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Muncy and Hughesville Library News ‘N Notes

By Staff | Feb 4, 2009

Weather getting you down? Stop in the Muncy Public Library and escape with a good book. And the best part-it’s free!

Start your adventure with Clive Cussler’s Arctic Drift or Steve Berry’s The Charlemagne Pursuit. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum meets the ‘Jersey Devil’ in Janet Evanovich’s comical Plum Spooky.

If you like Evanovich, we recommend trying M. Barbieri’s Quick Study filled with quirky characters. Staff pick of the month is Kay Hooper’s Blood Sins. Stuart Woods proves life is never dull in Washington D.C. in Mounting Fears.

Paranormal suspense is a hot genre among readers and Jayne Ann Krentz is the perfect author to fit the bill with her latest Running Hot. Ryan receives a heart transplant and then is haunted by a woman who wants it back in Dean Koontz’ Your Heart Belongs To Me.

Follow a massive manhunt for John Carr in David Baldacci’s Divine Justice. Colleen McCullough, author of the Thorn Birds, returns with the sequel to Pride and Prejudice titled The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet. In it, find out what happens to one of the sisters, Mary, 20 years after Jane Austen’s book ends.

Other fiction includes James Grippando’s Born To Run, Jonathan Kellerman’s Bones, Stephen King’s collection of short stories Just After Sunset, and Thomas Perry’s Runner.

We have several new biographies worth checking out. Michael Phelps, the 8-time Olympic gold winner in swimming, has penned No Limits. Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia writes of her ups and downs in Wishful Drinking. Relive a great decade from local author Jade Heasley in 1980s Kid.

Robert Wagner opens up about his Hollywood life and Natalie Woods in Pieces of My Heart. Other bios include E. Lightfoot’s Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope; R. Baker’s Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty and What Their Influence Means To America; Jon Meacham’s American Lion about Andrew Jackson; Jon and Kate Gosselin’s Multiple Blessings-Surviving and Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets; and Chelsea Handler’s Are You There, Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea-a collection of humorous essays.

Read about Barack Obama’s plan to renew America in Change We Can Believe In. Anthony Bourdain has a popular TV show on the Travel Channel. Check out his book of photos and memories of his trips around the globe in No Reservations: Around The World On An Empty Stomach. Just learning to cook or always wanted to learn? Martha Stewart makes it easy in Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook.

For the seasoned cook we have Racheal Ray’s Big Orange Book full of delicious recipes for vegetarians, meals for one, burgers, and many more. Larry Winget tells it like it is in People Are Idiots and I can Prove It! Sylvia Brown lets you in on the spiritual lives of the animals we love in All Pets Go To Heaven.

Learn the secrets to raising your baby in a healthy environment in D. Imus’ Growing Up Green. Ann Coulter’s Guilty describes liberal ‘victims’ and their assault on America.

Hughesville Area Public Library

Valentine Craft Day for kids in grades K-6 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2-4 p.m. There will be many ways to spice up your Valentine’s Day decorations and cards for all. Call 584-3762 to register so that plenty of materials will be available.

Pre-school Storyhour will once again feature Sue Murray at 10:30-11:30 on Friday, Feb. 13. Register for this event by calling 584-3762.

The Muncy-Hughesville Book Club will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10-11 a.m. in HAPL/s Community Room. The book under discussion is Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Tree and copies are available at the main circulation desk.

HAPL has a wide variety of Jigsaw puzzles on the Puzzle Exchange table. Bring in any puzzle (with all pieces, please) and exchange it for a different one to work while the snowflakes accumulate.

While we’re in the mood for a little risk-taking, why not pick out a good ol’ murder mystery to relax with after you settle up with Uncle Sam? Perhaps you’d like to try Carolyn Hart’s April Fool Dead. Cook up one of the recipes included in Claudia Bishop’s Marinade for Murder, or Joanne Fluke’s Sugar Cookie Murder.

Remember, if you have a non-profit group that needs a meeting place, HAPL has a pleasant Community Room that is fully accessible. Call 584-3762 to reserve space for your gathering.

Do your part to help your local library maintain its collection by returning materials in a timely manner. Everyone who uses the library will be glad you did.