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March 28, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

'Haunted History' author set

to sign books at penitentiary

MOUNDSVILLE - Sherri Brake, "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary" author, will be doing a book signing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the penitentiary lobby as part of the penitentiary season opening.

Day tours start on the hour.

The facility is located at 818 Jefferson Ave.

Brake's latest book, "Fireside Folklore of West Virginia," features stories about haunted locations, folklore and paranormal occurrences across the state, including a chapter devoted to the penitentiary, "Ghosts of North Hall."

Brake has a monthly column on folklore and ghosts in Two-Lane Livin' magazine and has worked on various paranormal television shows such as "Ghost Lab" and "Most Terrifying Places in America."

For information on the opening, call the tour office at (304) 845-6200.

Story hours set

FOLLANSBEE - The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be holding story hours for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers at noon Monday and April 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack.

Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free programs.

Woman shares global stories

NEW CUMBERLAND - Betty Brown, formerly of the city, will do a book signing and read excerpts from her new book "There and Back: An Elder's Solo Global Pilgrimage" at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at Swaney Memorial Library.

In 2011, Brown visited and lived in Australia, Thailand and Cambodia, Nepal and Tibet, Madagascar, Ireland, Spain and Morocco for a year with only a rolling backpack. Her experiences included feeding "poddies" and "chooks" at an Australian outback station, trekking the Himalayas with leeches, teaching English to Tibetan refugee students or traveling around Northern Ireland with an Irish storyteller.

Brown is a 1961 New Cumberland High School graduate, raised two sons and had a career in business after obtaining a graduate degree from New York University. She resides in Atlanta.

She is the sister of Debbie "Sunshine" Belisle and Tom "Brownie" and Linda Brown of New Manchester.

For information, contact the library at (304) 564-3471.

Children's knitting group to meet

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library's Kids' Knitting Group will meet April 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Children who are in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. Bring your yarn and needles or loom to start creating.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

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