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September 2007

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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries. [Descartes]

New Fiction

  • Still Summer - Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • End Games: an Aurelio Zen Mystery - Michael Dibdin
  • Sweet Revenge - Diane Mott Davidson
  • Thursday Next: First Among Sequels - Jasper Fforde
  • The Secret Servant - Daniel Silva
  • Starburst - Robin Pilcher
  • The Dead Don't Lie: an Abe Lieberman Mystery - Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • The Burnt House - Faye Kellerman
  • Away - Amy Bloom
  • Power Play - Joseph Finder
  • New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
  • Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
  • Critical - Robin Cook
  • Up Close and Personal - Fern Michaels

New Non-Fiction

  • Circling My Mother - Mary Gordon
  • Gluten-Free Quick & Easy: From Prep to Plate without the Fuss, 200+ Recipes for People with Food Sensitivities - Carol Fenster, Ph.D.
  • Everyday Nature: Knowledge of the Natural World in Colonial New York - Sara S. Gronim

New Audios

All CDs unless noted
  • The Spoken arts Treasury: 100 Modern American Poets Reading Their Poems Volume 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (both CD and Tape)
  • Girls of Riyadh - Rajaa Alsanea
  • Whats So Funny - Donald Westlake
  • Fallen Founder: A Life of Aaron Burr - Nancy Isenberg
  • Second Chance - Jane Green
  • Tin Roof Blowdown - James Lee Burke

New DVD's

  • Extras, second season
  • Thieves Like Us
  • The Simpsons, Season 10
  • Sweetland
  • Factory Girl
  • The Lives of Others
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched Trains
  • Bad Education
  • M. Hulot's Holiday
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • Tess
  • Sergei Eisenstein's Strike
  • City Lights
  • V for Vendetta
  • Steve McQueen as 'Bullitt'
  • What the Bleep Do We Know
  • Elgar's Enigma Variations
  • Matrix Revisited
  • The DaVinci Code
  • Red Dragon
  • Family Dog
  • In Celebration of the Piano
  • Cocoon
  • The Big Sleep
  • October (Ten Days That Shook the World)
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Tombstone
  • Another Woman
  • Piano Extravaganza
  • Humphrey Bogart: Beat the Devil and Bogart a Biography
  • Nurse Betty
  • Sin City
  • Red River
  • Northfork



Every month in this spot we feature reading suggestions. These include historic fiction, science fiction, mysteries, and more. Many of these titles can be found in the Mid Hudson Library System.

