Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fall Reading Challenge

        Want to play? Step out of your regular genre and into something new this fall. When you tic tac toe, come in and put your name in for the prize drawing. Deadline is November 21. Feel free to come in and pick up this worksheet - or just take this up as a personal challenge. If you need book suggestions, we are here for you. 

Have fun! Happy Fall ya'll!


Friday, March 18, 2022

March New Book Additions


We have added 9 new books to our collection this month and we would like to share them with you. 

In our fiction section we have added Run Rose, Run by Tennessee's own, Dolly Parton. Written in collaboration with James Patterson, this book is a thriller about a young up and coming singer/song-writer who comes to Nashville to live her dream. Can she overcome her hardships and her past to find success in the highly competitive country music industry? Read this book to find out. 
Our other fiction additions are Shadow's Reel by C.J. Box, The Lady's Mine by Francine Rivers, and The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh. You can find a synopsis on each of these books in our online catalog.

In our non-fiction section we have added Practical Bee-keeping by Frank Richard and the Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring with current 2020-2023 electrical codes. We have also added  The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plothy.

We have added two new books to our young adult section. The first is I Must Betray You by award-winning author Ruta Sepetys. This book, just published in February of this year, has already garnered over four-thousand 5-star reviews on goodreads. It is the story of a seventeen year old boy in 1989 communist Romania that is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He risks everything to expose the truth of what is happening to his country and to fight for change. 

The second young adult book we would like to share with you is Ain't Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds. This book is beautiful. With 300 pages of art by Jason Griffin, and very little text, this is the story of the 2020 covid-19 lock downs and the killing of George Floyd through the eyes of a black teenage boy. 

We purchase new books for our library monthly, but we also add gently used, newer donated books as well. If you go to our catalog page you will see our newest additions moving across the screen at the bottom. We are always adding new books, DVDs, and resource materials to our collection. We hope you are pleased with our new selections and hope to see you soon here at White Bluff's Jennie Woodworth Library.

Friday, February 25, 2022

February's New Books


               These are the new books we have added to our collection in February. I hope you find a new read that you will enjoy and remember to check our shelves (or catalog) often, as we are always adding new books.

New Fiction

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont, 

Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder-and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Every story has its secrets. Every mystery has its motives. "A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. It's a particular feeling, the urge to murder. It takes over your body so completely, it's like a divine force, grabbing hold of your will, your limbs, your psyche. There's a joy to it. In retrospect, it's frightening, but I daresay in the moment it feels sweet. The way justice feels sweet." The greatest mystery wasn't Agatha Christie's disappearance in those eleven infamous days, it's what she discovered. London, 1925: In a world of townhomes and tennis matches, socialites and shooting parties, Miss Nan O'Dea became Archie Christie's mistress, luring him away from his devoted and well-known wife, Agatha Christie. The question is, why? Why destroy another woman's marriage, why hatch a plot years in the making, and why murder? How was Nan O'Dea so intricately tied to those eleven mysterious days that Agatha Christie went missing?

Reese's Book Club pick

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction-to the City of New York. Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes

Investigating a strange distress signal, Claire Kovalik and her crew discover a luxury space-liner that vanished 20 years prior and board the vessel to find words scrawled in blood, strange movements and whispers in the dark. Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed and made obsolete when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate. What they find at the other end of the signal is a shock: the Aurora, a famous luxury space-liner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the Aurora reveals something isn't right. Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Words scrawled in blood. Claire must fight to hold onto her sanity and find out what really happened on the Aurora, before she and her crew meet the same ghastly fate.

City of the Dead by Jonathon Kellerman

Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis must uncover the connection between a brutally murdered psychologist and a victim they're unable to identify in this electrifying thriller ... Two burly movers are heading back into Los Angeles from the dusty wasteland of Ojai when they hit a man--a naked man who appears out of nowhere. Master detective Milo Sturgis is called to the scene and senses immediately that something is amiss. As the Tesla-driving denizens of this well-off neighborhood begin to congregate, shielding their children's eyes or craning to get a better view, Milo realizes there's no way to identify this body. There's no ID. The victim could be anybody. And that's when Milo calls upon psychologist Alex Delaware. Milo and Alex get their first lead from a crotchety old man who lives down the block. If the victim was naked, he could have come from her house--a woman who has men coming in and out at all hours of the day and night. But what the duo sees from outside her barred windows will make things take another complicated turn: It's a scene of incredible horror. She is lying on the kitchen floor; there is blood everywhere. And when they get a closer look, Alex realizes he knows this woman. She's a fellow psychologist.  When traces of DNA found underneath her fingernails point to a man who is not the first victim, the detection really begins.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother's death and her hidden past--a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake. In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett's death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking journey Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child, challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their family, and themselves. Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor's true history, and fulfill her final request to 'share the black cake when the time is right?' Will their mother's revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever? Charmaine Wilkerson's debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names, can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch.

