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Art Circle Public Library: What's Happening

Cumberland County, Tennessee


Monday               8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday               8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday         8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday             8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday                  8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday             8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday                CLOSED


(931) 484-6790  Library

(931) 456-2006  Archives

(931)  484-2350 Public Fax

(931)  707-8956 Business Fax


Art Circle Public Library

3 East Street

Crossville, TN  38555

Library News.......

Library News Article for January 12

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

Great New Books

The Scorpion’s Tail by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Nora Kelly, an archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson are tasked with investigating when a half-century-old mummy is found in a New Mexico ghost town. The victim's golden cross and clearly horrific death--as indicated by his terrible grimace and layers of skin that have peeled off the body--leads them to a crucial moment in New World history.

The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations by Daniel Yergin

Recent changes in the global production and flow of energy have remade the world. In this book, the author reveals the forces shaping the future of energy, both renewable and fossil fuel. The New Map offers a new vision of the world's energy reserves and, therefore, the future of geopolitics.

Spin by Patricia Cornwell

Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.

Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution by James Oakes

Radical abolitionists, such as William Lloyd Garrison, decried the U.S. Constitution as a, "pact with the devil," for its support of slavery. But the Constitution does not clearly address the issue of slavery. Civil War historian Oakes shows how the Constitutional compromises forged by the Founding Fathers led to much ambiguity and dissension. Beginning in the 1820s, an "Antislavery Project" arose with the goal of stopping and then reversing slavery's expansion. Abolitionists rightfully pointed out that the text embodied the principle of human equality, referred to persons and not slaves, and never referred to a right to human property. Oakes proceeds to argue that Abraham Lincoln's understanding of the Constitution, rather than racism, explains Lincoln's sometimes slow and cautious movement on abolitionism. Once the war began, the movement of enslaved people to Union lines and decisions made by Union commanders in the field drove the push toward emancipation and abolition.

The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell

With all the wit of a Jane Austen novel, and a case as beguiling as any in Sherlock Holmes' casebook, the author introduces a detective duo for the ages and slowly unlocks the secrets of a startling Victorian mystery.

The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

The brutal storm that whirled up suddenly on an enchantingly mild and sunny day in January 1888 just as schools let out became known as the Children's Blizzard for all the young lives it claimed. The author astutely defines this disaster by imagining those who were killed or forever changed by it. In this piercingly detailed drama, riveting in its action and psychology, Benjamin reveals the grim aspects of homesteading, from brutal deprivations to violent racism toward Native Americans and African Americans, while orchestrating, with grace and resonance, transformative moral awakenings and sustaining love.


Buying vintage and antique furniture is a great way to be sustainable and find stylish pieces for your home. But when considering very old furniture that's painted, be wary that it's possible the item was painted with lead paint. There are kits you can buy from the hardware store that immediately tell you if the paint contains lead, which is one way to make sure. The other solution is to brush a clear varnish on top of the piece to seal in the harmful paint.

Beverages in aluminum containers are an environmentally friendly choice because aluminum can be recycled infinitely into new metal products. But when buying canned beverages like sodas and sparkling water, consider going for a box of cans versus a six-pack. Six-packs are typically bound together with plastic rings that are not recyclable and can end up entangling wildlife in their loops. A box of canned drinks does not have plastic rings, and the box itself is recyclable!

Stingy Schobel Says

Tell your favorite brands you love them by sending an email to let them know. Many provide coupons to loyal customers who reach out.

Downsize your cart. A manufacturer once doubled the size of its shopping cart to see what would happen: shoppers reportedly bought 40 percent more groceries. To control your spending, opt for the smallest viable cart or basket.

Many spices and ingredients that are considered specialty at supermarkets are everyday ones and therefore much more affordable at Indian, Asian or African markets. Even within a grocery store, spices in the ethnic section are often cheaper than in the spice section.

Library Laugh

Why did the teddy bear turn down dessert? He was stuffed.

Administrative Assistant

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Wayne Schobel
Art Circle Public Library
3 East Street
Crossville, TN 38555
(931) 484-6790

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