Books About Working
and Jobs

  • Barry, Max - Company: A Novel
  • Bourdain, Anthony - Bone in the Throat; The Bobby Gold Stories
  • Coupland, Douglas - Microserfs
  • Ferris, Joshua - Then We Came to the End
  • Fitzgerald, Penelope - The Bookshop
  • McCouch, Hannah - Girl Cook
  • McLaughlin, Emma - Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl
  • Solow, Jennifer – The Booster
  • Weisberger, Lauren - The Devil Wears Prada
  • Westlake, Donald - The Ax
  • Bourdain, Anthony - Kitchen Confidential; The Nasty Bits
  • Bronson, Po - What Should I Do With My Life: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
  • Buford, Bill - Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-quoting Butcher in Tuscany
  • Burton, Betsy - King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller
  • Chen, Pauline - Final Exam
  • Codell, Esme Raji - Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
  • Conlon, Edward - Blue Blood
  • Conover, Ted - Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
  • Durrell, Gerald - Beasts in my belfry; A bevy of beasts; Fauna and family; Golden bats and pink pigeons; How to Shoot an Amateur Naturalist; Menagerie Manor; The Stationary Ark audio
  • Ehrenreich, Barbara - Bait and Switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dream; Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
  • Gawande, Atul - Complications; Better: a surgeon's notes on performance
  • Ginsberg, Debra - Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress
  • Herriot, James - All Creatures Great and Small; All Things Bright and Beautiful; All Things Wise and Wonderful; The Lord God Made Them All
  • Jordan, Pete - Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in all fifty states
  • Kaplan, James - Airport: Terminal Nights and Runway Days at John F. Kennedy
  • Karesh, William B. - Appointment at the Ends of the World: Memoirs of a Wildlife Veterinarian
  • Kidder, Tracy - House; Among Schoolchildren; Mountains beyond mountains; Old friends
  • Lord, Graham - James Herriot : the life of a country vet
  • Lynch, Thomas - The Undertaking
  • McCourt, Frank - Teacher Man
  • McPhee, John - Giving Good Weight; Heirs of General Practice; Irons in the Fire; Looking for a Ship; The Headmaster; Uncommon Carriers
  • Paul, Caroline - Fighting Fire
  • Petroski, Henry - The Paperboy
  • Rafkin, Louise - Other People's Dirt: A Housecleaner's Curious Adventures
  • Reavill, Gil - Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up after CSI Goes Home
  • Reichl, Ruth - Comfort me with Apples; More Adventures at the Table; Garlic and Sapphires
  • Rodriguez, Deborah - Kabul Beauty School
  • Ruhlman, Michael - Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America; Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection
  • Shipler, David K - The Working Poor: Invisible in America
  • Stern, Jane - Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself By Becoming an EMT
  • Taylor, David - Going Wild: Adventures of a Zoo Vet; Is There a Doctor in the Zoo?; My Animal Kingdom, One by One; Vet on the Wild Side
  • Terkel, Studs - Working
  • Yancey, Richard - Confessions of Tax Collector

Compiled with help from the subscribers of the Fiction_L mailing list.

Still Don't Know What to Read?

Click below for links to best sellers, award winners, book reviews, Oprah book club selections and lists from independent booksellers. Selected titles are hot-linked back into the Mid-Hudson catalog. More

Mystery Lovers
Book Group

Thursday, September 27,
4pm in the Library

The selections for this meeting include a book:
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

and a short story:
The Man with the Twisted Lip - a Sherlock Holmes mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle

Books and short stories are at the circulation desk.



Mondays, September 10, 17, 24
6-8pm in the
Reference Room

Scrabble players meet every Monday in the Library's Reference room. Newcomers are always welcome!


Knitting Group

Saturdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

The Stone Ridge Library Knitters meet every Saturday morning from 10am - 12noon. All ages and experience levels can join us and drop-in knitters are also welcome. We each bring our own supplies and do our own work, but one of the best things about us is that whatever obstacle or confusion you might encounter, you're likely to receive as much comment and advice as you need to get where you're going with a project. Some of us can help toward the repair of knitted or crocheted items too.

The group is sociable and lively, and our conversation and sharing is just as wide-ranging as our projects. We are especially interested in the UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) that members bring in and love the show and tell of projects under way and being finished, new or old, simple or complex. Though knitting is our love and mainstay, we graciously adapt ourselves to stray crocheters and those of us who simply must take to the hook when the spirit moves. We share articles, magazines and books on knitting. Donations of yarn to the Library get made up into items for sale at the Library Fair and during the winter holidays for the benefit of the Library. Some of us also knit things for local hospitals or for the U.S. troops.



All Library patrons now have access to Heritage-Quest,through HomeACCESS databases.

HeritageQuest is a collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Patrons can use HeritageQuest to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. Log In



Sponsored by the Marbletown Youth Commission:
Monday, Oct. 8th
(Columbus Day)

Get a head start on your holiday shopping, take advantage of all the Columbus Day sales AND avoid the stress of driving!

The bus leaves the Community Center at 8:30am and returns 7pm. They need a full bus to go, anyone and everyone can sign up.

Sign up early so they don't have to cancel! Cost: $15. (coach bus) Call the Youth Commission office to sign up: 687-0800. more


Libraries are new neighborhood best-sellers

San Francisco Chronicle - 8.12.07 -
C.W. Nevius

They begin to line up on the sidewalk as much as an hour before the doors open. At 10 a.m. they make a mad dash through all three entrances. Security guards estimate they are 200 to 300 strong, race-walking in their eagerness to get inside.

