April 2020
News and Updates from the
Friends of the Lexington Main Library
Lexington Main Library may be closed by www.lexcolibrary.com is always open.

Lexington County Public Library is temporarily closed to public access; however, the staff is working to provide the community with the best virtual services. You can obtain a temporary library card through the library website to access eBooks, videos, audiobooks, databases and more. You can also visit our website to access community information and resources regarding COVID-19. The Library staff are experienced in evaluating and collecting quality resources and have developed a “Community Resource Directory,” a quick database of financial, health, and educational information. For more information, contact Lexington County Public Library at 803-785-2681 or visit the website at  www.lexcolibrary.com.
Have extra time to read? Here are a few
book recommendations from Friends & staff.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is one of my favorite recent reads. Set in Depression-era Kentucky, five extraordinary women create the Packhorse Librarians to deliver books and more to their mountainous rural region. The characters are so real and are put into situations that are funny, heartbreaking and enthralling. The strength of the strong friendships between these women is
far reaching.

This book was selected by the Third Thursday at Three book club at our Lexington Main Library. We are waiting to meet and discuss it but email among our group shows all liked the book which happens about once every two years!

By: Pat Winegardner
Friends of LML Treasurer
Soot-Sprite the Cat recommends Marissa Meyer's " Cinder "!
Set in a far-off future, cyborg Cinder is an outcast and the unwanted step-child of her family. A talented mechanic, Cinder is tasked by handsome Prince Kai to repair a droid from the palace; what should be an easy job plunges her into intergalactic politics as New Beijing hosts the cruel and plotting moon queen, Levana, and a deadly plague sweeps across the planet. This is the first book in Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles, a series of fairytale retellings with sci-fi twists.

By: Laura Collins
Library Assistant III, Reference
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien are enduring tales of friendship, bravery, and the battle between good and evil. There are moments when you fear the the darkness has won and our heroes may not recover, but always there is a helping hand and the strength of friendship and love endure. A great series for family story time or to take a little break from our world and dive into another. 

By: Katrina Koprowicz
Reference, Library Assistant
Readers advisory is a big part of what we do here at the library. Every year I try to read as many of the South Carolina Book Award nominees as I can. I am currently reading 2020-2021 Children's Book Award Nominee, Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier. This book tells of a 12-year old girl who is moving to a new school. She.misses her old friends but is positive and trying to make new friends when her sister is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. The story tells of friendship and the power of community. An encouraging and timely read for middle graders who may be struggling through a difficult time. 

By: Angee Jackson
Library Assistant III, Youth Services
By: Lauren Ignet
Library Assistant, Reference
Gorgeous and deliciously dark, Tangerine is a historical fiction thriller set in Tangier in the 1950s. It’s a story of friendship, betrayal, and obsession, and alternates between the perfectly poised Alice and her unexpected visitor and old friend Lucy. After an event happened at the college the two went to, the friends parted ways and moved on with their lives. But when Lucy shows up unexpectedly in Morocco to visit Alice, secrets are revealed and readers question who (and what) they can trust. I haven’t been able to put this fantastic novel down, and I highly recommend checking out the audiobook on Hoopla because the narrators are perfect! And if you’d really like to transport to 1950s Tangier with Alice and Lucy, check out the ebook “Authentic Recipes from Morocco” on Hoopla, too!
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett

The story of a friendship between two writers, Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy, and their journey to find fulfillment, love and success. 

"This is a tender, brutal book about loving a person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheet effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest" (book jacket). 

This title is available to download as an audio book on Hoopla.

By: Marlena White
Friends of Lexington Main Library Director