Library Column–May 23, 2005

The Friends of the Warren Public Library will be selling books at the Farmer’s Market this weekend. We’ll have a fantastic selection of hardcover and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, for little children, bigger kids and adults; plus our amazing five dollar cloth book bags and we will also be selling raffle tickets for two chances to win a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on July 16th.

The same busy Saturday afternoon, May 28th, come to the Town Hall at 2:30 to hear Willem Lange. Another free program brought to you by the Warren Public Library with support from the Vermont Public Library Foundation funded by the Freeman Foundation.

The library is overflowing with exciting new books. Just in:
The Closers by Michael Connelly; The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard; Broken Prey by John Sandford; Zorro by Isabel Allende; The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman; and Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; plus way too many other books. Please help out by coming in today and checking out one or two!

Medical care has been in the news lately. Wondering how Vioxx got approved by the FDA? Wondering why it took so long to notice the problems with Vioxx? Read The Truth about the Drug Companies: How they Deceive Us and What to do About it by Marcia Angell, M.D. Dr. Angell was the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and she knows what is going on behind the curtain.

Vermont has been debating health insurance costs and coverage lately. We have three excellent books on the topic: Health Care Meltdown: Confronting the Myths and Fixing our Failing System by Robert H. LeBow, M.D.; At the Crossroads: the Future of Health Care in Vermont by Cornelius Hogan, Deborah Richter, M.D. and Terry Doran; and One Nation Uninsured: Why the U.S. has no National Health Insurance by Jill Quadagno.

For a really controversial medical topic, have a look at Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy by David Kirby. A quote from the book: “Did the injection of organic mercury directly into the developing systems of small children cause irreparable harm? It’s a plausible proposition, and a hugely important question. If the answer is affirmative, someone will have to pay to pick up the pieces.”

As always, thanks for your support and enthusiasm. We’ll be accepting donations of books for our booth at the Farmer’s Market all summer and into the fall. You can buy books May 28th, June 18th, July 2nd, July 23rd, August 13th, September 3 and October 8th.

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