The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library offer home delivery to residents in the Oneonta area who are homebound. If you, or someone you know, would like to borrow books, large print books, books on compact disc, or more, please call me at 432-1980. You’ll be able to give me specific titles or areas of interest and then we’ll arrange for one of our volunteers to deliver and pick up materials. It’s free, easy, and provides you with hours and hours of reading or listening materials.
We take pepper for granted, but the spice as we know it today has a very colorful history. Marjorie Shaffer’s book “Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice” will captivate you. Learn how pepper brought Europeans and Americans to Asia, how a Sultan entertained his guests with banquets and elephant fights, and more. You’ll look at your pepper mill or shaker with new respect every time you sprinkle it on your food.
Deirdre Griffin is a personal assistant to her high maintenance, high living brother in “Wallflower in Bloom,” a novel by Claire Cook. She enjoys the life, but has none of her own, and when her boyfriend announces he is marrying someone else who is pregnant with his baby, it’s the last straw. She decides to market herself through her brother’s network and get an open spot on “Dancing with the Stars.” Can she do it and get a life of her own?
When Caroline Paul’s cat disappeared, it was the lowest of lows. She was recovering from an accident and she and her partner mourned the loss. Weeks later Tibia reappeared and they were ecstatic. But where had she been? Caroline decided to find out and used GPS, cat cameras, psychics, along with other means to find out in this loving story. Don’t miss “Lost Cat,” a true story.
John Douglas is a seasoned FBI investigator specializing in criminal profiling. In “Law & Disorder” he discusses the criminal justice system and crimes of murder. He writes about some of his most challenging cases and previous criminals he has interviewed which include Charles Manson, James Earl Ray, David Berkowitz, etc. Douglas also talks about cases where justice was delayed or denied. This detailed study shows how this master investigator’s pursuit of justice has landed him at the top of his field.
Neurosurgeon Ali O’Day has just begun surgery to implant a minicomputer into the brain of a blind boy to enable him to see when the hospital pagers announce that a bomb has been found in the medical center. Police and investigators race to stop any danger as the boy hovers between life and death. Ali intends to outsmart this bomber in the novel “Code White” by Scott Cunningham, but can she?
Recent books donated to the library from the Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Foundation are:
“Yummy!: Good Food Makes Me Strong” by Shelley Rotner helps children make healthy choices in food from the time they are young.
Zoom at 200 mph in this fun stock car racing book “Speed” by Nathan Clement. You’ll feel just like you are in the stands as the cars speed by.
Maisy can’t wait for swimming lessons and you’ll want to watch as she learns. “Maisy Learns to Swim” by Lucy Cousins also features all her friends as they learn the basics together.
“Big Cats” by Claire Llewellyn looks at lions, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars and others in the big cat family. Photographs make the animals look real enough to leap off the pages into your room. Fascinating facts about the animals are included.
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.
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 www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.