Friends of the Lewiston Public Library Annual Book Sale


It’s that time of year again.  The Friends of the Lewiston Public Library annual book sale is this weekend!

Friday, August 8th:  Beginning at 5:00pm guests are invited to attend the special pre-sale event held at the Red Brick School in Lewiston.  There is a $5.00 entrance fee.

Saturday, August 9th:  10-6

Sunday, August 10th:  10-4

The Red Brick School is located at 145 North 4th Street in Lewiston, New York.


Lewiston Writers’ Group Presents Free Workshop

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Lewiston Writers’ Group Presents Free Workshop
Building Blocks for Marketing and Promotion for Writers
Presented by Barbara Early

Date:        Monday, August 11, 2014
Location:    Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth Street, Lewiston, NY
Time:        5:00 pm

More publishing options are available to writers than ever before, but once a book is out there, how will people find out about it? Even authors published through traditional and small presses are called upon to do more of their own marketing. This workshop will focus on building a following, building on your strengths, building a writing career, and will provide concrete and practical steps an author can take (even prior to that first book) to improve visibility and sales without breaking the bank.

Barbara Early, who writes as Beverly Allen, grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in engineering, but her creative streak caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and four naughty, but adorable cats.  She cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance. Her debut novel, Bloom and Doom, the first book in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series, released from Berkley Prime Crime in April and was a national bestseller. The second in the series, For Whom the Bluebell Tolls, is scheduled for release in January, 2015.

For more information check out the Lewiston Writers’ Group website at:

August 2014 Children’s Room Calendar


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CLICK HERE to download a printable version of the Children’s Room Calendar.

PLEASE NOTE:  All Children’s Room Summer Reading tickets must be turned in by 1:00pm on Friday, August 15th.  Winners will be announced at the 3:00pm Pizza Party.  Even if you miss the ticket deadline, please bring all reading lists to the Children’s Room for our report to New York State.  If you need copies of your reading lists for any reason, we will be happy to make photocopies for you.

Staff Picks

Kate BrooksPeriodically the Lewiston Public Library will post write-ups on books that our staff is currently reading.   Check back frequently for updates with new and interesting books to read!

Our first Staff Pick is by Michelle…

In the Light of Darkness; a Photographer’s Journey After 9/11, by Kate Brooks

Kate Brooks’ journey through war is not at all what you’d expect.  It begins with a fairytale wedding and ends with only one thing being certain–Kate and those of us who have read this book are still alive.

This book is definitely not for the faint-hearted.  I had been somewhat familiar with these startling photographs after long talks with Kate’s father, my friend (and a fellow librarian), Dave Brooks.  He had mentioned his daughter’s wild life abroad as a freelance photojournalist and I was more than just intrigued.  I checked out her blog at and I was mesmerized.  But I was completely unprepared for the experience of her book.  For her book goes beyond her photographs.  Her narrative style, written in the form of dated entries (beginning on September 8, 2001, and ending with April 23, 2011) takes us deeply into Kate’s world.    This is the real thing…as only an artist can give war life…and veins, a pumping heart, blood.  She takes us on a whirlwind tour of Afghanistan, through the mountains of Tora Bora, into Kuwait, Iraq, Libya and Egypt.  Some things are difficult to read and some of the pictures will never leave you.  I can promise you that Kate will take you into her nightmares.  But, in the end, you will have a more thorough understanding of the wars we have found ourselves tangled up in on the other side of the world.

As a woman from Niagara Falls, I was thrilled that one of our own has stepped onto the world’s big stage.  I was proud of her for pushing along in a place not often welcome to women and moved by her vivid revelations of some of the world’s most dangerous places.  It is amazing what a girl from Niagara Falls can accomplish!

I love the last words of Kate’s book.  In a way, they explain her unique work and art, and give us a reason to be grateful for those intrepid souls who venture into the darkness in order to bring us light.

“I don’t believe a single photograph is ever worth dying for, but the total of what we produce in our lifetimes justifies that risk.  If we don’t get close enough to see, there is no way to tell the story for those who can’t see at all.

Given the chance, I would do this journey all over again.  I can only say that though because I am still alive.”

In the Light of Darkness; a Photographer’s Journey After 9/11, by Kate Brooks, is available at the Lewiston Public Library.