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June 29th at 2:00 pm - Where the Crawdads Sing

July 27th at 2:00 pm - Joyland

We are excited to announce a Summer-only book discussion group at the Statesville Library! Stop by our main branch any time after June 1st to register and pick up copies of this year's book selections, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and Joyland by Stephen King.

Both books are yours to keep after the program, and are available on a first come-first serve basis. Sign up and collect your books at the front desk of the Statesville library.

This program is sponsored by the Iredell Friends of the Library.

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Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
Joyland, by Stephen King

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world—until the unthinkable happens.

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny.


After realizing his romantic life is not going in the direction he'd hoped, Devin Jones decides to take a summer job at an amusement park. There he makes friends with Tom Kennedy and Erin Cook, also summer hires at Joyland, which years before had been the scene of the murder of a young woman named Linda Gray whose ghost is said to be seen at the Horror House. He also befriends a young boy, named Mike Ross and his mother, Annie. Their lives all become entwined when Devin decides to investigate the mystery of Linda Gray's unsolved murder by the "Carny Killer."

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