By Angie Georgeff
This winter has not been snowy, but it has certainly been dismal. Help, however, is on the horizon. Next Tuesday, Feb. 25, is Mardi Gras and that brings fun and excitement to even the dreariest day.
Be sure to stop by the library as you make your rounds. There will be beads, of course, but this year our beloved Mardi Gras crawdads will be joined by some festive little duckies. Those crawdads are likely to be partying even heartier than usual since Delia Owens’s “Where the Crawdads Sing” is still at the top of the New York Times bestseller charts, right where it was last year. I hope there won’t be trouble. The duckies are sure to prefer Eric Carle’s board book “10 Little Rubber Ducks.”
Speaking of rubber ducks, we have recently added hundreds of new books to our collections for children and young adults. Most have been cataloged and processed and are currently available for checkout. Others are moving through the pipeline and a few stragglers are still on order, but expected any day.
We often receive requests for specific adult titles in advance of publication, but books aimed at children and teens may be added to our wish list as well.
We also use the wish list to prioritize holds on new books. If you are the first person to request a book, we will call you and offer it to you first when we get it. One of our patrons put her name on the list for Diana Gabaldon’s ninth “Outlander” novel “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone” last April.
Another patron has joined her on the list, so if you want to be third or fourth in line for “Bees” let us know as soon as possible.
The author has announced the title of the book, but the release date, which is expected to be later this year, has not yet been confirmed. Nevertheless, anticipation is building.
We have more good news for “Outlander” fans. Among our recent acquisitions, we now have three of the first four novels available as audiobooks. “Outlander” (first), “Dragonfly in Amber” (second) and “Drums of Autumn” (fourth) have already been added to our collection. “Voyager” (third) is backordered, but we should still get it. Gabaldon’s books are notoriously lengthy, and the audiobooks require a similar commitment of time.
“Outlander” runs for 32 hours and 30 minutes, while “Dragonfly in Amber” will keep listeners enthralled for 45 hours and 45 minutes. At least a listener’s eyes and hands are free while her or his ears and imagination are captivated. It sounds like the perfect opportunity to knit half a dozen scarves or whittle a bagful of toys.