Monthly Archives: December 2009

Getting organized for 2010?

For those of you looking to reduce your book collection in an effort to be more organized, here is an excellent article from the New York Times:

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/books-you-can-live-without/

We usually go through our book collection in the summer, in time for all of the Friends’ book sales. We can also recommend listing your discards in Paperback Swap online. You list your books, people request them, you mail them out on Media Mail rates, you get credits for more books that someone else mails to you. Simple! You can do the same with dvds.

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Plumb Library Staff Top Ten of 2009

Here it is, Readers!  The event you’ve waited all year for!  Once again, the staff of Plumb Library has pulled together their Top Ten Reads of 2009.  This year, it was tough to chose only 10 books.  Here goes:

Gail’s Top Ten:

Farthing, by Jo Walton

Nation, by Terry Pratchett

Bloodhound, by Tamora Pierce

Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell

The Ice Master: The doomed 1913 voyage of the Karluk, by Jennifer Niven

The Lost City of Z: A tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann

Columbine, by Dave Cullen

The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland

The Magicians, by Lev Grossman

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Jen’s Top Ten:

The Magicians

Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison

Requiem, Mass, by John Dufresne

Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See

Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe

Return to Hundred Acre Wood, by David Benedictus

The Whatchamacallit: Those everyday objects you just can’t name (and things you think you know but don’t), by Danny Danziger

The Gardner Heist: The true story of the world’s largest unsolved art theft, by Ulrich Boser

Soul Survivor: The reincarnation of a World War II fighter pilot, by Bruce Leininger

Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

Lisa’s Top Ten:

People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

Labyrinth, by Kate Moss

The Widow’s War, by Sally Gunning

Hetty: The genius and madness of America’s first female tycoon, by Charles Slack

A Princess of Landover, by Terry Brooks

Nation, by Terry Pratchett

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (and sequels), by Alexander McCall Smith

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

Queste, by Angie Sage

U is for Undertow, by Sue Grafton

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Upcoming in December

On Friday, December 11, we’ll be hosting an Open House and Tea for Rochester Seniors.  Transportation can be arranged through the Council on Aging.  Seniors can meet the staff, get a library card, learn to use the SAILS online catalog, and learn about other options.  The tea will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Plumb Library

Our Holiday Hours:

Thursday, Dec. 24: CLOSED

Friday, Dec. 25: CLOSED

Saturday, Dec. 26: 10-2

Thursday, Dec. 31: 1-5

Friday, Jan. 1: CLOSED

Saturday, Jan. 2: 10-2

Cafe Parlez people please note: December Cafe Parlez will take place on Monday, December 28 at 6:30 p.m.  In January, we will start a new theme: Cafe Parlez Goes to the Movies, with Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer.  Read the book and/or watch the movie.

We’ve been hearing grumbling about the January “Just the Facts” selection of Bowling Alone.  Apparently it is a bit dry.  Here is a list of alternatives:

The Tyranny of Email: A 4,000-year-journey to your inbox, by John Freeman

Better Together: Restoring the American community, by Robert D. Putnam et. al.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder, by Richard Louv

The Great Good Place: Cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, bars, hair salons, and other hangouts at the heart of a community, by Ray Oldenburg

Just let the staff know which one interests you.  Our discussion is in January.  Don’t worry; our February selection more than makes up for the dryness of this one.

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