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Paws For Books February 11, 2011

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Mace at HorseheadsHi everyone,

Mace “the spy” here, reporting on what’s happening at the library.  I’m a very busy dog.  Besides “the spy” business, I have my own program and its called Doggy Tales.  I have the cutest kids bring a book and they read to me.  Come visit me at the Horseheads Free Library on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and read me a story!  I get lots and lots of petting.  All I have to do is lay there and listen.  They sometimes use me as a pillow.  They sure read me the best stories too.  I heard all about Fly Guy.  Can you imagine having a fly for a pet? I have a cat as a pet—his name is Snickers.  That’s a little strange don’t you think? What kind of pets do you have?  Does anyone have a fly as a pet?  They read me a book called “Green Eggs and Ham”.  OK who has green eggs and would you eat them?  I would because I like to eat.

I found out the Steele Memorial Library has a program called Toddler Story Hour for kids from 18 months old until they are 3 yrs old, on Fridays at 10:00am.  Well I’m 14 months old but I look big for my age so thought I would check it out. That’s what spies do you know, sneak into places. Well, it was a lot of fun.  Miss Janet read us stories and we got up and danced.  OK I’m not a very good dancer but I wiggle a lot and prance around.

The next time you are at the Steele Memorial Library, look for me at the circulation desk.  If you ask you can pet me, I love to be petted.  Sometimes I have my head under the door watching everybody leave with their books so don’t be startled.


A Winter Read February 7, 2011

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Cherries in Winter – Book Review

Cherries in WinterAuthor Suzan Colon draws upon her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother’s legendary resilience and recipes to sustain her after she loses her magazine job. Her family’s practical wisdom and stories of how to survive spiritually, financially, (and gastronomically), in tough times can help us all. This book is not ALL scrimping and making-do; Suzan’s family believes there are times when it is necessary to indulge in an occasional small luxury to keep one’s spirit from being impoverished, no matter the economic circumstances. (Hence the title: ‘Cherries in Winter”).

Sprinkled throughout the book are family recipes featuring simple, hearty fare that delivers maximum comfort and nourishment, with minimum impact on the budget.

VERDICT: This book is as warm and heartening as vegetable stew on a cold winter’s day.

Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
Van Etten Library

February – Valentine’s Day February 3, 2011

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My Dearest FriendThis year, we put up a display on the second floor with books on one side being the traditional romance of the holiday such as the love letters of Abigail and John Adams, My Dearest Friend : letters of Abigail and John Adams, and letters from the second world war, telling us so much of what it was like to live with one spouse at home and one far away fighting a war.

Joy Street : a wartime romance in letters, 1940-1942 – Barford, Mirren.
War letters : extraordinary correspondence from American wars 2001.

Why My Third Husband Will Be a DogOn the other side of the display, we had fun finding books like:

Why my third husband will be a dog: the amazing adventures of an ordinary woman Scottoline, Lisa 2010.
Dating makes you want to die : (but you have to do it anyway) Holloway, Daniel 2008.
I didn’t work this hard just to get married : successful single black women speak out.

Come in and pick one to make you laugh or cry with romance this month.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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