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Charles W. Gibson Public Library

Charles W. Gibson Public Library Charles W. Gibson Public Library is located in downtown Upshur County, West Virginia. Our mission is

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WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHRISTMAS BOOKS!Hardcover $1Paperback $0.50
12/13/2022

WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHRISTMAS BOOKS!

Hardcover $1
Paperback $0.50

The library book club selection for December is This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens.Stop by to request a copy and then...
12/12/2022

The library book club selection for December is This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens.

Stop by to request a copy and then join us for discussion and light refreshments on Saturday, January 14th at 2pm.

New members are always welcome!

This month's selection is a New Year's themed women's fiction novel. It's a contemporary romance that will fulfill the "celebrates any winter holiday" prompt if you are participating in our Winter Reading BINGO.

BLURB (via Penguin Random House):
Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn’t be more different. After thirty years of missed connections, they’re about to meet again…

Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year’s birthday is unlucky, and that it’s all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990–and the name Minnie was meant to have, as well. With luck like that, it’s no wonder each of her birthdays has been more of a disaster than the one before.

When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. The gorgeous, charming business owner truly seems to have it all–while Minnie’s on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?

A moving, joyful love story, This Time Next Year explores the way fate leads us to the people we least expect–no matter what the odds.

Book club meets tomorrow at 2pm!Join us for a Christmas cookie/candy exchange and discussion of The Man Who Invented Chr...
12/09/2022

Book club meets tomorrow at 2pm!

Join us for a Christmas cookie/candy exchange and discussion of The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford.

New members are always welcome!

Come check out all of the holiday reads we have to offer you! There's lots more on the shelves!
12/07/2022

Come check out all of the holiday reads we have to offer you! There's lots more on the shelves!

Charles. W. Gibson Public Library Winter Reading BINGO Challenge is taking place Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.To participate in the...
12/02/2022

Charles. W. Gibson Public Library Winter Reading BINGO Challenge is taking place Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.

To participate in the BINGO challenge all you have to do is read books that fit the prompts below. A different book must be used for each prompt, meaning you can't use the same book for more than one prompt.

For each BINGO (straight line only, no diagonal) you will earn an entry into a drawing for a gift(s) from local businesses. You can BINGO up to three times.

Each participant must be a library card holder. If you don't have a library card you are welcome to sign up for one when you pick up your BINGO sheet. All sheets need to be turned in no later than March 4, 2023.

Winter Reading BINGO Challenge Prompts:
Snow on the cover
Involves a winter sport
A person wearing a scarf on the cover
"Cozy" "Comfort" or "Joy" in the title
Takes place during winter
Has a book(s) on the cover
Celebrates any winter holiday
Has a blue cover
Read while drinking a hot beverage

For any questions please feel free to send us a message, stop in, or give us a call at 304-472-2339

Are you coming to Buckhannon's first annual Dickens Fair on Saturday? Bring the kids to the library at 1pm before the fe...
11/29/2022

Are you coming to Buckhannon's first annual Dickens Fair on Saturday? Bring the kids to the library at 1pm before the festivities begin for a read aloud of Mickey's Christmas Carol and a mini top hat craft.

The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24th through Saturday, Nov. 26th in observance of Thanksgiving. If you are in ...
11/23/2022

The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24th through Saturday, Nov. 26th in observance of Thanksgiving. If you are in need of some reading material for the long holiday weekend we are open today until 6pm. We will reopen normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 28th.

We are so thankful for our patrons and we wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

The library book club selection for November is The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol ...
11/21/2022

The library book club selection for November is The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford.

Stop by to request a copy and then join us for discussion and light refreshments which will feature a cookie/candy exchange on Saturday, December 10th at 2pm. New members are always welcome!

This month's selection is a Christmas themed nonfiction novel that will pair well with WV Dickens Christmas Festival and Faire,Buckhannon WV and has since been released as a major motion picture!

BLURB (via Goodreads):
As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.

Book club meets tomorrow at 2pm!Join us for light refreshments and discussion of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.Ne...
11/18/2022

Book club meets tomorrow at 2pm!

Join us for light refreshments and discussion of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

New members are always welcome!

It's National High-Five a Librarian Day!Let's see how many high-fives we can get! 👏🏻
11/18/2022

It's National High-Five a Librarian Day!

Let's see how many high-fives we can get! 👏🏻

Harness the Power of Reading with West Virginia Family Read Week: November 13th - 20th.Libraries throughout the state en...
11/14/2022

Harness the Power of Reading with West Virginia Family Read Week: November 13th - 20th.

Libraries throughout the state encourage parents and caregivers to read with their children.
Reading aloud stimulates speech and language development for young children.
Older children can see the benefits with improved academic success.
Reading together also promotes family bonding.

In the WV Family Read Week Guidebook, there are many
activities for parents to spark interest and excitement for reading.
The WV Family Read Week Guidebook is available for download at: https://wvlcguides.org/WVFamilyReadWeek


Which books are your young readers currently into?
11/08/2022

Which books are your young readers currently into?