Is it the box office for a hot concert? A store selling the latest, coolest video game player? A sports event? No, it's San Francisco's public library.

To the surprise of nearly everyone, libraries are hot. The city's Main Library has such a rush of visitors every morning when they open that one staffer jokingly refers to it as, "the running of the bulls.''

But it isn't just there. Out by AT&T Park, the newest San Francisco library branch, Mission Bay, has been open only about a month but it is already a neighborhood destination. They get lines at the door there, too, even though the neighborhood is just establishing itself with new condos and apartments.

"I worked here the first day,'' says reference librarian Lynne Barnes, "and we just did nonstop, all day, library-card creation. It was a giant party.''

For the library?

What happened to wooden chairs, stacks of musty books, and the "shhhhhhhhh'' of the librarian? That's old time. This is the new library. The one for Internet-surfing, coffee-sipping and movie-renting.

"The perception is no longer of a warehouse for books,'' says San Francisco

city Librarian Luis Herrera. "We're seen as a place to hang out. I've been in the business for 30 years. And when I look back at it, this is the most exciting time ever for librarians.''

Uh-oh, watch out. You get a bunch of librarians excited and anything could happen.

But it is true. Libraries have unexpectedly become cutting edge. It's not just true here; it is a national trend. A survey released this year by the American Library Association found that "the number of visits to public libraries in the United States increased 61 percent between 1994 and 2004.''

And it isn't just old fogies researching knitting. A 2007 poll found that 68 percent of those between 18 and 24 years old had visited a library in the past year, and 74 percent of those 35 to 44 had done the same.

Those results were so affirming that the librarians actually started to talk a little smack: "Predicted demise due to Internet fails to materialize,'' the press release for the survey was headlined.

And in one sense, that's true. Most of us probably had the same impression -- that once people could sit at their computer and pull up information, text, and video for free, there would be no need to go to the library.

Instead, a wide range of users have turned to the library experience. At San Francisco's Main Library, you'd be as likely to run into a homeless person, checking on his e-mail, as a suit-clad attorney coming over from nearby Hastings College of the Law.

"This,'' says Herrera, "is the most democratic place in the city."

It must be said that the Internet thing turned out to be more than a fad. And today's libraries aren't so much the alternative as the provider. According to another Library Association study, 99 percent of all libraries across the country offer free Internet access, up from just 25 percent 10 years ago.

For those who can't afford a computer, or don't have access, the library is a godsend. (And yes, since you are probably wondering, that means there are people who come in off the street and look at Internet porn.)

"We have a pretty liberal policy of open access,'' Herrera says. "We don't pass judgment. One of the biggest challenges in libraries is, is there a foolproof filter for the Internet. And there isn't.''

But it isn't just a destination for logging on. Libraries have also become interactive portals for members at home.

Live homework help is available for teenagers on the library Web site. Computer-savvy library card-holders are also much more likely to order the latest books online, then pick them up when they arrive.

"One thing that has been amazing to me,'' Herrera says, "is the hold on books, where you can reserve a book online. We're going to hit a million 'holds' this year.''

But we shouldn't sell librarians short. After years of being considered conservative and square, you have to admit that they've gotten with it.

"I think we are competing very well with the Amazon.coms and the independent bookstores,'' says Herrera.

In the Mission Bay children's section, for example, there is a flashy exhibit of the favorite books of the kids of two pitchers for the Giants, Jim Brower (who is now with the Yankees) and Kevin Correia.

"We've learned something from bookstores,'' says Barnes. "This isn't musty and it isn't just (book) spines on shelves.''

Then there's another factor. Libraries have worked very hard to become neighborhood hangouts. Most new facilities have a coffee shop and plenty of magazines available. It's worked well, but it is only the set-up for what they think is coming -- the surge of the Baby Boomers.

Herrera says librarians are acutely aware of the fact that the Boomers, with their strong interest in personal growth and continuing education, are about to begin retiring. He was just reading an article in Library Journal headlined, "What Boomers Want: They're changing old age and library service with it.''

