Library Column–December 1, 2005

Life has been busy at the library with a steady flow of patrons, books, interlibrary loan requests and computer users. I want to thank everyone who has donated recent and/or popular books. Some have been added to our collection, others have been sold online, with the funds going to the Friends of the Warren Public Library. The Friends support the library in a wonderful variety of ways and we greatly appreciate their generous support.

If you have any recent or popular books to donate, please drop them off at the library. We also have forms available if you’d like to join the Friends group.

Interlibrary loan can be used to find particular books, but we can also find books by subject. Suppose, for example, that you are interested in researching global warming. We have some materials in our collection, but we can also search by subject in the Vermont Department of Libraries collection, in the other public libraries in Vermont and in many of the college and university collections. I can print out or e-mail a list of the findings so you can pick out the particular materials you need. We can also help you search the Vermont Online Library, a database of magazine articles, to find additional materials on a particular topic. I’ve done several subject searches in the last couple of weeks and requested stacks of books from other libraries throughout the state and I’ll be happy to do more. Just ask!

It is time to prepare for even more holiday cooking. We have three great cooking magazines: Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, and Eating Well. In addition, we have a wonderful variety of cookbooks, some fun books on entertaining and party planning, and, if you just can’t endure the thought of cooking and entertaining, plenty of travel books to help you plan your escape.

I’ve been busy lately, so I only managed to read three books in two weeks (and one was an audio version). Sorry!

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. An abridged audio book of the bestseller biography of an amazing race horse and the three men who discovered and transformed him.

Inside Job by Connie Willis. A wacky science fiction story about skeptics and frauds with a typically quirky twist. Connie Willis writes books that totally transcend genre. This is a short, but delightful read.

The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillan. The breezy store of a middle-aged housewife, living in Oakland, whose stuck life starts unraveling with everything happening at once: husband leaving, mother losing herself, sister on drugs and an empty nest with her kids all off in college beginning to led their own lives. (Editorial side comment: She finds her way through, much aided by having adequate financial resources. The same set of problems would be much grimmer for a family faced with serious debt issues or an inadequate cash flow.)

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