Events at the library this week include the following:
At the Fort Ashby Library today at 2 p.m. it's the Mad Hatter Tea Party. The library requests that you sign up for this event (call 304-298-4493) and if needed, tell them of any food allergies for anyone attending.

By Connie Sutton
Mineral County Library
Events at the library this week include the following:
 At the Fort Ashby Library today at 2 p.m. it’s the Mad Hatter Tea Party. The library requests that you sign up for this event (call 304-298-4493) and if needed, tell them of any food allergies for anyone attending.  
On Thursday at 2 p.m., those attending the Fort Ashby library Story & Craft Time will learn how to make a balloon animal.
At the Burlington library today at 5:30 p.m., it’s Critters and Conservation presenting a mix of exotic animals, birds and reptiles for the children to learn about and enjoy.  
Join the Keyser Library tomorrow at 3 p.m. for a visit from one of the veterinarians from Mountainview Veterinarian Services to learn about taking care of pets and how one becomes a veterinarian.  This event will take place at the Trinity Lutheran Church Hall at 76 N. Davis St. on Wednesday at 3 p.m.  
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Anyone who works in libraries is often asked, “Do people visit the library anymore?” The answer is, of course, yes.  What do people who visit libraries do?  Here’s a snapshot of what was happening in the Keyser Library one recent afternoon. Two adults were using the small room in the back equipped with a table and chairs for a business meeting, a mom with two children were in the children’s area. The youngest child was playing with some of the toys we keep in this area and the slightly older child was relaxing on a bean bag “chair” while mom read her a story.  A patron was using one of our public access computers, two people were at the front desk getting a document notarized and a library staffer was calling a patron to let them know the book they requested had arrived at the library and was waiting for them.
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Late last week a shipment of new books arrived and we are busy getting the new books ready (cataloging and processing) for our patrons.  Here are some of the new titles now on the library shelves at Keyser.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling Christian fiction author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series, “His Guilt” —a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.  
“Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay... Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Waneta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty.  But what hurts most is Waneta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Waneta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Waneta becomes his next victim?” (Amazon)
New in the children’s section is “Chicken Story Time” by Sandy Asher.  “Children will know that they are in for some poultry-themed hijinks from the first page of this off-kilter story, as a chicken spots a poster for “story time at the library.” As kids stream into the library, the chicken gives readers a knowing glance—she’s ready to make her move. She’s friendly (“The children like the chicken. The chicken likes the children”), well-behaved, and attentive, so the librarian is chill about it (after all, “everyone loves story time”). But as chickens and kids show up in ever-larger numbers (one chicken even slips in through the book return slot), crowd control becomes difficult and proper library behavior goes out the window. What’s a librarian to do?” (Publishers Weekly)
New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs newest title, “Two Nights,” is a standalone thriller—featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.  Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing.  But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?  It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons—because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago. (Amazon)