Monthly Archives: February 2008

Sometimes I get it right…

It’s hard to buy books.  I know people will say, how can it be hard to buy books?  That has got to be the best job in the world!  But what people don’t realize is that there is a lot of pressure that goes along with it, especially when your budget is limited.  I do all kinds of studies and analysis every couple of years because I’m paranoid I’m not buying the right stuff.  For a book to languish on a shelf unread is a librarian’s greatest fear and failure.

 However sometimes it’s a slam dunk.

I almost didn’t buy “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking” by  Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.   I thought to myself, who in the heck going to make cheddar sage panini at home, when you can trot right down to Wegman’s?  It’ll just sit on the shelf and take up space.  But then I thought about it, well Weggie’s has yummy bread but it a tad expensive and if it only takes five minutes…

Long story short, the book arrived at the library a couple of days ago and this morning I opened the D&C to find a full page article in the Living section about the “Artisan Bread” book.

I was soooo excited.  I guessed right. We are the only small library to own it and all six copies in the system are checked out or on hold.  Money well spent and thanks to the D&C for the free advertising!

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meteorological mayhem

The tornadoes that struck the south last week were awful.  I was just reading about them on the Weather Channel website and the expert Dr. Greg Forbes said it was the most deadly outbreak since May 31st 1985 when a series of tornadoes killed 76 people in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.I lived in Ohio at the time and remember that day vividly. 

Growing up in a tornado prone area, weather has always frightened and fascinated me. Dr. Forbes’ mention of the 1985 tornadoes made me remember an excellent book about that day.   “Tornado Watch #211” by John G. Fuller.  It is a factual account about a deadly tornado outbreak from the perspective of the weather offices, the news media, public safety and the people in the path of the storm.  It is a very easy read, not boring or overly technical and it gets very personal about the lives of those effected by the storm. 

Highly recommended for weather buffs.

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Lots of Books!

We are over flowing with donations!  I’m not sure where people are getting all these books, but we are swamped.  Thanks for for thinking of us!  We’ve managed to add a few to the collection, but we really don’t need 50 copies of the latest Danielle Steel. Luckily for us, the Friends of the Parma Public Library have a used bookstore now right across the street. 

Mainly Books is located at 24 Main St. in Hilton.  Since it is a strictly volunteer operation their hours are

Monday 10-1 and 4-7

Wed 4-7

Sat. 10-1

They are always looking for more volunteers to help sort the books and man the store. All proceeds help the library to buy fun things our regular budget doesn’t cover. 

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Blood and vodka

“Sweeney Todd”. 

Even though it’s a musical, “Oklahoma!” it is not, people!  The body count was amazingly high and the death frighteningly realistic and the blood, sooo much blood.  I have a pretty high tolerance for gore, but, wow! 

Aside from the mayhem, Johnny Depp is a fair singer, the rest of the cast of distinguished English actor types really good.  The movie was enjoyable, beautiful even, but not for the faint of heart.

“Eastern Promises”

A midwife helps deliver the baby of an unidentified Russian teenager. The girl dies in childbirth, but leaves a diary among her belongings.  The midwife hopes to translate the diary and find the baby’s relatives.  She turns to a the owner of a local restaurant for help and brushes dangerously close running afoul of the Russian mob. 

Viggo Mortensen who is best known as Aragorn from “Lord of the Rings” has won an Oscar nod for his role as a lower level mobster.  My guess is the academy is recognizing the sheer guts it took for him to do the scene in the steam bath where he fights off two other mobsters who are trying to kill him.  Lots of scenes like this in movies, what’s the big deal, you say?Well, Viggo did it in the buff.  That is one secure dude!

Aside from admiring Viggo’s, ahem, “acting” the movie had very little pay off in the end.  It built up for a long time and we were offered the resolution we had hoped for, but felt we didn’t get to actually witness the final showdown.  It left me wondering how much film was left on the cutting room floor.

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20th Century Ghosts

I promise to try and be a better blogger. I haven’t really written about anything but expansion and even that was sporadic.   I thought it would be fun to share some books and videos that I’ve read or watched or listened too.  I love books on CD because I have a long commute, so I do a lot of my “reading” that way these days.

In the player now… 20th Century Ghosts

“20th Century Ghosts” is a collection of short stories, some conventional spook stories, others just strange, by Joe Hill. Hill is also the author of the creepy, rock n roll fable  “Heart Shaped Box”, it was a very dark book, but in a good way.  It had the oppressive atmosphere of the Collinwood mansion in the old “Dark Shadows” TV show.  Minus the vampires though, but with some very nasty ghosts.

 Another story concerns a boy whose best friend is inflatable.  In the story “Pop Art” the boy describes his friendship with Art the inflatable boy and the difficulties and dangers Art faces living in a world were the tiniest scratch can mean deflation and death.  It’s a very absurd premise, but also a very touching story of how far friends will go for each other.

In, “They Will Hear the Locust Sing” he writes about a boy who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant locust,the torn remnants of his human skin dangling limply across his bed.  Instead of horror, the boy thrilled at his transfromation and excited to turn his new powers upon his peers.

Joe is a sick puppy.  You wonder how he comes up with this stuff and does he live in a house that is all painted black inside with mysterious locked rooms?  He seems to have quite a sensitive nose, he loves to mention how things ‘reek’.  The word appears in at least three of  four stories in “Ghosts” so far.

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Back in the saddle

The community center project is on again!

 At a joint meeting between the town and village boards, the green light was given to reopen our study of a joint library and community center.  Even better, a possible site has been offered for donation by Joe Sciortino!  10 acres located next to the Unionville Station complex on Rt. 259 just north of Burritt Rd.

Having tried and failed to secure a site within the village large enough for the combined facility this donation would allow us to build as close as possible.  Literally right where the sidewalk ends.  Public water and sewers within easy distance would certainly cut building costs.

For more details on the meeting check out the February 3rd edition of the Suburban News.

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