A Bit More about Panelist Deb Blake’s Recent Works

Author Deborah Blake joins us for our Author’s Panel November 16 from 1pm-3pm.

Here’s a bit about one of Deb’s most recent books, Wickedly Unraveled:

Another resounding hit.

The characters, the story-line,

everything about this book

keeps me wanting more.

 

“…an absolutely awesome story.

Barbara Yager is used to traveling alone as she tends to her duties as a Baba Yaga. She sometimes brings Babs, the adopted daughter she is training, but her sheriff husband stays behind.

This trip, though, she has made an exception. After all, the task seems so simple, and shouldn’t take long to accomplish. When it is done, the three of them can indulge in a long-overdue family vacation. What could it hurt? Quite a lot, as it turns out. What Barbara thought was a minor problem ends in a violent magical confrontation she never expected. The resulting backlash sends them all into a warped timeline where Barbara and Liam never got together, and only Barbara and nine-year-old Babs remember the truth. Liam is still trapped in his grief and all the good they’ve done together in the past few years has come undone.

Even worse, her Baba Yaga sisters, Beka and Bella, don’t believe her, and the wicked Brenna is still out there, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The children stolen by the rusalka Maya are trapped in the Otherworld and she is loose in this one and up to no good. It is up to Barbara, Babs, and their faithful dragon-dog companion Chudo-Yudo to knit together the unraveled timeline and make things right again, before it is too late and Barbara loses her one true love forever.

In a completely different vein, Deb also writes nonfiction about witchcraft and magick, including The Little Book of Cat Magic and The Witch’s Broom.

A bit about The Little Book of Cat Magic:

Learn about cats throughout history as well as the myths, folklore, and deities associated with them. Explore spells for living with cats, improving their health, and saying goodbye when their nine lives have run their course. You’ll also enjoy crafts and divination techniques involving cats as well as paw-some advice from Deborah Blake’s extraordinary familiar, Magic the Cat.

A bit about The Witch’s Broom:

Take a magickal flight into the history, tradition, and modern uses of broomsticks. Whether sweeping the floors or helping with spells, rituals, and crafts, the broom is a more versatile tool than you ever imagined.

Join Deborah Blake on a journey through the ages, exploring why broomsticks and witches have always been an inseparable pair. Enjoy broom lore, insights from well-known witchy authors, and instructions for buying or making your own for special occasions. From besoms to broomcorn, The Witch’s Broom is the perfect guide for adding a new facet to your magickal practice. Have a nice flight!

 

Our panel runs from 1pm-3pm and includes time for questions, and for you to buy books from your favorite local authors and have them signed!

Author Alice Lichtenstein is Coming to the 11/16 Author Panel!

We are very pleased to announce that author Alice Lichtenstein will be attending our Author Panel on Saturday November 16!

Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University where she was named the BU Fellow in Fiction. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.

Her first novel, The Genius of the World (Zoland Books, 2000), a Booksense 76 selection in paperback fiction, received favorable reviews, most notably in The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. Lost (Scribner, 2010) received rave reviews, including: The Boston Globe, The St.-Louis Dispatch, The Buffalo News and Good HousekeepingPeople Magazine touted Lost as a “Great Read”; Alan Cheuse, reviewing for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” called Lost,a novel that delivers much reading pleasure.”  Lost appeared in audio-book and e-book formats and was translated into Chinese among several other languages. In 2011, Lost was a long-list Finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The Crime of Being, Alice’s third novel, is forthcoming from Upper Hand Press in November, 2019. Pre-publication reviews have called The Crime of Being, “a story for our divided times.”

In 2012, Lichtenstein received the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant Award for Fiction based on a submission from The Crime of Being.

Additionally, Lichtenstein’s short stories have appeared in several literary journals, including: Revision (Narrative Magazine Winter 2018 Story Finalist and “Story of the Week”); Dead Friends, Post Road (Winter, 2010) and White Ladies, Short Story (Spring, 2010). The above stories were nominated for Pushcart Prize Awards.

Alice lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction-writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine.

The panel on the 16th will run from 1-3pm and will include a book sale and book signing, so you can do some holiday shopping that supports our local artists!

 

 

If you’d like to look at (or order) one (or all) of Alice’s books, here are the links for you to investigate!

The Genius of the World

Lost

The Crime of Being

 

Author Deb Blake is Attending Our 11/16 Author Panel!

November 16 from 1pm-3pm we’re hosting an author panel, book sale, and book signing and Deborah Blake will be there!

Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series from Berkley (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), the Broken Rider Series, and has published eleven books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide.

When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.

Deb will have select copies of her books available for sale (and she’ll sign them on the spot so you can take care of some holiday shopping, too),

but, if you’d like to preview her books or buy them ahead of time, or follow her online, here are some links!

