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June 21, 2012

New email notification service available

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We have a new email notification service available to all of our patrons, effective immediately. By giving us your email address, you will be notified two days before your materials are due to be returned.

This can help remind you to gather up your items and get them back to the library on time. We will also send you email notices when books and other materials you've placed on hold become available. Also, as part of this service, you will know when materials become overdue, so that you can bring them back quickly and not have fines accumulate. This service is very popular at other libraries in the Four County Library System, and we are glad to be able to offer it to anyone who has a card at Huntington Memorial Library.

If you haven't already given us your email address, we'll be glad to add this to your account. Just bring photo identification and your Huntington Memorial Library card and we'll get you set up right away.

Summer Reading

"The Green Shore" is Natalie Bakopoulos' first novel and it is set in Athens and Paris during the 1967 military coup d'etat in Greece. You'll follow one family as they live through this period in their personal and political lives. Eleni is widowed doctor, her brother Nihalis a well known poet. Eleni's daughter Sophie and her boyfriend are involved in the resistance, while Eleni's youngest daughter watches the government drama with great anxiety. You'll be caught up in this family saga.

Starvation Lake is a small town plagued by mysterious break-ins in "The Skeleton Box," a novel by Bryan Gruley. Curiously, these break-ins are occurring on the weekly bingo night at the church, but nothing is taken. Whoever is doing this just looks through the financial and personal files of the individuals. One night, however, a break-in turns into murder and a body is found in another person's home. It's a mystery that will take a lot of sleuthing to find the perpetrator.

For those who have problems with back pain, take a look at "End Back Pain Forever" by Dr. Norman Marcus. As a back pain specialist, he estimates that 75 percent of cases can be cured by simply treating the muscles, not by surgery or drugs. In his book, you'll learn methods of preventing injury as well as nearly two dozen exercises to end back pain. Line drawings show the correct positions for the exercises.

"Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes" by Dr. Michelle May contains an eating program for those with pre-diabetes or diabetes. After you are first diagnosed, you may feel overwhelmed with all the changes and monitoring you have to do. Using this book will make things easier. You don't have to give up everything you've eaten in the past; you can learn how to understand and make the changes that will keep you healthy. Examples and strategies are provided to get you on track to a new lifestyle quickly.

Children's Books

Aiden is tired and all he wants to do is take a nap. But there is noise everywhere inside his house and out. It's noisy at the library, noisy at the park, noisy no matter where he goes. Find out if he ever gets any quiet in "Can I Just Take a Nap?" by Ron Rauss.

"A Little Book of Slime" by Clint Twist is a photo panorama of bugs and plants that ooze slime. There are things in water, on land, in people, and more. All of the descriptions are accompanied by color photos that will delight youngsters who just can't get enough of gooey, drippy, oozy slime.

"Busy Builders" by Roxie Munro features eight tiny creatures who are builders. Learn about the homes they build. One builds a house that looks like cotton candy. Another has separate areas for their babies and trash, while yet another makes a house that looks like a big football. Fun to know about these creatures and what they build.

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.

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