Huntington Memorial Library has copies of the final version of the City Charter, which is up for vote by city residents on Nov. 8. Frequently Asked Questions are also available. The charter hasn't been revised in decades and this is your chance to read a copy, and be informed so you can vote on Election Day. Don't miss your opportunity to make your voice heard by voting. Copies are on the display case as you enter the library.
You can also view the document online at http://www.oneonta.ny.us/pdf/charter�final�sept�11.pdf.
Hydraulic Fracturing Draft
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a revised draft of the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Impact Statement and it is available at the library for viewing. This document helps you understand the issues on horizontal drilling and high-volume fracturing that we are hearing and reading about daily. This report is also available online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html. The website also has fact sheets on the topic and you can learn how to submit comments and questions to the DEC. There are so many opinions being expressed, this document allows you to know exactly what is being proposed.
Do you have a new eBook device or want to try downloadable audiobooks and don't know how? Librarian Sarah Livingston is offering classes to help you learn about the library's Download Zone. You'll need to bring your laptop that can connect to a wireless Internet connection since this will be a hands-on workshop. Registration is required and you can do so in person or by calling us at 432-1980. Class times are as follows: 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29; 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5; and 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
Lately, there's been talk about eating locally by growing your own or purchasing at farmer's markets. "The Locavore's Kitchen" by Marilou Suszko covers that concept in detail. The author explains what to look for when shopping, how to store the goods, and even ways to prepare to bring out the best flavors. More than 200 recipes are included. You'll also get tips on canning, freezing and dehydrating.
You hold a dinner party and during the meal, one of the guests leaves the table and locks himself in an upstairs room, refusing to leave. That's the premise behind the novel "There But For The" by Ali Smith. Told from four different neighbors points of view, no one really knows the guest, Miles. What would you do if it happened to you? See if it matches what happens in this novel.
"Sanctus" by Simon Toyne is a debut novel. Taking place in modern-day Turkey, the world watches as a man climbs a cliff face to the Citadel where a group of secretive monks live. This simple act indicates a revolution and perhaps an end to the lives of the monks as they know it. The monks will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs, even if they have to break laws and commit murder to do it.
Suspense readers will want to take a look at "Children of Paranoia" by Trevor Shane. Joseph has been assassinating people since he turned 18, all for a cause he believes in, but doesn't understand. When one of his assignments goes wrong, he's sent away and must take on a really dangerous assignment. While there, he meets a girl and falls for her. He now has a purpose, but what will his superiors think when he doesn't carry out his mission?
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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 www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.