We are still accepting donations for the food pantries. So far we have sent a truckful and carful of items. We will do this until the end of April, so please, on the next shopping trip, remember an extra box or two means a lot.
I know the weather will change. I just don’t know when and at this point, I really don’t think I care. I am going to work with things I can change, and the rest will just have to take care of itself.
Books, we have tons of them. Would you believe that we added more than 1,000 last month? It is hard to believe that our poor cataloger put that many on the shelves. I do hope you realize that there are lots of areas for new items. Not everything goes right to the fiction or nonfiction areas. We do have to renew the reference collections and replace items as well.
For those of you who want books in high demand, take a walk to the second floor, the “hot” items are on the shelf as you walk upstairs. Those with the orange stickers can go out for just a week, so everyone gets a chance to read them and you don’t have to wait. There are very few books that cannot be read in a week lately. I am not sure if that is because the most popular authors are writing lighter books or people are reading faster.
Dracut patrons just don’t put enough holds on new items to make sure they’re available. For some reason, you like to browse. That is great but since we are part of the interlibrary loan system, if you don’t take it out, it goes elsewhere. We have also just added more than 80 large print books to the whole collection in the 1922 building. These are flying out as fast as they come back, which makes us feel good. It just shows that we are supplying you with what you want.
Books to look for might include author Barbara Delinsky, who has kept me reading as she worked her word magic on topics that interest a lot of people. She does so without getting on a preaching box or hitting the reader with a hammer or creating impossible situations. She touched on the onset of Alzheimer’s disease with Saving Grace, and straightened out sibling rivalry with For my Daughters. In her newest, Family Tree, she touches on genetics. How do people react when your family tree isn’t what you thought? Not a super colossal great story; just a good story handled well and with just enough thought-provoking ingredients to keep you reading. It isn’t the outcome that keeps the pages turning, it is the thoughts that keep coming into your head.
Robert Dugoni is an author to watch for. Damage Control touches on just about every phase of current novels — a female lawyer trying to cope with her husband, daughter and a boss beyond acceptance, murder, police, romance, grief, relationships and just about everything else. It’s nicely done and fairly well-written. I did not find myself skipping pages of what I call filler to get on with the story, and there was plenty in the story to keep the pages turning.
M.C. Beaton just turned out another Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Death of a Maid. I do enjoy the sleepy town with its collection of familiar people and the local police officers, ever sharp but hiding his “light under a barrel” so to speak.
So there’s plenty to keep you reading.
Susan Schwarz is the director of Dracut’s Moses Greeley Parker Library.