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Library Corner

July 29, 2011

Place a hold on library items from comfort of your home

The library's online card catalog allows you to place your own reserves on materials. Many of our borrowers already do this, but if you don't, it's easy to learn how. You'll need your library card and PIN handy. Search for the material you need at and when you find it, you can click on "place hold" to start the process. Using your library card number and PIN, along with choosing where you want to pick it up, are easy steps for reserving.

Questions? Need to know your PIN? We are glad to show you how to place your own holds and help you with PINs _ just ask us the next time you visit the library.

Summer Reading

"Under Fire," a novel by Margaret McLean, is a legal thriller involving corruption in a governor's office, a casino project set to wipe out residential neighborhoods, and prejudice against an immigrant accused of arson and murder. A Boston firefighter is killed while rescuing people from a burning building. Lawyers Sarah Lynch and Buddy Clancy represent the accused, and he is by far their most unpopular client and it isn't long before they face extreme prejudice both from the public and the jury, evidence destruction and more.

Oceanographer Cordelia Stapleton is presented an award on behalf of her great-great-grandfather in "The Explorer's Code," a novel by Kitty Pilgrim. He was a famous polar explorer, and during the ceremony, Cordelia is presented with his journal from 1908. She then learns she is heir to land in Norway where the global seed vault sits. Clues as to where the deed is hidden may be hidden in the journal, but before she has a chance to read it, it is stolen from her. She begins receiving threatening emails and her life is in danger. She teams up with John Sinclair, presenter of the award, and together they seek the journal and the deed in this fast-paced novel.

Joe Kozmarski works the late shift security detail at a luxury condominium in Chicago. He encounters a set of burglars one evening who have arrived in a police cruiser and are dressed in uniform. During the struggle, Joe shoots and kills one of the crooked cops in the novel "A Bad Night's Sleep" by Michael Wiley. Going undercover, he joins the burglars where he quickly has to decide which ones want him dead and which ones want to keep him alive.

"Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman" is by Louis Ferrante. A former mobster for the Gambino family, he pulled off some of the biggest heists in U.S. history. After serving jail time, Ferrante went straight. He realized Mob members were also very good businessmen, and in his book, he discusses 88 Mafia strategies that can be effectively applied to good business practices. For example: walls have ears _ don't badmouth the boss; phones may be tapped _ watch what you say every day; play the fence and you'll fall off _ don't be a back stabber as it will come back to haunt you. The book is full of sound advice that can also be used in daily life.

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