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Nancy's Notes - Februrary 27, 2009

How we choose books, Parking, Book Discussion, New DVDs: The Changling, High School Musical 3, Secret Life of Bees, Mama Mia, Nights in Rodanthe, The Kite Runner, or The Final Season. "Run for Your Life" by James Patterson.

Some of you have wondered how we choose books. We check the best seller list, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and also a periodical we get from our distributor. This works well for our collection for adult readers but isn't always the best way to choose juvenile titles. This week the entire staff attended an ICN workshop on titles for the preschool through young adult readers. Presenters give short book talks on dozens of popular titles for the different age groups. This is very helpful in finding new authors and a variety of materials.

We've had several people in today who have mentioned that the parking lot was full. What a great thing to hear. It also makes us wonder where everyone parked when we were downtown. Now that we're used to the extra spaces we will certainly appreciate our new lot when we move back to our Main Street location.

The library has been holding a monthly book discussions for over a year. Usually there are around 12-15 members in attendance. We have read a variety of books: ficiton, nonfiction, inspriational and even young adult. If this sounds interesting to you our next meeting date is Thursday, March 26 at noon. We will be discussing "Little Heathens" by Iowa author Mildred Armstrong Kalish. There are several copies available for checkout. Bring a sandwich and just show up over the noon hour.

Our collection of DVD's now numbers over 500. You might be interested in the newest titles: The Changling, High School Musical 3, Secret Life of Bees, Mama Mia, Nights in Rodanthe, The Kite Runner, or The Final Season. We also own three of these films in written form. It might be fun to check out both the movie and the book and compare the storyline.

The newest James Patterson, "Run for Your Life", is now purchased. There is a waiting list for the book so you might want to call and put your name on reserve.  NYPD detective Michael Bennett is the only man who can find a calculating murderer called "the Teacher". His victims are the powerful and the arrogant, from the girl speaking to loud on her cell phone to the upper crust. The message he sends is: remember your manners or suffer the consequences.

Come in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.