July Books at the Bar

Join the Books-At-The-Bar Book club as we delve into The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.
This book begins in 1901, as the first Oxford English Dictionary is being created and where Esme is born into a world of words. She is motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the ‘Scriptorium’, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford
English Dictionary. Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard.
Esme’s journey begins when a slip of paper containing the word ‘bondmaid’ flutters to the floor, she rescues it and stashes it in her friends wooden box. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. These words help her make sense of the world.
Esme soon realizes that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.
There are many details that are unpacked in this book over the course of 80 years. It begins when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men.


Summer Stories

The Hopkinsville-Christian County Imagination Library is honored to partner with Save the Children Foundation to present “Summer Stories”; a 30-day reading challenge beginning in July.
Save the Children and Imagination Library are challenging children ages birth to 5 years old to read at least 15 minutes a day from July 1-July 31. Save the Children has provided resources, and funding to help bring this challenge to local youth in Christian County, to promote the continuation of reading during the summer break.
Save the Children Foundation is an international humanitarian organization that provides opportunities for children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life with resources to learn through the proper educational tools.
Books that are read in July for Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library’s Summer Reading can be logged as times during Summer Stories. Every Wednesday during the month of July the Imagination Library will be hosting story time at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library at 10am.
•6th Shark frenzy
•13th Family Day
•20th Summer Time Vibes
•27th Pizza Day (story time outside)
Reading logs are available at, the Imagination Library Facebook page or in person at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library circulation desk.Each child will get a participation prize, as well as a thank you gift for guardians. Anyone in Christian County can register using the following link or in person at the library circulation desk. Registration will begin June 30th, 2022.
The HCCPL Imagination Library has distributed over 24,000 books in Christian County from January 22 – June 22. If you know of a child in Christian County that could benefit from this program, please visit to register online or contact Ka’Dessa Snorton at 270-887-4242 x110

Noon Book Club – at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Join this once-a-month book club that meets at the Library on the first Monday of each month. The March book choice is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

Copies available to check out at the front desk upon request.

Here’s a summary of this popular non-fiction book:

“From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J.D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.”

Round Table Reading Series – Authors Joanna Grisham and Charles Booth

Hopkinsville Community College’s Round Table Reading Series will present its first reading of the spring semester at noon on Wednesday, January 29 at the campus Library located inside the Rotary Club of Hopkinsville Learning Resource Center. Joanna Grisham and Charles Booth will visit HCC from Austin Peay State University to read from their current writing projects.

Joanna Grisham, also known as Joey, grew up east of Nashville, where she spent a lot of time playing make-believe with her imaginary friends. She has degrees in communication from Vol-State Community College and APSU, as well as an M.A. in English from APSU, and an MFA in creative writing from Georgia College. Her work has appeared in Reunion: The Dallas Review, Mayday Magazine, and Trop. She lives in Clarksville with her wife, Jenny, a librarian. Joey teaches part-time, so she can stay home with her one-year-old daughter, Lennon. She still spends a lot of time playing make-believe.

Charles Booth’s fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, The Minnesota Review, The Southampton Review, The Pinch, Alligator Juniper, storySouth, and Pithead Chapel. He lives in Tennessee, with his wife, Danica, and his son, Reynolds.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Haunted Hoptown Walking Tour – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

Join the Big Read-Hopkinsville and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County as they haunt the streets and share some of Hoptown’s strangest, most bizarre, and darkest stories. From murder and mystery to tragedy and scandal – this tour is sure to put a spooky twist on Our Town. The walking tour starts at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

$10 per Person | $5 for Museum Members. Get your tickets here!

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit .