Library staff members have hand-selected a wide variety of books from the fiction and non-fiction collections, wrapped them in red paper, and placed them on display. Patrons are invited to choose one or more wrapped titles, and just like any blind date, take a chance with the unknown! “Blind Date with a Book” selections will include a wide range of authors, titles, and genres, with no clues visible on the outside to give away the contents. Patrons check the book out as usual, take it home, and unwrap it to find out what they’ve chosen. When patrons return the book to the library, they may fill out a review slip to let everyone know the title & author of their literary blind date, and whether the date was a “DUD!” or if they “Can’t Wait for Another Date!”
Why I Love My Library drawing:
Library patrons of all ages can answer the question, “Why Do I Love My Library?” on an entry form available at both library locations, and the HCTPL staff will post the answers on the Library’s Facebook page for all to read. At the end of the month, a series of drawings by age and library branch will determine the winners, who will each receive a free book.
List of Balogh’s books: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/mary-balogh/
Fiction Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
I write historically accurate love stories, most of them set in Regency England, with special emphasis on a deep identification with the main characters and their developing love relationship.
Mary Jenkins Balogh was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university in 1967, she moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English on a two-year teaching contract. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name. In 1988, she retired after twenty years of teaching in order to pursue her dream of writing full-time. Since then, she has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet.
How is my name pronounced? Balogh is a Hungarian name. The a is short, the h best ignored. My husband tells people to rhyme our name with Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. I tell them that as long as people are saying my name, I don’t much care how they pronounce it!
She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites kids & teens in grades 6-12 to participate in It’s Chess Time @ Your Library, a series of two programs to be held from 6-8 pm on the last two Thursdays in February at the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington.
These programs are free and open to everyone ages 12 – 18 who enjoys playing chess, or who’d like to learn the game. Snacks will be provided, and registration is a MUST – call the Main Library at 356-2900 to register.
Lucile MacRae’s life was hardly that of a typical young woman of the 1920′s, and Huntington resident Sue Jepsen has the diaries and artifacts to prove it. Jepsen, who is MacRae’s second cousin once removed, is the current caretaker of many precious items inherited from Lucile and her mother, Agnes, souvenirs of the many years they spent living and traveling in East Asia. She’s also the transcriber of Lucile’s diaries, many of which describe Lucile’s experiences in the Phillippines, China, Canton, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sumatra, Java, Thailand, and Japan. Jepsen will tell Lucile MacRae’s story in the program, From Singapore to Nagasaki: The 1919 Diary of an American Woman Abroad, which she will present at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 12th, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.
Lucile Agnes MacRae was born in 1895 in Michigan, and lived there with her parents until her father’s death in 1905. In 1907, her mother remarried, and Lucile’s stepfather moved the family to Spokane, WA, and then later to Seattle, so that Lucile could attend the University of Washington, where she graduated in 1917 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Soon after her graduation, Lucile accompanied her mother and her stepfather, Lee, on an 18-month “Inspection Tour” of East Asia to see if Lee could generate business for his company, The Northwest Trading Company (later known as Northwest Harvester.) Lee’s job was to help mechanize the farming of sugar cane, rubber, and other East Asian crops. Lucile took on the responsibility of helping him with his correspondence; a job for which she was well suited, as her degree included stenography. Beginning in Manila, the family spent all but six weeks of the next 14 years traveling East Asia, living and working in Manila, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, as Lee opened new offices.
In addition to relating the story of Lucile’s unusual life, Jepsen will also show and discuss many of the fascinating items Lucile and her family acquired during their travels – including vintage lace dresses, oriental clothing, embroidery, and pieces of Emperor’s China. She’ll also display mementos such as postcards, dance cards, event menus, and photographs of Lucile and her family. A selection of these items are currently on display at the Main Library. This program is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information about this or any other library program, call the Main Library at 260-356-0824. Huntington City-Township Public Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington.