Paper Chase

As a long time fiction reader who recently has been reading primarily nonfiction, I love the way details spark my interest and lead me on a bread crumb path to the next book. Listening to Mrs. Astor regrets about Brooke Astor's decline made me wonder what happened to her son, Tony. A quick Power Search of our databases found several current articles.

I also wondered about Vincent Astor's second wife, Minnie, who apparently set him up to marry Brooke. So I picked up The sisters, a bio of the 3 Cushing sisters — who all married very, very well. Minnie's sisters Babe and Betsey had beautiful homes which were at least partially decorated by the celebrated firm Parish-Hadley (who also designed Brook Astor's famous library). CPL doesn't own the book I wanted, Parish-Hadley, but no problem — I had it sent here from MelCat.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - December 17, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009 7:30PM

  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • RFID Conversion Project
    • Discussion of newsletter advertising inserts
    • Deliver Director's Performance Evaluation and discuss establishing Director's Evaluation Committee for 2010 (discussion)
    • 2010 Library Closings Calendar – move Staff In-Service from November 12 to November 5 or 19 (item of action)
  • New Business
    • Vote Confirming December 4 Email Approval of Amnesty Day on December 9, 2009 (item of action)
    • Vote on TLN Plan of Service Revisions (item of action)
    • 4th Quarter Budget Amendments (item of action)
    • Nomination of Officers for 2010 (discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Holiday Handiwork

Wondering what gifts to buy for this gift-giving season? Well, why not make your own gifts like some celebrants of Kwanzaa do. You could make ornaments, dolls, treasure boxes or candle out of old jewelry, marbles, yarn, string or other small pieces you already have around. Here are some craft books to help you along.

All new crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross; illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Chinese New Year crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe

Hanukkah crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe; crafts prepared and illustrated by June Ponte

Christmas crafts by Fay Robinson; crafts prepared and illustrated by Margaret Frase

Online, Web-only TV Series

"Clark and Michael" originated as Clark Dukes' film school project. Its premise is two guys trying to get their TV pilot made. The show, a Web-only series, caught the attention of CBS executives and is now being produced by CBS. It is the most streamed CBS Interactive series and has been nominated for several "TV Guide" Online Video Awards. Check it out at Clark and Michael.

Holiday Reads

Hey kids, did you spend the day doing holiday shopping with the grown-ups? You probably need some down time after navigating through all those crowds at the stores! Come to the library and grab something (free!) to read and wind down. I'm feeling Christmas-y, so here are some of my favorite easy-to-read Christmas tales to get you in the spirit:

Arthur's Christmas cookies by words and pictures by Lillian Hoban

Aunt Eater's mystery Christmas by story and pictures by Doug Cushman

The Christmas penguin by Mary Packard; illustrated by Teri Weidner

Minnie and Moo: the night before Christmas by Denys Cazet

Of course, we have many, many more great Christmas books, so come visit us and stock up!

Year 2009 Top Fiction Picks

Benny and Shrimp by Kate Mazetti. Can two lonely middle-aged misfits, a widowed librarian and a bachelor milk farmer, find love in such a complicated relationship? Find out in this refreshingly fun and quirky Swedish bestseller.

Blindman's Bluff by Faye Kellerman

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Going Away Shoes: Stories by Jill McCorkle

Library Board Meeting Agenda - November 19, 2009

Thursday, November 19 - 7:30PM

  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • RFID Conversion Project – Approval of 2010 Phase II Circulation/Security (Leo Papa)
  • New Business
    • Joan Noricks – Canton Community Foundation – 2nd Endowment
    • Presentation of new logo and newsletter design (Laurie Golden)
    • Discussion of advertising inserts in newsletter (Laurie Golden)
    • Director’s Evaluation (closed session)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

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