Buckhannon bookworms get your bags ready! You don't want to miss this event!
11/07/2022

Buckhannon bookworms get your bags ready! You don't want to miss this event!

With the help of Service Scholars from WVWC, Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County (LVUC) has been very busy readying the Lorentz Church space (upstairs and downstairs) for our BIGGETS ANNUAL FALL BOOK SALE EVER!!! Students and Board members have been unpacking literally thousands of boxed books and getting them to tables for sorting. And, although we've had help, we could still use some more!!! IF YOU'VE GOT THE TIME, HAVE WE GOT A JOB FOR YOU!!! LOL Seriously, anyone wishing to volunteer can just reach out to me via messenger, and I'll be happy to give you directions to the Church and information on what needs to be done. As many of you may know, this book sale is our big fundraiser and ALL proceeds benefit LVUC and our student clients. Check out the Raffle we've got going on our Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County FB page. It's a large handmade stunning wreath donated by Laura Currence. (Again, thank you, Laura!) THIS IS ONE BOOK SALE YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. Check this out

Did you know that November is also Picture Book Month?We've been working hard to get our children's collection cleaned u...
11/04/2022

Did you know that November is also Picture Book Month?

We've been working hard to get our children's collection cleaned up and looking good. While we still have just a little bit more to do in our weeding and shifting process, we are happy to say that it's nearly done and encourage you to come on in and take a look!

Do you have a favorite picture book that comes to mind?

If you're looking for some seasonal or Thanksgiving reads, stop by and see what our collection has to offer.We have a gr...
11/04/2022

If you're looking for some seasonal or Thanksgiving reads, stop by and see what our collection has to offer.

We have a great children's selection for those who participate in read aloud programs.

What kind of books do you tend to enjoy this time of year?

In case you haven't heard November is Native American Heritage Month. Come check out some of the books we have on displa...
11/01/2022

In case you haven't heard November is Native American Heritage Month.

Come check out some of the books we have on display and in our collection.

Do you have a favorite title about or by indigenous peoples that you would recommend?

We are always looking for inclusive titles to grow our collection.

Today is National Family Literacy Day!To celebrate the importance of literacy do a read along with the entire family and...
11/01/2022

Today is National Family Literacy Day!

To celebrate the importance of literacy do a read along with the entire family and then discuss what you read.

You can also do a favorite book discussion. Have each family member state what their favorite book (or comic, graphic novel, magazine, etc.) is and tell why it's their favorite.

Go check out what the fine folks over at Stockert Youth and Community Center are up to tonight and have a scary good tim...
10/21/2022

Go check out what the fine folks over at Stockert Youth and Community Center are up to tonight and have a scary good time!

One night only! We are bringing those old characters back to life! Don’t miss out!

Happy National Day on Writing!
10/20/2022

Happy National Day on Writing!

It's the National Day on Writing®! This day celebrates writing—and the many places, reasons, and ways we write each day—as an essential component of literacy. Since 2009, the hashtag has encouraged thousands of people to raise their voices and share why, when, and how they write.

Celebrate writing October 20—and every day! How are you celebrating the National Day on Writing today?

Enjoy a fun night out with your family that's free to the public!
10/19/2022

Enjoy a fun night out with your family that's free to the public!

The Rustic Mechanicals from Clarksburg, West Virginia will present two Shakespearean performances on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Friday night’s performance will be the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Saturday the troupe will perform the classic tragedy “Romeo & Juliet.” The performances are free and open to the public as part of Wesleyan’s Arts Alive! Series.

Read more here: https://www.wvwc.edu/news/the-rustic-mechanicals-shakespeare-troupe-to-perform-at-west-virginia-wesleyan-college-oct-21-22/

Stop by and check out our spooktacular Halloween displays!*pay no mind to the empty shelves as we were undergoing a litt...
10/18/2022

Stop by and check out our spooktacular Halloween displays!

*pay no mind to the empty shelves as we were undergoing a little shifting in the children's department. 🎃

Today begins the national celebration for Friends of the Library! While we do not currently have a Friends organization ...
10/16/2022

Today begins the national celebration for Friends of the Library!

While we do not currently have a Friends organization up and running here at Charles W. Gibson Public Library, we are currently seeking volunteers to help us restart this invaluable source of fundraising and community outreach.

We encourage anyone interested to stop by the library, email us at [email protected], or send us a message with the following:

1. Name
2. Address
3. Phone or Email
4. Best Time to Meet

The library book club selection for October is Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.Stop by to request a copy and then j...
10/15/2022

The library book club selection for October is Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

Stop by to request a copy and then join us for discussion and light refreshments on Saturday, November 19th at 2pm. New members are always welcome!

