Midwinter Blood

Do you occasionally enjoy reading a story that carries you outside your comfort zone? Do you like an occasional love story…one with unexpected twists and turns? Well, you may have discovered your next book!  Sometimes a mysterious island and adventure are just what i need in a book, do you feel the same way?  Midwinter blood is an unusual love story and yes, it begins on a mysterious island. Time itself is more of a spectator than a taskmaster on this island. The moon and time seem to watch the odd play being lived out in the lives of Eric and Merle. One of the things i love about this book is that each story line could be developed into another work but all stories together blend into one unforgettable tale of danger and commitment.

Each of the the seven stories in Midwinter Blood takes place under a different moon and each story carries you deeper into the past and reveals more about the main characters. The story ends (or does it begin?) centuries ago with a desperate people willingly to do anything to change their fortunes and save their lives.

MidWinter Blood

As you travel farther back in time with Eric and Merle, you will discover more about them. You will meet sailors and vikings… even something otherworldly! You will have to decide if Eric and Merls unique relationship is a match made in Heaven or somewhere else. This book may please some and offend others but it is an unforgettable story. So take a long journey with Eric and Merle to a special island and across time itself…the moon will guide you. Let your imagination run free. “Watch” and “listen” as Eric and Merle find,lose,and rediscover each other. Unravel the mystery of their special bond–a bond witnessed by the moon and signed in blood. Trust in fate and witness a relationship that time and destiny cannot destroy.

Finally, while romance stories aren’t my preferred genre (and my comfort zone was expanded to the point of leaving spiritual stretch marks), this book was a page turner. The author, Marcus Sedgwick has written numerous other books but for this one he has taken on the task of masterly weaving seven story lines into a page turning book that is nearly impossible to stop reading. If you read this book at bedtime, you may lose hours of needed sleep! I hope you enjoy this book as much as i did.

Review by Slade


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After five weeks of heated battles, the last votes have finally been cast. It came down to a justice-seeking lawyer from a small Alabama town and a bookish witch from Hogwarts. One stood for equality during a time of racial tension in the South and one stood for good and helped defeat the greatest dark wizard of all time. So who took the title? Atticus Finch or Hermione Granger?

Oh oh I know!!

That’s right…Hermione Granger, by an oh-so-narrow margin of ONE vote.

Congratulations, Hermione! You’ve proven that, whether it’s the magical world or the literary world, you’re a force to be reckoned with.

So then, if Hermione took the Book Character Champion trophy, who won the prize drawing for participating in the voting? A random number generator was used to determine the lucky participant, and congratulations goes to – Liz Moseley!

What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments section.


The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! The final battle in this year’s March Madness! So, who persevered to the end?

  • In a narrow margin of two votes, Atticus Finch barely scraped by Anne of Green Gables.
  • And in the battle of two young, talented females, Hermione Granger came out ahead by ten votes.

So, who will be crowned the CSCC Book Character Champion? Only you can decide! Atticus Finch, the equality-driven lawyer from Maycomb, Alabama, or Hermione Granger, the book-smart star student from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? One sought to bring justice to a man wrongly accused of a crime and taught his children respect and compassion for all, the other sought to bring an end to the most dangerous dark wizard of all time (and free some house elves while she was at it). Vote for your favorite now!

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen:  March 9 – March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight:March 16 – March 22
  • Round 3 – March 30 – April 5
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  VOTE NOW through April 12
  • April 13 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing that will be held next week. See the updated bracket here:


The Final Four

After a short break, March Madness is back and ready to announce the characters who fought their way to the Final Four! There were some tough battles last time, with one that came down to the wire!

  • Magical heroine Hermione Granger proved that she’s at the top of her class with a decisive 22 vote victory over the intrepid Don Quixote.
  • The honorable Atticus Finch made a strong case against detective Sherlock Holmes with a 12 point win.
  • The battle of two strong females dedicated to survival proved to be a close call, but Katniss Everdeen scraped her way to the top with 4 votes more than Scarlett O’Hara.
  • And in a nail-biter between two adventurous characters, Anne of Green Gables came out ahead of Bilbo Baggins of the Shire by one vote, proving that every vote matters!

The heat is one, so keep voting for your favorites to see who makes it to the Championship Round! Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can VOTE ONLINE or you can submit a paper ballot at the library. The slightly altered schedule is below, so make sure you keep playing throughout the month.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen:  March 9 – March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight:March 16 – March 22
  • Round 3 – Final Four: VOTE NOW through April 5
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote April 6 – April 12
  • April 13 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

The updated bracket is below:


The Elite Eight

The votes for Week #1 are in, which means it’s time to announce the characters who will be moving on to the Elite Eight! The votes this week resulted in a lot of decisive victories, even over characters who were considered front-runners.

  • In the head-to-head children’s characters match-up, the adventurous Anne of Green Gables soundly defeated candy connoisseur Willy Wonka by 11 votes.
  • Bilbo Baggins made hobbits proud by taking down super cyber-sleuth Lisbeth Salander by a margin of 18 votes.
  • Sherlock Holmes proved that his detective skills are clear favorites by taking 28 votes to 5 for Persepolis’s Marjane Satrapi.
  • In the battle of smart, do-gooding lawyer vs smart, do-gooding telekinetic schoolgirl, Atticus Finch came out ahead of Matilda by 12 votes.
  • The match-up between two love-struck classic book characters was expected to be a close call, but Scarlett O’Hara showed her tenacity over Jay Gatsby by a 16 vote margin.
  • Katnis Everdeen proved she’s not just a Victor in the Hunger Games by defeating the troubled Othello by 18 votes.
  • Spell-master Hermione Granger overwhelmingly defeated the imaginative Little Prince by 21 votes in another head-to-head children’s character battle.
  • In our closest match-up, justice seeker Don Quixote narrowly slid past The Color Purple’s Celie in a 20-17 victory.

Did any of your favorites make it through? Every vote counts, so keep be sure to keep supporting your characters! Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can VOTE ONLINE or you can submit a paper ballot at the library. The schedule is below, so make sure you keep playing throughout the month.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen:  March 9- March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: VOTE now through March 22
  • Round 3 – Final Four: Vote March 23-29
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote March 30-April 5
  • April 6 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

Check out the updated bracket:


ThumbnailBannerSpring is near, which means that madness is in the air! March Madness, that is. Back by popular demand, we bring you Library March Madness, a tournament of literary fun. Last year, we gave you four different rounds of book match-ups, and from the sixteen titles, the Hunger Games took the ultimate prize. This year, we’re changing things up a little bit. Instead of book titles, you’ll be rooting for your favorite book characters. Every week, you’ll have the chance to vote on new match-ups of two characters. Vote for your favorites, and each week you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing that will be selected at the end of the tournament!

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen: VOTE NOW through March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: Vote March 16-22
  • Round 3 – Final Four: Vote March 23-29
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote March 30-April 5
  • April 6 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

For each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can VOTE ONLINE or you can submit a ballot at the library.

So, who made the Sweet 16 of character? Our library staff and student assistants recommended some of their favorite book characters and narrowed the list down to sixteen.

  • Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables
  • Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
  • Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of Baskervilles
  • Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
  • Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Matilda, Matilda
  • Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind
  • Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby
  • Othello, Othello
  • Katniss, Hunger Games
  • Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series
  • Little Prince, Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince
  • Celie, The Color Purple
  • Don Quixote, The Ingenious GentlemanDon Quixote of La Mancha

Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorites! Check out our bracket below:


Press release by Holly Vincent, CSCC Marketing Dept.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, and a literary phenomenon was born. Now is your chance to be a part of that phenomenon at the Cleveland State Community College Library on Thursday, January 22 from 2-5 p.m.! CSCC is hosting the Harry Pottery Opening Bash in celebration of the Exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. The exhibition will run from January 19-February 28.
Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th and 16th century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and the responsibility that comes with power.
“I am very excited that the library will be hosting this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine,” stated Librarian Andy Foskey. “This is a traveling exhibit that has been hosted at libraries and museums across the country, and I am very proud that our library is one of them! It combines academic areas on campus, such as Literature, Science, Nursing, and History. It will also be of interest to Harry Potter fans of all ages!”
Foskey said he wanted to find an exhibit the CSCC Library could host that would draw people in from around the community. “I searched around, and this one made sense. I applied for grant funds from the Cultural and Educational Enrichment Committee to get the exhibit here and simply wrote to the contact person at the National Library of Medicine to request a spot on their schedule.”
This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.
Foskey continued, “I am looking forward to our Opening Bash event, which will kick off the month-long exhibit at the CSCC Library. It should be a fun time for everyone. We will have Harry Potter–themed snacks, and everyone who attends will get sorted into one of the four houses of Hogwarts! We are encouraging everyone to have fun with the theme and dress up as their favorite character from the Harry Potter series. I can’t wait to see all of the costumes!”
This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information on the Harry Potter Opening Bash at Cleveland State, contact Foskey at (423) 478-6209


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