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Library Happenings – White rocker finds new home (Aug. 12, 2015 issue)

It almost doesn’t seem like summer anymore without that pretty white rocking chair gracing our lobby. While its departure doesn’t signal the end of summer, it does mark the passage of our Rock ‘n’ Read Summer Reading Program for Adults. If you’re missing it, you may rest assured: The white rocker has gone on to a good home. We want to congratulate Wade Whitaker, who won the grand prize drawing. Two runners up won sturdy canvas browsing bags.
Nearly 250 entries were dropped in the bin, representing an equal number of books read by program participants. Looking over the titles, I was gratified to see the variety of books that were chosen. I hope everyone who participated enjoyed the experience and will take part in the program again next year.
Spotlight Book
Each month at the library does not seem complete until we have cataloged at least one book by James Patterson. There frequently are two, especially since he now writes for young readers. For August, Patterson has teamed with Michael Ledwidge for “Alert,” a Michael Bennett thriller.
Many people believe good things – and bad – come in threes. High-tech criminals have launched two terrorist attacks on New York City and there’s no reason to doubt another could follow at any time. A brazen murder committed in broad daylight does nothing to ease the city’s jitters. Bennett and his gal pal Emily Parker of the FBI are in hot pursuit of those responsible for the mayhem, but can they prevent a third, and possibly apocalyptic, attack?
Books on the Way!
Regardless of the weather, we generally experience a “drought” during the months that surround the change of the fiscal year. State and federal funds for materials dry up and we tend to fall behind with our efforts to purchase bestsellers. Thanks to the generosity of one of our wonderful patrons, we have been able to keep up better this year than we have in the past. Still, it is always exciting when the Regional Library makes funds available. I got the email giving us the green light on Aug. 3, and began working on the list that day. Expect books to start arriving soon!
If you have suggested a book for our wish list, we will try to get it for you. Sometimes a book just isn’t available, but we do give priority to your requests. Be sure to let us know which books you want to read. Money earmarked for children’s books, large print and audio-visual materials will be released later in the year. Those lists are already under construction.