More workshops, seminars and study groups are planned. Interactive facilities are being beefed up. And hints for post-retirement activities are in the works. It will be, the Journal says, "a potential boom market.''

Who would have thought that libraries are perfectly positioned to be the hot spot of the next generation. As Herrera said, it's a great time to be in the business. Not that everyone understands what he does.

"Sometimes people say to me, 'It must be great to be able to read on the job.' ''

Read? Who's got time to read?


Commentary: Looking for liberty? Try the library

WACO TRIBUNE-HERALD (TX) - 8.8.07 - John Young

In the Bible, the vision of a burning bush causes Moses to put down everything he's doing and to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

The charge of which I now speak is not so consuming. Still ...

Though I had earthly chores aplenty, I felt the call to stop everything and open a video rental store in Waco.

The store wouldn't be big. In fact, it would have only one section. Only one film, actually, and one copy of it. Low overhead.

That film: The Dixie Chicks' Shut Up and Sing.

I was ready to rent it to you and yours. Because, otherwise you wouldn't be able to rent it in Waco.

I'm not a big Dixie Chicks fan. Never purchased one of their CDs. But on PBS I saw the Chicks perform pieces from their latest album, Taking the Long Way, and knew why the CD won five Grammy awards. I also knew why it won zero County Music Association Awards.

We all know what this is about: The Chicks' unapologetic opposition to the invasion of Iraq. The tempest that ensued, including radio station boycotts and death threats.

That's what Shut Up and Sing is about. The subtitle says, "Freedom of speech is fine, as long as you don't do it in public."

The firestorm started when, with the group performing in London on the eve of the invasion, lead singer Natalie Maines said, "We're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." You all argue among yourselves about that 'un.

My concern was seeing what all the fuss was about, and without plunking down $19.95 for a DVD.

I kept waiting for Shut Up and Sing to pop up on the "new releases" marquee at the video rental I patronize. When I asked, an employee told me that the store had abstained because of the film's controversial theme.

I tried to confirm this assertion with a regional manager. I found that getting ahold of someone who would confirm or deny this assertion was like asking to interview Dick Cheney without Fox News credentials.

So, I started calling a succession of Waco's video stores, mostly chains. No Shut Up for rental. Hmmm. I did find two copies for sale at separate retailers. That's the $19.95 I had no intention of surrendering. What to do?

One problem is that I no longer knew how to contact my friend Jerry, a onetime convenience-store employee who supplied for me a copy of Martin Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ, in a brown envelope, back in 1988. That controversial film was stopped at every port in our landlocked city - not shown in theaters; couldn't rent it; couldn't buy it; the cable company blocked it on Showtime.

Now here we are in 2007 with a similar problem, and no Jerry to facilitate. So deeply did I feel about the right of people in our community to decide for themselves on matters like Shut Up and Sing that I said to myself, "OK. I'm going into video rental."

I would buy the video for $19.95, and then would rent it to you and yours to recoup my investment.

I'm so happy to tell you I didn't have to do that. I didn't because I made one more call. I should have thought about it first: The public library.

The Waco-McLennan County Library has a copy of Shut Up and Sing. It will loan you that copy for free if you have a library card. This means I won't have to rent it to you. That's a relief. I already had enough on my hands leading various tribes out of the wilderness.

I told reference librarian Sean Sutcliffe about my problems renting the video. We speculated that this might be a problem elsewhere in America's heartland. Then he did a computer search for the title in other libraries in the country. Publicly supported beacons of free inquiry popped up on his screen by the hundreds.

What a country.



