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Are you interested in buying an eReader this holiday season, but not sure where to begin? Have you wondered why some eReaders are in color, but most are in black and white? Do you want to make sure the eReader you buy will be compatible with TCPL's eBooks? And what's the big deal about Amazon's newest reader, the "Kindle Fire"? Then bring your questions to the Tazewell library on Monday, December 5 at 6:00pm to hear library staff discuss the basics of eReaders and tablets. They will also provide brief demonstrations with some popular devices. Seating is limited, so call now to reserve your space!

King James Bible 400th

This year, the world recognizes the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, named for James I, who ordered the translation from the Hebrew and Greek into English so everyman could read it for himself.

Today we take for granted that anyone can read the Bible in his own language, but this was not the case up to the Elizabethan era. The Bible was written in Latin, the language of the Church, and only accessible to the priests, who controlled what to present and how to present it to their flock. When James the Sixth of Scotland and the First of England took the throne after Elizabeth's death, he sought to unite rival political factions of monarchists and Puritans, and commissioned an official translation of the scripture into the vernacular. The King James Bible represented a religious and political declaration of independence from the controlling power of the papacy in world affairs. The effect of this action was revolutionary and led to the English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the rise of democracy around the world.

The way in which this powerfully influential translation came to be is the subject of God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson, who also has an article on this subject in the current issue of National Geographic magazine. Nicolson provides historical context, brings vividly to life many of the 50 scholars who worked on it, gives a plausible account of how the task was accomplished, and conveys the full grandeur of the translation. These men spent seven years, from 1604 to 1611, poring over Greek and Hebrew texts, comparing previous translations, and arguing over fine details to produce what is widely recognized as a highlight of English literature and a milestone in the Protestant movement in Britain.

Historian Melvyn Bragg writes about the worldwide significance of this book in The Book of Books: the radical impact of the King James Bible, 1611-2011. He tells the engaging story of the creation of the KJV, and then assesses its influence on culture, including science, language and literature, and its impact on society. The social reach of the KJV extends to widely varying attitudes toward slavery and the American Civil War, views of sex, and advocacy for women's rights, the social gospel movement, and democracy.

Prolific literary critic Harold Bloom presents the book he has been writing "all my long life", a perceptive reading of the King James Bible as a literary work of art in The Shadow of a Great Rock. Comparing passages from William Tyndale's Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the original Hebrew and Greek texts, Bloom illustrates how the translators improved upon earlier versions to create a sublimely beautiful masterpiece of literature.

Food for Fines

Cancel $5 in overdue fines for each book returned in good condition, along with a can of food, during holiday Food for Fines, now through 30 December. This is the perfect opportunity to clear outstanding accounts. Beginning in January, items remaining overdue may be sent to collections. Avoid damaging your credit record by bringing those books back during this last free opportunity.

To reserve your space for the eReader showcase, or to discuss an overdue account, call 988-2541, or visit us on the web at

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