Our gracious old library is struggling through this cold winter. We’re having old-home blues like many of you that live in the city of Oneonta.
This week, we discovered a new issue, and one thing always leads to another. As part of our progress toward creating a Reading Room with comfortable seating and better lighting, we’re painting the walls above the bookshelves. Our big surprise came when the corner bookshelf was removed and we discovered ice on the interior wall. As we removed the paneling that covered that section, it became apparent that there was no insulation on parts of the wall.
The further we looked the more interesting it became. Some old homes have no insulation, some have blown-in insulation and some have new insulation between the wall studs. Here at Huntington’s house, we found a little new insulation that doesn’t quite cover the wall and a lot of bricks. We’re in the process of removing the bricks so we can insulate floor to ceiling but I’m still wondering about those bricks.
NEW BEST SELLERS
New to the Fiction Best Seller’s list are “The Days of Anna Madrigal” by Armistead Maupin, “Hunting Shadows” by Charles Todd, “Lost Lake” by Sarah Addison Allen, and “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan. “The Days of Anna Madrigal” is the ninth novel in the bestselling series “Tales of the City.” It follows one of modern literatures most unforgettable characters as this transgender landlady embarks on a road trip that will take her into her past. “Hunting Shadows” is an historical mystery set in 1920s England where Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge solves a murder mystery at a society wedding. Most notable about this series is that the author Charles Todd is actually Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother-son writing team who live on the East Coast. They report that writing together is a challenge, but both enjoy giving each other a hard time. For revenge, Charles crashes Caroline’s computer and Caroline crashes his parties! “Lost Lake” is written by the New York Times bestselling author of “Garden Spells.” This time Allen weaves a magical tale that is enchanting as it shows that everyday magic can be discovered in the unlikeliest of places. “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” is the second novel by Nancy Horan who wrote the bestselling book “Loving Frank.” It tells of the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.
The new nonfiction title on the Best Seller’s list is “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies” by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson from MIT’s Center for Digital Business. This second machine age is all about automation of “knowledge work” that uses the massive amounts of online data that can be harnessed to aid in decision making and to help offer new services.
This month on our Pinterest page you’ll find a board devoted to the Olympics. We’ve pinned news stories, books about the Sochi Olympics and fun facts. Do you know who has the most medals from the Winter Olympic Games? Look on our page to find the answer. The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project Tracking Surveys found that Pinterest has more users now than Twitter. So give it a try. It’s a great way to save information for later use and it’s a lot of fun.
“A Remnant Surprise” book reading and craft with Author Vanessa Roam will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Roam will read from her book, “A Remnant Surprise” and provide a craft. This is Roam’s first children’s book and is a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Recipient. After the program, there will be a book signing. Copies of her book will be available to purchase or you’re welcome to bring your own copy to have it signed. Please call the library at 432-1980 to register.
TRENDS IN EDUCATION
Joseph Yelich, Superintendent of the Oneonta City School District will discuss present trends in education with a focus on core curriculum, teacher evaluations, testing, financial limitations, unfunded mandates and parent involvement. This program, which will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Monday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.