On The Shelf by Paul 1/17/18

Issue 2018 – 2
New on the Shelf
Last week we shared some of the non-fiction books that are new to the Downieville Library. Now, here are some of the new-to-the-library fiction books:
A Man Called Ove & My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Frederik Backman
The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin
Tregaron’s Daughter, by Madeleine Brent
The Movement of Stars, by Amy Brill
The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton
Tipperary, by Frank Delaney
Oleander Girl, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A Room with a View / Howards End / Maurice, by E.M. Forster
Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
The King’s Curse, by Philipp Gregory
Blue Diary, by Alice Hoffman
Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
A Very Long Engagement, by Sebastian Japrisot
The Expatriates, by Janice Y.K. Lee
Miracle at St. Anna, by James McBride
Circling the Sun & The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
Love, by Toni Morrison
The Rocks, by Peter Nichols
Cross Justice, by James Patterson (mystery)
Zoo, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
This Is My Best, edited by Retha Powers & Kathy Kiernan (short stories)
A Gracious Plenty, by Sheri Reynolds
The Paris Winter, by Imogen Robertson
The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, by Dominic Smith
The Muralist, by B.A. Shapiro
The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson
The Whispering Room, by Amanda Stevens (mystery)
The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan
We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas
The Illusionists, by Trosie Thomas
Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente
The Martian, by Andy Weir
The Clowns of God, by Morris West
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevlin

Also new on the shelves are:
Alive Now (video: DVD)
The Helmet of Horror, by Victor Pelevin (audio book: CD)

Book Share
The first gathering at the Downieville Library for folk to share books that they have been reading takes place on Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 PM. The gathering lasts for about one hour, and everyone is welcome to come and take part. “Taking part” might entail sharing about a book you’ve read, or it might mean just coming to hear what others have been reading. Either way, you are invited and welcome!

On The Shelf by Paul 1/10/18

Issue 2018 – 1

Sharing Books
What was the best book you read in 2017? Which book inspired you the most? Why not come and share about that book at the Book Share & Review on Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library?! The Book Share & Review happens every other month, on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Everyone is welcome, whether it’s to share or just to listen.

Give Yourself a Gift
If you do not already have a library card from the Downieville Library (or the Sierra City, Alleghany, or Loyalton Libraries), now, at the start of a new year, is a great time to give yourself that gift. All you have to do is visit your local library, fill out an application, and you are ready to go. It’s easy — and it’s rewarding!

New on the Shelf
As we begin a new year, there are several books, new to the library, that have found their places on the shelves. Here are some of the non-fiction books that are new to the library:
The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
The Day the Universe Changed, by James Burke
The Valkyries, by Paulo Coelho
Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
Glorious Knits, by Kaffee Fassett
Beloved Infidel, by Sheilah Graham (F. Scott Fitzgerald biography)
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, by Ralph Helfer
The Age of Empire: 1875-1914, by Eric Hobsbawm
No Is Not Enough, by Naomi Klein
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, by Jonathan Kozol
Alaska, by Dorothy Krell (ed.)
The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century, by David Laskin
Extreme Prospector, by Dave Mack
Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish, by Margarita Madrigal
Paris: A Love Story, by Kati Marton (memoir)
A Field Guide to American Houses, by Virginia & Lee McAlester
Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Americans, by Nicholas E. Meyer
The Cooked Seed, by Anchee Min (memoir)
Alaska’s Magnificent Parklands, by National Geographic Society
America’s Hidden Corners, by National Geographic Society
Exploring America’s Valleys, by National Geographic Society
Nature’s World of Wonders, by National Geographic Society
New and Selected Poems: Volume One, by Mary Oliver (1992 National Book Award & Pulitzer Prize)
Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, by Michael Pollan
The Four-Season Landscape, by Susan A. Roth
City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World, by Witold Rybczynski
Seven Long Times, by Piri Thomas

Who and Where
Just a reminder of who we are, as the Downieville Library. Formally, we are a station of the Plumas County Library. That means that patrons (you) can request books that aren’t on our own shelves from the Plumas County Library system, and that, through the Plumas County Library’s website, patrons (you) have access to digital magazines and e-books. (Come by the library, and we’ll be glad to help you figure out how to do those things.)