To check out the books online, click one of these:

Amazon |Llewellyn|Barnes & Noble

To find her online and learn about her process, Patreon, and publications, you can click on any of these links:

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/deborahblake

Newsletter: http://dld.bz/dWEQs

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deborahblake

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deborah.blake

Blog: http://deborahblake.blogspot.com/

Website: http://deborahblakeauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/246753.Deborah_Blake

DNA: Through the Looking Glass with Genealogist Laura Lee

Saturday November 9th from 10-11:30am we’re happily welcoming back genealogist Laura Lee of Digging Roots as she teaches us about new discoveries in DNA and how they can impact your understanding of your family’s past! This educational opportunity is free and coffee and snacks will be available for a small donation to the library. Come and connect with science to better understand your own history!

10/29/19 Free Home Health Education Services Food Tasting and Cooking Demonstration

Have you wanted to try healthier foods on the way to living a healthier lifestyle, but don’t know where to start?

Join Neida Suto for a free demonstration and sampling of healthy plant-based foods on Tuesday, October 29 at the Harris Memorial Library’s Harris House from 4pm-6pm!

The program will touch on lifestyle-related diseases and how to achieve healthy living practices, being a combination of health seminar plus cooking class designed to motivate and educate on the power of healing by natural laws of health. Neida will emphasize the importance of a wholesome plant-based diet and nutrition to achieve prevention, treatment and reversal of lifestyle diseases. She will also demonstrate recipes to show that plant-based foods are delicious and easy to prepare. And, at the end of the session, there will be food samples for the attendees.

There will also be related books available to look at and consider purchasing, and attendees will receive a sample of recipes to take and try at home!

This Friday Night Have a Spooky Good Time at Our Fundraiser!

We are so excited about tomorrow night’s visit by the NY Shadow Chasers! They’ll do a brief lecture, starting at 6pm, about the paranormal and the scientific equipment they use to document and sometimes debunk situations, as well as their personal experiences investigating the paranormal. Then, if you’ve got your tickets for the investigation, we’ll break into groups and explore the space ourselves! It promises to be a wonderful and unique event–perfect for the Halloween season! Tickets for the lecture are for a donation of $5 each and for the investigation the donation is an additional $15. Tickets must be gotten in advance so we don’t outdo our capacity.

A Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Harris House and Library

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to investigate the paranormal? With books, television shows, movies and the like covering paranormal stories there’s obviously a lot of curiosity.

Come get your questions answered as the New York Shadow Chasers team talks about how they do what they do and teach the basics (and show off some of their cool technology)! This is one of our fall fundraisers. You MUST get your tickets in advance for BOTH the lecture (starting at $6) AND the investigation IF you want to be part of the investigation. Lecture tickets are for a donation of $5, and investigation tickets are for a donation of $15. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The investigation will start shortly after the lecture ends, attendees will be seated in different spots in the historic Harris House and the library, lights will be turned off, observations will be made and recorded, and then, approximately 30 minutes into the investigation, lights will come on and people will shift to a new location, and observe and record another 30 minutes. We’ll do a final chat about what we found (or didn’t) and post our results.

This fundraiser will be on October the 25th with the lecture starting at 6pm. You MUST get tickets in advance as they will be very limited.

New Fall Hours

That’s right! It’s nearly fall, many kids are headed back to school, and, to accommodate our town’s people better, we’re adjusting our hours!

We are CLOSED Labor Day, and closed regularly on Fridays and Sundays. In September we will also be closed Wednesday the 11th, and Thursday the 12th to focus on 4 County automation.

 

We will be OPEN:

Mondays 12pm-5:30pm

Tuesdays 12pm-7pm

Wednesdays 11am-4pm

Thursdays 10am-3pm

Saturdays 9am-12pm

 

This means we’re open an additional hour AND that kids can pop in for books or homework help after school Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Library Director Shannon will gladly help you succeed in the new school year if she can!

Hours for the Rest of August

As many of you are aware, our hours are variable as the seasons change, and public needs and interests arise. To be as up-to-date as possible, please check our Facebook page at @harrislibrary (which will include any sudden changes in the schedule such as delays and closings, too).

Through August our hours will remain the same they’ve been since February:

 

Mondays: 12pm-5:30pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am-3pm

Wednesdays: 1pm-7pm

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 9am-12pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Bring the Family to Our End of Summer Celebration August 12th from 6pm-9pm

Are you ready for some exciting magic and memory tricks, and to enjoy a visit from Animal Adventure? We sure hope so because we’re winding up our Summer Reading Program with a visit from The Amazing Great AND some of the curious creatures from Animal Adventure. We’ll have games in the backyard, stargazing, and popcorn,  so bring the family! And, if you participated in our Summer Reading Program make sure and turn in your Intergalactic Passport by noon on Saturday the 10th so Shannon can tally your points and award you prizes. So much will be happening @ YOUR little but lively library we hope you ALL can be a part of it!

We have so many Summer Reading Program prizes this year that EVERYONE who participated can win at least a couple cool things!

The fun starts at 6pm, so make sure you’re ready to join us!