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March 8, 2012

Friends of the library to host 'Big Chuck'

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The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library will hold a program at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19. Local author "Big Chuck" D'Imperio will tell stories from his series of upstate New York books. He'll cover little-known facts, and talk about the people and places that make upstate so unique.

His talks are always very informative, and people always go away having learned something they didn't know about the area. At the end of his program, copies of his books will be for sale. This program is free and open to the public.

New Books

When Chris Lowndes retires, he buys a mansion deep in the country of Yorkshire. Something about the house bothers him, and he discovers it was the scene of a murder some 50 years ago. The former owner, Dr. Ernest Fox, was supposedly poisoned by his younger wife, Grace. Chris decides to look through the archives to learn more about the case in "Before the Poison" by Peter Robinson. The more he reads, the more he is certain Grace did not commit the murder. He is warned to leave things alone, but he's determined to uncover a web of secrets that still persist today.

"The Technologists" by Matthew Pearl, is an historical novel taking place in Boston, 1868. MIT is under construction, its goal to study science for the benefit of everyone. At the same time, the Boston Harbor is chaotic due to fire, and ships instruments spinning out of control. Is this caused by nature or sabotage? The first group of students at MIT band together to help save lives and track down the truth with their newly acquired scientific training.

Joe O'Loughlin opens his door one evening to discover Sienna, a friend of his teenage daughter. She is terrorized, incoherent and covered in blood. When the police go to Sienna's home, they discover her father who has been brutally murdered. Sienna says she remembers nothing and Joe as a psychologist, sets out to help her in the novel "Bleed for Me" by Michael Robotham. The police believe Sienna is responsible but Joe is not convinced.

"The Blood Sugar Solution" by Mark Hyman presents his program for balancing insulin and blood sugar levels to help you achieve weight loss and wellness. There are seven factors in achieving wellness, according to Hyman, and they include proper nutrition, regulating hormones, reducing inflammation, optimizing digestion and detoxification, more energy, and a calm mind. Learn how to achieve all of these in his six-week action plan.

Seamus McGraw tells of his experiences with the Marcellus Shale in "The End of Country." A native of Pennsylvania, McGraw recounts the stories of landowners and how they were approached by gas company land agents and promised untold wealth in exchange for a lease on their land. When the drilling started, reality set in, and McGraw tells you how affected the families in his neck of Pennsylvania.

Children's Books

"Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet" by Jane O'Connor is the latest installment in the Nancy books. Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, are really excited about their mermaid dance show. Unfortunately Nancy isn't going to be a mermaid, but rather a tree. Will she be able to make her role as a tree fancy? When disaster strikes in the mermaid area just before the show, will someone be able to step in and fill the role?

A young boy and his dog are excited when spring arrives and they decide to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, and there's nothing more to do but wait. "And Then It's Spring" by Julie Fogliano starts out with brown, brown, brown, but sure enough when spring arrives, green begins to appear. A perfect book for our spring which is just around the corner.

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