Year of the Book CEO named 2014 Woman of Influence

Year of the Book CEO and founder Demi Stevens has been named a recipient of the 2014 Women of Influence award.

According to a press release, Dr. Stevens is being honored “for her leadership and achievement through Paul Smith Library and Year of the Book publishing house, as well as her contributions to the community.”

Stevens will be recognized for her award at a June 16 event at the Hilton Harrisburg, and in a story to be published in the Central Penn Business Journal on June 20.

Stevens recently served as Smith Library’s director and is a former board member for Southern York County Business Association. She holds degrees from West Virginia University, Capital University, Northwestern University and Ohio State University. She lives in Glen Rock with her husband and son.

For more information on the Women of Influence awards or the June 16 luncheon, visit www.CPBJ.com/events or contact Nicole Morgan at Nicole@cpbj or 717-236-4300.

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On the Shelves: What do York Libraries mean to you?

During this week’s National Library Week Celebration, community members are encouraged to share their library stories in a contest hosted by the American Library Association.  The speech bubbles are available at all locations for residents to stop by and snap their own photo story.   Pictured, from left to right, are: Sr. Library Assistant Ivette Lorenzo, Facilities Manager Zach Zimmerman, Sr. Library Assistant Jenae Green, Executive Assistant Kim Klinedinst, and Facilities Coordinator Jose´ Ramos.  The contest begins Monday at 10 a.m. and runs through Friday at Noon.   Official rules are online at www.yorklbraries.org and at York County Libraries.  Submitted photo.

During this week’s National Library Week Celebration, community members are encouraged to share their library stories in a contest hosted by the American Library Association. The speech bubbles are available at all locations for residents to stop by and snap their own photo story. Pictured, from left to right, are: Sr. Library Assistant Ivette Lorenzo, Facilities Manager Zach Zimmerman, Sr. Library Assistant Jenae Green, Executive Assistant Kim Klinedinst, and Facilities Coordinator Jose´ Ramos. The contest begins Monday at 10 a.m. and runs through Friday at Noon. Official rules are online at www.yorklbraries.org and at York County Libraries. Submitted photo.

by Deb Sullivan, community relations coordinator for York County Libraries

“Lives change @ your library” is this year’s theme for National Library Week (NLW) which runs today through Saturday.

As part of the annual celebration, the American Library Association is inviting library users from across the country to share their library stories.

Each person who shares his or her story will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. There will be one grand prize winner. We have over 209,000 library cardholders, which is about half of our county’s population, so I am thinking we have a good chance of having a York Countian win. Continue reading “On the Shelves: What do York Libraries mean to you?” »

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Dillsburg Area Public Library to host discussion on Cheryl Strayed memoir April 29

Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild" is available on Amazon.com.

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild” is available on Amazon.com.

“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” a memoir by Cambria County, Pa., native Cheryl Strayed, is the topic of a book talk to be held 7 p.m. April 29 at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dilsburg.

According to a press release, “Wild” tells the story of the author’s 1100-mile solo hike, and “the terrors and pleasures of forging ahead on a difficult hike that changes her life.”

For details or to register, call the library at 717-432-5613 or visit www.yorklibraries.org/dillsburg.

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BAM best-sellers for week ending April 6

Best-sellers as reported by Books-A-Million in Springettsbury Township for the week ended April 6.

1.       “Divergent,” by Veronica Roth

2.       “Fault in Our Stars,” by  John Green

3.       “Doctor’s Diet,” by Travis Stork

4.      ”Insurgent,” by Veronica Roth

5.      ”Allegiant,” by Veronica Roth

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Pretty Deadly’

downloadI’m not sure how to begin describing the opening scenes of the comic “Pretty Deadly” because so much happens to set up the story in the first few pages.

Where I will start is when we meet the girl in the vulture cloak, called Sissy later in the comic. She and an older man, called Foxy, begin weaving a tale for a crowd, of how a beautiful woman was married and her husband became jealous, locking her in a tower. Death came to her but fell in love, and in the end, they made a child.

The tale ends with “If you done been wronged, say her name, sing this song, sound the bell’s knell that calls her from hell; Ginny rides for you on the wind, my child; death rides on the wind!”

Then, we see a red-haired man come up to Sissy and say some things to her, setting the action in the tale into motion. But then another character steps into the story: Big Alice, who seems to be after the ginger named John. After a bit of a fight (well, not really; she shot him) and Alice sees the black vulture feather, John tell her, “Shoot me again if you’re gonna. Don’t matter now, Alice … See? You’re too late.”

