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For Louisiana Richardson, desperate times call for crazy-like-a-fox measures. As the new librarian at Alligator Bayou Parish's struggling library, she's returning to her Southern roots and facing trouble hotter than fresh cornbread out of the oven. Somehow, she's got to draw readers back in and prove the library is still vitaleven as domineering parish board head Mrs. Gunderson plans to shut it down for good. If that means Louise has to resort to some unconventional methodslike outrageous inter-library Zumba classes, and forming a book club that's anything but Oprah-approvedwell, it wouldn't be the first time she went out on a limb. . .
Soon Louise is doing everything she can to rally the whole community. Before she knows it, she's sparking welcome changesand uncovering surprising secretsthroughout her new town. And between glasses of sweet tea, bowls of mouth-watering gumbo and the warmth of a tantalizing new love, the newly single Southern mom might find a life she never imaginedand a place to finally call home.
Emily Beck Cogburn crafts a novel full of charm, delight and acres of heart about the enduring joys of storytelling and the ways hope can write life's most extraordinary moments.
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About the Author
Emily Beck Cogburn is a freelance journalist and fitness instructor currently living in Louisiana. She has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, a masters degree in philosophy from Ohio State University, and a masters degree in library and information science from Louisiana State University. Her interests include cooking stinky food her children hate, yelling at her class participants to do "just one more rep!" and trying to read while handling requests for more chocolate milk. She has two children, two dogs, one cat, and a very patient husband. Visit her on the web at emilycogburn.com.
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Louise, short for Louisiana is a recently divorced single mother. She relocated from Minnesota to Louisiana for a job. She is presently a professor at A&M University in Library Sciences. When Louise and her best friend Sylvia lose their jobs in a downsizing, they get jobs working at a library in Alligator Bayou parish. The library is stagnant and the director is resistant to any changes. Louise and Sylvia get the other employees and the assistant director on their side and begin an ambitious revamping of the library. They add new programs, new resources and new hours. Up against a tyrant who wants to close the library and the unrelenting director, the women are able to get the parish on their side. Lots of fun and laughs occur. In Louise's private life, her ex-husband and new wife move to Louisiana and want to start spending time with the two children and she begins a relationship with the hunky strawberry farmer next door. This is a great little romance that has a wonderful story. Being a retired librarian, this book was enjoyed on two fronts. I loved the way they fought to make that little library viable and to promote reading with the kids and teenagers. A wonderful book. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Louisiana Saves The Library Author: Emily Beck Cogburn Published: 1-26-2016 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 320 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781617739934 ASIN: B00X25OZXO Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Louise "Louisiana" Richards, a divorced mother of two precocious children takes on a position at the Alligator Public Library after being laid off from Louisiana A & M College due to budget cuts. Determined to make the small library a center of activity for the town once more, Louisiana and her friend Sylvia Jones, who was also laid off and found the jobs for the two of them, work hard to organize activities, build up the library's stock and equipment. All the while they are opposed by the resistant library director Mr. Hatfield and over-bearing Mrs. Gunderson, a Police Juror (member of the Police Jury which is the legislative and executive government of Louisiana Parish who is elected by the voters). Gunderson wants the library closed. Sylvia & Louisiana fight to have the library grow and modernize with the help of new friends, some co-workers and residents who want to keep the library open and accessible. On top of everything Louisiana's deadbeat ex-husband moves into the area with his new wife. Sounds a little staid, but it is anything but. I can promise we have all known a Ms. Gunderson in our live. Someone you have wanted to put their picture on a dartboard and take aim at. Mr. Hatfield who likes the status quo because he doesn't want change to upset his orderly world. Sal and Hope who are leery of the Yankees in their midst but willing to do anything to benefit the town. Sylvia, so full of exuberance and life, such a great and loyal friend. Then there is Louisiana, hard working and a bit stubborn, who may feel overwhelmed by her responsibilities but will never shirk them. If you, like myself, spent hours at the library till it felt like your second home then this is a book for you. Emily Beck Cogburn has given us a cozy mystery that has a touch of angst, bits of humor and a descriptive talent that brings the beauty of Louisiana to life. Other than a spot where the plot stutters a bit runs quickly and smoothly. The characters are fully developed and stand on their own and not faded into the background. I found this a wonderful book and I hope to the chance to return again to see what happens to Louisiana, Sal, Hope and everyone I like to think of as new friends.
