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Library Happenings – Library's book knowledge can prevent many April Fool pranks (April 1, 2015 issue)

It would not happen today, but in the late 1950s, many people living in Great Britain were unfamiliar with pasta. When a respected broadcaster narrated a three-minute news story showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from their “spaghetti tree,” many believed the story. The bumper crop depicted on the BBC program “Panorama” was attributed to the mild winter and the eradication of the “spaghetti weevil.”
It is estimated that eight million people watched the program which aired on—no surprise—April 1, 1957. On the following day, hundreds called the BBC with questions about the segment or to ask how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. I wonder whether any called their local library for information. Since the BBC reportedly told some to “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best,” they would have been much better off!
Holiday Closure
The library will be closed on Good Friday, April 3. We will, however, be open our normal hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 4. We wish you a Happy Easter!
New Books
Harlan Coben takes a look at how the cookies crumble. Not Milano, Oreo or Chips Ahoy, mind you, but the cookies that mark our passage through the Internet–the ones that seem to know just what we like to eat and read. In fact, Coben makes a great case for private browsing. Armed with information gleaned from the Internet, “The Stranger” reveals secrets that ruin lives and reputations. When Adam Price’s wife leaves him and their sons after the stranger exposes her secret, Price searches first for her and then for the man who shattered his family’s happiness.
Sara Gruen, the bestselling author of “Water for Elephants,” has set her new novel “At the Water’s Edge.” Socialite Madeline Hyde, her husband Ellis and his best friend Hank escape an awkward situation in Philadelphia by traveling to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness monster. Ellis’s father, a former Army colonel, had taken a photograph of the creature thirteen years earlier. Ellis hopes that his father’s anger at his disgraceful behavior will soften if he obtains proof of the beast’s existence.
Ellis and Hank begin their quest, leaving Maddie to cope with life at an isolated inn during the final year of World War II. With no ration card and no practical skills, she has to rely on the kindness of the villagers. She comes to appreciate the beauty of the stark highland landscape and the warmth of its people as she discovers truths about her family, her husband and herself.