Read With Jenna book club pick

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

The New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep weaves a richly atmospheric adult debut following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders. Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James--a well-known author of dark, macabre children's books--he's led to a place many believed to be only a legend. Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn't exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it...he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James. Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis's abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there's a risk of bringing a disease--rot--into Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn't as safe as they believed--and that darkness takes many forms. Hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic, and bewitching, A History of Wild Places is a story about fairy tales, our fear of the dark, and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind.


Smashing Statues by Erin L. Thompson

A leading expert's exploration of the past, present, and future of public monuments in America. An urgent and fractious national debate over public monuments has erupted in America. Some people risk imprisonment to tear down long-ignored hunks of marble; others form armed patrols to defend them. Why do we care so much about statues? And who gets to decide which ones should stay up and which should come down? Erin L. Thompson, the country's leading expert in the tangled aesthetic, legal, political, and social issues involved in such battles brings much-needed clarity in Smashing Statues. She traces the turbulent history of American monuments and its abundant ironies, starting with the enslaved man who helped make the statue of Freedom atop the US Capitol, and explores the surprising motivations behind such contemporary flashpoints as the toppling of a statue of Columbus at the Minnesota State Capitol. Written with great verve and thoroughly researched, Smashing Statues gives readers the context they need to consider the fundamental question: Whose voices must be heard and whose pain must remain private?

Graphic Novel

Batman Detective Comics published by DC Comics

With the loss of his fortune and manor, the election of Mayor Nakano, and the growing anti-vigilante sentiment in Gotham, Bruce Wayne must rethink how to be Batman...or risk being left behind by his own city.

Juvenile Fiction

Loyalty by Avi

Newbery Medalist Avi explores the American Revolution from a fresh perspective in the story of a young Loyalist turned British spy navigating patriotism and personal responsibility during the lead-up to the War of Independence.When his father is killed by rebel vigilantes, Noah flees with his family to Boston. Intent on avenging his father, Noah becomes a spy for the British and firsthand witness to the power of partisan rumor to distort facts, the hypocrisy of men who demand freedom while enslaving others, and the human connections that bind people together regardless of stated allegiances. Awash in contradictory information and participating in key events leading to the American Revolution, Noah must forge his own understanding of right and wrong and determine for himself where his loyalty truly lies.

Children's Books

Just Help by Sonia Sotomayor

In a story inspired by her own family's desire to help others, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor takes young readers on a journey through a neighborhood where kids and adults, activists and bus drivers, friends and strangers all help one another to build a better world for themselves and their community.

Powwow Day by Traci Sorell

Because she has been very ill and weak, River cannot join in the dancing at this year's tribal powwow, she can only watch from the sidelines as her sisters and cousins dance the celebration--but as the drum beats she finds the faith to believe that she will recover and dance again.



Friday, February 11, 2022

Fundraiser Update

January was a month that went by quickly. We had snow and ice, that is beautiful to look at from the cozy seat by the window while reading a good book. (We might be bias.)

Hopefully January was good for you.

Fundraiser Update

In January, we updated the status of our fundraiser for a new shelving unit to add to our collection. Our children's room is full. Our desire is to move the Young Adult books out of the children's room and into the general collection room. This will give the children's room the ability for growth.

Fundraiser chart
On December 3 of the needed $2000 for on shelving unit we had $750.

On January 4 of the needed $2000 we had $1025.

Today, February 11 at the time of writing we are sitting at $1743. We are almost there.

These new shelves are metal library shelves from Tennsco. They will replace the wooden shelves that are currently holding our biography section. We will then move the wooden shelves to the 'floor' where the biography section will be moved to. We believe in being good stewards of what the community has entrusted us with.

As a reminder, the Jennie Woodworth Library is a community and volunteer built library. We are able to operate because of community support. You support this library by visiting, making purchases in our books sale, donations, and word of mouth. We appreciate all of our patrons and supporters through the years and ongoing. 

