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Movies based on books are never as good as the book….most of the time. One of the exceptions is “To Kill a Mockingbird” which was so well cast and so atmospheric that it will always be a favorite of mine.

While the weather is cold and grey, I like to take myself to different countries through books. “The German House” by Annette Hess is set during the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials.

The Huntington Memorial Library will present an afternoon with Thomas Travisano at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 24 Market St. in Oneonta at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

The first part of a list of the favorite books read in 2019 by the staff at Huntington Memorial Library ran last Monday. This is the completion of that list.  

The following is the first installment of what the staff at Huntington Memorial Library consider to be their favorites reads of 2019.

The busyness of December may take you away from your regular reading habit so take note of a few of these new releases so you can catch up when the holiday rush ends.

The library can now notify its patrons by email and text message. If your accounts was established before you had a cell phone or an email account, let the clerks know and we’ll perform an information update in the automated system.

I’m thrilled that books by two local authors are being considered for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize. Both authors are well-known in our community and now is the time for them to receive recognition across the country.

LibraryReads is a monthly newsletter with a list of books that librarians across the country select as their favorites. You can have an email delivered directly to your inbox with the latest list. The LibraryReads newsletter is one of many book genre newsletters to which you can subscribe on…

Help us illuminate Huntington Park with the warm glow of jack-o-lanterns this Halloween. Enter one of our carving contests, or just display your amazing pumpkin for all of downtown Oneonta’s trick-or-treaters to see. When the sun goes down, take a stroll through the park, admire everyone’s h…

The newly released books on nature and science this month are about wide-reaching topics from the neuroscience of gender to the history of seven rare and expensive natural objects.

As the days shorten, I find myself craving a warm fire and a good book. If you’re like me, you’ll be happy to hear that the latest batch of new releases has something for everyone.

We are a tech-based society yet 31 million adults in our country don’t have access to the internet at home according to Elizabeth Lindsey of Byte Back.

Library patrons had two rich and probing discussions about “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar as part of SUNY Oneonta’s Common Read. This is the third year that HML has participated in the program and the first year that a book of fiction was selected. It is also a script and is the first one that I…

Fall is finally here and that means our “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program has come to an end. You may think it ended with our Summer Reading Awards Party, but soon after, I began to compile the statistics for our Summer Reading Report. For me, the report is what truly marks the en…

The farthest thing from my mind is the upcoming NFL season. I want the nice weather to last for a few more months and the garden to continue to call my name. But as I reluctantly allow thoughts of shortening days, with cool then bitterly cold temperatures, it’s easy to think about the books …

Another successful Minecraft Camp is in the books at Huntington Memorial Library. It was held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays from July 6 to Aug. 10, for youths age 8 to 13.

Author Kelly Bowen has won her third consecutive RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America for her book “A Duke in the Night,” part 1 in the Devils of Dover series. In 2018 she won for “Between the Devil and the Duke” and in 2017, her book “A Duke to Remember” won the prize.

As summer comes to a close at the library, it’s good to reflect on the array of enriching activities that took place. Numerous story times engaged children, programs enriched their minds, hundreds of books were read and many prize books were taken home. The program finale was an awards party…

The movie based on the book, “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple makes it to the big screen Friday, Aug. 9. If you missed this book that was released in 2012, I recommend you check it out from the library. As excited as I am to see this movie, I can easily predict that the book will …

This week there is so much to do at the library! Tonight, the ScienceTellers are bringing their Aliens: Escape from Earth program to the library at 6 p.m. They start with an amazing intergalactic story then use science experiments to bring the story to life with volunteers from the audience.…

Audiobook listening is on the rise. The Audio Publishers Association, a not-for-profit trade association, advocates the common, collective business interests of audio publishers. APA serves as a networking, educational and information forum for its members. It delivers programs, services and…

July is International Zine Month! But what’s a zine, you might ask? A zine is a handmade, self-published little magazine made for passion, not profit. The independently published and underground magazines and fanzines are a medium that is growing in popularity in libraries. Zine culture has …

