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March 31, 2014

Poetry, dance to be focus at Huntington

The Daily Star

---- — Don’t miss the next Friends of the Library program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7. You’re sure to enjoy Rachel Stevenson’s program called “I Learned to Dance with Renoir.” Rachel has been writing since she was 6 years old and continues to write to this day. Although she’s now trying her hand at fiction and nonfiction, poetry has always been a favorite of hers. This will be a very interactive program with plenty of time to try your hand at “dancing with Renoir.”

Poetry in Motion will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 11. Registration is required for this fun movement workshop for 3- and 4-year-olds. Participants will use poetry, scarves, a parachute and music to inspire movement explorations based on words. Instructor Bhala Jones has an impressive history of dance instruction from working with the New York City Ballet and summer stock to managing her own dance company. Call the library at 432-1980 or stop by to register.


If you stop by the library this month, you’ll see that our Reference Section is changing. Print reference books are not the hallmark of a library reference program as they have been in the past. Far fewer patrons visit the library to search through a reference collection. In addition, reference books are the most expensive volumes that a library will purchase. Since our library makes adjustments to policies and services based on the needs of the community, we’ve decided to reduce our reference collection but expand our circulating nonfiction collection. That means that many of our classic reference books will now be available to check out with your library card. The books that will remain in our reference collection will be shelved on the second floor hallway. There are plenty of tables and chairs upstairs for your use.


New to the fiction bestseller list this week are “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman, “Moving Target” by J.A. Jance, “Like a Mighty Army” by David Weber, and “Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb.

“The Museum of Extraordinary Things” is written by the best-selling author of “The Dovekeepers.” It’s about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the 20th century. Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance and masterful storytelling in this tender story of young lives in tumultuous times. 

“Moving Target” is the ninth Ali Reynolds thriller written by Jance, a New York Times best-selling author . This story spans continents, solves a cold case murder and figures out who wants a young juvenile offender dead. Jance’s blog ( is an honest, fresh look at the life of an author of a certain age. I highly recommend it.

“Like a Mighty Army” is the seventh volume in the New York Times best-selling “Safehold” series. The series is set 2,000 years in the future when hyperspace travel has allowed humanity to colonize the far reaches of the universe. 

“Concealed in Death” is one of two books that will be published this year that are part of the “In Death” series. You may know that J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts are the same person but did you know that every one of the books published under either name between 1999 and 2009 made it to the New York Times best-seller list?


New this week to the best-sellers list are “Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits” by Kevin Roose and “One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brother Band” by Alan Paul. 

“One Way Out” is an instant New York Times best-seller about the Allman Brothers Band. It’s written with the band’s participation and filled with original, new interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. 

“Young Money” Is the story of eight young bankers working in financial firms after the financial crisis. The author shadowed them through 100-hour work weeks, drug fueled all-nighters, Harvard hedge funds, dating mixers, an Occupy protest and top-secret fraternity parties.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Monday. Her columns can be found online at