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From The Stacks A column about the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library

July – the favorite time of the year for vacations. With current economic conditions, perhaps this year you are foregoing the vacation to distant places and relaxing in your own backyard. Whether you are heading for the nearest ocean, a nearby lake, or your backyard pool, an essential ingredient in your summer tote bag is that great beach read. Once again, the Tyrone Snyder Public Library has got you covered. Instead of paying out your hard-earned money for one book, stop by the library before you are off for the week, the week-end, or the day to check out the great variety of good books available to our patrons.
The most recent Best Seller List in the New York Times includes the following top fiction choices:
1     THE LAST PATRIOT, by Brad Thor. Scot Harvath, a Homeland Security super agent, searches for an ancient secret that could defeat Islamic militants.
2    FEARLESS FOURTEEN, by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum and her boyfriend Joe Morelli become involved when his cousin’s bank robbery goes bad.
3     SAIL, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. A sailing vacation turns into a disaster when someone attempts to destroy a family.
4     TAILSPIN, by Catherine Coulter. Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock — F.B.I. agents as well as husband and wife — come to the aid of a colleague.
5     THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, by David Wroblewski. A mute takes refuge with three dogs in the Wisconsin woods after his uncle murders his father.
6     THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer. Aliens have taken control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but one woman won’t surrender.
7     CHASING DARKNESS, by Robert Crais. Is the Los Angeles private eye Elvis Cole responsible for the release of a serial killer?
8     ROGUE, by Danielle Steel. A divorced doctor about to remarry faces a quandary when her ex-husband asks her to work with him on a humanitarian project.
9     DEATH ANGEL, by Linda Howard. A crime lord’s former mistress cooperates with the F.B.I.
10     THE BEACH HOUSE, by Jane Green. A woman’s life changes when she rents out rooms in her Nantucket house.
The Top Ten Non-Fiction Bet Sellers include:
1     WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES, by David Sedaris. The humorist’s latest essays.
2     FLEECED, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. Americans are fleeced by government, business, labor unions and lobbyists.
3     WHAT HAPPENED, by Scott McClellan. A former White House press secretary regrets that “I allowed myself to be deceived” by top officials.
4     ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler. Humorous personal essays from the stand-up comedian.
5     THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE, by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi. An American writer in Florence and an Italian journalist work to discover the identity of a local serial killer.
6     MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, by Jill Bolte Taylor. A brain scientist shares what she learned from her 1996 stroke.
7     AUDITION, by Barbara Walters. A personal and professional memoir.
8     THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD, by Fareed Zakaria. The rise of China and India and the global distribution of power.
9     STORI TELLING, by Tori Spelling with Hilary Liftin. The actress’s memoir, from her Hollywood childhood through “Beverly Hills, 90210,” to her son’s birth.
10     THE BILLIONAIRE’S VINEGAR, by Benjamin Wallace. An investigation into the world of rare wines, focused on a bottle that was supposedly owned by Jefferson.
These books may be available locally or through the Blair County Library system. The Library and its staff are anxious to provide our patrons with up-to-date reading choices. We hope you will take advantage of the abundant variety of choices only a library can provide. Perhaps instead of spending $10-$30 dollars at a book store for one book, you will consider donating that money to the library, your source for countless books!
Notice to our Summer Reading Program participants: Express Yourself Summer Art Camp originally scheduled for next week has been rescheduled for August. Check with the library for the exact dates.
Visitors to the library using our computers will notice a change for the better. We have recently changed internet service providers and have upgraded the service for our patrons. Computer users will notice a marked increase in speed when searching the internet.
Whether it is summer reading, summer internet surfing, or summer art camp, the library offers a variety of services in one location. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the Library soon!