July 2020

Not So Delicate - A Circe Book Club

  • Posted on: 30 July 2020
  • By: Michelle Brightwell

To ancient people, myths were not pieces of fiction used as allegory. Myths were the way they explained human nature, natural phenomenon, and how to overcome difficulties in time of strife. In the 4th century AD, the Roman philosopher Sallustius wrote that “myths were things that never happened, but always are”. He wrote about the use of mythology in an age where Roman popular thinking was moving away from mysticism and mythology and towards philosophy and science. Sallustius believed that mythology shouldn’t be left behind as a relic of a bygone era, but should be taught to all as a foundation of what he called “common conceptions”, or the body of knowledge that all Romans should know and be able to draw from.

Summer Cooking at its Best!

  • Posted on: 27 July 2020
  • By: Patsy Ducote

Behold: the NEWEST cookbooks to hit our shelves! Whether you find the latest from your favorite celebrity chef, relax into the comforts of home, or explore new-to-you cultural cuisine, we hope you find a few surprising tastes for your palate as you grow your culinary literacy. Browse these titles & reserve a few for yourself today!

Scroll down to find further selections: To Share with the Kiddos, Especially for the Grill, and Foodie Memoirs.

Click here if you like true crime!

  • Posted on: 14 July 2020
  • By: Lauren Lucas

Our Newest Downtown Grab Bags: True Crimes

If you haven’t been keeping up with Unsolved Mysteries, the newest TV series reboot on Netflix, you are missing some thrills. Just the introduction music sends chills up my spine within seconds. While some involve theft and deception, it is the ones that cast doubt on reason of death that keep popping back up in my memories days later. Why do I do this to myself? What is this need to terrify myself before bedtime? And how do I get more?

Escape with a Good Book!

  • Posted on: 6 July 2020
  • By: Adrienne Bone

Not sure if I am just speaking for myself here, but a nice getaway would be wonderful right now. But, since that will not be happening anytime soon, I'll just have to imagine being away. I mean, like on the level of "Calgon, take me away..." Do y'all remember that slogan? Yes, I took it wayyyy back!

So, I figure a book can provide me with the escape I need for now. Even when I am finally able to go somewhere, then I could STILL bring a couple of these books with me.

Here are 10 books to try out:  

Do You Have a Reluctant Reader?

  • Posted on: 1 July 2020
  • By: Adrienne Bone
With food, kids can be fickle, picky, or just plain unwilling to try something new. Umm, and did I say picky?! Well, the same can be said for reading. There can be so many reasons why a child is reluctant to read.
Here are some of the reasons I have encountered tutoring kids:
  • They are not good at it. They find it difficult so they do not want to.
  • "Reading is boringggggg...."
  • They are not motivated.
  • The book does not have enough pictures. Too many words.
Some things they cannot or don't tell you: