Kanawha County Library activities
| Kanawha County Public Libraries will have a Fine Free Week Oct. 8 through 14.
Following is a list of upcoming special events scheduled at branches of Kanawha County Public Library. Patrons may return overdue items to any Kanawha County Public Library location and will not be fined. Overdue fines will also be waived for overdue items deposited in the book return during this week.
The $15 long overdue fee for items more than 45 days past due will not be waived during Fine Free Week. Check with a staff member for more information.
| The Nitro Library will be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 8.
| Mack Samples presents: A Halloween Sampler of ghost stories and tales from his youth. He'll read from two of his books, "The Devil's Tea Tables: West Virginia Ghost Stories and Other Tales" and "Elk River Ghost Tales and Lore."
Samples will be at the St. Albans branch at 2 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Dunbar branch at 4 p.m. Oct. 18, at the Clendenin branch at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and at the Cross Lanes branch at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
Visit kanawhalibrary.org for details and for information on other programs.
Book explores father's WWII service
"Different Battles, the Search for a World War II Hero" is now available as an e-book. The author is Charleston native and Lewisburg summer resident Rody Johnson. It explores the rescue off the Florida coast of the crew of a tanker torpedoed by famed German U-boat Commander Peter Cremer and an encounter with three German U-boats, as experienced by Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer Kit Johnson in 1942.
Later in life, Rody Johnson began to seek the story of his father's adventures. In a series of surprising developments, he found the u-boat commander and visited him in Germany. "Different Battles" is the story of a search, of the lives of Kit Johnson and Peter Cremer in war and old age, and of the author's discovery of a hero.
Johnson was recently one of the featured artists in Greenbrier Valley Quarterly magazine. He is also the author of "In Their Footsteps," a West Virginia history, and "The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown" a Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodger saga.
"Different Battles" is available on iPad (iBooks), Kindle (amazon.com), and Nook (Barnes and Noble).