As to where we are: the Downieville Library is located in the basement of the Native Daughter’s Hall at 318 Commercial Street, Downieville. Library hours are 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Tuesdays, and 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on Thursdays.

On The Shelf by Paul 12/20/17

What’s New in the Library    Issue 2017 – 14
In addition to books, the Downieville library also has a growing collection of movies, in Blu-Ray, DVD, and VHS formats. Here are some DVD movies that are new to the library:
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Bridge to Terabithia
Bringing Down the House
The Cream of Eric Clapton
The Day the Earth Stood Still
District 9
Ella Fitzgerald: The Legendary First Lady of Song
Fantastic 4
The Heart of Pilates
House of Flying Daggers
How to Make an American Quilt
King Arthur
The Last King of Scotland
Lawrence of Arabia
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Life on the Edge: The High Olympics
The Muppets Take Manhattan
Murder by Death
Murder on the Orient Express
New York Firefighters: The Brotherhood of 9/11
Ocean’s Twelve
Pay It Forward
Poirot (Series 1-4)
The Ray Bradbury Theater
Red Skelton Holiday Collection
The River
Roman Holiday
Seven Years in Tibet
Sleepless in Seattle
The Soloist
28 Days
White Fang
Yellowstone Kelly

Through the Holidays
Even though Christmas Day and New Years Day fall on Mondays, the Downieville Library will still be open during its usual hours (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM) on the Tuesdays after those special days. So, drop on by and discover what’s waiting for you in the library.

All of us who work and volunteer at the library send greetings to you at this time of the year: may your holidays be warm, joyous, and peaceful!

On The Shelf by Paul 11/29/17

Issue 2017 – 13
What’s New in the Library
Several books, new to the library, have arrived on our shelves, and are just waiting for someone to come check them out and read them. Here they are:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach
The Trouble with Tom, by Eunice Banks (local author)
Destroyer Angel & Boar Island, by Nevada Barr (books #14 & 15 in the Anna Pigeon series)
The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke
Diana’s Altar, by Barbara Cleverly (book #13 in the Joe Sandilands series)
The Empty Throne, Warriors of the Storm, & The Flame Bearer, byBernard Cornwell (books #8-10 in the Last Kingdom series)
Plum Spooky, by Janet Evanovich (book #14.5 in the Numbers series)
The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Jericho Pact, by Rachel Lee
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (book #2 in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy; winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize)
The Bees, by Laline Paull
Glass Houses, by Louise Penny (book #13 in the Armand Gamache series)
Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
The Puffin of Death, by Betty Webb (book #4 in the Gunn Zoo series)
In This Grave Hour, by Jacqueline Winspear (book #13 in the Maisie Dobbs series)

The Black Door, by Richard Aldrich & Rory Cormac
Morning in the Burned House, by Margaret Atwood (poetry)
The Day After Roswell, by Philip J. Corso
Backyard Bandits, by David D. Oliphant, Jr.
The Book of Love, by Rumi (poetry)
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
The Same River Twice, by Alice Walker

Audio books (CD):
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
The American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin
Why We Suck, by Denis Leary
Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard
Guilty Wives, by James Patterson
Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, by Ted Sorenson
Numbers, by Rachel Ward

Audio books (cassette):
Hornet Flight, by Ken Follett
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

The easiest way to find the books that are new to the library is to go to the shelf directly in front of you when you come in the door. Audio books are shelved on your left, as you enter the library. Of course, we encourage you to browse your way through the entire library. Whoever is on duty at the time will be glad to give you the complete “library tour” (it only takes about five minutes, since we are a small library — but with a big heart).