Ah, those lazy days of summer reading are upon us. There’s nothing better than a day spent in the garden, generously interrupted with a good book and a hammock. Since the Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, permission …

The New York State Education Department and New York State Library are partnering with 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide to launch the 2019 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced. The free, annual program gives children th…

The Armchair Travel Newsletter is one of my favorite NextReads Newsletters. It’s a great way to hear about books that can take you to places you’ve never been before and that save you the trouble of getting the vaccinations and losing your luggage. This is the last year that we’ll offer the …

After returning from a workshop on the benefits of nature given by a former co-worker and previous director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, it inspired me to consider more outdoor programs as we work to enhance Huntington Park in the coming years. In the meantime, the library has much to offer t…

Last year the New York Public Library posted a blog called WWGRRMR: What Would George R.R. Martin Read? Martin said that if you like “Game of Thrones,” try “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Watership Down” by Richard Adams, “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White, “Lord of Light” …

As the first day of May approaches, I have already started thinking about excellent beach-reads. It occurred to me though, that one person’s beach-read may not another’s, so my recommendations are more wide-ranging than usual.

The popular Escape Room will return to HML during multiple time slots on Saturday, April 27. This time, the theme is Game of Thrones, in celebration of the launch of final season of the American fantasy drama television series created for HBO.

Across New York State, libraries will be hosting a community-wide program based on the book “Drawdown,” edited by Paul Hawkins. “Drawdown” was the bestselling environmental book of 2017 and offers the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. The book launched Project …

The United Kingdom’s prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction finalists have been announced. You may question the need for yet another book prize unless you noticed that the Booker Prize shortlist in 1991 included no women at all. In 1992, a diverse group of journalists, reviewers, agents, publ…

Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect book but this winter, I got lucky. New York Times bestseller “Circe” by Madeline Miller is the retelling of the life of the goddess who played a role in Homer’s Odyssey. The daughter of the sun god Helios, Circe didn’t have the power of the gods nor th…

February is Library Lovers Month. I sorely wish that we were open and available to you. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be closed another week and will tentatively reopen on Saturday, Feb. 16. We’ll keep you updated on the website and Facebook.

Publishers Weekly reported that book sales went up 1.3 percent in 2018 but as with all statistics, it takes a deeper look to gain a real understanding of the numbers. Book sales have been trending upward since 2013 but interestingly, adult fiction sales dropped by 4.6 percent last year.

As you read this, the library will have completed week 1 of the first phase of its construction project. I thank you for your patience as we work through the process. Some of you have asked if the library staff will be working or if they’ve been furloughed during the days that we’re closed. …

You’ve probably heard of Melvil Dewey, because most American libraries use the Dewey Decimal System to catalog nonfiction books. Dewey was born in Adams Center, New York, and most of his impact on the library world was accomplished while living in our state. He is also noteworthy because he …

The year 2019 promises to be a busy one at HML. The library is the lucky recipient of funding from New York State to improve Huntington Park. The planning will begin in the next few months. Last year, a significant amount of time was spent working with Templeton Landscape Architecture and Pl…

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ONEONTA - Betty T. Jones, 93, passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Oneonta. She was born on April 30, 1926, in Albany, the daughter of Sherwill Sheffield and Helen (Mann) Tompkins. She graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1943. Betty lived in Gr…

EAST MEREDITH - Wanda B. Dibble, 92, formerly of East Meredith, passed away at Chestnut Park Nursing Home, Oneonta on Jan. 19, 2020, where she had been residing since April 2018. Wanda was born on Sept. 2, 1927, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Arthur H. and Maude (Stoutenburg) Smith. Wa…

DELHI - Pamela C. Barkalow passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Pam was born Aug. 25, 1961, in Delhi to Donald W. and Elsie A. Cobbe. She graduated from Delaware Academy and SUNY Cobleskill. Pam married Fred William Barkalow on Sept. 21, 1985, in Delhi at…