Stoney Creek Current

Volume X issue 2 - June 2011 

In This Issue
Summer is for Reading
E-Books Come to the Library
Summer Reading for Kids
Summer Reading Kickoff
Adult and Teen Summer Reading
Buzzy's Truck
Recommended Reads

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A selection of pop-up books is currently on display from the collection of Library Trustee Bobbie Sainz. From top to bottom: Lighthouses, Frank Lloyd Wright, and The Hobbit. Stop by the library for more information about these and many more books on display.



Top Checkouts 2011 

The Dinosaur Hunter   Homer Hickam


The Diviner's Tale : a novel   Bradford Morrow


The Lost Gate   Orson Scott Card


The Girl Who Kicked the
Hornet's Nest  
Stieg Larsson


The Sherlockian  Graham Moore  


Violets are Blue   James Patterson


The Complete Living Trust Kit  Karen Rolcik


Eat This, Not That! 2011  David Zinczenko 


A Time to Love 

Barbara Cameron


The Lake of Dreams  Kim Edwards

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Summer is for Reading 


School's out, the weather is warm and your bags are packed - but don't forget about the library! As you plan your summer getaway, we hope you will remember that books can take you anywhere, even if you're just sitting at home. That's the theme of our summer reading programs this year; whether you're learning about different cultures, foreign cuisine, or exotic locations, we have programs and books for you.


Our summer reading programs are a big part of our commitment to both early and lifelong literacy. We want to encourage a love of reading and learning in all ages, and this is especially important for school-age children. A 2004 Harvard study suggests that reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's  fall reading scores. But even beyond academic achievement, reading stirs the imagination and fosters a richer life. Our infant through fifth grade program features fun and imagination all summer with musical performances, a puppet show and much, much more. Children completing the program will receive a free book and have a chance to win one of several great prizes at the end of the summer.


But what about the older readers? We have you covered, too. As you plan your summer vacations and trips to camp, you can still take a journey from the comfort of your very own home. Students in grades 6-12 can read their way right to the County Fair this year, earning a ticket for every 750 pages read. Adults can get in on the fun with weekly drawings and a grand prize at the end of summer. Whether you're doing it for the prizes or just for fun, reading should be an essential part of your summer. Here at the library we hope we'll be able to make it just a little easier, and a lot more fun!

E-Books Come to the Library

We are pleased to announce the arrival of downloadable e-books and audiobooks to the Shenandoah County Library system. As of June 1, anyone with a valid Shenanodah County library card can access thousands of titles in print and audio format for reading or listening on a variety of devices. The library is partnering with 10 other libraries as part of the Blue Ridge Download Consortium to offer over 2,000 titles available anytime, to anyone with an internet connection. The collection includes recent best-sellers as well as a back catalog of popular fiction and non-fiction titles. You can access the collection at


To introduce our e-book collection, the Shenandoah County Library will host "E-books Week" beginning Monday, June 13. As part of this promotion, anyone who checks out a book - in paper or electronic format - can register at the library or by email for a chance to win a free Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader device. Library users may also stop by during that week for tips and tutorials on using the service.


E-books are being made available via the Overdrive Media Platform, which requires the download of free software and registering for a free authentication account with Adobe. E-books require download of Adobe Digital Editions, authorized with an Adobe ID, which will serve as a file manager for checked out books. Downloading audiobooks requires the Overdrive Media Console which is authenticated using your library card number. Users with smart phones or tablet devices will be able to download books and audio directly to the device by using the Overdrive Media Console App available for Android, iOS and Blackberry platforms.


Offering downloadable books is largely uncharted territory for libraries, and we are excited to be a part of the process. Staff at the County Library will make every effort to answer support questions and make it as easy as possible for our users to take advantage of the service. We hope you will try it out and let us know what you think. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, send an email to, or give us a call at 984-8200.

Amazing Tales @ Your Library: Summer Reading for Kids 



Exciting performers from near and far. Assorted incentive prizes for varied ages and interests. Sunshine and school vacation. Together, these will make possible "Amazing Tales @ Your Library", the 2011 Summer Reading Program (SRP) that begins June 20 at County Library in Edinburg. Children from birth through 5th grade will learn and laugh, sing and sign, create and consume, during the eight-week Program that concludes with a grand finale Summer Reading Program Picnic on August 18 at noon.


