Highland County Public Library April Report

This is Tomi Herold, librarian at the Highland County Public Library.

We’re pleased to announce that the Highland County Public Library will be hosting two book signings in April. First, on Sun., April 24 at 2:00 p.m. local author Constance Huddleston Anderson will be reading and signing her new book, “Tethered to Wanting.” Set in Appalachia, Anderson’s novel is a tale of love, mystery, and finding the light when only darkness seems to prevail. For many years Anderson participated in the writer’s group which met at the library so we are particularly pleased to be hosting her book event. On Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. we will be hosting Claire Arbogast’s signing for her new memoir “Leave the Dogs at Home.” Highland County is featured in the book as rewarding stop in Arbogast’s travels to trace her family roots. Signed copies of the books may be purchased at each event and refreshments will be provided.


The Literary Movie Matinee on Tues., April 19 will feature “Big Stone Gap” at 12:30 p.m. Based on the novel by Virginia author Adriana Trigiani, “Big Stone Gap” stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jane Krakowski. With an all-star cast, the movie is a love letter to small-town life, working people, and the triumph of love. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided.


We’ll have after school programs each remaining week in April. Students fourth grade and above are invited to join us for STEM Club on Tues., April 19 from 3:45-5:00 p.m. We’ll be exploring “Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation” with members of the Highland County Sheriff’s Office. LEGO Builders will meet on Tues., April 26 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Refreshments are provided for all after school programs.


Family Movie Night on Fri., April 29 will feature “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip” at 7:00 p.m. The movie, popcorn, candy and drinks are all free of charge. It’s a great way to enjoy a night out with the family at no cost to you.


The Books and Blocks book group will meet on Tues., April 26 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss Becky Thompson’s “Hope Unfolding: Grace Filled Truth for the Mama’s Heart.” Toy blocks are provided on the floor for children while the parents can discuss the book nearby. Coffee and cookies provided.


The Second Tuesday Reading Group will be meeting on May 10 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss Karen White’s “The Sound of Glass.” The discussion will be led by Barbara Hevener. No membership is required; just drop by and join the discussion. Call Peggy Sawyers for more information at 396-3577.


Spring rains, and snows, provide a great opportunity to catch up on the latest from your favorite authors. Come check out Jeffrey Archer’s “Cometh the Hour,” Stuart Woods’s “Family Jewels,” Harlan Coban’s “Fool Me Once,” C. J. Box’s “Off the Grid,” Jeffrey Deaver’s “Steel Kiss,” Fiona Barton’s “The Widow,” Ann B. Ross’s “Miss Julia Inherits a Mess,” Anna Quindlen’s “Miller’s Valley,” James Patterson’s “Private Paris,” Danielle Steel’s “Property of a Noblewoman,” and Heather Graham’s “Flawless.” In non-fiction we have Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air,” Carlo Rovelli’s “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics,” and the College Board’s “Official SAT Study Guide.”

This is Tomi Herold for Allegheny Mountain Radio News.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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