Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ligonier Valley Writers To Host Mini-Book Fair

The Ligonier Valley Writers will sponsor a mini-book fair at the library on August 1st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the downstairs community room. Come to meet local authors, pick up tips on writing and publishing, and enjoy free beverages and cookies.

Authors slated to attend are: Marge Burke, Linda Ciletti, Ed and Brendan Kelemen, Barb Miller, Mary Ann Mogus, Dr. Paul Ohrman, and Christine Sumner. Laurie McGinnis of Second Chapter Books in Ligonier will be on hand to sell copies of the authors' works and related titles.

Shirley Mays, author of Outer Banks Piracy: Where is My Son Jeffery? and Outer Banks Piracy II: Drugs and Political Corruption, will be the featured author.

Ligonier Valley Writers & the Ligonier Valley Library promote reading and writing! So, stop by and enjoy an afternoon of writing and take home some new books to read.

For more information visit the Ligonier Valley Writer's website:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Author Shirley Mays Will Give Book Discussion

Author Shirley Mays will discuss her new book, Outer Banks Piracy II: Drugs and Political Corruption, on Wednesday July 29 at 7:00 pm in the Ligonier Valley Library. This book continues the story recounted in her first book, Outer Banks Piracy: Where is My Son Jeffrey? It is a true tale of greed, drugs and the misuse of power surrounding her son Jeffrey’s disappearance off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 1980.

The story has its beginnings right here in Ligonier. The family moved to Ligonier in 1965 and Jeffrey graduated from Ligonier High School in 1977. The Mays started a toner business in Latrobe named Imaging Systems. After Imaging Systems was sold to Pelican, the family moved to North Carolina and bought a retail fish market in 1980.

Jeffrey and another fish market employee disappeared, under suspicious circumstances, in November 1980 while fishing. Their bodies were never recovered and there was no sign of debris from their boat. Mays lives with the mystery of his disappearance and the hope that he is alive somewhere in the world. She has spent 29 years trying to track down the truth.

Shirley Mays is first and foremost the proud mother of a son and two daughters. She is a real estate broker, an environmental consultant and has a Research Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. She has over 30 years experience in investigating troubled properties, especially those with affordable housing or environmental restrictions.

The program begins at 7.00 p.m. Shirley Mays will autograph books following the program. Mays is also a featured author at Ligonier Valley Writer’s Mini Book Fair being held at the Ligonier Valley Library on Saturday, August 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, July 20, 2009

40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Walk

On July 20, 1969, America watched as the crew of the Apollo 11 took their first steps on the surface of the moon. The crew consisted of Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin had the honor, and excitement, of being the first humans to land on the moon. Their mission would be the first of many....

Vist to learn more about the space program and the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Walk. You can also watch clips and listen to audio from the mission. Another site to visit is - currently they are playing a live transmission of the moon landing. After today, you will be able to return to the site and listen to the transmission any time you would like.

So, where were you when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon?

Kaleidoscope Eyes

"Kaleidoscope Eyes" is the title of a new Young Adult book by author Jen Bryant. Written in free verse (a novel in poems), the author transports readers to 1968 New Jersey. Under the shadow of the Vietnam War, three friends go on a hunt for Captain Kidd's pirate treasure after Lyza discovers three maps left to her by her grandfather.

Teen Readers beware! Adventure, romance, mystery and more can be found on the shelves of your local library. Go on a treasure hunt with Lyza or check out one of these recently added titles:
  • Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
  • A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
  • Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline Cooney
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • High Heat by Carl Deuker
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Truancy by Isamu Fukui
  • Truancy Origins by Isamu Fukui
  • Looks by Madeleine George
  • North of Beautiful by Justina Headley
  • Mackenzie, Lost and Found by Deborah Kerbel
  • Carolina Harmony by Marilyn Taylor McDowell
  • Wake by Lisa McMann
  • The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series)
  • Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Larklight by Philip Reeve
  • The Boy From the Basement by Susan Shaw
  • Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
  • Perpetual Check by Rich Wallace
  • Absolute Maybe? by Lisa Yee
For the comic fan in you... how about a few new Graphic Novels:
  • Treachery by Peter David (The Dark Tower series) [YA GN DARK TOWER]
  • The Sandman : endless nights by Neil Gaiman [YA GN SANDMAN]
  • Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale [YA GN RAPUNZEL]
  • Toto! [Vol.] 5 : the wonderful adventure by Yuko Osada [YA GN TOTO]
Sometimes the most interesting reads are not fiction:
  • Seize the Story : a handbook for teens who like to write by Victoria Hanley [YA 808.02 HAN]
  • The Trouble Begins at 8 : a life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman [YA 92 TWAIN]
Hmmm, just think if you read each of the books listed above... not only will you have gone on some serious adventures or possibly written one of your own, but you just might be the top Teen Reader for the Summer! Just something to think about! And don't worry, if you can't find those titles on the shelf, I'm sure we can help you find something else.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stories worth listening to

Do you remember being read to as a kid? Want to experience that as an adult? Then pick up an audio book and allow yourself to be transported on a great adventure, or into a thrilling novel of crime and detection, or even into a story that will touch your heart. Whether your tastes are fiction or non-fiction, we have something that you will enjoy.

Here are some of the newest additions to our library's collection:

  • At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh
  • Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
  • The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
  • Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
  • Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas
  • About Face by Donna Leon
  • Fugitive by Phillip Margolin
  • Brimstone by Robert B. Parker
  • What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  • Assegai by Wilbur Smith
  • The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
  • Q & A by Vikas Swarup
  • Give Me Back My Legions! by Harry Turtledove
  • Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston
  • The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
New non-fiction titles:
  • A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke (TBCD 599.757 BOU)
  • What On Earth Have I Done? by Robert Fulghum (TBCD 814.54 FUL)
  • Venice For Lovers by Louis Begley & Anka Muhlstein (TBCD 914.531 BEG)
  • The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind (TBCD 973.931 SUS)
Happy Listening!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

David Parker Program Coming to Ligonier This Summer

Just wanted everyone to know that the Ligonier Valley Library is sponsoring a wonderful, family-friendly program on Monday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Ligonier Town Hall auditorium.

David Parker, well-known communicator, entertainer, and motivator brings his unique program to Ligonier this summer. His program blends music, humor, sign language and audience participation into a magical message of friendship. It entertains with themes of creativity, self-esteem and leadership.

David has performed throughout North America and has delighted audiences in hundreds of schools and libraries as well as on grand stages such as The Kennedy Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has been dubbed the "Pied Piper of Sign." He is a published author with a series of Scholastic children's books entitled, "The Best Me I Can Be."

Everyone wishing to attend must have a ticket. Tickets are free but seating is limited so register as soon as possible. You can make your reservation and pick up your tickets at the Ligonier Valley Library. If you have any questions, call the library at 724-238-6451 and ask for Linda or Bobbi.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Westmoreland Library Network.