We're Booked Up - The Perfect Assassin

 We're back for season 3 of We're Booked Up! The Perfect Assassin by James Patterson and Brian Sitts reboots pulp classic character, Doc Savage, and we have some opinions on it.

Use the player below to listen or search for Gaston Speaks on your preferred podcast app. After listening, let us know what you think. Do you like their Doc Savage?

And check out the Gaston County Public Library's website and see everything we have in store for our patrons.

New Podcast Episode!

 As promised, the new episode of Andrew Really, Really Likes Award Shows!

Be sure to leave a comment with your own predictions!

2023 Emmy Nomination Predictions

Coming Soon is the newest episode of Gaston Speaks, which features another edition of Andrew Really Really Likes Award Shows, and his 2023 Emmy Nomination Predictions! As promised on the episode, here is the full and final list of predictions!

Best Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
House of the Dragon
The Last of Us
The White Lotus

Best Comedy Series
Abbott Elementary
The Bear
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Only Murders in the Building
Poker Face
Ted Lasso 

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Paddy Considine "House of the Dragon"
Brian Cox "Succession"
Kieran Culkin "Succession"
Bob Odenkirk "Better Call Saul"
Pedro Pascal "The Last of Us"
Jeremy Strong "The Last of Us"

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Emma D'Arcy "House of the Dragon"
Sharon Horgan "Bad Sisters"
Melanie Lynskey "Yellowjackets"
Bella Ramsey "The Last of Us"
Sarah Snook "Succession"
Imelda Staunton "The Crown"

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Bill Hader "Barry"
Steve Martin "Only Murders in the Building"
Martin Short "Only Murders in the Building"
Jason Sudeikis "Ted Lasso"
Jeremy Allen White "The Bear"

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate "Dead to Me"
Rachel Brosnahan "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Quinta Brunson "Abbott Elementary"
Natasha Lyonne "Poker Face"
Jenna Ortega "Wednesday"

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
F. Murray Abraham "The White Lotus"
Nicholas Braun "Succession"
Giancarlo Esposito "Better Call Saul"
Matthew Macfadyen "Succession"
Jonathan Pryce "The Crown"
Alan Ruck "Succession"
Alexander Skarsgard "Succession"
Matt Smith "House of the Dragon"

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Coolidge "The White Lotus"
Meghann Fagy "The White Lotus"
Elizabeth Debicki "The Crown"
Lesley Manville "The Crown"
Aubrey Plaza "The White Lotus"
Christina Ricci "Yellowjackets"
Rhea Seehorn "Better Call Saul"
J. Smith-Cameron "Succession"

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Carrigan "Barry"
Brett Goldstein "Ted Lasso"
Ebon Moss-Bachrach "The Bear"
Nick Mohammad "Ted Lasso"
Tony Shalhoub "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Tyler James Williams "Abbott Elementary"
Henry Winkler "Barry"

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Ayo Edebiri "The Bear"
Janelle James "Abbott Elementary"
Sheryl Lee Ralph "Abbott Elementary"
Juno Temple "Ted Lasso"
Hannah Waddingham "Ted Lasso"
Lisa Ann Walter "Abbott Elementary"

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Murray Bartlett "The Last of Us"
Bryan Cranston "Better Call Saul"
James Cromwell "Succession"
Arian Moayed "Succession"
Nick Offerman "The Last of Us"
Aaron Paul "Better Call Sual"

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Hiam Abbass "Succession"
Hope Davis "Succession"
Cherry Jones "Succession"
Melanie Lynskey "The Last of Us"
Anna Torv "The Last of Us"
Harriet Walter "Succession"

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Luke Kirby "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Nathan Lane "Only Murders in the Building"
Steven Martin and Martin Short "Saturday Night Live"
Pedro Pascal "Saturday Night Live"
Oliver Platt "The Bear"
Sam Richardson "Ted Lasso"

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Quinta Brunson "Saturday Night Live"
Taraji P. Henson "Abbott Elementary"
Cherry Jones "Poker Face"
Shirley MacLaine "Only Murders in the Building"
Sarah Niles "Ted Lasso", 
Harriet Walter "Ted Lasso"

Best Limited Series
Black Bird
Daisy Jones and the Six
Fleishman is in Trouble
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Best TV Movie
Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas
Fire Island
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Best Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Steve Carell "The Patient"
Taron Edgerton "Black Bird"
Evan Peters "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"
Daniel Radcliffe "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story"
Michael Shannon "George & Tammy"
Steven Yeun "Beef"

Best Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Emily Blunt "The English"
Lizzy Caplan "Fleishman is in Trouble"
Jessica Chastain "George & Tammy"
Riley Keough "Daisy Jones & The Six"
Elizabeth Olsen "Love and Death"
Ali Wong "Beef"