For more than two decades, the Library of Virginia has supported local public libraries in their efforts to keep children reading and listening during the crazy, hazy days of summer. County Library's Program will include exploration of countries, capitals, and states as Vermonter Jerry Schneider shares a butterfly collection and an overview of Mexican festivals, plus a t-shirt craft. Californians Suzanne & Jim will present "Around the World of Music Americana" on July 7, two weeks after Virginians Kim & Jimbo provide "Rhythms Round the World" as the SRP kickoff event on June 23 at 6:30 p.m.


Child SRP participants will register, then log titles of books--read by, or to, each child--in order to receive a free book. Submission of a favorite book or magazine title each week will increase odds of winning one of many gifts, to be awarded at the picnic. Along the way, there will be door prizes, ice cream sundaes, and other goodies, like a WVPT book or coupon for a Dunkin' Donut.


In an attempt to reach many residents and guests, this year the special programming will alternate weekly, with both evening and daytime scheduling of events. For further information, contact Miss Diane, Children's Librarian, at 984-8200.      

Summer Reading Kickoff, June 23 with Kim and Jimbo

Kim and Jimbo lead the audience on a musical tour of Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Join the fun as the audience is invited to play along with an Irish jig, a Mexican waltz, an East European frailach, and West African dance rhythms.
Children will be introduced to an array of string, woodwind and percussion instruments including balafon(a West African xylophone from Mali), gourd banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, soprano and alto sax, jembe, jun-jun-African bass drum, and more.


Reading can take you anywhere: Teen and Adult Program  

     "Where can reading take you?"  For participants in the County Library's teen and adult summer reading programs, the answer is:  "Some pretty interesting places."  As in years past, teens can earn up to 2 tickets to the Shenandoah County Fair for their reading efforts.  This summer, however, they will also have the chance to win a Grand Prize of 2 tickets to the TNA Wrestling event at the Fair on September 3rd.  The rules are easy:

 Readers in the 6th-12th grades may register for the program at the County Library, and receive their reading logs.  (5th graders transitioning into the 6th grade, and 12th graders transitioning out of high school, are welcome to participate).  Registration begins June 20 and ends August 1.

 For each 750 pages documented on their reading logs, readers will receive a ticket to the Fair, with the opportunity to earn another ticket by reading another 750 pages.

 All reading logs submitted by the deadline of August 15 will be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing, which will take place on August 18.

Adults can share in the fun as well by "Traveling the World...with a Good Book."  Books have the capacity to transport readers to faraway places filled with new and exciting experiences.  By filling out an entry form for each book read and new place "visited," readers 18 years of age and older will have the chance to win a variety of weekly prizes, as well as the Grand Prize of a Garmin GPS unit worth $200!  The number of times readers can enter is limited only by the number of books they can read before the deadline of August 15.  As with the Grand Prize for teens, the GPS unit will be awarded on August 18.  For more information about either of these programs, please contact David Robinson, Adult Services Librarian with the County Library, at 984-8200.

Buzzy's Truck Visits Edinburg

Kenneth "Buzzy" Dawson visited the County Library on May 24 & 25 as part of our monthly "Community Helpers" story time series. Buzzy talked to the children about all the vehicles he drives as a VDOT transportation operator, including the three-ton dump truck, snowplow and salt spreader that he brought to the library. Even Miss Diane jumped in to take a look!  


Travel the world with one of these books:

Swamplandia! By Karen Russell


Travel to the marshy outskirts of Florida's swamp lands in this tale of a family that lives a ferry-ride away from civilization - almost foreigners in their own country. Karen Russell richly describes a unique people, culture and landscape in her debut novel.



Satori By Don Winslow

Satori is the story of a hitman released from a Japanese prison on the condition that he works for the CIA. Don Winslow's novel takes the reader from France, to Russia, to Vietnam and back again following the political intrigues of American politics during the Korean War.



In the Garden of Beasts By Erik Larson

Bestselling author Erik Larson takes readers across the Atlantic and back in time to WWII era Germany. In the Garden of Beasts tells the story of an American family in Hitler's Berlin who becomes entwined in German politics and society during the German dictator's rise to power.


Atlantic By Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester opens his book with an account of his first transatlantic voyage by sea and the lifelong fascination this trip spawned. Spanning both centuries and nautical miles, Winchester's biography of the Atlantic gives a new perspective on an ocean that many may otherwise take for granted.