Check It Out! Archer Public  Library

Gretchen Abernathy-Kuck 

The Archer Public Library was used by four hundred and sixteen patrons during the week of February 24th – February 28th. Three hundred and sixty-five books and one hundred and ninety videos were checked out during the week.

We are now offering curbside pick-up during regular library hours! You can browse our book catalog at https://archercity.booksys.net/opac/acpl/ , and make a reservation online, by phone, or by email. If you prefer to simply call and get a recommendation, I’m happy to help! We are also offering printing and fax services via curbside pick-up, call for details. (940) 574-4954

Visit our website at archer.ploud.net to access our virtual collections!

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In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation and what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the woman who means the world to her.

On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally.

Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence.

Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us from child to adult, wounded to indomitable.

Check out “The Dry Grass of August” by Anna Jean Mayhew at the Archer Public Library

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The once-close Sunday sisters have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. Cassie is consumed with trying to make her life work as a Manhattan wife and mom to twin toddlers, while her bighearted sister, Sid, lives an expat's life of leisure in far-off Singapore. So Sid, who shuns social media, challenges Cassie to reconnect through old-fashioned letters.

Soon, the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. They just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.

But first, one of Cassie's infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up in the one place you'd never, ever want to see them: the Internet . . .

Check out “Keep Me Posted” by Lisa Beazley at the Archer Public Library’s website archer.ploud.net via TumbleBooks

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