You probably already know that the library has become a popular venue for displaying art by our many talented local painters and sculptors. In addition, for the past nine months we have been displaying collections owned by our patrons, thanks to the Friends of the Library organization, which donated new display cases just inside the front door of the library.
One of the display cases has been set aside to show off special collections of creative people in our community. In honor of the Christmas season, this month’s display is a collection of angels owned by Diana Scott, 8, daughter of Bob and Lisa Scott.
Previous collections that have been enjoyed by library visitors include those from Betsy and Lorrie Carpino (DeSimone pottery from Sicily), Taylor McKee (photography), Lori Moseley from the Quilt Guild (miniature sewing machines), Sandy Howe from the Daughters of American Revolution (children’s constitutional books), Donna Carman from the Four Corners Miniatures Club (furniture, scenes, etc.), the Women’s Civic Club (materials from the Christmas bazaar) and Richard Wholf from the Model Railroad Club (trains).
If you are interested in displaying your treasures, please call Kathy Hamilton at the library at 264-2208. The display case is 3 feet long, 4 1/2 feet high and 10 inches deep. You don’t have to worry about security for your treasures because the whole thing locks.
High school artists
If you want to see some of the artwork of talented teens in grades nine through 12 at the high school, please visit the library to view “The World Different …” exhibition on display until Jan. 16. The works are in a variety of media including prints, drawings, paintings and collages. The artists are Rebekah Pepiton’s Art 1 students, and their output is very impressive.
Fuel economy guide
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have given our library two copies of the new 2009 Fuel Economy Guide, an annual publication featuring fuel economy data for new-model cars, SUVs and light trucks. You also can access this information at www.fueleconomy.gov.
For parents and grandparents to read to youngsters, we have “Bear Stays Up for Christmas” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, and “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe. For third through seventh grade readers, we have “Cole Family Christmas” by Jennifer Liu Bryan with Hazel Cole Kendle. For adults we have “The Purpose of Christmas” by Rick Warren.
“Dashing Through the Snow” is the latest Regan Reilly mystery by the popular mother-daughter writing team of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark.
“Arctic Drift” is the newest Dirk Pitt novel by the popular father-son writing team of Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler.
“Deadly Gift” by Heather Graham is a paranormal romance, book three of the Flynn Brothers trilogy.
“The Pagan Stone” by Nora Roberts is book three of the Sign of Seven trilogy.
“Leaving Whiskey Bend” by Dorothy Garlock is an historical western.
“Silver Bells” is a collection of four contemporary romance stories by Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross, Mary Burton and Judy Duarte.
Mysteries and thrillers
“Fleece Navidad” and” “Dyer Consequences” are two more mysteries by Maggie Sefton featuring the knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, with recipes and knitting patterns included. “Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter” by Nancy Atherton is a mystery set in the English countryside. “Ultimate Weapon” by Shannon McKenna is a romantic suspense story. “The Exile” by Allan Folsom is a global story featuring an LA policeman, his mute sister and a world-famous baroness. “Blood Trail” by C. J. Box is another in his popular Joe Pickett murder mysteries. “The Fourth Angel,” “Flash Over” and”“Fireplay” are three suspense novels by Suzanne Chazin, who writes about firefighters and their dangerous work.
“Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy” by Martin Lindstrom presents findings from a three-year, $7 million neuromarketing study involving 2,000 volunteers from around the world.
“The World of the Vikings” by Richard Hall tells of the Vikings from their origins in Scandinavia to their last settlements in 15th century Greenland.
“Discovery: Unearthing the New Treasures of Archaeology,” edited by Brian M. Fagan, reveals finds from the last 15 years that have changed the way we see our past.
“The Love Dove” is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love from the Christian Life: Love and Marriage series. “Multiple Blessings: Surviving and Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets” by Jon and Kate Gosselin with Beth Carson tells how the parents’ faith provided them strength and courage to handle the births of first their twins and then sextuplets. “Homeward Thy Heart” by Judith Pella is the fourth and last of the Christian fiction Daughters of Fortune series.
Fiction for teens
New books aimed at young adults in the seventh grade and older include “Alabama Moon” by Watt Key, “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman, “Paper Towns” by John Green, “Here Lies Arthur” by Philip Reeve, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne, plus all four books of the Temeraire fantasy adventure series by Naomi Novik.
“The Gate House” by Nelson DeMille returns to the author’s previous book’s Gold Coast of Long Island and the changing world of ultra-WASP John Sutter.
“The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga is an adventure story set in India.
“A Good Woman” by Danielle Steel is about a lady whose life changes dramatically after the sinking of the Titanic.
Thanks to our donors
We are grateful for a generous donation from the Mountain View Homemakers Club. For books and materials this week we thank Diane Bower, Scottie Gibson, LeeAnn Goebel, Valerie Goodwin, Kay Grams, Phyllis Haning, Kim Laverty, Gale Martinez, Heidi Martinez, Ron Monteferrante, Joan and Malcom Rodger, LeeAnn Skoglund and Lynne Stinchfield.