July 2, 2011
Each month, the Delaware County District Library’s librarians work diligently to select books, DVDs and audio books to be purchased for the library system. They read reviews, watch professional journals, check library blogs and even visit book stores to make sure that they are choosing articles that are responsive to and useful for the Delaware community. As the new articles are added to the shelves, they are distributed among the four branches: Delaware (Main), Powell, Ostrander and Orange. But books and other articles move around the library system easily and swiftly, with the library’s van making daily deliveries to the branches and shuffling materials as they are requested by our customers. To be even more responsive to your requests, the library has “floating collections,” a jargon-ish term that simply means that wherever an article is checked in, that’s where it will be shelved. If you check out an audio book from Powell but return it to Orange, it will be shelved at the Orange Branch. Floating the collections allows them to be ever-changing and more responsive to the customers of each facility. The contents of shelves at the library will continue to change as we add new articles and as other articles “float” so that you will likely see different titles every time you visit. During the month of July, look for these books on the New Book Shelves at any of our locations.
Bannon Brothers: Trust by Janet Dailey. With the two-million-dollar reward for the safe return of Ann Montgomery who was kidnapped long ago about to expire, R. J. Bannon, agreeing to take on this cold case, believes that talented local artist Erin Randall is Ann — a discovery that brings a legacy of lies and deception to a shocking climax.
Betrayal of Trust by Judith Jance. When the governor of the state of Washington asks him to investigate a snuff film found on her grandson’s phone, J. P. Beaumont, no stranger to human depravity, is shocked by this horrific crime and discovers that this murder has much wider implications.
Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical by Stacy Wolf. From Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” to Nina in “In the Heights” and Elphaba in “Wicked,” female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre — performers, creators, and characters— from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre.
The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert. The Dahlias become suspicious of the Depression-era town’s newest visitors — rumored to be the Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolic, who specialize in dancing nearly naked — and dig for the truth when one of the pair denies the association.
Dick Francis’ Gamble by Felix Francis. Attending a day at the Grand National races when his friend and fellow financial advisor Herb is publicly murdered, former jockey Nicholas Foxton finds himself questioning everything he believed about his friend and suspecting that their employer may harbor a sinister agenda.
Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile by Dave Ihlenfeld. Detailing breakdowns, meaty puns, the burdens of instant celebrity and Wiener Whistles, the author, who embarked on a year-long journey in a 27-foot-long fiberglass hotdog across the U.S. and Europe, shares his time behind the wheel that were at times both hilarious and inspirational.
Finding Sarah: A Duchess’s Journey To Find Herself by Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of York. A weight-loss primer counsels busy moms on how to reach fitness goals and serve as role models for their children, outlining a six-week program that incorporates food preferences and family lifestyle challenges.
Pampered to Death by Laura Levine. While being tortured at a weight loss health spa, Jaine Austen has one week to solve the murder of B-movie star and Paparazzi Princess, Mallory Francis, who was found strangled with a piece of kelp after a seaweed wrap.
Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Story of Notorious Art Heists by Anthony Amore. Art security expert Anthony M. Amore reveals the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world — from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio — the author tracks daring entries and escapes from the world’s most renowned museums.
The Woodcutter: A Novel by Reginald Hill. Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, Wolf Hadda, a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son turned hugely successful entrepreneur retreats into silence until a prison psychiatrist makes a breakthrough that, revisiting a mysterious period in his youth, draws out the vengeful Woodcutter.
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