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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 29, 2014

At the Library

Apr 28, 2014

Sometimes, I look at the shelves of the library and I have to remind myself that we don’t own every book in the world. It’s hard to imagine that there could possibly be more. We have so many that it can get overwhelming to even think about reading them all.

The thing about all of those books is that they’re all unique. Each has a different set of characters who encounter a different problem, and find a different solution to that problem. Sometimes they’re fantasy, sometimes thriller, sometimes romance, and sometimes they’re just plain life. We have books about cats, dogs, human beings, food, history, and everything in between.

I told my mom the other day that the odds of me falling in love in a bookstore or a library were pretty high. I didn’t really put much thought into it as I said it, but as I began to think about it more, I realized I already had fallen in love in bookstores and libraries.

Not with boys, of course, but with books. There wasn’t ever a time in my life where I wasn’t going to the library on a regular basis, whether it was attending Jolisa’s children’s programs or checking out books with my mother. Each time I opened a book, I was taking a chance. I didn’t know quite what to expect from the book I was about to read, but I was risking my time by starting it.

As I moved from Horrible Harry and Junie B. Jones to Harry Potter and James Patterson, the gamble became more high stakes, but I never failed to fall in love with what I was reading.

While working in a library may not seem to others like a job where one gets to constantly feel good about helping others, for me, it is. It feels like I get to play matchmaker, but instead of creating couples, I create important literary relationships between our patrons and the fine works of art that stock our shelves.

The following new materials are available.

Adult Fiction

Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy, Saucer Sausage Planet by Stephen Coonts, Live to See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen, The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore, Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick

Large Print Fiction

Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr, I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark, Waking the Dead by Heather Graham, Cry in the Night by Carolyn Hart, Forget Me Not by Fern Michaels, Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts, Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline, Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods

Young Adult Fiction

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Juvenile Fiction

The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman

Audio CDs

Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende, Ripper by Isabel Allende, The Hit by David Baldacci, The Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson, Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton, I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark, Caesar and Christ by Will Durant, Tempting Fate by Jane Green, A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Starting Now by Debbie Macomber, The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler, Balancing Act by Fern Michaels, The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo, Wonderland by Robert B. Parker, Private L. A. by James Patterson, Her by Christa Parravani, The Butter Did It by Phyllis Richman, In the Name of Love by Ann Rule, A Chain of Thunder by Jeff Shaara, The Storm Inside by Sheila Walsh, Blood, Ash, and Bone by Tina Whittle

 

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