Library program draws a crowd

Charles Welsh of Stuarts Draft presented a program at the New Market Library on his book, “Treasures from the Attic: My Father’s Letters 1944-1945″ for a captive audience of 30 people, including several Navy veterans, at the New Market Area Library on Aug. 17. Welsh found his late father’s 439 letters to his family and published many of them in the book; his father served aboard the U.S.S. San Francisco with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Welsh, whose father’s name was also Charles Welsh, talked about his dad, the process of editing the letters for the book, and read interesting excerpts from the book to the audience. He identified the themes of the letters as love, battle, and relationships among sailors. He also noted that the program was timely as VJ Day occurred on Aug. 15,1945.

The next adult program for the New Market Area Library will be held on Sept. 14, at 3 pm at the library. This program features another author, Martha Peterson, who shares her story of what it is like to be a Cold War spy for the U.S. government. Her story begins in Laos during the Vietnam War where she accompanied her husband, a CIA officer. Her husband died tragically in Laos, and she went on to become a U.S. spy for 30 years in Moscow, where she walked the dark streets alone, placing dead-drops and escaping the relentless eye of the KGB. She was arrested and placed in detention in the Lyubianka Prison. Her book The Widow Spy reveals her story for the first time as only she can relate it.

For more information on adult programs, contact Beverly Butterfield at or 540-740-2676.

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