Children’s SRP Letter

Letters to Editor

To the editor:

On behalf of the Fannin County Public Library, I would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to the patrons, volunteers, organizations, performers, and community supporters who helped make our annual summer reading program so successful this year.  

This year, we had 158 kids, 34 teens, and 31 adults participate in our reading program.  We challenge our younger participants to read at least twenty books in the summer, and this year, the children logged over 2,500 books!  The summer reading program ran for a total of seven weeks, and during that time, we held 21 free, family-oriented programs that were attended by over 1,000 people.  

And none of this would have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of organizations in the community.  In particular, we would like to thank the Fannin County Friends of the Library for volunteering at some of our events and providing the funds to hire professional entertainers.  Many thanks also to the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge for letting us use their Youth and Activity Center for some of our larger events.  Thank you to Tina Rice of Tina’s Tie-Dye and Dawn Davis for volunteering their time to lead programs at the library.  Thank you to Pizza Hut of Blue Ridge for donating some reading rewards for the children to completed our reading challenge. And, thank you to the Fannin County Fire Department for helping us host our end-of-summer Family Fun Night. We so appreciate your donation of time and resources to make that event possible.  To all of our other volunteers, who gave of their time this summer to help us host the summer reading program, we appreciate you more than we can say.  

And finally, we are tremendously grateful to our patrons for registering their children, teens, or themselves for our program.  Thank you for bringing your kids to our events, encouraging them to love reading, volunteering at a moment’s notice, and generally supporting your local library.  We create these programs for you and your children, and we love to see people enjoying them.  If you’re curious about upcoming events at the Fannin County Public LIbrary, please visit our website at www.mountainregionallibrary.org or follow us on Facebook for updates.  

See you at the library!

Darcy Arnall
Children’s Librarian
Fannin County Public Library

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy

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The Ferst Foundation addresses one of the most basic issues of childhood literacy-ensuring the availability of quality books in the home so that parents can read to their child.

The day the sun stood still: Novel takes a fresh look at the Hebrew people from those inside Canaan as Israelites take the Promised Land

Community, Featured, Featured Stories

Gibeonites meet Israelites in

Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer

July 2016 – CINCINNATI – Bible times and people leap from the page in the hands of first-time author Peggy Miracle Consolver in her new novel, Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer.

Consolver’s book tells the story of the mysterious Hebrew people from a fresh vantage point, that of the neighboring tribes in Canaan who watch in fear and awe as the Hebrews move toward their land, conquering all in their path.

In a book suitable for middle schoolers to adults, Consolver weaves a deeply moving tale from the Biblical account of the Hebrews’ arrival in the promised land in Joshua 9 and 10, giving it color, texture and context that will deepen every Bible reader’s understanding.

The story is told through the eyes of a 12-year-old Gibeonite boy, Keshub. In the beginning, alone with his sheep, he wonders about life beyond his valley while he practices thrusts and lunges against an unseen enemy with his wooden sword. In the end, Keshub saves the day with a real sword on the day the sun stood still.

Along the way, Consolver paints word pictures with detail ranging from the warmth of sun-drenched stones to the deep amber eyes and beautiful eyelashes of a camel, from the stickiness of honey on a boy’s hands and the scent of rosemary-infused tea, to the color of the tunic his mother made him and the plants that provided each color.

The story also provides vignettes of life on the “other side” as Joshua and his family experience the final year of the 40 years in the wilderness. Consolver introduces us to ideas about how the Israelites might have prepared manna, as well as to the fact that the word manna means “What is it?”

Consolver has a deep love for God’s Word and sees it as one story, and not just history, but HIS story. And, she says, “God’s word is very exciting!”

In fact, the richly researched book has resulted in Consolver creating a study guide, forthcoming in September, called Digging Deeper Into HIStory:  A Study Guide for Shepherd, Potter, Spy— and the Star Name.r

“Like an archaeologist who digs for buried treasure in ancient sites, the study guide will lead the reader to new understanding of the land of the Bible and this Late Bronze Age event,” Consolver says.  “I realize it’s not common for a novel to have a study guide,” she adds. “But learning more about these people and their way of life helps us to see these were real people in God’s story, people like us, and helps us see God will work in our lives, too.”

In writing her first novel, she draws on 14 years of studying the Bible using a chronological reading plan. She says it was while immersed in that study that the story of the Gibeonites bubbled to the surface and began to take shape.

Working on an archaeological dig in the Palestinian West Bank and in-depth study of the Bible inform her writing, as does her own background. Consolver grew up on a wheat farm in southwest Oklahoma, one of six kids who were all expected to work and contribute, and likely all jostling for attention in a similar way to Keshub’s large extended family.  Her knowledge of plants and animals added further detail to the story.

A Dallas-area resident, Consolver has taught Sunday school for 37 years and is active in Texas garden clubs. She and her husband have two children and five grandchildren.

Shepherd, Potter, Spy — and the Star Namer [ISBN: 978-1-942587-9-5] was published by Carpenters Son Publishing. It is available from Amazon and other online retailers, selected book stores, and from http://peggyconsolver.com.

The study guide, Digging Deeper Into HIStory:  A Study Guide for Shepherd, Potter, Spy— and the Star Namer will be available in September 2016.

For review copies or to interview Peggy Consolver, contact Joni Sullivan Baker, Buoyancy PR, at 513/319-3231 or jbaker@buoyancypr.com.

 

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