By Pamela West-Finkle
Leaf-peeping season was short and lackluster this year as we seemingly went straight from a damp summer into bare trees and cold temps, skipping the usual array of bright fall colors. The vibrant reds of the maples never quite achieved their potential before being blown off by gusty winds. For once, however, we’re ahead of the wood game at my house. I’ve been dutifully stacking a cord of wood per week, hoping to have a shed full of eight cords before the first snow flies, looking forward to the winter days to come when I can curl up with a good book or movie from the library!
Speaking of good books, we have an abundance! As you can see from this month’s new book list, the Andes Library has one of the best selections of recently published books, and unlike many larger libraries, we have a short waiting list! As always, what we don’t have, we can order for you from the Four County Library System. A hot ticket item has been Bob Woodward’s Fear, but we also have the latest in popular fiction.
As we get new books in, however, we have to get rid of some of the old to make room. We are weeding many of our popular author collections, so if you’re a fan of James Patterson, Danielle Steele, and other prolific writers, be sure to check our book sale items regularly for new discards. Although we’re not taking outside book donations at the moment for lack of room, we’re swiftly moving through our fiction room, discarding hundreds of books that have not been checked out in a while. Also, remember that the books on the front porch are only a sampling of what we have. The rest are located in the kitchen and storage room inside of the library.
In case you missed Jane Tompkin’s book talk on September 26th, we have a copy of her book Reading Through the Night on hand in our local author bookcase across from the circulation desk. Approximately 30 people attended the book talk and afterwards everyone enjoyed wine, cheese, and good conversation while Jane signed copies of her book for friends and fans. Also on hand at the library available for checkout is John Verdon’s new book White River Burning.
The Andes Library is collaborating with Andes Central School and the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. The Open Eye Theater is holding performances of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, October 25th – November 4th. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 youth to age 26 and children free. The play is adapted by Dwayne Hartford and is based upon the book by Kate DiCamillo. On Tuesdays the 2nd and 3rd graders from ACS come to the library while I read from Kate DiCamillo’s book and on Thursdays I go to the school to read to them. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a charming juvenile fiction book that tells the story of love-lost and love-found from the eyes of a finely crafted china rabbit. The children at the school have fallen in love with the story and will be attending a school matinee performance on October 26th.
Happy Veteran’s Day to all of my fellow veterans in the community, and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!~