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Budget Blues

December may seem far away, but here at the library we have been working hard on our budget for 2012. This is the budget that we will put forth to the voters in December and what will go into effect July 1, 2012. It raises the question of what do you, our customers, want. In holding the line last year we made significant savings in our operational expenses. Insurance was rebid saving $6,000. Energy expenses were cut by tens of thousands. At the same time we attempted to maintain our materials and programming budgets to provide you with the best and latest. In the current year we have no money for furniture, minimal money for building repairs and only $1,000 for computers and software. If a computer monitor breaks…there goes 20% of the computer budget. Do you want us to patch our infrastructure or replace carpets and such when they begin to fall apart? At what point to do we make major reductions in new books and DVDs purchase? What is an acceptable percentage increase that the voters will approve? Let us start a dialogue by clicking on the comment button below.

New Mysteries September 2010

Murder by Mistake by Veronica Heley
Bad Boy by Peter Robinson
Body Blows by Marc Strange
Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett
Murder in the Abstract by Susan C. Shea
Murder in the Air by Bill Crider
Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley
Fatally Frosted by Jessica Beck
Murder Past Due by Miranda James
Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood
Crossfire by Dick Francis
Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
Touch-me-not by Cynthia Riggs
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudis
Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
Deb on Arrival by Laurie Moore
Body Work by Sara Paretsky

HIGHLAND GAMES

Do you dream of the misty Highlands of Scotland?  Is tartan a turn-on?  Do you long for a hero who's earthy, untamed, and perhaps a wee bit stubborn?  Have you ever wondered if it's true what Scots don't wear beneath their kilts?*  If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," it's time to prep your armchair for a literary visit to Scotland!

Why Scotland in August?  The Cowal Highland Gathering, known worldwide as the largest, grandest Highland Games in the world, kicks off today.  I suppose you could cook yourself a nice haggis or try your hand at caber tossing to commemorate the event (though for your own safety, don't try either of these at home), but for me, this is the perfect opportunity to talk about Scottish romances.

New Romance Fiction for August 2010

In paperback:

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley (2, Highland Pleasures) H
Unchained by Sharon Ashwood (3, Dark Forgotten) C, S
Courtesan's Kiss by Mary Blayney (4, The Pennistans) H
My Way to Hell by Dakota Cassidy (2, Kiss and Hell) C, S
Daring a Duke by Claudia Dain (5, Courtesan) H
Chains of Ice by Christina Dodd (3, Chosen Ones) C, S
My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley (2, Inferno Club) H
Reilly's Return by Tami Hoag (3, Rainbow Chasers) C
I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long (4, Pennyroyal Green) H

New Speculative Fiction for August 2010

New to our shelves:

Masked by Lou Anders, ed. SF, CB
The Map of All Things by Kevin J. Anderson (2, Terra Incognita) F
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong (11, Women of the Otherworld) H, R, M
The Bird of the River by Kage Baker (3, Anvil of the World) F
Occultation by Laird Barron H
The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan (1, Traitor Spy trilogy) F, M
Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey (2, Kushiel's Legacy: Quest) F, R
Digital Domains by Ellen Datlow, ed. SF (shelved at SF Digital)
Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson (9, Queen Betsy) H, R
The Unit by Terry DeHart SF, A

New DVD Releases for August 24

Ajami (Foreign)

The Back-up Plan (Jennifer Lopez)

City Island (Andy Garcia)

Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes)

Lost: The Complete Sixth Season

The World Will Be Saved by Steam! (Steampunk, That Is)

Symphony in mahogany, brass and polished steelLast month I surveyed predictive fiction from the past.  This month, we're turning that concept upside-down with a look at contemporary SF set in a past that never quite was: the genre-bending category known as "steampunk."  Steampunk (the word is modelled after "cyberpunk") got its start in the 1980s, but its roots lie firmly in the Victorian era, harkening back to the scientific fiction and world-spanning adventure novels of the likes of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and H. Rider Haggard (of Allan Quatermain fame). 

New DVD Releases for August 17th

We have six new releases for Tuesday Augst 17th.  They are:

Cemetery Junction (Ralph Fiennes)

City of Your Final Destination (Anthony Hopkins)

Cougar Town: Complete First Season

Furry Vengeance (Children's DVD)

Last Song, The (Miley Cyrus)

Ugly Betty: Complete 4th Season


New DVD Releases for August 10th

We have six new DVD releases for Tuesday, August 10th.  They are:

Children of Invention (Sundance Film Festival)

Date Night (Tina Fey)

Death at a Funeral Chris Rock)

The Joneses

My Name Is Khan

Welcome (Foreign Film - France)

Fiction Audiobooks for August 2010

BCD Adams

Watership Downby Richard Adams. Read by Ralph Cosham. 13 discs. 16 hours.

BCD Adler

It All Began in Monte Carlo by Elizabeth Adler. Read by Susan Boyce. 9 discs. 11+ hours.

BCD Beck

The Overton Window by Glenn Beck. Read by James Daniels. 7 discs. 9 hours.

 BCD Brown

This is Where We Live by Janelle Brown. Read by Erik Davies & Phoebe Zimmermann. 11 discs. 13+ hours.

BCD Burke

Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke. Read by Will Patton. 14 discs. 16+ hours.

BCD Cabot

Insatiable by Meg Cabot. Read by Emily Bauer. 14 discs. 16+ hours.    

BCD Castillo

Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo. Read by Kathleen McInerney. 9 discs. 11+ hours.

BCD DeMille

The Lion by Nelson DeMille. Read by Scott Brick. 14 discs. 15+ hours.

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