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At the Library

By Jo Weidner, Washington Public Library | Oct 29, 2012

While looking for some new ideas for a library display, I came across posters reading "Elect to Read and Reading is a Right." I knew I had found what I needed to create a timely display suitable for our upcoming election. The idea led me to an online search for literacy quotes from some of our country’s leaders.

The first quote I came across is from Abraham Lincoln. He simply said, “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” Mr. Lincoln was right.

The staff at the library spends many hours going through abundant catalogues we receive through the mail and many online sources to find those authors and books that patrons “ain’t read.” A favorite find for me was a little blue cat named Pete. Pete the Cat books have become a favorite for our young patrons. I took Pete with me earlier this fall during my outreach visits to preschools, day cares and Headstart. Shortly after the visits, I had one of the parents of a preschooler stop in to ask where Pete the Cat books were. I was excited to help her find that book she “ain’t read.”

My experience helping young readers who come into the library reminds me of the importance in ordering books that people “ain’t read.” Often readers, especially adults, will find an author or a series of books that they get hooked on only to come to an end.

My coworker, Linda Witthoft, does an excellent job of introducing adults to books they “ain’t read.” She is very successful in helping patrons find their next favorite author.

I think Abraham Lincoln would have loved Pete the Cat. According to Pete, it’s all good. Remind yourself of that as we begin the countdown of the final days leading to Nov. 6. And should you find that you have had enough, stop in the library and let the staff be your best friend in helping you find those books you “ain’t read.”

The following new materials are available at the Washington Free Public Library

Gifts & Memorials

A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans & Christmas Garland by Anne Perry given in memory of Barbara Woods by Jane M Carlson

The following books were donated by the Chilcote Questers in memory of Bev Mosier:

The Complete Guide to Shirley Temple Dolls & Collectibles by Tonya Bervaldi-Camaratta, Encyclopedia of Children's Sewing Collectibles by Darlene J. Gengelbach, Modern Collectible Dolls by Patsy Moyer, Encyclopedia of Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls by Elaine M. Pardee. 20th Century Paper Dolls by Mary Young

Adult Fiction

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander, Santa in Montana by Janet Dailey, The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker, The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer, The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury, Christmas in Timberwoods by Fern Michaels, The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel, Chicano by Richard Vasquez

Large Print Fiction

Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber, The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall-Smith

Adult Nonfiction

Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn, The Wives by Alexander Popoff

Adult Biography

Bad Habits by Jenny McCarthy

Young Adult Fiction

Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen, Beta by Rachel Cohn, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick, Rotters by Daniel Kraus, The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour, Free Fire Zone by Chris Lynch

Young Adult Nonfiction

Take What You Can Carry by Kevin C. Pyle

Juvenile Fiction

The Fire Chronicles by John Stephens

Juvenile Nonfiction

The Practical Guide to Drawing Caricatures by Peter Gray, George Washington & the Winter at Valley Forge by Gary Jeffery, Squanto & the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metavas, Big Nate : All Work & No Play by Lincoln Peirce, Horse Heroes by Kate Petty, Smart Kids Picture Atlas by Roger Priddy, The Little Book of Slime by Clint Twist

Easy Children's

Oh, What a Surprise! by Suzanne Bloom, Snowman at Work by Caralyn Buehner

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