Book recommendation

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Title
: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author: Kim Michelle Richardson
Review by: Friends of Tualatin Library member Eleanore Mickus

A New York Times Bestseller!

“For me, this book will be unforgettable for a long time. It was so engrossing that I am going to read more books by this author.” –Eleanore


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
is a historical fiction about an unusual group of librarians in the 1930’s who deliver books and other reading materials by horseback to the hill folk of Kentucky. They were part of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project implemented by the WPA. The town of Troublesome Creek has Cussy Mary Carter and her mule, Junia, delivering reading materials to people who could not get them any other way.

Our Book Woman, Cussy, known to the locals as Bluet, has a rare genetic disorder unique to the people of her area. The disorder, methemoglobinemia, causes them to have blue colored skin. Because of her blue skin, Cussy experiences much prejudice and discrimination. But, she is so intent on bringing books into the lives of the people, she is willing to put herself in cruel and dangerous situations to deliver them.

We learn of the horrible poverty and hunger that most suffer and as a result another disease I have not heard of in years, pellagra. Cussy’s father, and many of the men around the town of Troublesome Creek, work in the dangerous, dirty coal mines but have no other way to earn a living there. We learn of the union that tried to get better working conditions for these miners and the isolation that families experienced living in the hills.

There were uplifting parts in this story of Cussy’s patrons and their desire to read and share information like recipes and patterns. Cussy would put together a journal with articles from the newspaper and magazines to fill in for the scarcity of donated books. We also learn of a few of the patrons who took steps to advance themselves through study and looking for more work opportunities outside of Troublesome Creek.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is available through WCCLS in book, large print, eBook, audiobook, and book club kit formats. We invite you to place a hold.

Book donations on hold

On 7/14/20 we announced that the Friends of Tualatin Library would start accepting book donations on 7/22. Governor Brown’s “sounding the alarm” press conference this week regarding the COVID-19 surge in Oregon prompted a reconsideration of the start date and we’ve decided to postpone it for at least another two weeks. We think it prudent to hit pause with the COVID-19 case numbers going up, rather than down.

When the threat of COVID-19 infection is reduced to a lower level, we will accept donations of used books on a limited basis. Donations will be accepted by appointment only and limited to 2 medium-size boxes. Patrons may schedule more than one appointment to donate additional material.

Please watch this space for the new start date.

Book donations to the Friends

AN UPDATE, POSTED ON 7/16: WE HAVE DECIDED TO DELAY ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PAST 7/22 BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES.

The Friends of the Tualatin Library will be accepting donations of good, used books on a limited basis beginning July 22nd.  Donations will be accepted by appointment only two mornings each week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and limited to 2 medium-size boxes.  To donate, email your contact information to donatebooks@friendsoftualatinlibrary.org and a volunteer will contact you.

Donations are 30 minute time slots and by appointment only on Wednesdays from 10-11 am and Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm

There is a limit of TWO MEDIUM SIZED BOXES per appointment. Patrons may schedule more than one appointment to donate additional material.

We cannot accept:
Books in poor condition (musty, moldy, smoky, broken spines or covers)
Encyclopedia sets and dictionaries
Reader’s Digest condensed books
Textbooks and travel books more than 10 years old
VHS tapes
Cassette tapes
Magazines

Our Amazon store has reopened

During normal times, the Friends of Tualatin Library operates out of a small workroom off the library’s lobbby. When the library closed in March, all of our bookselling operations closed too.

We’re happy to report that we reopened our Amazon book store on May 11th. Gwen Martin, our Amazon Committee Chair, has very generously donated the use of her dining room as you can see in the video below. Gwen says sales since reopening have been almost double of what we sold in the same period last year.

Other committee members are also contributing to the effort. Laura Baker moved boxes of donated books to various members’ homes so the books could be sorted and evaluated. Eleanore Mickus took charge of evaluating DVDs which have been especially hot sellers. Meg Poehler and Donna Gilbo are listing items on Amazon. Gwen handles the packing and shipping.

Our members adhere to all CDC and ALA guidelines for safe handling of donated materials. We allow items to “age” for 72 hours before handling. We observe no-contact pick-up and drop-off procedures. And we pre-pay for shipping so Gwen can be in and out of the post office in less than a minute.

2020 Summer Reading is virtual this year

The Tualatin Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program started on June 1st and will continue through at least August 31st. You can download reading logs from the summer reading page on the library’s website. You don’t have to “sign-up” for the program this year. Instead, you’ll let the library know when you complete your reading log. The Summer Reading Program is open to kids, teens, and adults. On completion, kids and teens are eligible to receive two free books while adults will receive one book. All finishers are entered in a grand prize drawing.

Traditionally, the library has asked every reader to complete an individual log. This year they’re offering options. You can read and complete the reading log as a family, or use it any way you want to. They just want to encourage everyone to read.

The Summer Reading Program offers significant benefits to readers:

  • Encourages reading as a lifelong habit
  • Draws reluctant readers in with activities
  • Helps kids keep their reading skills up over the summer

For details about Summer Reading Program and events, check the library website.