Maybe it was the paper that Sissy stole off of him, leaving a magical trail behind that will lead revenge right to her doorstep. The rest of the comic has Sissy and Foxy fleeing for their lives, as Big Alice, or maybe death, following closely behind.

Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick jam-packed her first issue of “Pretty Deadly” with a lot of characters and storylines, but the story flows at a soft, slow pace. This combination of horror and western is very popular right now in the comic realm, and DeConnick jumped on that opportunity.

The art by Emma Rios is dark and descriptive, though sometimes I can’t understand what is going on in a panel. I think Rios might have a hard time with action sequences, but this is only the first issue and her work might be better in the following issues.

I really think these creators have a good story to tell, and the first issue entices readers to continue onto another issue.


Comic Book Wednesday is a new feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Manchester Township author Buffy Andrews releases new book, ‘The Lion Awakens’

buffy_lionManchester Township author Buffy Andrews’s newest book, “The Lion Awakens,” is now available.
 
The book is a modern David versus Goliath tale with two worlds, two teens and two destinies.
 
For thirteen years, Annie Lange and David McClure believed their parents were killed in fiery car crashes. They learn the truth about the past when they find hidden messages in anonymous gifts left on their front porches. The notes lead them to a mentor who helps them discover and master their special powers — powers they will need if they have any chance of saving their world from the tyrant Goliath.
When the lion awakens, their world is forever changed 
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Book Review: ‘The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia’ by David Stuart MacLean

davidstuartmacleanWhen I was in college at the University of Minnesota, I took an Honors Seminar class that focused on memory and the construction of self. We met on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8am, and took turns leading discussions and bringing breakfast.  I’ve always been fascinated by the role that memories serve in shaping who we are as people, and during those discussions, I found myself questioning how I constructed my own identity.  What memories shaped who I am? What else shaped me into the person I am?

So what happens when you wake up on a train platform in India without the slightest idea of who you are or how you arrived at the train platform in the first place? No memories at all. What kind of identity can you construct of who you are?

David Stuart MacLean’s debut book “The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia” answers the above mentioned questions with articulate prose and profound self discovery.  On October 7, 2002 when MacLean woke up and “could feel a heavy absence in [his] brain, like a static cloud” on the train platform in Hyderabad, India, he sobbed as a kind officer took him to a halfway house assuming that he was just another American tourist who was addicted to drugs.  MacLean ends up in a mental institution where he regains some memories, but mostly fades in and out of short bouts of waking and sleeping nightmares.  He realizes after his parents arrive that his memory loss stems from a severe allergic reaction to the anti-malaria drug Larium (which was routinely prescribed by his doctor after David received a Fulbright scholarship in India). Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia’ by David Stuart MacLean” »

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“Mama Gena’s Marriage Manual” by Regena Thomashauer

1102729If you want to save your marriage, do not pick up “Mama Gena’s Marriage Manual” by Regena Thomashauer.

Calling herself Mama Gena, this entrepreneur started a program called “Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts.” Here, she invites women to feed off their passion and desire to transform their lives. They become Sister Goddesses, according to Gena, and can get whatever they want if they put their minds to it.

This slightly selfish theme crosses over into the “Marriage manual,” where Mama basically tells women that they can train their husbands into becoming their knight that will listen to every desire. Continue reading ““Mama Gena’s Marriage Manual” by Regena Thomashauer” »

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Hallam author Stephanie Giese comes full circle through writing, blogging

Stephanie Giese started her blog to connect with other writers and mothers. Now, she's co-founded a conference to help aspiring writers learn the tricks of her trade. Submitted photo.

Stephanie Giese started her blog to connect with other writers and mothers. Now, she’s co-founded a conference to help aspiring writers learn the tricks of her trade. Submitted photo.

As a new mom, Hallam writer Stephanie Giese turned to blogging to make connections with other women, mothers and writers.

Just four years later, female writers are now looking to her to get connected.

Giese has founded BlogU, a conference coming up June 6-8 in Baltimore that will bring dozens of “mommy bloggers” together to offer helpful sessions on building and improving each other’s blogs. Continue reading “Hallam author Stephanie Giese comes full circle through writing, blogging” »

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Local author J. Arthur Moore to sign books at Gettysburg battlefield April 12

J. Arthur Moore of Narvon (Lancaster County) will sign copies of his four-part Civil War novel “Journey Into Darkness” 1 to 3 p.m. April 12 at Gettysburg National Civil War Battlefield’s museum bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

Moore will also share photos and discuss some of the soldiers who served in the Civil War.

“Journey Into Darkness” is available online at www.upfromcorinth.com and Amazon.com.

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