On The Shelf by Paul 11/8/17

Issue 2017 – 12
Book Share & Review Group
Six folk gathered for the most recent Book Share & Review Group. Here are the books that were shared (with one exception, all of them are currently on the shelf at the Downieville Library):
The Black Door, by Richard Aldrich & Rory Cormac: subtitled “Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers”, the book explores the relationship between successive prime ministers and the British intelligence services, from the late 19th century to modern times.
The Trouble with Tom, by Eunice Banks: this work of fiction by a local author is set in a retirement community in the Sierra foothills. When a band of wild turkeys takes up residence in the community, led by a “rogue” male, the senior citizens must decide how to deal with the increasingly annoying situation.
The Spy, by Paul Coelho: this fictional account of the life of the woman known as Mata Hari is the result of in-depth research by the author into the accused spy’s life. The book is told from her viewpoint, and raises the possibility that she was not truly guilty of the crimes for which she was executed.
Plum Spooky, by Janet Evanovich: in this “Between-the-Numbers” mystery (it would be #14.5), the author once again relies upon her protagonist, the lingerie buyer-turned-bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. The story this times involves camping in the Pine Barrens, a possible sighting of the Jersey Devil, and the mysterious Diesel.
Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863, by Shelby Foote: culled from the author’s three-volume narrative of the Civil War, the book recreates the three-day battle and the events that preceded it. Exacting detail is given, not only to the battle itself, but also to the people who were involved.
No Is Not Enough, by Naomi Klein: this best-selling author, who is an acclaimed journalist and activist, has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies”. She brings this expertise to the current U.S. president, and lays out, as it says in the book’s introduction, “…if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future”.
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Eric Larson: the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas in 1900 did so at a time when the U.S. Weather Bureau was in its younger days and, seemingly, was more interested in establishing its own fiefdom than with the accuracy of its forecasts. Isaac Cline was the chief meteorologist in Galveston, and the book follows the role he played in the storm’s destruction.
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel: winner of the 2009 Man-Booker Prize, this historical novel is the first in a trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, and his rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. The book, set in the period from 1500 to 1535, focuses around the attempt of the king to rid himself of his wife, Catherine of Aragorn, so that he can marry Anne Boleyn.
Glass Houses, by Louise Penny: this book, the 13th in the Armand Gamache series, is again set in the fictional village of Three Pine, in Quebec, Canada. Gamache, with his team from the Surete of Quebec, is battling the drug trade that is threatening to destroy not only the lives of the people in the village he loves so much, but all those throughout the province.
Three Weeks with My Brother, by Nicholas Sparks: in 2003, the author and his brother set off on a three-week trip around the globe. Set against the panorama of the exotic places they visited, the brothers recall their childhood adventures and discover startling truths about love, loss, and hope. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)

The Book Share & Review Group will take a break through the upcoming holidays, and will meet again on Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library.

Fall & Winter Reading
We have come to that time of the year when sitting in front of the fire with a good book is looking better and better. We here at the library encourage you to step away from the computer, turn off the television, and sit down with a book (which you have, hopefully, checked out of the library) for a few hours of cozy enlightenment. We will be glad to help you find a book to serve as your companion; just drop by to visit us on Tuesdays, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, or on Thursdays, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. You will find us in the basement of the Native Daughters’ Hall on Commercial Street in Downieville.

On The Shelf by Paul 10/18/17

Issue 2017 – 11
Book Review Group
The Book Share & Review Group meets on Tuesday, October 24th 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library. Everyone is welcome, whether to share books you’ve been reading, or to hear what others have read.

Award-winning Children’s Books
The previous column of On the Shelf contained a list of Caldecott medal winning books that are present in the library. Now we list the Newberry medal winner and honor books.

