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September 20, 2012

Library Corner: Statistics of summer reading

The Daily Star

---- — Summer was very busy with all the children’s programs and contests at Huntington and we thought you would enjoy seeing some of the statistics. We held 133 programs for children of all ages with a total of 2,261 attending. Our summer reading book club for pre-readers, readers and teens had 155 participants and they read a 4,580 books. That’s a lot of reading!

It was a fun summer and the children really made our days. They entertained us with their stories, and told us if they loved or hated books, and entered our many contests. We loved it. It’s hard to believe that the summer has ended already.

Children can still enjoy reading this fall and here are some new book choices:

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m bored” in your household. Wait until you see the little girl who announces she’s bored in Michael Black’s

“I’m Bored.”

She is bored, bored, bored and when she tells a potato that, the action really starts, because the potato is even more bored than our main character. You’ll never make it through this book without laughing aloud — great fun for all.

Frog is in the forest when he falls into a deep hole. So does Mouse, then Loris, followed by Bear and several other animals. They need help getting out, but when Tiger is the next to appear, they know he’s looking for a meal even though he says he’ll “help” them out. What will the animals do? Find out in

“Oh, No!

” by Candace Fleming.

“Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs”

by Mo Willems is not your run of the mill Goldilocks story, especially when Mo Willems tells it. Goldilocks visits the home of three dinosaurs who are not setting a trap for a young girl. There are three bowls of chocolate pudding that they did not put out to trap a little girl. When Goldilocks comes along, they dinosaurs were not eagerly anticipating the bounty, or were they?

“Henry Goes Skating”

is for beginning readers, authored by B. B. Bourne. The ground is snow covered when Henry wakes up and he can’t wait to spend the day outdoors building a snowman and ice skating. He sees all kinds of winter activity and kids will want to hurry winter along so they can do many of the same things.


“The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook”

contains recipes from France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, the Middle East and north African countries. Slow cooking brings out the flavor in so many dishes, and these recipes provide a multitude of flavors. Basics from your pantry along with others from the market can cook all day and at dinner time you’ll have a savory meal. Meat and vegetarian options are included.

Helen is a recovering alcoholic and has to face the consequences for murder. She has killed someone, but has literally gotten away with murder. She wants to come clean in

“The Ninth Step,”

a novel by Grant Jenkins. She thought she’d start by meeting the husband of the deceased woman, but their meeting starts with a lie. As they become involved, it gets harder to tell him the truth. There comes a day when she receives an anonymous note asking if he knows she’s killed his wife. This puts Helen into a panic and the reader wonders just what she’ll do, now that someone else knows her secret.



If you have any 2012 copies of the magazine Scientific American that you would be willing to donate to the library, we would be glad to have them. They can be dropped off at the front desk.

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.

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