Library Column–March 16, 2006

Let’s skip the topic of the weather, shall we? Today I’d like to talk about the Warren Public Library web-site at

The web-site has some new features. First up, is a search feature. Go to the bottom of the home page, type in the name of a book or an author and search the site. The search will take you to one of the new book lists. Just go down the list until you find the book. The site now includes book lists going back to November/December 2004, so a fair portion of our newer books are now actually searchable.

Also searchable are our complete lists of videos, DVDs and audio books, on cassette or CD. We may, someday, have an online catalog. Until then…

The web-site also includes the booklists from my radio programs: click on Radio Programs in the left-hand menu and then pick your topic. Click on Special Events for a list of upcoming programs or Click on Helpful Links for a selection of useful web links.

Upcoming radio programs: March 20 with Wrenn Compere on children’s books and March 27 with Mary Alice Bisbee on Health Care Legislation and other health care controversies.

And then a few books—after all books are the core business of libraries, right?

A Necessary Spectacle: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, and the Tennis Match that Leveled the Game by Selena Roberts. I am bored by sports. I was at the University of Wisconsin for 3 years and NEVER attended a single sports event. All that said, I nevertheless enjoyed this book. It includes wonderful (and occasionally weird) characters wandering through and creating extraordinary historical changes in the position of women in the world and in sports.

Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door by Lynne Truss. The lady who wrote Eats, Shoots & Leaves deals with manners, more from a British point of view than American and with a more philosophical/historical slant than a "which fork to use" approach.

Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen by Fay Weldon. (Paperback Collection) An iconoclastic and amusing approach to literature and reading from a successful author, with lively commentary on Jane Austen’s books and life.

Simply Armenian: Naturally Healthy Ethnic Cooking Made Easy by Barbara Ghazarian. This one is from the Regional Library. I tried two of the recipes and they were easy and came out yummy. Also from Regional: The Wonderful Food of Provence by Jean-Noel Escudier and Peta J. Fuller; and Ken Hom’s Top 100 Stir-Fry Recipes: Quick and Easy Dishes for Every Occasion.

Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron. Murder right before Christmas and a wedding right after Christmas. A good mystery with a tricky plot and a believable North Carolina background, plus a couple of courtroom/legal bits, including the search for evidence in an old death penalty case.

Blindfold Game by Dana Stabenow. A thriller. I don’t like thrillers, but I managed to read a fair bit of this one, nevertheless. The bad guys actually have a good reason for their wickedness and the heroes are in the Coast Guard (and one in the CIA).

Dave Barry’s Money Secrets: Like: Why is there a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar? By Dave Barry. Funny.

See you at the library!


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