On the Shelf by Paul 3/29/17

Issue 2017 – 3    Reference Room
As noted in the first On the Shelf article of 2017, the Downieville Library’s Reference Room was “shaping up very nicely”. The library is now glad to report that the Reference Room is up and ready for use. On the shelves are both circulating and non-circulating books (i.e., books that can be
checked out, and books that can only be used in the library). Here’s what’s available:
Home Medical Library, by American Medical Association (12 volumes)
Great Books, by Britannica (48 volumes)
Instant Reference Library, by Career Institute (7 volumes)
The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau, by Danbury Press (20 volumes)
Nature Library, by Life (5 volumes)
Science Library, by Life (9 volumes)
Explore America, by Reader’s Digest (8 volumes)
Sierra County, by James J. Sinnott (5 volumes)
The Art of Sewing, by Time-Life Books (16 volumes)
The Epic of Flight, by Time-Life Books (18 volumes)
Great Ages of Man, by Time-Life Books (7 volumes)
Home Repair and Improvement, by Time-Life Books (7 volumes)
Library of Nations, by Time-Life Books (16 volumes)
Life Library of Photography, by Time-Life Books (16 volumes)
Planet Earth, by Time-Life Books (16 volumes)
The Old West, by Time-Life Books (26 volumes)
All the World’s Animals, by Torstar Books (9 volumes)
The World Book Encyclopedia, by World Book, Inc. (22 volumes)

Additionally, there are several dictionaries, atlases, and reference books on anatomy, health, law, and other subjects.

The Reference Room also serves as the library’s computer room, with WiFi availability through the library’s computer or patron’s own devices. And, the room provides the means for copying and scanning documents.

What’s New
Several new books grace the Downieville Library’s shelves, including:

Fiction
The Sellout, by Paul Beatty (winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize)

Non-fiction
Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland, by Tim Pat Coogan (biography)
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The White Bunny and His Magic Nose, by Lily Duplaix (children)
David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Snowflake: Winter’s Secret Beauty, by Kenneth Librecht
The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals, by Jeffrey Maussaieff Masson
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, by Diane McWhorter (winner of 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction)
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book, by Diane Muldrow (children)
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester