Short Stories for Sultry Days

When torrid temperatures prevail, why not retreat to a seat with a refreshing short story collection? Some of the collections available here at the library include:

Stories of Mark Twain, by  Mark Twain (F TWA)

Runaway: Stories, by Alice Munro (F MUN)

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, by David Sedaris (813.0108 CHI)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, by Ernest Hemingway (F HEM)

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, by Louis L’Amour (LP LAM)

An Anthology of Famous British Stories, edited by Bennett Cerf

Short Stories: Vol. 1 and 2, by Leo Tolstoy (F TOL) *To read one his most acclaimed short stories, How Much Land Does a Man Need?,  which is not contained in these volumes, click here.

The short stories of Oscar Wilde: found in two books of his collected works at 820.8 WIL and 828 .809 WIL

The short stories of Flannery O’Connor (F OCO)

Fulton’s Amazing Race

raceFulton’s Amazing Race is back! We are eagerly looking forward to this annual fun-filled family event scheduled for Tuesday, July 19th, at 5:30pm. Join us for some friendly, yet serious, competition for all ages as you and your team race throughout downtown Fulton working together to complete a scavenger hunt.
Teams need to include at least one adult; the necessary registration forms are available now at the library.  As always, we will be awarding prizes to 1st – 3rd place winners and providing pizza after the race!
We will be accepting registration until 5:30pm on Tuesday evening. Also, the following are some necessary instructions concerning the race:
  • The race will begin in the Children’s Room at the library at 5:30pm. If you are able, please arrive 5-10 minutes early. All teams are due back at the library by 7:00pm.
  • Your entire team must be present before you begin the race.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! It would also be a great idea for your team to dress similarly or all wear one distinctive item: be creative!
  • Each team will be provided with a bottle of water to begin the race.
  • This is a FOOT race; please do not bring or use any bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc.
  • You are strongly encouraged to bring a camera or camera-phone in order to complete photo challenges for extra points.
  • We will go over the specific rules of the race on the day of the race. Be sure to arrive early!

Fulton Summer Nights

Join us for FULTON SUMMER NIGHTS this Thursday, July 14, from 6 – 8 pm on First Street in front of Den Besten Park and the de Immigrant Windmill.

photo of fulton's De Immigrant windmill taken from the ground on the northeast side of the mill; brightly blue sky behind with puffy clouds
The theme for the evening is Summer in the City. The evening will be filled with fun kids’ games including a pool noodle obstacle course, bean bag toss, and watermelon seed spitting contest. There will also be barrel car train rides, pop bottle rockets and a children’s book giveaway. Continue reading Fulton Summer Nights

Closed for Independence Day

photo of the flagpole outside the library waving the newly purchased flag

Schmaling Memorial Library will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. 

Some interesting tidbits of knowledge concerning this national holiday include:

  • July 4th, 1776 was not the day the Revolutionary War began, or when the Declaration of Independence was signed: it was the day the final draft was approved by the Continental Congress.
  • Since this date was included on the copy of the Declaration of Independence that was signed in August of 1776 (now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) and also on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation, it is the date most people associated with the new nation’s independence.
  • July 4th was not declared to be a national holiday until 1870.
  • Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th, 1826 — marking the 50th anniversary of its original significance.