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Library Happenings – May brings many new offerings to patrons (May 6, 2015 issue)

This is an exciting time of the year. April showers may bring May flowers, but the May books are even more enjoyable. And “beach reads” will be coming by the end of the month! We have been ordering, cataloging and processing books and DVDs just as fast as we can. We want to get them into your hands before we have to close next week for the migration to our new integrated library system.
We will be closed for training on the new system on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11, 12 and 13, and possibly on Thursday, May 14. Keep your fingers crossed. If all goes well, we will open up on Thursday. If we have to resolve problems, we may not open until Friday, May 15. The books and other library materials that you currently have checked out will not be due until then.
Spotlight Book
The first hint at the contents of Haruki Murakami’s “The Strange Library” is the cover of the book. The large cartoonish eyes look askance at the reader and seem to watch as you attempt to open the cover. I removed the plastic in which it had been wrapped and first tried to pull the book from what appeared to be a slipcase. That did not work, so I carefully explored the cover and found that the bottom half of the front cover pulls forward from under a button marked 107 and exposes the text at the center of the cover. I next wondered how we possibly could cover the book as we always do to keep them protected. Well, Kristy did a masterful job of figuring that out.
The story concerns a young man who becomes trapped in the basement of a library where he is forced to memorize the history of tax collection in the Ottoman Empire. Naturally, the boy wants to escape. A beautiful, mute girl who serves his meals and a sheep man who unwillingly acts as his jailer are his only hope of ever returning home. And by the way, if anyone at the circulation desk ever directs you to turn right at the bottom of the basement stairs and go to Room 107, don’t go! The food is great, but the consequences could be deadly!
New Arrivals
Among our most recent arrivals in hardcover fiction are Elizabeth Berg’s “The Dream Lover,” Jill Essbaum’s “Hausfrau,” Greg Iles’s “The Bone Tree,” Iris Johansen’s “Your Next Breath,” Santa Montefiore’s “The Beekeeper’s Daughter,” Amanda Quick’s “Garden of Lies,” and John Sandford’s “Gathering Prey.”
Nonfiction additions include Cokie Roberts’s “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.” And more nonfiction titles are on the way!