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Library Corner

March 17, 2014

Get lost or get away in a good book

Spring may be coming this week but I predict we’re in for more days of tucking in with a good book in our most comfortable chair while covered in warm blankets. Read while you can before the good weather calls you outside. 

Lately I’ve been looking at the most popular sections in our nonfiction collection. Of the nine broad categories of the Dewey Decimal System, it seems that the Oneonta community reads the most in the 600s classification. These books are focused on technology and the applied sciences. This section includes medical science, agriculture and home economics/family living. 

The second most popular classification is the 700s. Books in this section are broadly called the Arts and include civic and landscape art, architecture, drawing/decorative arts and recreational/performing arts. 

When purchasing books for our collection, I rely heavily on popular demand and fill in the gaps to create a well-balanced library. Remember to send us your book requests by completing a form on our website or picking up a print form at the library.

If you’re planning a vacation, look to books to help you along. We’ve added some new travel guides to our collection by Rick Steves and Lonely Planet that are geared to the budget-minded traveler. While you’re planning, it’s also fun to read classic fiction that’s set in the location you’re going to visit. If you’re headed to Spain, read “Don Quixote” by Miguel De Cervantes.

One trip that I would love to take is to the Borgo Pass in Romania. It’s here that Dracula’s fortress is said to be found. For the true adventure-minded, read Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” before taking your river trip up the Congo River. Some of you might want to take this trip from the comfort of your armchair, but I’m willing to go if someone organizes the trip. 

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