Library approaches 20,000 monthly users

What’s happening at the library? Lots!

During the month of January, nearly 20,000 Nashvillians visited the Southeast Branch Library!  What are all those people doing at the library?  They are…

…job searching, connecting with family and just surfing the web on the 23 desktop computers and 16 laptops that the Southeast Library has available for customers.

…checking out the latest season of The Walking Dead

…finding books for their research paper – that’s due tomorrow!

…meeting others in Southeast Nashville to improve their English through ESL classes

…improving their chance of finding a better job by earning their GED or HiSET diploma

…and attending really great programs!

Here are some of the programs that are coming up at the Southeast Branch Library:

Yoga – Join us every Monday night from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  Wear comfy clothes, bring your own mat and water.

Maker Monday – Teens, roll up your sleeves and jump into the “maker movement” through arts and crafts, digital design, and technology like 3D printing.  Every Monday 4:00 – 5:30 PM.

Free ACT Test Prep – Join Robert and Katie from The Oasis Center as they help you get ready for the ACT test.  Contact the library (615-862-5871) to register.

In the time of slavery at Belle Meade Plantation – on Thursday, February 25, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, explore the life of an enslaved worker at Belle Meade Plantation. Find out who these workers were. Play an interactive decision-making game, traveling the Underground Railroad in a “Journey to Freedom.”

The Organizing Hour: Protecting yourself from cybercrime – Join us every Friday from 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM through April 8th for organizing tips.  On February 26th, FBI agent Scott Augenbaum will talk about what cybercrime is and how to protect yourself.

Throw down Thursday — Every Thursday, teens compete on the screen and in real life with video games, board games and games of the mind.

Lots of new best-sellers are available for check-out.  Here are a few suggestions, if you are looking for your next read:

My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.  Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lies the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life.

The art of war by Stephen Coonts.  The Chinese dragon is flexing its muscles. As its military begins attacking fishing vessels and scheming to seize natural resources, the US goes on high alert. But a far more ominous danger lurks closer to home: a Chinese sleeper cell has planted a nuclear weapon in the harbor at Norfolk, Virginia, the biggest naval base on the planet. The target: a secret rendezvous of the Atlantic Fleet aircraft carriers and their battle groups.

Best friends forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby.  Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments have become routine. Their marriage is at a cross-roads and Celine worries how her 10-year-old daughter, Kassie, will be affected. But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she’ll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Her best friend vows to help by any means necessary but will it be too late?

In the greater literary world, Harper Lee passed away on Friday, February 19.  She was 89 years old.  Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1961, and Go Set a Watchman, an earlier manuscript that was recently published in the summer of 2015.  Lee’s ability to humanize the politics of the civil rights era earned her a Pulitzer Prize.  To Kill a Mockingbird sold over 40 million copies.  Go Set a Watchman is set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, even though it was written before Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.  While Go Set a Watchman is not the epic novel that Mockingbird is, it provides interesting dialogue opportunities about humanity, illusions of the past, and the power of one’s own conscience.  It is well worth your time to read (or re-read) both of these books.