Blogging for a Good Book

This blog provides a book review every weekday, from librarians at the Williamsburg Regional Library (Virginia). Browse past reviews by reviewer and by subjects and genres such as literary fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries, young adult, and thrillers. more

Rebecca's Pocket: Summer 2007 Reading Lists

OK, summer may be over, but these are an extensive compilation of links to summer reading lists, from universities, newspapers and magazines, blogs, libraries, organizations, and other sources. Some of the themes are popular fiction, business, cookbooks, religion, politics, and history. From the author of a book on creating and maintaining a blog. more

Design for the
Other 90%

Website companion to this 2007 exhibition that "demonstrates how design can be a dynamic force in saving and transforming lives, at home and around the world." Includes descriptions and images of design projects concerned with shelter, health, water, education, energy, and transportation. View projects by topic of region of the world. Also includes a blog, panel discussion video, and related links. From the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. more

National Coupon Month

These materials related to National Coupon Month (September) proved information about how "you can learn about all the new coupon trends, where to find coupons and some great, easy clipping tips." Also includes a history of coupons (back to the 1890s), lesson plans, and a worksheet for calculating potential savings. From the Promotion Marketing Association (PMA). more

This is a great site for people who shop online. "When buying items and services online there are often great discounts readily available." During check-out there may be a field marked "coupon or promotion code," this site gets you those codes. They even have a Quick Access Bookmarklet, so "when shopping, click the bookmark and a window will pop open with the available coupons for that site." more

Arago: People, Postage & the Post

Collection of materials from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum on stamp collection (philately) and postal operations. Features illustrated historical essays, exhibits (such as first U.S. commemorative stamps), and a create-your-own digital collection feature (requires free registration). Also includes a glossary. From the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution. (The site is named after Francois Arago, 19th century French scientist and friend of James Smithson.) more

Ian's Shoelace Site

"How many possible ways are there to lace an average shoe?" The author presents nearly two dozen methods he considers "worthy of devoting the time required to create instructions." Includes illustrations, and information about shoelace knots, aiglet ("the plastic or metal sleeves at the ends of shoelaces") repair, and shoelace length formulas. more

Of Cottages and Castles: Homes of Our Presidents

This exhibit provides "a glimpse into the private homes and lives of each of our presidents." The exhibit is organized into groups of presidents who "rose up from poverty," were "born into privilege," and presidents from middle class backgrounds. Includes images of miniature models and artifacts from the physical exhibit. From the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. more

Legends of America

This western U.S. "travel site for the nostalgic and historic minded" features illustrated essays on topics such as American history, ghost towns, historic people, roadside attractions, and Route 66. Includes articles (many of them historic) on subjects such as Native Americans (such as Cochise and Sitting Bull), women (such as Ida B. Wells and Calamity Jane), explorers (such as John C. "Grizzly" Adams), the American cowboy, railroad building, and more. Includes links to related sites. more

Hitchcock Basic Film Techniques

A light-hearted review of "the most significant film techniques that were used by [director] Alfred Hitchcock." Topics include "camera is not a camera" (camera takes on the human quality of roaming around), point of view editing and types of cuts, and using humor to add tension. Includes a link to an article about Hitchcock's use of comedic elements in his films. From an independent filmmaker. more

Hitchcock's Style

"Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps Britain's most famous and highly regarded film director, yet he is best known today -- even in Britain -- for the films he made after he left the country in 1939 for a career in Hollywood." This site describes how the style ("the themes, preoccupations, tricks and techniques") of this "Master of Suspense" was in place by the time he went to Hollywood. Unfortunately, the film clips are only available to British educational users. more

Riding the Rails

Brief essay about the "more than two million men and perhaps 8,000 women [who] became hoboes" during the Great Depression. Includes illustrations, a short list of people who rode the rails and later became famous, and an oral history from one man who became a hobo during this period. From Wessels Living History Farm, a project devoted to the history of American agriculture. more

BBC Food

Articles, recipes, and other food-related information from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Features a searchable and browsable directory of recipes from the BBC's cooking shows, including vegetarian and seasonal dishes. Also offers interviews with chefs, feature articles, program details, a glossary, and sections on healthy eating, children's nutrition, and cooking basics. more

The FOOD Museum

All in one place are "food exhibits, news/issues, resources, food history, answers to your food questions, book reviews and just plain fun." more


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