This month's selection is a women's fiction novel filled with magical realism, family, and southern charm. It's a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. It's also an award winner earning the 2008 SIBA Book Award for fiction and was chosen as the Best Women's Fiction of 2007 by the American Library Association's Reading List.

BLURB (via Penguin Random House):
In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it. . . .

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.

When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.

Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own. . . .

Book club meets tomorrow at 2pm!Join us for light refreshments and discussion of Come with Me by Ronald Malfi.New member...
10/14/2022

Book club meets tomorrow at 2pm!

Join us for light refreshments and discussion of Come with Me by Ronald Malfi.

New members are always welcome!

In case you didn't know it's Myth & Legends Day so here are just a few of our offerings available for your reading pleas...
10/11/2022

In case you didn't know it's Myth & Legends Day so here are just a few of our offerings available for your reading pleasure.

Do you have a favorite myth or legend that you enjoy reading about?

A reminder that we are closed today, October 10th in observance of the state and federal holiday. We will reopen tomorro...
10/10/2022

A reminder that we are closed today, October 10th in observance of the state and federal holiday. We will reopen tomorrow, October 11th with our regular hours.

We are open until 6pm this evening and then will remain closed through Friday. We will reopen regular hours on Saturday,...
10/04/2022

We are open until 6pm this evening and then will remain closed through Friday. We will reopen regular hours on Saturday, October 8th.

It's TeenTober!Started by the lovely people at  (Young Adult Library Services Association),  celebrates all things teen ...
10/01/2022

It's TeenTober!

Started by the lovely people at (Young Adult Library Services Association), celebrates all things teen and promotes teen services provided by libraries.

It's the perfect day to grab your favorite cup of Joe and curl up with a good book!
10/01/2022

It's the perfect day to grab your favorite cup of Joe and curl up with a good book!

The library book club selection for September is Come With Me by Ronald Malfi.Stop by to request a copy and then join us...
09/30/2022

The library book club selection for September is Come With Me by Ronald Malfi.

Stop by to request a copy and then join us for discussion and light refreshments on Saturday, October 15th at 2pm.

This month's selection is a thrilling horror; a perfect selection for the incoming spooky season. Book club members that have already finished are calling it an excellent read!

BLURB (via Goodreads):
A masterful, heart-palpitating novel of small-town horror and psychological dread from a Bram Stoker nominee.

Aaron Decker's life changes one December morning when his wife Allison is killed. Haunted by her absence--and her ghost--Aaron goes through her belongings, where he finds a receipt for a motel room in another part of the country. Piloted by grief and an increasing sense of curiosity, Aaron embarks on a journey to discover what Allison had been doing in the weeks prior to her death.

Yet Aaron is unprepared to discover the dark secrets Allison kept, the death and horror that make up the tapestry of her hidden life. And with each dark secret revealed, Aaron becomes more and more consumed by his obsession to learn the terrifying truth about the woman who had been his wife, even if it puts his own life at risk.

It's beginning to feel a lot like fall around here!Which books do you enjoy reading as the temperature drops and the lea...
09/28/2022

It's beginning to feel a lot like fall around here!

Which books do you enjoy reading as the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change?

A heads up on some closing dates due to WVLA State Library Conference and the upcoming federal and state holiday.
09/26/2022

A heads up on some closing dates due to WVLA State Library Conference and the upcoming federal and state holiday.

09/26/2022

Have you heard the news?

That's right, BOOOOCKHANNON is coming to our town!
Now, some friends have been asking, "What is this?"

The simple answer is that it's a month of Halloween FUN!

Join the Colonial Arts Center, along with Stockert Youth Center, Buckhannon Community Theatre, The City of Buckhannon, and the Police Department in a spooky month of fun! We are all teaming up to present the events you see here, and we want our town to be a prime destination for the month of October.

Make sure you're following us, join the FB group for the month to see any pop-up events and volunteer opportunities, and let us know what you want to see next year!

It's National Hobbit Day!Have you read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien?"Hobbits really are amazing creatures." ~Gandalf the...
09/22/2022

It's National Hobbit Day!

Have you read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien?

"Hobbits really are amazing creatures."
~Gandalf the Grey

For the remainder of September we continue to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month. Stop in to get your free card today ...
09/21/2022

For the remainder of September we continue to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Stop in to get your free card today and receive a gift while supplies last.

Come check out some of our banned books on display this week at the library!
09/19/2022

Come check out some of our banned books on display this week at the library!

Banned Books Week September 18-24, 2022
09/18/2022

Banned Books Week September 18-24, 2022

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105 E Main Street
Buckhannon, WV
26201

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

304-472-2339

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Nice to see this and it certainly brings back lots of memories. I lived across the street from the library in the 1950-60s and loved spending time there. I was an avid reader and majored in Library Science at WVWC. While in college, I worked at Gibson Library every summer. I can still see the sun shining through those high windows and smell the comforting smells of all those books I loved. (I am also an AO Alpha Gam alum!)
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