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Harris Poll Finds Mysteries, Thrillers Edge Out Romance Novels
Reported in Publisher's Weekly (10/07/10):
Lord of misrule: a novel by Jaimy Gordon
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
Mockingbird: (mok'ing-bûrd) by Kathryn Erskine
Acclaimed Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. This author of over 30 novels and winner of the prestigious Cervantes Prize is the first South American winner of the literature Nobel in nearly 30 years; since Gabriel Garcia Marquez won in 1982.
Looking for books by this decorated author? Canton Public Library has a few:
The bad girl by Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
The notebooks of Don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated by Edith Grossman
The way to paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated by Natasha Wimmer
At its September Budget Hearing, the Library Board of Trustees approved the library's 2011 budget (attached, with a comparison to our 2008 budget, which was our last budget before the recession hit), levying a millage rate of 1.5437 mills to generate total revenue of $4.9 million. This is a reduction of about $300,000 compared to our 2010 budget, and a reduction of about $1.6 million compared to our 2008 budget.
$4.9 million is the size our budget was in 2004, when we served 15,000 fewer people, checked out 600,000 fewer items, and had 40% more staff. It is ironic that these library cuts come at a time when our community needs us now more than ever to help you cope with the down economy. In 2011, further cuts have been made to nearly all line items, notably staffing, materials, supplies, and programming.
Let's Get Plum Crazy!
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