Newberry Medal: named in honor of the 18th century British bookseller, John Newberry, the prize is awarded annually by the Association of Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association, and the same organization that awards the Caldecott prizes) to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The prize has been awarded since 1922. Medal winner and honor books (those nominated that did not win) presently in the Downieville Library are listed here chronologically according to the year the prize was won.
1925: Tales from Silver Lands, by Charles Finger (medal winner)
1935: Davy Crockett, by Constance Rourke (honor book)
1938: On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1939: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard & Florence Atwater (honor book)
1940: By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1941: Call It Courage, by Armstrong Sperry (medal winner)
The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1942: Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1944: These Happy Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1945: The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes (honor book)
1946: Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski (medal winner)
1949: My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth S. Gannett (honor book)
1953: Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White (honor book)
1960: Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold (medal winner)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell (medal winner)
1962: The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare (medal winner)
The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (honor book)
1970: Sounder, by William H. Armstrong (medal winner)
1974: The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox (medal winner)
1976: The Hundred Penny Box, by Sharon Bell Mathis (honor book)
1978: Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary (honor book)
1979: The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson (honor book)
1982: Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Clearly (honor book)
1985: One-Eyed Cat, by Paula Fox (honor book)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan (medal winner)
1987: On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer (honor book)
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman (medal winner)
2000: Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis (medal winner)
26 Fairmount Avenue, by Tomie dePaola (honor book)
2001: A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck (medal winner)
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi (medal winner)
2005: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt (honor book)

Downieville Library Hours
The library is open for eight hours each week: on Tuesday, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; and, on Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. You will find the library staffed by librarian, Peggy Daigle, or by one of several volunteers. All are glad to see you, and eager to help you.

On the Shelf by Paul 10/4/17

Issue 2017 – 10
Summer Reading Program

The Downieville Library congratulates the four children who read throughout the summer, and thereby earned a free book of their choice at the recent Downieville School Book Fair. The accomplished readers are: Haven Antrim, Lily Antrim, Jessilynn Dunham, and Rudy Jackson. Well done!

Award-winning Children’s Books
While we’re on the subject of children’s books, let it be known that the library has on its shelves several books that have received Caldecott and Newberry medals, as well as the honor books (those nominated that did not win) in those two categories. Caldecott Medal winners and honor books currently in the library are listed chronologically according to the year the prize was won.

Caldecott Medal: named in honor of the 19th century English illustrator, Randolph Cadecott, the prize is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The prize has been awarded since 1938.
1942: Make Way for Ducklings, illustrated & text by Robert McCloskey (medal winner)
1943: Marshmallow, illustrared & text by Clare Turlay Newberry (honor book)
1944: Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, text by James Thurbur (medal winner)
1957: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont, text by janice Udry (medal winner)
1962: Little Bear’s Visit, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, text by Else H. Minark (honor book)
1963: The Snowy Day, illustrated & text by Ezra Jack Keats (medal winner)
1964: Where the Wild Things Are, illustrated & text by Maurice Sendak (medal winner)
1967: Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine, illustrated & text by Evaline Ness (medal winner)
1968: Frederick, illustrated & text by Leo Lionni (honor book)
1973: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burket, text by Randall Jarrell (honor book)
1981: Fables, illustrated & text by Arnold Lobel (medal winner)
1982: Outside Over There, illustrated & text by Maurice Sendak (honor book)
1986: The Polar Express, illustrated & text by Chris Van Allsburg (medal winner)
The Relatives Came, illustrated by Stephen Gammell, text by Cynthia Rylant (honor book)
1987: Rumpelstiltskin, illustrated & text by Paul O. Zelinsky (honor book)
1989: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, illustrated & text by James Marshall (honor book)
1993: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, illustrated by Lane Smith, text by Jon Scieszka (honor book)
1994: Grandfather’s Journey, illustrated by Allen Say, text by Walter Lorraine (medal winner)
1996: Office Buckle and Gloria, illustrated & text by Peggy Rathman (medal winner)
1997: Golem, illustrated & text by David Wisniewski (medal winner)
1998: Rapunzel, illustrated & text by Paul O. Zelinsky (medal winner)
2001: Olivia, illustrated & text by Ian Falconer (honor book)
2004: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, illustrated & text by Mo Willems (honor book)

(The Newberry Medal winners and honor books will be listed in the next “On the Shelf” column.)

Other Award-winning Books & Authors
A listing of various author and book awards is kept at the library, detailing the winners on a year-by-year basis for each award. The listing includes: Caldecott Medals; Mann Booker Prizes; National Book Awards; Newberry Medals; Nobel Prize for Literature; and, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Book Review Group
The next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group will be Tuesday, October 24, at 1p.m.  at the library. Start planning which books you would like to share with the group. Or, plan to come and just listen about what others have read.

