Large-Print Donations

The Oneonta Lions Club recently donated funds to Huntington Memorial Library for purchase of large-print books. Large-print is very popular because the print it easier to read.

I can't tell you how many times people have commented on how grateful they are to have large-print because their "tired old eyes" are just finding the small print in regular books to difficult to follow.

There have been several newspaper and magazine articles to the same effect.

One particularly notable one was written by a gentleman who had always scoffed at large-print and people who read large-print. One day when he went to the library, a particular book he was looking for was not available in regular-sized print, but was on the shelf in large print. Because he needed the book right away, he decided to go with the large-print. Upon reading it, he discovered what others had been saying, that large-print was "easy on the eyes." A convert was born and he now makes large print his first choice.

If you haven't tried large-print, or are looking for something new, try these new titles, all compliments of the Oneonta Lion's Club. A big thank you to the club.

Rita Mae Brown, "A Nose for Justice"

Tana French, "Faithful Place"

Meg Gardiner, "The Liar's Lullaby"

Susan Isaacs, "As Husbands Go"

Iris Johansen, "Shadow Zone"

Laura Lippman, "I'd Know You Anywhere"

Robert B. Parker, "Painted Ladies"

Louise Penny, "Bury Your Dead"

Ruth Rendell, "Portobello"

Jennifer Weiner, "Fly Away Home"

Alison Weir, "Captive Queen"

Fall Reading

The holidays are fast approaching and many of us will be baking up a storm. You won't want to miss looking at "The Gourmet Cookie Book."

This book contains the single best recipe from each year of the magazine spanning 1941 to 2009. Not only are there some fabulous recipes, but the book also gives us a slice of American life and our tastes in cookies over time.

Katherine Ellison writes a moving true story about herself and her 12-year-old son in "Buzz." Both of them were diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder at the same time. Things were so difficult she was faced with three choices. One, he'd go to boarding school. Two, she'd go AWOL. Or three, they would work on their problem together. They chose three and the results are here. Funny, honest and absorbing.

Casey Anderson tells of his life with Brutus the bear and the grizzlies of North America in "The Story of Brutus." Anderson is the host of National Geographic's "Expedition Wild." In 2002, he met a 1-month-old bear cub in a wildlife preserve and thought he looked like a "fuzzy Twinkie." The bear would either be euthanized or remain in captivity and Anderson could not let that happen. He built the Montana Grizzly Encounter for Brutus and other bears like him so they could grow up being bears. Follow along as they swim, play, wrestle and live in an area where they are protected.

James Keene had everything going for him as he was growing up. When he made a few mistakes, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison with no parole. Having served less than a year, he was approached by an assistant U.S. Attorney who offered him a chance of getting out in return for a favor. He was asked to go to a high security prison and befriend Larry Hall, who was believed to be a serial killer. If James could get him to confess, the attorney would try to get the court to set him free. Find out what he did in this true story called "In with the Devil."

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 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.

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