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Library Corner

February 17, 2014

Library work is just another brick in the wall

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 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.

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