October Happenings
Edwardine Malley Chillington Art Gallery: 
The art gallery is located on the lower level of the Hillsboro City Library. The gallery features works of art from local artists.

October's featured artist is:

 Jesus Rivera

Artist Reception:

Thursday, October 10


To view Rivera's paintings, visit the Art Gallery during the library's regular business hours or during the artist reception on Thursday, October 10.
Fall Author Luncheon with
Marjorie Herrera Lewis
Thursday, October 24

Mark your calendars for the annual fall author luncheon at Historic City Hall. 
Marjorie Herrera Lewis will be discussing her new book When the Men Were Gone.

Tickets are available at the library for $15.

From the Cover:

"Football is the heartbeat of Brownwood, Texas. Every Friday night for as long as assistant principal Tylene Wilson can remember, the entire town has gathered in the stands, cheering their boys on. Each September brings with it the hope of a good season and a sense of unity and optimism.

Now, the war has changed everything.  Most of the Brownwood men over 18 and under 45 are off fighting, and in a small town the possibilities are limited. Could this mean a season without football? But no one counted on Tylene, who learned the game at her daddy’s knee. She knows more about it than most men, so she does the unthinkable, convincing the school to let her take on the job of coach.

Faced with extreme opposition—by the press, the community, rival coaches, and referees and even the players themselves—Tylene remains resolute. And when her boys rally around her, she leads the team—and the town—to a Friday night and a subsequent season they will never forget.           

Based on a true story, When the Men Were Gone is a powerful and vibrant novel of perseverance and personal courage." 

Marjorie Herrera Lewis "knew early on she wanted a career related to sports. After several years at small newspapers, at age twenty-seven she began working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soon after, she was named a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys and eventually joined the Dallas Morning News sportswriting staff. While writing When the Men Were Gone, she became inspired to try her hand at coaching football and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff. She presently teaches media ethics at the University of North Texas."              Image by Shane Bevel
The Texas Book Festival is Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th in Austin. TBF is free and open to the public. Texas Book Festival is a great way to support libraries and literacy. For more information visit their website.

What We Are Reading

Title:The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Published: May 7, 2019
Author: Kim Michele Richardson
Genres: Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction

In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Mary Carter is the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, is determined to bring comfort to her patrons, often giving what little she has to help them survive. Bluet helps the locals discover that books can take them anywhere, and teaches them to believe that change can happen.

Along her dangerous route, Bluet confronts many who are distrustful of her blue skin. Not everyone is so keen on Bluet’s family or the Library Project, and the impoverished Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. She must overcome many obstacles in order to survive in the dangerous mountains and learn that love can conquer even in the most difficult of times.

Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek provides an authentic Appalachian voice to a story of hope, heartbreak and raw courage and shows one woman’s strength, despite it all, to push beyond the dark woods of Troublesome Creek.

Checkout The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek at your Hillsboro Library!

For more information on The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, check out the book trailer below and visit the author's website at
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