Great Book! This is a great book by Emily Beck Cogburn. Louisiana (Louise) Richardson is the new librarian at the Alligator Bayou Parish’s struggling library. Louise will do anything to save the library including getting help from her friend and the community. Along with dealing with the domineering parish board head Mrs. Gunderson. If you are looking for a fun book that has southern charm then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Louisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn is a fun book to read. Louisiana Richardson (aka Louise) is a newly divorced woman with two young children (her husband asked for a divorce about three months after the birth of their second child). Louise moved to St. Jude, Louisiana about a year ago with her two children to accept an academic position in the Library Science Department at Louisiana A&M. Louise is having trouble making ends meet on her salary and with the child support she receives from her ex-husband, Brendan (when he sends it). Then come the budget cuts. Louise and her friend, Sylvia Jones are both laid off from the college. Sylvia finds the two of them jobs at the Alligator Bayou Parish Library. It will be the first time either of them have worked in a public library (they have always preferred academia). Alligator Bayou Parish Library stopped evolving sometime in the late 80s. The library is seriously behind the times. Mr. Foley Hatfield, the library director, spends his days in his office updating his goat breeding site (and some online gambling). Mr. Hatfield is not interested in bringing the library into the modern age (with DVD’s, CD’s eBooks, a young adult room, etc.) and make it more a part of the community. Louise and Sylvia decide to drag the library into the twenty-first century (despite the opposition from Mr. Hatfield and Mrs. Gunderson—a big wig in the town who would like to see the library closed). Louise and Sylvia have their work cut out for them, but they are more than up to the task. Louise also has to deal with her ex-husband, Brendan. Brendan (aka Mr. Critical) is getting married to Julie (young and rich). He is also moving to St. Jude. Just what Louise does not want (would make me want to flee). Can Louisiana save the library and keep her sanity? Louisiana Saves the Library is an entertaining book. It is a little over-the-top at times, but overall an enjoyable read. The characters are interesting and what you would find in a small, Southern town. The only thing that really bothered me was Louise’s constant complaints about her children (they are out of control). Being a single mother can be very difficult, but the constant complaining (whining) was too much. I wish the author had provided a little more information on some of the characters (some characters we only get a first name or a last name for example). There are also some abrupt transitions between scenes which leads to confusion. One moment we are with Louise and then someone else (but you could not tell at first). I did like the ending. It was sweet and wrapped up the story nicely. I give Louisiana Saves the Library 3.5 out of 5 stars. I did like the programs for the library that are mentioned in the book. The author included some clever ideas to bring patrons to the library. I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This novel with the “get ‘er done” heroine, Louise (short for Louisiana) is awesome! ‘Louisiana Saves the Library’ is the debut novel of Emily Beck Cogburn, a new and welcome voice in women’s fiction. She shines a light on how some women really feel through the crises of being a single mother and a professional woman who feels compared to others and found lacking. I love this young mother who takes her children to a kid’s birthday party with an uneven, clearly not custom-wrapped gift. She feels as a ‘mutt among purebreds’. She’s busier than most, trying to be everything to her children and her employer. Ms. Cogburn’s down-to-earth story exudes Southern charm it shows the resilience of women who change career directions if needed, raise children, and keep going when everything in them wants to run away. Louisiana (Louise) from Minnesota moved to Saint Jude, LA to when she was offered a position as a professor at Louisiana A & M. Newly divorced with two young children, she finds one friend among the well-heeled Southern women. Sylvia and Louise were going to be laid off from their positions, and neither could afford it. Louise and Sylvia urgently needed new jobs. Sylvia actually found two in the same place, working in a public library in tiny Alligator Bayou, where there was no multimedia for patrons, or current computer equipment, or competitive pay. This reader loved their first day at the library – what a blast! They worked hard, developed programs for all ages within the community, and tried to get what was necessary to help the community maintain independence while competing with bigger cities. When the voices of the movers and shakers planned to shut down the library, it looked as though they would have to find another new job. Sylvia and Louise had come to love the people in the Parrish; Louise moved there and began a friendship with Sal, her neighbor. The women were willing to fight to turn the tide to meet community needs. The author included varied personalities in this novel, many of whom we may work with, mom-van pool with, work for, or include as friends. We see this novel mostly from the point of view of Louise and of Sal, Louise’s new neighbor in Alligator Bayou, so they are fully-dimensional characters. Trudy, one of the library employees, and Sylvia also become transparent to the reader. I was impressed with how each person was presented; the descriptions, conversations and behaviors are so well-put together I could almost think they were actual people whose lives I was privy to. The story gains momentum quickly, with a plot becoming more complex with each twist. Watching Louise grow personally and professionally is a pleasure, and seeing events with the author’s wit and humor shows how we can take ourselves and others less seriously. I highly recommend ‘Louisiana Saves the Library’ to every woman who has felt like a ‘mutt among purebreds’, tried to keep a job she liked, raised her children without damaging them too much, or even someone who admits she can’t do it all and is okay with it. Women of all ages can appreciate it, and one doesn’t need to be a mom or work outside the home to ‘get it’. If you are open to the possibility that you can make a difference, this is your next read. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.