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Happy Earth Day. If you think about it, libraries are one of the ultimate recyclers–providing our material gets returned, they circulate over and over and over again!  Many of our items have circulated over 40 times, some over 100.  Admittedly, after awhile they might need some tender loving care in the way of glue or a new dust jacket, or in the case of a DVD a buff or case replacement, but we try very hard to keep them in good shape.

One of the issues we can’t seem to get control of is the returning of some of our ‘stuff’–if everything was returned that was overdue, our quarantine area would be overflowing. (But that would be a happy problem).  One area of deep concern is our circulating local history books–some cannot be replaced, so once checked out and not returned, the only way to use these books is to read the reference copies in the library.  We’d really like the books back, and currently we are not charging overdue fines–there are replacement bills on record, but if the book is returned, we will forgive the bill, at least through the end of May. Start the season with a clean slate and return those library items!

New hardback fiction coming out this week and next include David Baldacci’s Gambling Man, with the return of WWII veteran Aloysius Archer, Karen White moves between war-torn London and the present in Last Night in London, John Grisham leaves the legal court and moves to the basketball court in Sooley, following the struggle and triumphs of a young South Sudanese who gets the opportunity to come to the US to play collegiate basketball, but has to make sacrifices and tough decisions for a chance at success. of course, it is time for another Danielle Steel novel, this time titled Finding Ashley, where estranged sisters have a chance of reconciliation. Karen Kingsbury spins a yarn of love, inspiration and a healthy dose of suspense in her latest A Distant Shore.  John Sanford continues the prey series with Ocean Prey, and Marc Cameron continues his Alaskan U.S. Marshall Arliss Cutter suspense series in Bone Rattle. (Marc writes some of the Tom Clancy novels as well)

Some nonfiction with local interest that might interest you includes Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Holding Back the River: the Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways by Tyler Kelly discusses the importance and mythology of the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers and the current condition they are in.

As always, we just mention a few titles here—we add to the collection constantly. We don’t mention by name all the paperbacks that come in—cozy mysteries, westerns, romances, and suspense titles get added to the racks frequently, and the best way to find them is stop in and browse.