Friends of the Art Circle Public Library members Bernice Durbin and Melanie Sherrill will review their favorite books at the May 2 meeting. 

Refreshments will be served starting at 9:30 a.m.; a short business meeting will begin at 10. The program will start immediately after the business meeting is concluded.

Durbin will review “Educated, a Memoir” by Tara Westover. The book details Westover’s upbringing in Idaho as part of a fundamentalist Mormon family with survivalist overtones.

A retired information scientist, Durbin grew up with a father who read to them every night until she was old enough to do it herself. She said she has never been without a book since. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s degree in library and information science.

“Heart in the Right Place” by Carolyn Jourdan is the book Sherrill will review.

“Carolyn, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist,” Sherrill said. “Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids and maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife.”

Sherill is chairwoman of the Cumberland County Library Board of Trustees. She has served several terms on the board,  from 1987-’93, 2004-’07 and 2011-’17. 

The Friends of the Art Circle Public Library is a nonprofit organization which exists to financially support Art Circle Public Library and enrich cultural opportunities available to Cumberland County residents. 

The group operates the Friends Book Store on the first floor of the Library. All profits from the Book Store go to buy more books for the Library’s collections.

The Friends are always in need of donated books to stock the shelves of the Book Store. A donation box can be found outside the back door, and a large cart is inside the back door during the Library’s business hours. A donation box is also available at Village Green Mall in Fairfield Glade.

In addition to funding book purchases, the Friends also finance several special programs such as the children’s summer reading, the adult reading, and the teen reading programs. The group also contributes to Imagination Library. 

Friends of the Library meetings are in the facility’s Cumberland Meeting Room at 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, with the exception of June, July and August. Meetings open with refreshments; a short business meeting follows at 10, with a program afterward.

The public is welcome to attend and consider becoming a Friend of the Library.