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Thanks to Liz Schnell and her bazaar bake sale team

When the Women’s Civic Club disbanded earlier this year, many library lovers were very concerned. What would happen to the annual holiday bazaar that has been such a popular tradition in our community and such an important fund-raising effort for the library for what would be 38 years this year?

Everyone was thrilled when the Mountain View Homemakers Club graciously took over the running of the bazaar, and library fans were delighted to learn that the bake sale would be organized by Liz Schnell and a committee who would donate all proceeds to the library. So, the bazaar went on to its usual great success on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The result? This year’s bake sale made $1,030 for the library. That’s a record — the previous high for bake sale proceeds was about $1,000 in 2004, according to Liz.

“We are hugely grateful to Liz and all these hardworking ladies for their efforts on our behalf,” said library director Jackie Welch.

Liz attributes the bake sale’s success to her team of about 20 ladies who baked the wide variety of delicious cakes, cookies, pies and breads available for sale and worked the booth all day. She especially recognized Mary Webb and Peggy Case as the type of volunteers who help so diligently with whatever tasks need to be accomplished.

More good news: Liz promises that she and her team will run the bazaar bake sale again next year to benefit the library. Local bakers should be aware that she’ll be asking for even more goodies for the 2013 event — especially more rum cakes as well as banana, zucchini and pumpkin breads — because they are the most popular and all the booth’s goodies were sold out more than an hour before the bazaar closed this year.

Crafts for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 16) kids in the first through third grades are invited to Art Attack, a free hands-on crafts session that will result in crafts to take home.

Free high-tech training

Our free high-tech learning sessions continue. We have two formal training sessions that require advance registration for space reasons: Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 16) is a 3M e-book workshop from 10 a.m. noon where you will learn about the new easier e-book platform. Monday, Nov. 19, is a Beginning Excel session from 1–3 p.m. where you will learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel. As well, informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Nov. 15) from 3–5 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.–noon.

Books on CD

“Hostage” by Eli Wiesel is a thriller about a Jewish man taken hostage from his home in Brooklyn by an Arab and an Italian. “Phantom” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in the mystery series featuring Oslo policeman Harry Hole. “Sleep No More” by Iris Johansen is a mystery featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. “Dark Storm” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the Carpathian vampire series. “America Again” by political satirist Stephen Colbert gives the author’s views on what we need to do to make America great again. “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother who start a book club as she comes to the end of her life. “The Bone Bed” by Patricia Cornwell is the 20th in the mystery series featuring Kay Scarpetta. “Ancient Light” by John Banville is a novel exploring the difference between memory and invention through the eyes of an actor in the twilight of his career.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Bone Bed” by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the mystery series featuring forensic scientist Kay Scarpetta. “The Racketeer” by John Grisham is a crime story about a series of murders of five active federal judges. “Sleep No More” by Iris Johansen is an action-packed mystery featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. “The Twelve” by Justin Cronin is a thriller about people trying to survive in a landscape of death and ruin after a man-made apocalypse. “NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp follows a task force whose job is protecting New York City’s richest and most powerful citizens. “An Unattended Death” by Victoria Jenkins is about the apparent accidental death of a woman in a sailing accident. “Power Play” by Patrick Robinson is an international thriller set in 2018 in a highly volatile nuclear world. “Death in the Floating City” by Tasha Alexander is the latest in the Venice-based mystery series featuring Lady Emily. “The Labyrinth of Osiris” by Paul Sussman is an archeological thriller set in Egypt.

Holiday and inspirational novels

“Angels at the Table” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the series featuring angels Shirley, Goodness and Mercy. “The Bridge” by Christian author Karen Kingsbury is a love story about two couples who meet in a Tennessee bookstore and experience a Christmas miracle. “On the 7th Day” by nondenominational pastor T. D. Jakes follows a couple whose love and commitment are tested when their only child is kidnapped. “A Christmas Garland” by Anne Perry is the latest in the author’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries, this one set in India. “A Winter Dream” by Richard Paul Evans is a new Christmas story that is a modern version of the Old Testament story of Joseph and the coat of many colors. “The Giving Quilt” by Jennifer Chiaverini is the latest in the Elm Creek Quilts series.

Other fiction

“Back to Blood” by Tom Wolfe is a hilarious look at the multiple cultures in Miami. “The Panther” by Nelson DeMille features anti-terrorist task force agent John Corey and his FBI agent wife. “The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the series featuring Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. “Astray” by Irish-born novelist Emma Donoghue is a collection of 14 fact-inspired stories about travelers who wander across centuries and continents. “The Girl on the Cliff” by Lucinda Riley is the story of two Irish families entangled by a tragic past.

Memoirs and biographies

“Proof of Heaven” by Dr. Eben Alexander is the memoir of a highly-trained neurosurgeon who had a near-death experience.

“The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe is the true story of a man and his mother who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to an end. “Into the Fire” by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer is a firsthand account of the most extraordinary battle in the Afghan War. “The Last Lion” by William Manchester and Paul Reid is the final volume of the biography of Winston Churchill spanning 1940-1965.

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable quote

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” — Author Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001), American philosopher, educator and author.


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