Check It Out! Archer Public  Library

Gretchen Abernathy-Kuck

The Archer Public Library was used by three hundred and forty-four patrons during the week of September 9th – September 13th. One hundred and eighty-six books and one hundred and nineteen videos were checked out during the week.

Thank you to Donna Haile for her donation in memory of Louise Rux, and her donation in memory of F.C. “Ted” Burkett.

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In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo's.

Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For 22 years, he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence.

But no one was listening.

He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time.

Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought.

Check out “The Guardians” by John Grisham at the Archer Public Library

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In 1919, Lewis E. Lawes moved his wife and young daughters into the warden's mansion at Sing Sing prison. They shared a yard with 1, 096 of the toughest inmates in the world-murderers, rapists, and thieves who Lawes alone believed capable of redemption. Adamantly opposed to the death penalty, Lawes presided over 300 executions. His progressive ideas shocked many, but he taught the nation that a prison was a community. He allowed a kidnapper to care for his children and a cutthroat to shave him every morning. He organized legendary football games for his "boys," and befriended Hollywood greats such as Charlie Chaplin and Humphrey Bogart.

This is "A story almost too good to be true, but too true to miss." -Mario Cuomo

Check out “Miracle at Sing Sing: How One Man Transformed the Lives of America’s Most Dangerous Prisoners” by Ralph Blumenthal at the Archer Public Library

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