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Always on the lookout for an excellent book choice, librarian, Nancy Fort, recommends an historical fiction, The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki.
I came across this book while viewing a webinar about cross-over and cross-under titles. A cross-over title is a book written for a younger audience that also appeals to an older audience, think Twilight. Similarly a cross-under book is written for an older audience but may also appeal to a younger audience. Accidental Empress is an adult fiction book. It is a hefty 495 pages long.
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It’s about Empress Elisabeth the wife of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I and takes place in the 1850’s. Where is the cross-under appeal you ask? Well to start, Elisabeth or “Sisi” as her family calls her is only a teenager when she travels to Austria to meet her cousin Franz Joseph who is betrothed to her sister. Her sister has no interest in marrying Franz Joseph and Sisi, who is naturally more gregarious than her sister, wins his heart.
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The real life Elisabeth was the Princess Diana of her time. She was extremely stylish and took credit for many of the fashions of the day. Her personality won her the adoration of the people. Her story is fascinating. She was not prepared to lead a royal life but faced the challenge and became a very popular public figure. It is tempting to romanticize Elisabeth’s life but the novel does present some of the obstacles she may have faced in reality such as a disapproving mother in law and a philandering husband. Elisabeth matures from a headstrong young woman to a clever political partner of the Emperor over the course of the novel. A transformation made even more amazing considering the prevailing attitude of the time that a woman’s role was in the home as wife and mother. I encourage you to read this book and find out more about this remarkable historical figure.
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- 22 Sept.: Welcome Fall Take & Make, all day
- 22 Sept.: Story Hour, 10:30 AM
- 23 Sept.: Family Movie Nite, GHOSTBUSTERS! 8 PM
- 25 Sept.: Used Book Sale, 1 PM
- 26 Sept.: Adult Art Class, 7 PM
- 27 Sept.: Story Hour, 10:30 AM
- 28 Sept.: Knit Wits, 10 AM
- 29 Sept.: Story Hour, 10:30 AM
All are welcome to the Riverton Free Library Association Board Meeting that will be held on Monday, September 26th at 7:30 PM, in the Fiction Area of the library.
The Riverton Free Library will be holding it fall meeting on Monday, September 26th at 7:30 PM in the Adult Fiction Room of the library. The public is welcome to attend!
The Board of Trustees last convened in April. At this meeting, the Board approved the purchase of ten (10) folding chairs, to be used in our public meeting space/Used Book Sale area in the basement, and approved $200 to be spent to purchase books that coordinate with flannel stories used for Story Hour. Final preparations were made for “Cinco de Mayo” in May, and preliminary outlines drawn for the Christmas House Tour on December 3rd.
This past spring, the roof of our building was replaced. Come September, outside repairs will be made, and the library freshly painted. The building maintenance and capital improvements that you see, are largely funded, thanks to you, our patrons, through the Annual Appeal, memorial contributions, and donations.
Each member of the Board of Trustees takes our responsibility to you, and how our funds are spent, seriously. We thank you for your continued support of our library, and strive to be a friend to our communities.