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January 5, 2012

An expanded offering of e-book classes

Last week, we advertised the library's digital books classes. Demand far exceeded our expectations. There are still a few openings in some sessions. For Kindle users, the 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, class still has openings and for non-Kindle users, there a few spots left in each class. Because of the overwhelming demand, we have decided to offer more Kindle-format classes. Librarian Sarah Livingston will be teaching these classes.

The following classes will be offered within the next week: 2 p.m. today, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Please sign-up for one time slot. Registration is required and you may do so by calling the library at 432-1980 or register in person. Registration is required. If you want to see what's available through the library, visit and start browsing and borrowing.

If you own a smartphone or tablet, you can also take advantage of our service. Just sign up for one of the non-Kindle classes to learn how.

For more details or questions, you can call Sarah Livingston at 432-1980.

New Books

If you would like to learn how to play chess, take a look at Roz Katz's "Start Playing Chess Today!" This easy guide quickly gives you basic instructions on how to play the game and it is filled with large diagrams. Many tips and quizzes ensure that you can start playing right away. The library also has many other books on chess for both beginners and more experienced players.

"Eat to Defeat Menopause" by Karen Giblin shows you how to control your symptoms through healthy eating. Included are dietary strategies to reduce hot flashes, improve sleep, maintain healthy weight, and recipes that will benefit the whole family. Information on soy products is also included.

Parenting is difficult, but after a divorce it can be even more so. "Joint Custody with a Jerk" by Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran is a practical guide to raising your child when your ex is uncooperative. Learn how to communicate with a difficult ex spouse, and in this updated guide, you'll learn about common problems and tools that you can use to help you in your situation.

Giles Milton tells the story of his family and his father-in-law during World War II in "The Boy Who Went to War." They lived in Germany during the time of Hitler and saw the rise and fall of the Third Reich. The early marches, the patriotic propaganda, recruitment to fight, and more result in a powerful story that shows how very many people suffered.

Del Shannon has a great career finding missing persons. The one person she's never been able to locate is the mother she has never known. Dell is recruited by the FBI when they discovered that her father owns an abandoned house in a faith healing community. She is caught in a web of threats, lies, and schemes to help them solve their case. At the same time, she hopes to locate her mother in " the novel "Nazareth Child" by Darrell James.

French chef Auguste Escoffier was unparalleled in his field and his 19th century culinary passions are still part of our cuisine today. N. M. Kelby imagines a time near the end of Escoffier's life, and her work of fiction is called "White Truffles in Winter." Escoffier writes his memoir and recounts his life as a cook in the Franco Prussian war, as a chef in Paris, and even at London's Savoy. He also remembers his love for two very different women and takes the reader along in this touching story.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at

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