Reference USA database available free on new library Web site

A Reference USA database which the Wall Street Journal called a “powerful marketing research tool” is now available for free to Sisson Library patrons on our new Web site.

The database contains information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses and households, coupled with census data and lifestyle information. It provides helpful data for job seekers sending out resumes, entrepreneurs searching for business opportunities and suppliers, students researching and beginning new careers, consumers locating out-of-town companies or health-care providers, and anyone who wants to read annual reports and conduct marketing research.

To access this database, go to the library’s Web site at On the left bar on the home page, click on Online Research. Scroll down to Reference USA. This is a restricted area so you will have to enter your library bar code and password.

Book bargains

We are having a clearance sale of our used books. All soft cover (paperback and trade) books are 25 cents each or five for $1. All hardbacks are 50 cents each or three for $1. Children’s books are 10 cents each or a baker’s dozen (13) for $1. Take advantage of these low prices to expand your personal library and buy treasures for your youngsters.

New novels

“Confessions of a Jane Austin Addict” by Laurie Viera Rigler tells of a young L.A. woman who wakes up to find herself in Regency England. “The Visible World” by Mark Slouka is about a son’s attempt to understand his mother’s past in central Europe.

“Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is about two young sisters struggling toward adulthood. “The Story of Forgetting” by Stefan Merrill Block describes a Texan family dealing with Alzheimer’s. “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery features a dour concierge at an elegant Paris hotel, a super smart 12 year old and a wealthy Japanese man.

New series

Sharon Hinck has a new Sword of Lyric fantasy series, and we have the first three books: “The Restorer,” “The Restorer’s Son” and “The Restorer’s Journey.” We also just got the last two books in Roxanne St. Claire’s Bullet Catch romantic suspense trilogy — “Then You Hide” and “Now You Die.” The first book in the trilogy is already on our shelves.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Your Heart Belongs to Me” by Dean Koontz features a 34-year-old Internet entrepreneur waiting for a heart transplant.

“The Charlemagne Pursuit” by Steve Berry chronicles the pursuit by two families of the truth behind the loss of a secret nuclear submarine.

“Burn Out” by Marcia Muller is another in the series featuring San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone, this one set in the isolated desert of California and Nevada.

“Fidel’s Last Days” by Rolano Merullo is a political thriller featuring former CIA agent Carolina Perez.

“2666” by Roberto Bulano, about three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author, has been called “not just the greatest Spanish-language novel of this decade, but one of the cornerstones that define an entire literature.”

Shorter offerings

“The Uncommon Reader” is a novella by English author Alan Bennett tells what happens when the Queen starts reading a wide variety of books. “The Red Convertible” contains a collection of selected magazine articles and new unpublished short stories by Louise Erdrich. “The Shawl” contains a novella and a short story, both featuring the same woman 30 years apart, by prize-winning Jewish author Cynthia Ozick.

Young children’s books

We have 10 new books that are written for parents and grandparents to read to their youngsters: “Arthur Helps Out” and “Arthur and the Big Snow” by Marc Brown, “Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie” by Edna Lewis, “Thomas The Really Useful Engine” from the Thomas and Friends series, “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” by Laura Numeroff, “The Big Itch” about Clifford the Dog, “The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers by Stan and Jan Barenstain, “The Mouse, the Cat, and Grandmother’s Hat” by Nancy Willard, “Clockwise: A Time-Telling Tale” by Sara Pinto and “Dot in Larryland” by Patricia Marx. All these books have wonderful illustrations.

Books for pre-teens

We have eight new books written for students in the third through seventh grades. Novels include “Go Big or Go Home” by Will Hobbs, “The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom” by Bettye Stroud and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw” by Jeff Kinney. Non-fiction books include “The World Almanac for Kids: 2009,” “Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy, “Save the Earth Science Experiments” by Elizabeth Snoke Harris, “Rodeo Bull Riders” from the All About the Rodeo series, and “One Well: The Story of Water on Earth” by Rochelle Strauss.

Books for teens

We have five new books for seventh graders and older. Novels include “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson and “3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows” by Ann Brashares.

Non-fiction books include “Survival” by Les Stroud, “Long Walk to Freedom” by South African president Nelson Mandela, and “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio.

Quotable quote

“It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can.” — Contemporary American novelist Jane Hamilton.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for generous donations from John Hanna and Rowan Emrys, and from Gil and Lenore Bright in memory of Anna Marie Lucero. Also, LaVerne Scott donated two Hank the Cowdog books in memory of Robert Wilson.

For books and materials this week we thank Karen Cook, Bobbi Coppenger, Scottie Gibson, Kiu Ha, Guiseppe Margiotta, Robert McClatshie, Mosetta McInnis, Anna O’Reilly, Don Papierniak, Helen Richardson, Darien Roseen, Anna Royer and Annette Uehling.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs, please visit our new Web site at Also, don’t forget you can reserve books, including interlibrary loans, from your computer at home via the Web site.