Library Column–January 26, 2005

Our audio collection has grown lately, with donations and purchases. The most recent arrivals include: CD’s of Any Place I Hang My Hat by Susan Isaacs, Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian, The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson and tapes of Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith, Holy Cow by Sara Macdonald and The Kills by Linda Fairstein.

Most of the new books are already off the windowsill and out the door, but still available today are:

Thrillers – London Bridges by James Patterson

Mysteries – Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich, Winter of Discontent by Jeanne M. Dams, The Witch in the Well by Sharan Newman

Fiction – Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres (a small town in Turkey before and during WW I), Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (the experiences of an escaped Australian convict in Bombay), The Darling by Russell Banks (takes place in Liberia)

Biography – His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis, Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen bin Ladin, Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith

Non-Fiction – Two enthusiastically reviewed books on WW II: Armageddon: The Batttle for Germany 1944-1945 by Max Hastings and The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II’s Most Decorated Platoon by Alex Kershaw; a book on how to spot oncoming disasters, Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should have Seen Coming and how to Prevent Them by Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins; for anyone who can still stand to think about politics we have Burning at the Grassroots: Inside the Dean Machine by Dana Dunnan; economic history fans can bury themselves in An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power by John Steele Gordon

Handcrafts – The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration by Annie Cicale

The Warren Public Library could use volunteers in several areas: we need a circulation desk floater to jump in some of the time when one of our regular volunteers has to go out of town. We also need someone to manage the bookshelves out in the hall: the new paperback collection which is replacing the paperback exchange and the ongoing book sale. An hour or two a week, any time the municipal building is open, would probably be enough. I have two online projects that would benefit from computer and Internet skills: I’d love to hear from someone who likes that sort of thing and has some time to spend. Both projects could be done from your home computer.

Bring your donations to the library! If anyone has a copy of Before You Know Kindness by Bohjalian or The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini it would be a great kindness to give it to the library. Both books have waiting lists. We also welcome audiobook donations. Audiobooks are very expensive, costing from 2 to 4 times as much as a hardcover, so your donations go a long way. DVDs or videos are very popular and your donations have a good chance of joining the collection, or bringing in funds through the hall sale. Important: please bring your donations into the library!

Thanks for your support and interest!


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