for her role as an eccentric dog trainer and single mother who befriends travel author, Macon Leary, played by William Hurt. Why this choice? Lots of good discussion potential! And the movie? Lots of good discussion potential!

If you want to have a little fun (and a little intellectual stimulation) come and join us on the first Saturday of every month. Drop the kids off...pick up the groceries on the way home...serve PB&J for lunch...mow the lawn after dinner.