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Wide variety of free programs for youngsters

Sometimes it seems that we concentrate so much on publicity for special events at the library that we may take for granted the ongoing children’s programs that are so vital to promoting literacy and introducing our youngsters to a love of reading at an early age.

Luckily for our community, youth services librarian Kristine MacNeill has put together a wonderful selection of regular free programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Most Monday mornings from 10-10:30 a.m. is Baby and Toddler time — storytime especially for our littlest patrons aged six months to three years. For a half an hour, you and your child will enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays as you learn easy tips for how to include literacy skills in your everyday family life.

Wednesday mornings from 10–10:45 a.m. is Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids (3-5 years) and their families. Every session has a different theme to develop early literacy skills while having fun. You and your child will enjoy stories, music and a craft.

Pick up the schedule for March at the library and put it on your fridge so that you and your youngsters can take advantage of these fun reading times.


New e-books purchased exclusively for Sisson library patrons include “Defending Jacob,” a thriller by William Landay; “Elizabeth the Queen,” a biography by Sally Bedell Smith and “The Sweetest Thing,” a romance by Barbara Freethy. If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27, 2011, Library News column, which you can find on our website by clicking on the News & Events box in the left column of the home page.

Books on CD

“Vigilante” by Stephen J. Cannell follows a reality TV show host who likes to solve crimes before the LAPD can do it. “Explosive Eighteen” by Janet Evanovich is thte latest in the Stephanie Plum mystery series. “Sonoma Rose” by Jennifer Chiaverini is the latest in the Elm Creek Quilts series.

New novels

“Valley of Dreams” by Lauraine Snelling is book one of the new Wild West Wind series. “The Fear Index” by Robert Harris tells of a Geneva-based hedge fund billionaire who can secretly predict movements in the financial markets until his elaborate security is breached. “Touch of Power” by Maria V. Snyder follows a healer who surprisingly finds her gifts valued by her kidnappers. “Country of the Bad Wolfes” by James Carlos Blake is a three-generation saga centering on two sets of identical twins, ranging from New England to the heart of Mexico. “Home Front” by Kristin Hannah follows a woman who goes to war, and her defense attorney husband left at home to care for their two daughters. “The Story of a Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon is a love story featuring two disabled adults and their lost child. “The Bride’s House” by Sandra Dallas follows three generations of women beginning in 1880. “Girl Reading” by Katie Ward goes behind the creation of seven portraits of females reading by seven different artists. “Until the Next Time” by Kevin Fox tells of a journal of a man who fled New York City for Ireland that changes the life of his 21-year-old nephew.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson follows a young man’s journey through the spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. “The Chalk Girl” by Carol O’Connell is the latest in the NYDP crime series featuring Mallory. “The Silence” by J. Sidney Jones is an historical mystery set in Vienna in 1900. “Boston Cream” by Howard Shrier is the latest in the Jonah Geller mystery series, this one involving illegal organ transplants in Boston. “Behind the Walls” by Merry Jones is the latest in the mystery series featuring Iraq war veteran Harper Jennings. “Catch Me” by Lisa Gardner is the latest in the mystery series featuring Detective D.D. Warren. “A Lesson in Secrets” by Jacqueline Winspear features British secret service agent Maisie Dobbs.

How-to: Getting a job

“Step-by-Step Resumes/second edition” and its related CD-ROM by career coach Evelyn U. Salvador shows you how to build an outstanding resume in 10 easy steps.

“The Essential Phone Interview Handbook” by Paul J. Bailo teaches you essential phone skills to impress potential employers and get you to the next step of an in-person interview. “Internet Your Way to a New Job/third edition” by Alison Doyle provides firsthand experiences and multiple resources including social networking sites to help you find a job on line.

Memoirs and biographies

“Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul” by John M. Barry explores church, state and the birth of liberty in America by following the life of Roger Williams, a pioneer in religious freedom. “American Sniper” by Navy Seal Chris Kyle is the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus” by military expert Paula Broadwell draws on exclusive interviews with the general, his officers and soldiers to tell the inside story of this commander’s development and leadership in war. “Fairy Tale Interrupted” by Rosemary Terenzio, a memoir by JFK Jr.’s secretary, is a moving tribute and insider’s picture of her friend and employer. “Bill Cosby: I Didn’t Ask To Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)” is a new collection of the comedian’s observations. “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling tells of the life of this comedy writer and actress.

Other nonfiction

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain uses research and stories of successful people to demonstrate how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America” by Mark R. Levin explores the transformation and clash between constitutionalism and utopianism. “Greedy Bastard$!” by Dylan Ratigan offers the author’s view of corrupt political and banking systems and what to do to save America from these powers.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank several donors, all of whom wanted to remain anonymous.

Quotable quote

“The very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You cannot blow an uncertain trumpet.” — Father Theodore Hesburgh, former president of Notre Dame University, born in May 1917.


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