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March 1, 2012

It's a dusty world in here, out there

Daily Star

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Have you ever noticed how quickly surfaces in your house get dusty?

When the sun comes through the window at a certain angle, I am always shocked at how many dust particles fill the air. The bedroom seems to be the worst, because of all the bed blankets and clothes, which are being moved around in some fashion or another. The average six-room house typically accumulates 40 pounds of dust a year. That's a lot of dust. It comes from our skin, pets, furniture and is brought in from outdoors via our shoes, open doors and windows.

Did you know there's even several definitions for dust? One defines it as "dry, solid particles less than 0.0625 millimeters in diameter" making it even smaller than a grain of sand. The dust bunnies that you see rolling around are created by static electricity and most often are composed of hair and skin particles.

There are no end of devices and products to help you temporarily combat dust, but dust always wins in the end.

A few years ago, I had a very interesting reference question regarding dust. A lady called me and said she had thousands of books in her house and she wanted to know what kind of product to purchase to spray on her books to keep dust from settling on them.

She did not want any dust to gather on them and knew, just knew, there had to be a product on the market for books to keep dust from accumulating on them. I assured her there was no such thing, and the only recourse was to dust them, or even use her vacuum. She was not pleased with my answer, feeling sure I was keeping something secret. If only she knew how much time we spend dusting more than 55,000 books here at the library each year. Looking for a way to gain instant fame and fortune? Invent something that keeps dust at bay. It will save all of us years of time cleaning.

New Books

"Job Interviews for Dummies" by Joyce Kennedy helps new job-seekers and job-changers how to successfully get a job. The author gives hundreds of tips and some of those include how to dress, how to research the company, practicing your answers with a strong delivery, as well as different formats of interviews you may encounter. Also learn how to manage your social media presence to make a good impression.

Amanda Satterfield's daughter dies of cholera after her husband refuses to have her treated. He considers cholera a "slave disease" in "The Healing" by Jonathan Odell. Taking place in pre-Civil War South, Amanda adopts a newborn slave to raise on the family plantation and names her Granada, much to the chagrin of her husband and neighbors. Master Satterfield buys Polly Shine, a reputed healer, but it causes a great deal of unrest on the plantation. When Polly recognizes that same healing gift in Granada, a battle of wills ensues. Granada, still on the plantation 75 years later, has a powerful story to tell.

Jane and Willa are very close best friends, and share an apartment, clothes, groceries, and most people think they're sisters. When Willa's oldest friend Ben reappears in her life, he falls in love with Jane. Can the two remain best friends or will this be the end? Find out in the novel "Friends Like Us" by Lauren Fox.

Children's Board Books

Find out what Bunny loves in "The Things I Love About Bedtime" by Trace Moroney. Some of those include taking a bath, having mommy pretend she is a huggle monster, hearing daddy say "I love you," thinking about dreams, and so much more.

Follow Ladybug Girl loves to make friends everywhere she goes. They do so many different things too, as you'll see in "Ladybug Girl Makes Friends" by David Soman and Jacky Davis.

"Trains Go" by Steve Light is a long and skinny book just like a train and the words mimic the sounds of a train. Don't be surprised if your youngster wants to hear this again and again and even helps you "read" the story by making all the appropriate noises.

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