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OCTOBER 25, 2009
Some better news!
With the recent passage of a budget by the State Legislature, we were relieved to hear that the Public Library Subsidy was preserved with only a 20% rduction from last year-we were expecting much more of a cut. Thanks to the phone calls, letters, and emails of our users, legislators felt compelled to review library funding and take less drastic action than in earlier versions of the budget. In spite of this, we still have a lot of hard work ahead. Our challenge will be to find ways of stretching our reduced resources to provide the services that you need. We ask for your continued support and patience, as we try to adjust to current conditions and seek new ways both to save money and to raise additional funds.
The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell. Rendell has long been one of my favorite writers of suspense and detective fiction. Her bizarre characters and unusual plot lines almost never fail to fascinate, and she has written over 60 novels to date! In her latest in the Inspector Wexford series, the no-nonsense, but likable policeman is faced with the reappearance of an old nemesis, sending him back in time to memories of his first murder case. If you like your suspense with a bit of a twisted edge to it, try Rendell. You'll likely come back for more.
Artic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason. A few years ago, I had the surprise and pleasure of visiting Iceland. It is indeed a unique and beautiful place with a fascinating history. In this dark police procedural, Indridason describes a modern, somewhat darker Iceland, as his trio of detectives led by Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson try to solve the murder of a young teenager. As a very small country with a small population, Iceland is faced with many challenges. Language, lack of manpower, and a resulting immigrant population present difficulties for native Icelanders and new residents alike, as we see very clearly in this story. This is an unusual choice for lovers of detective fiction, but certainly worth a read.
Thanks to all for attending the First Annual Pumpkin Festival sponsored by the FBPA. Everyone there seemed to enjoy the day. Great music, food, and lots of activities provided the kind of community activity we'd all like to see more often in Frackville. Plans are already in place for next year, when the Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2, 2010. Look for new events, improved offerings, and even more fun.
The Defector by Daniel Silva. I have always been a big fan of John LeCarre, Len Deighton, and other spy novelists. This genre seems to have diminished somewhat in popularity since the end of the Cold War, but Daniel Silva is still coming up with some cool plots. His Israeli assassin/art restorer, Gabriel Allon, has been intriguing us since 1996, when he first appeared in The Unlikely Spy. In this novel, a continuation of Moscow Rules from 2008, Gabriel is faced with some unfinished business regarding a Russian defector now living in London. As with all of the the series, the novel takes us to many locations in Europe and the Middle East and keeps us on the edge of our seats with non-stop action. The library has several of the latest novels in the series, and others can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.
and you're invited! On Friday, November 13, 2009 the Frackville Free Public Library turns 70 years old. We're going to be celebrating with an open house event on that day at 7PM at the library. Come visit if you haven't been here in awhile, and find out what we're doing to make the library meaningful to all of the community. If you're a regular user, we hope you'll help us celebrate the institution whose services you've come to value. Be a part of Frackville history and join us.
In August I wrote about a grant that we received for a new project called Your Place, an area of the library designed especially for our older patrons and new programs to go along with it. I attended another workshop in September which gave us more ideas and information about completing the project. Funds will be arriving soon, and you'll be able to see some physical changes in the library as well as the arrival of new materials. Programs that we hope to launch include computer classes, health information sessions, photography workshops, and Wii gaming for adults. If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, please call the library for details or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. If you are an adult who found yourself surfing the internet looking for Harry Potter podcasts, and re-reading Rowling's blockbuster series trying to ferret out clues to Book 7, then you might enjoy this book. Grossman has taken bits of Hogwarts, a generous dose of Narnia, and a touch of Middle- Earth and created his own feast of fantasy. Quentin Coldwater , a smart, bored, high school junior finds himself suddenly transported to the place of his dreams-Brakebills College of Magical Pedagogy. Grossman's unique take on a school for magicians/wizards is certainly engaging, but we are also captivated by his cast of characters. His lovable anti-hero Q, flamboyant Eliot, shy Alice, and comic Josh rival Harry and his friends. This book is not only a real jolt to the imagination, but in the tradition of good fantasy novelists, it also manages to bring us back to real life problems and issues in our own world.