The Daily Star
---- — It was good to work at the Huntington Library during National Library Week. The Friends of the Library placed a basket in the library with slips of paper for our patrons to write thank you notes. I’ve been reading the notes this week and it’s very gratifying to see that we have such an impact on the lives of our community. Here’s a sample of my favorite notes:
• Thank you for promoting learning and community in our area.
• Thank you! True librarians are some of society’s best unsung heroes!
• Thank you for a great job of friendly staff, a nice variety of books, great place to get information and a great family history center with several books on family trees.
• Thank you for your patience. (We received a few with this comment)
• Thank you for your help especially with the computers. (We received a few with this comment too)
• Thank you for always smiling and helping!
• We received many that thanked us for kind and gracious assistance, for being hard-working, and for doing a good job.
• Several notes thanked us for being a special group in a special place and for creating a quiet, welcoming and peaceful space.
• Most of the notes in children’s handwriting thanked us for letting them check out books.
• My favorite note says thank you all for being authentic, courageous, aware and compassionate, firm and easy-going (as needed) and being good role models.
ADULT FICTION BEST-SELLERS
This week there are four new books on the bestseller list. “Carnal Curiosity,” “In Paradise,” “Keep Quiet,” and “Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover.”
“Carnal Curiosity” is another book in the Stone Barrington series by best-selling, suspense author Stuart Woods. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “In Paradise,” by Peter Matthiessen, is a profoundly searching new novel by a writer of incomparable range, power and achievement. The story is set in a former concentration camp where a diverse group of people meet for a weeklong retreat while eating and sleeping in the former quarters of the Nazi officers. “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline did not receive positive reviews from Kirkus or Huffington Post but that won’t keep true Scottoline fans from reading her latest mystery. “Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover” by Ann B. Ross is one of more than a dozen in the Miss Julia series. If you’re looking for a gentle read, this series is for you. Miss Julia is an elderly widow living in North Carolina who has more than her share of adventures.
There are quite a few books that hit the nonfiction best-seller list this week, but I’m going to highlight my favorites. “The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan is a posthumously-published work by a 22-year-old prodigy. It’s a collection of her essays and stories that prove that she would become a successful writer. It’s a tribute to the college years and demonstrates the hope, uncertainty and the possibility of her generation. And just for fun, read Rob Lowe’s latest book titled “Love Life.” It’s filled with stories of his life and the actors he’s worked with.
Master Fly Tyer Dave Brandt will discuss the history of fly fishing in the Greater Catskill area from 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, Catskill Fly Fishing. Come enjoy stories about fishing in the Catskills and learn about fly tyers, fly rods, and all things fly fishing. Dave Brandt teaches fly fishing at the State University College at Oneonta and has been an instructor for the past 28 years at the Wulff Fishing School. He is a well-known and respected Catskill area fly fisherman. Visit the library’s display of fly fishing to get a taste of Dave’s expertise.
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 www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.