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Friends of the Library book sale set for Aug. 13-14

Next weekend is a very special one for book lovers, as the annual Friends of the Library book sale is being be held Aug. 13-14. The annual meeting, potluck and advance sale to members takes place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The public book sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both events take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The ladies of the Women’s Civic Club also plan a bake sale on Saturday, with cookies, brownies and muffins available for your eating pleasure.

New members will be warmly welcomed Friday evening and you may pay your dues at the door. Memberships are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for a lifetime individual.

If you want to attend the annual meeting, please call the library at 264-2208 to let us know what you are bringing to the potluck. After eating and a very short meeting, you get first dibs on the books on sale. On Saturday, books go on sale to the general public.

About 5,000 books will be available from many genres including cookbooks, mysteries, children’s, collectibles, science fiction, Native American, religious/spiritual, westerns, history and home improvement. The Friends also will have the Reading Woman note cards, postcards and journals for sale, as well as book bags and bookmarks showcasing local scenery and events.

The Friends of the Library organization’s annual book sale is a bonanza for book lovers and library patrons. The library raises money for new books by selling those no longer needed and you can add books to your personal library at very low prices. A perfect win-win situation!

If you would like to join this great group, please contact Donna Geiger, president of the Friends, at 731-4023.

Bonsai workshop

Gardeners will want to save the date of Thursday, August 12 for a free bonsai workshop at the library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The bonsai program will be led by Pat Mitchell, who did a popular bonsai workshop last September. She’ll show you how to turn a store-bought plant into a work of botanical art.

Books on CD

Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Objective” by Eric Van Lustbader is the latest in the Jason Bourne series. “The Spy” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the series featuring Detective Isaac Bell.

New novels

“The Cookbook Collector” by Allegra Goodman, named one of the “Best summer reads” by Ladies’ Home Journal, weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare book collecting in the days of the dot-com bubble. “Voices From The Street” is the first novel ever written by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, never before published. “Captive Queen” by Alison Weir is an historical novel exploring the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

“Corduroy Mansions” is a new series by Alexander McCall Smith set in London and featuring an incredibly clever dog.

“Fly Away Home” by Jennifer Weiner explores the lives of a mother and her two daughters coming together after her husband’s affair becomes public.

“The Island” by Elin Hildebrand looks at what happens when sisters, daughters, ex-lovers and secrets come together on a remote island. “The Search” by Nora Roberts in a new romance set in the Pacific Northwest.

Pre-teens and teens

“Countdown” by Deborah Wiles is a novel for youth aged 9-13 about a young girl living in the early 1960s. For teens we have five new vampire and fantasy books: “The White Darkness” by Geraldine McCaughrean, “Sovay” by Cella Rees, “Stolen” by Lucy Christopher, “Infinity” by Sherrilyn Kenyon and “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead. We also have “Big Mouth and Ugly Girl” by Joyce Carol Oates, “Defining Dulcie” by Paul Acampora, “Getting The Girl” by Markus Zusak and “Catalyst” by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Faithful Place” by Tanya French is the third novel in the Dublin Murder Squad series. “The Prophecy” by Chris Kuzneski is a thriller reuniting former Special Forces operatives Jonathon Payne and David Jones. “Damaged” by Alex Kava is a thriller featuring FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell. “The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree” by Susan Wittig Albert is a new mystery series featuring the ladies in a garden club. “Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens is the story of a 32-year-old woman abducted.

“Rules of Betrayal” by Christopher Reich is a mystery in the series featuring Jonathan Ransom of Doctors Without Borders. “The Bone Fire” by Christine Barber is a mystery set in Santa Fe. “As Husbands Go” by Susan Isaacs explores the aftermath of a mysterious sleazy death of a man who seemingly had everything and led a pure life. “The Whisperers” by John Connolly is a thriller featuring PI Charlie Parker set in the Great North Woods between Maine and Canada. “The Glass Rainbow” by James Lee Burke is the latest in the series featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. “Live To Tell” by Lisa Gardner is a suspense novel tying three apparently unconnected women together amid stunning secrets.

Quotable quote

“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.” — First Lady and former librarian Laura Bush

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Mark Golde, April Holthaus, Joan Jessen, Pat Kochheiser, David Minor, Kathleen Peters Pulciani, Allen Saltzstein, Sachiko Stallman, Michelle Turolla and Natalie Day Tyson.


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