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Nov 192015



Flora Public Library Board of Trustees and staff are inviting all area children to tell Santa Claus what is on their holiday wish list! The kids’ Christmas party will be on Sat., December 12th, beginning at 12:30pm.

From 12:30 to 1:00pm, Christmas elves will share stories and sing Christmas carols with the children. Santa will arrive at 1pm to hear Christmas wish lists! After visiting with Santa, the kids are invited to stay for a Christmas movie and enjoy refreshments in the library’s community room.

Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult during the party.

Please don’t forget to bring your camera to capture this once in a lifetime moment. Questions, may be answered by calling the library at 662 6553 during regular library hours or emailing the library at

Book Signing at Library

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Oct 282015


Flora Public Library will host author, Robert Wayne Bee on Saturday, November 14, from 10:00am-1:00pm. He will be selling copies of his Christian fantasy book, “The Melissa Ring:  Book 1 of Gray’s Forest.”  Copies of the paperback book will be available for $18.00.   Mr. Bee will also have copies of his previous book, “40 Days” for $5.00 each.

Robert Wayne Bee is the author of three books: 40 Days, Philemon: A Study on Forgiveness, and buzzwords and bee-attitudes. A former HVAC service dispatcher, bookstore clerk, travel agent and front desk clerk, he has used the skills and knowledge from all of these professions, Southern sensibilities and Christian faith, when creating the unique and world of Gray’s Forrest. From his basement office, in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana; Robert toils endlessly on his next novel, The Gargoyle’s Chant, which is the sequel to The Melissa Ring.”


The following synopsis of “The Melissa Ring” is from the author’s website.

“Canada has joined the United States as the one hundred second through one hundred sixteenth states.  The world is divided into five trade blocs.  A prolonged and controversial world war is being waged in the Horn of Africa.  A deranged serial killer, named the Jabberwock, is terrorizing the country.  Martian colonies, communication with dolphins and arcologies are becoming a reality.  Route 66 is still in commission; and Boulder Dam never changed its name.  It is a world similar yet markedly different from our own, where things seem normal on the surface but bizarre things lurk in the shadows.

In this world, after a mysterious, five-year, road trip, Paul Gray has returned to his father’s hometown of River City, Wabash, specifically, an area of the city, referred to by locals as “the Forrest.”  Over time, the city has deteriorated into an urban wasteland due in part to the exploitive business practices of Paul’s wicked great-grandfather, Silas Gray.  However, Silas has died; and Paul has inherited his vast fortune.  Will Paul use the money to reverse the damage and restore the city to its former glory?  Or, will he fall prey to the same sins of pride, lust, and greed, which destroyed his ancestor?

 Paul discovers that he must tackle many problems at the same time:  dislodge a street gang, who is squatting in the subbasements of his apartment building, discharge a dictatorial hotel manager, repair the roof of an iconic church, and rescue a failing diner, threatened with foreclosure.  To solve these and other problems, Paul must rely on his martial arts and communication skills, his innate compassion and generosity, and his faith in God.

At every step, Paul and his motley band of helpers are met by the forces of Silas Gray’s former partner, Claude Zumbini, aka Zumbo the Clown.  Zumbini, who is the host of a popular, local, morning children’s show, an unscrupulous businessman, and most importantly, a powerful crime lord, has an iron chokehold on the city and its residents and no intention of allowing it to be wrested from his grasp.

The eccentric Sam Hayne, proprietor of a local, horror-themed, amusement park and Paul’s distant cousin, offers to assist Paul in defeating Zumbini.  However, can Paul trust him?  Moreover, what is the peculiar, gold signet ring, which Hayne gave Paul?  The ring seems to have its own agenda.  At the oddest times, it glows; and strange events soon follow.

What will Paul Gray do with…The Melissa Ring?

For more information, please contact the library at or call 618-662-6553.

Food For Thought

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Oct 272015


The Flora Public Library in cooperation with the Clay County Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry will once again be sponsoring a food drive, “Food for Thought” this year. The library’s 13th annual food drive begins Monday, November 2 and will end Saturday, December 5.  

Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the library during regular operating hours. Hours at the library are:  Monday – Thursday 1:30pm to 8:30pm, Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm.  For more information please call the library at 662-6553.  Donated items will help the local Food Pantry serve those in need during the holiday season.

 The Food Pantry has been serving over 550 families per month so your donation will make a big difference.  Please help us make the holidays a happier time for those in need by providing Food for Thought.

Usborne Book Fair at Library

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Oct 272015

Open a World of Possibilities

Usborne Books & More

Flora Public Library is very excited to present the Usborne Books & More Book Fair at the library from Wednesday, November 4 – Friday, November 6. Book Fair hours will be Wednesday and Thursday 1:30pm-8:30pm, and Friday 10:00am-5:00pm.

There will be a great selection of new books to purchase! They range from baby board books to older chapter books.  There will be fiction as well as non-fiction.   70% of the books are $10 and under.  Ginger Robins, the Usborne Books & More consultant, will be on hand.

Come and take a look at all the GREAT books that will be available. Start your Christmas shopping early!!  See you at the Book Fair!!