Library Column–September 1, 2005

The library has been very busy lately. Please be sure and call ahead if you want to use the public access computer. The best time, if you just want to drop in, is Wednesday evening when the library is open until 8 p.m. We'll be going back to our regular hours at the end of September.

This weekend the Friends of the Warren Library will be running a massive clearance sale at the Farmers' Market. All books will be half price or less. There will be children's and adult paperbacks for 10 cents, children's hardbound books for 25 cents and adult hardbound books for 50 cents. If you have a large appetite for books you can fill a bag for $2.00 or you can buy and fill one of our sturdy Warren Public Library book bags for $6.00!

The good news: educational DVD's arriving soon. Thanks to a bit of a surplus in our Vermont Public Library Foundation grant funds, I was able to purchase 21 DVDs for the library's collection. We are hoping for more donations of popular movies in DVD format (hint, hint). We could also use a few more paperbacks for the collection in the hall. We only have a little bit of room, so recent, popular general fiction, and very lightly read, please. Oversized (quality) paperbacks are especially welcome.

One other item on the librarian's wish list: a small scale cold laminating machine. We are starting to issue children's library cards and it would be great if they could be laminated. Anybody have one of these gadgets taking up room in their garage?

Would you like to support literacy? One easy way is to go regularly to the Literacy Site: http://www.theliteracysite.com/ and click. They give free books to underprivileged children.

A few non-fiction books for your reading pleasure:

Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral by David Dobbs. A book about scientific research in the past that casts an interesting light on our own times. Dobbs shows clearly how easy it is to understand the errors and missteps of our predecessors, but doesn’t address the interesting question of how inadequate our own scientific thinking will look in 100 or 150 years. A well-written book on an intriguing topic.

Seamanship: A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles by Adam Nicolson. A philosophical account of two men and a boat exploring the Atlantic coast of the British Isles, including life-threatening adventures, gorgeous scenery, history, and contact with ancient and contemporary monasticism. There is even some discussion of sailing techniques! This book was purchased based on a patron recommendation and turned out to be a wonderful read. Thank you.

Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America by Chris Hedges. Although this is classified as a religious book, all of the issues are framed in the larger context of social and political problems. Much of the book is a critique of what the author calls the “civic religion,” where religion is used to justify war, for example, or smooth over systemic poverty. I found it an interesting read, although it would have benefited from a bit more writing time. The book feels rushed.

See you at the library or at the Farmers’ Market.

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