UPDATE -- as of 2:30pm February 11 we have reached the goal to purchase one shelving unit. Thank you all so very much. (We will still accept donations. There is plenty of need at our little library.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

New Books in January

 We had a new order of books come in! Check out our lastest NEW books for your reading pleasure.


Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, And The Trials Of American Democracy by Jamie Raskin
Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, And The Trials Of American Democracy by Jamie Raskin - The
Maryland congressman tells the story of the forty-five days at the start of 2021 that permanently changed his life--and his family's--as he confronted the painful loss of his son to suicide, lived through the violent insurrection in the Capitol, and led the impeachment effort to hold President Trump accountable for inciting the political violence.


The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain - A community’s past sins rise to the surface in New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s The Last House on the Street when two women, a generation apart, find themselves bound by tragedy and an unsolved, decades-old mystery.

A Stranger's Game by Colleen Coble -Even though Torie Bergstrom hasn't been back to Georgia since she was ten, she's happy to arrange a job for her best friend at one of the family properties on Jekyll Island. But when Torie learns that her best friend has drowned, she knows it is more than a tragic accident: Lisbeth was terrified of water and wouldn't have gone swimming by choice. Torie goes to the hotel under an alias, desperate to find answers. When she meets Joe Abbott and his daughter rescuing baby turtles, she finds a tentative ally. The more Torie and Joe dig, the more elusive the truth seems. One thing is clear: someone will risk anything-even more murder-to keep their secrets buried.

The Hope Beach Collection
Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble - Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane.

Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble - Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .

Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble - Elin Summerall knows things she absolutely shouldn’t . . . and a killer will do everything in his power to silence her in this riveting romantic suspense.

The Last Thing HeTold Me by Laura Dave - Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon - The latest book in the Outlander Series. Jump into the story of the time-traveling Claire Randall and her family as they are once again reunited and facing the trials of the Revolutionary War.

Invisible by Danielle Steele - Suddenly thrust into the public eye, aspiring actress Antonia Adams--who has been "invisible" all her life--must decide whether she will remain center stage or hide again when tragedy strikes, forcing her to decide how high a price she is willing to pay to pursue her passion.

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy WillinghamWhen Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and was put away for life, leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath. Now twenty years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. While she finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she's worked so hard to achieve, she sometimes feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. So when a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, seeing parallels from her past that aren't actually there, or for the second time in her life, is Chloe about to unmask a killer?

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston -
Juvenile Fiction

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston - Thirteen-year-old Amari, a poor black girl from the projects, gets an invitation from her missing brother to join the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs and join in the fight against an evil magician. Ages 8-12.Grades 4-6.

Graphic Novels

Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens by Aaron BlabeyIt's a zombie kitten apocalypse! Can the Bad Guys save the world from evil Dr. Marmalade's meowing monsters?!? They'll need help from foxy Agent Fox, a swampy secret zombie antidote, and the feistiest, toothiest, hungriest granny around. Get ready to watch the fur fly!

The Bad Guys in Cut to the Chase by Aaron BlabeyA MYSTERIOUS DOORWAY! (Sure, it's in the grossest restaurant in the world, but that doesn't make it any less mysterious. OK?) Behold! What lies beyond?! An evil centipede? An alternate universe? A few decent explanations? VRRRING! NING! NING! NING! Hey, was that a CHAINSAW?! Let's see if you can read and run at the same time... GO!

Guts by Raina Telgemeier - Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

Juvenile Nonfiction

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani -Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman ChainaniTwelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life, and death. A prince has a surprising awakening. A beauty fights like a beast. A boy refuses to become prey. A path to happiness is lost, then found again. New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare. Ages 10 & up.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Fundraiser Update

 It seems like just yesterday we were at the beginning of 2021, yet here we are. January 4th of 2022 already.

Shelving Fundraiser Update

Our fundraiser is well on it's way! We are currently at $1025 of the needed $2000 for the first set of shelves. That is over half way, let's do this! We believe that our community will come together and get this taken care of.

As a reminder, the new shelving will allow us to move the Young Adult Books out of the Children's Room giving room for expansion there, plus because the shelves allow more books than the existing wooden shelves we will have additional room added with that as well. 

We can not wait to get this need met.

If you would like to donate to the library shelving or just to the library, you can stop by the library with cash or check. Town Hall will also accept donations for the library. 

We do have the option of making Memorial Donations in honor or memory of someone. Please contact the library for more information concerning this.


Make sure to come by the library for our used book sale. All proceeds of the sale will go to the shelving fund. We will be putting hardback books out soon.