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by Cynthia Chow


Briar Creek Public Library Director Lindsey Norris had thought that her biggest challenge of the day would be staying awake after a late night of “one more chapter” compulsive reading. The death of a beloved fictional character can’t compare to real-life tragedy, though, which almost occurs when Lindsey witnesses the hit-and-run of tennis coach Theresa Huston outside of the library.

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by Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of some more fun mysteries that have been released this summer. We have fashion, food and libraries-A Passion for Haunted Fashion: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, Bear Witness to Murder: A Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell, Murder Made to Order: An All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery by Lena Gregory, and Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert.

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by Brissa Reyes



At many schools, there are often centers that are the main hub of student activity and learning. At Reedley High School, one of these places is the Library, where students of all different levels come to seek knowledge.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This weekend is Bookwyrm, a 2 day gaming convention at the Woodward Park Library in Fresno. We spoke with 2 of the organizers of this year’s event-James Tyner and Tiffany Polfer.

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by Sandra Murphy



Mary Turner Catlin has asked the Ducote sisters, An’gel and Dickce, to visit her family home, now a B&B. This is their downtime when no guests are on hand. Mary Turner believes her house, like many Southern homes, is haunted, and she wants the sister’s advice. Unusual things happen now and again at the Ducote house. An’gel is sure there’s a good reason for them while Dickce is more inclined to believe in an invisible presence.

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Story Jam At Politi Library

IN THE August 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMallory Moad,
andTheatre
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by Mallory Moad




Everyone has a story to tell, or maybe two or three. On the second Wednesday of the month, a diverse crowd gathers at the Politi Branch Library in Fresno for Story Jam, a free event where they share their own tales, live and in person.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, maintain the Little Libraries in Bear Falls. The town is too small for a regular library but the bigger-than-a-birdhouse replica houses contain popular books. Residents are free to come by and borrow one or leave a new one. When Dora finds snippets of poetry from the reclusive poet, Emily Sutton, she is excited to see the woman is writing again.

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by Sandra Murphy


Charlie Harris is acting as interim library director at the college, a job he thought he’d like. It takes him away from his research work which is a shame and involves way too much paperwork. He can still bring his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to work with him which is a good thing. Saying no to the cat would be a deal breaker.

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Tower Free Library

IN THE November 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andCommunity,
andMallory Moad
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by Mallory Moad



When e-readers became popular and affordable, nay-sayers predicted a ghastly death for public libraries and printed books. However, like the Y2K chaos and numerous forecasts of the end of the world, this has not come to pass. And while many libraries have upgraded their services to meet the needs of 21st century patrons, there is one grass-roots library system in Fresno that has done the opposite.

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by Cynthia Chow


For Briar Creek Public Library’s first annual “fine amnesty” day, library director Lindsey Norris expected a day of hectic but worthwhile chaos. Allowing tardy miscreants to get off scot-free went against all of stodgy traditional librarian Mrs. Cole’s ethics, but Lindsey believed that the loss of fines would be worth regaining patrons who would feel free to return to the library.

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by Cynthia Chow



Minerva “Minnie” Hamilton loves being Chilson District Library’s bookmobile librarian, but as the interim director she’s working sixty to seventy hour a week with little time to focus on the job she truly adores. Minnie’s stress levels aren’t lessened one bit when she discovers a body in the library stacks, one quickly identified as Andrea Vennard. In town for her great-aunt’s funeral, the murder seems to trigger a series of acts of vandalism and break-ins around the town, starting with Minnie’s beloved library. And as much as Chilson Deputy Ash Wolverson might want to help his girlfriend, his being trained as a detective mostly sidelines into an observing role.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jenny Weston moved back to Bear Falls, Michigan, following her divorce, not that she told her mom about that. It seemed best at the time to say she’d come for a visit. Now she’s got to break the news and doesn’t know quite where to begin.

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