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Murray Bartlett "Welcome to Chippendales"
Domnhall Gleeson "The Patient" 
Paul Walter Hauser "Black Bird"
Richard Jenkins "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"
Ray Liotta "Black Bird"
Young Mazino "Beef"
Jesse Plemons "Love and Death"

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Maria Bello "Beef"
Olivia Colman "Great Expectations"
Claire Danes "Fleishman is in Trouble"
Cherry Jones "Five Days at Memorial"
Michael Learned "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"
Niecy Nash-Betts "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"

Best Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Nailed It
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Reality Host
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness "Queer Eye"
Nicole Byer "Nailed It"
Padma Lakshmi "Top Chef"
Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph "Baking It"
RuPaul "RuPaul's Drag Race"

Best Variety Talk Series
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Seth Meyers 
Late Show with Stephen Colbert  
The Problem with John Stewart

Best Variety Scripted Series
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Saturday Night Live

American War Mothers Scrapbook

 The Gaston County Chapter of American War Mothers History is now available online.

This history from 1920 through 1978 was compiled by Chapter Historian, Mrs. (Howard) Rettie H. Wilson. She recorded the organization's activities which were based on objects stated in their 1920 charter.

Mrs. Howard H Wilson, Chapter Historian


 The Gaston County Chapter was organized at the home of Mrs. A. A. McLean on September 29, 1917 with 26 members.The original charter was granted by Congress on November 22, 1920.

Some of the stated objectives of the Chapter were "to work for the welfare of the army and navy; to assist in every way men and women who served and were wounded or incapacitated in the World War."

The Chapter donated money, food, and clothing to military hospitals and Veteran's families. They also adopted a ward at Oteen Public Health Service Hospital in Oteen, N.C., near Asheville, in 1920, and donated to the construction of a guesthouse in 1949 where the relatives of patients could stay. 


Gaston County War Mothers Memorial, S. Belvedere Ave. & E. Franklin Blvd., 1963


Members sold Forget-me-not flowers every year to help support disabled veterans at Oteen. They also held a memorial service annually on Memorial Day. Monuments and markers were placed throughout Gaston County by War Mother Chapters as memorials to World War veterans. Locations by the Gaston County Chapter include the marble monument in Gaston Memorial Park Cemetery erected in 1956, and the marker at the corner of S. Belvedere Ave. and E. Franklin Blvd.



 Separk, Joseph H. (Joseph Henry), b. 1872. Gastonia and Gaston County, North Carolina: past, present, future. Gastonia, NC: Joseph H. Separk, 1936. 

Gaston County Chapter American War Mothers History. Compiled by (Mrs. Howard M.) Pettie H. Wilson. History from 1920 through Oct. 1977-Sept. 1978.


Brian Brown, Librarian, Local History & Genealogy


We're Booked Up


It's the 2nd season finale of We're Booked Up! The Second Annual Voticed Awards! Kendall, Andrew, and Angelique discuss the best and worst of the books they've read this season and decide which ones deserve to be Voticed™.

Use the player below to listen or search for Gaston Speaks on your preferred podcast app! After listening, let us know what you think. Who was your Ben?

And don't forget to check out Comic-Con!

Library Scrapbooks Added to Digital History Collection

In addition to the previous scrapbook, Mount Holly Library Scrapbook Read All About It, we have recently uploaded two more library branch scrapbooks:


From Old To New, Mount Holly Library Branch Scrapbook includes photographs before and after the renovation of the library branch, summer reading in 1988 and 1989, opening day on June 6, 1989, and dedication and open house on August 6, 1989.

Mount Holly Branch, Summer Reading 1989

Mount Holly Branch, "Join Rex and Reada" Summer Reading 1988 



Union Road Library Scrapbook.

The Union Road Library "scrapbook includes photographs, meeting agendas, fundraiser publicity, informational pamphlets, and official letters documenting the approval and construction of the Union Road library branch. The photographs include the construction, first patrons, and staff members as they worked to get the branch operational. The scrapbook was digitized in 2020 by Union Road library staff in preparation for their 20th year of service celebration. Unfortunately, the celebration was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but many of the materials had already been made." [Union Road Scrapbook, June 4, 2000: Local History and Genealogy Item Tracking and Metadata Form by Maddie Moore, 6-14-2022]


"At last, a library" The Charlotte Observer, July 19, 1999, p.1L.

Union Road Branch Library, Groundbreaking Ceremony, July 20, 1999.

Brian Brown, Librarian, Local History & Genealogy

More Telephone Directories Added to Digital History Collection

We have recently uploaded digital scans of the following:


For a complete listing of available Gaston County city, telephone, business, and industrial directories visit:


Brian Brown, Librarian, Local History & Genealogy

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