On the Shelf by Paul 8/16/17

Issue 2017 -9
What’s New in the Library
There are several new items in the library — and not all of them are books. The children’s section features a brand-new bookshelf built by Steve Fillo, with the assistance of Arroyo, Niles, Ramon, and Rosendo. A huge thanks to them (and especially to Steve) for this great new addition, which now houses the Young Adult collection and the Juvenile Fiction collection.
Also new is a display of books new to the library, on a bookshelf straight ahead when you come in the door. Books new to the library will be shelved there for a while, before being moved to their appropriate places in the library. The shelf contains both Fiction and Non-fiction books.
And, as has become usual, there are new books in the library. They include:

Children’s books:
The Turnip, by Jan Brett
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, Llama Llama Home with Mama, & Llama Llama Time to Share, by Anna Dewdney
Favorite Children’s Stories from China and Tibet, by Lotta Carswell Hume
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
Dr. Seuss, by Kathleen Kudlinski
The Rocket Book, by Peter Newell
This Is a Serious Book, by Jodie Parachini
The Caboose Who Got Loose, by Bill Peet
A Treasury of Curious George, by Margret & H.A. Rey

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War, by Joe Bageant
Sacred Teachers in Fur: Mystic Memoirs, by Adrienne Gallant
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, by Marie Kondo
Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck, by Gary Noy
XIT, Being a New and Original Exploration, in Art and Words, into the Life and Times of the American Cowboy, by Caleb Pirtle
Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Speaking from Among the Bones, by Alan Bradley
To Dwell in Darkness & The Sound of Brokenness, by Deborah Crombie (mysteries)
The Ghost Fields & The House at Sea’s End, by Emily Griffiths (mysteries)
Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham
Visions of Cody, by Jack Kerouac
Widow’s Walk, by Robert Parker (mystery)
Invisible, by James Patterson

Audio books (CD):
The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz
A Sunless Sea, by Anne Perry

Book Share & Review Group
Some of these new books might possibly be shared at the next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group, which will happen on Tuesday, August 22, 1:00 PM. Whether it’s to share one of our new books, or some other book that you have read — or whether you just want to come and hear what others have been reading — you are invited to the gathering.

Reading with Rachel
There is only one session of this feature of the Children’s Summer Reading Program left this summer: it will happen on Thursday, August 24. The time for children aged 8 and under is 1:00 to 1:30 PM; the time for children aged 9 and over is 1:45 to 2:30 PM. All children are invited and welcome.

On The Shelf by Paul 7/19/17

Issue 2017 – 8
Children’s Summer Reading Program
There is still plenty of time for children to take part in the Downieville Library’s Summer Reading Program. All a child needs to do is to check out books from the library (or read them in the library) and keep a record of books read on the forms provided. Children who have read throughout the summer, and kept a record of the books they read, will receive a free book of their own choosing at the Fall, 2017, Book Faire at Downieville School.

The other feature of the Summer Reading Program, Reading with Rachel, still has three sessions left, all on Thursdays: July 27, August 10, and August 24. Rachel reads with children aged 8 and under from 1:00 to 1:30 PM, and with children aged 9 and older from 1:45 to 2:30 PM. At each of those times, for each of the three remaining sessions, a drawing will be held to present one child with a new book of their own.

Book Share & Review Group
Continuing with the books that were shared at the June 27 gathering:
The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff: using quotes directly from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books, as well as creative conversations between the author and Pooh and his friends, this short book presents a basic understanding of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
White Tears, by Hari Kunzru: a novel about race and art, the story tells of two young white men living in New York City who appropriate an old blues song for their own profit. As NPR says, [the book] is part thriller, part literary horror novel, and…a timely novel about a topic that’s frequently discussed in America…” (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Pessimisms: Famous (and Not So Famous) Observations, Quotations, Thoughts, and Ruminations on What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Worst, by Eric Marcus: this brief book is filled with “pessimistic” — and often hilarious — quotes by a whole variety of people on a variety of topics, e.g., life, people, family, health, aging, politics, the state of the world. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Morris: set in eastern Poland during the Second World War, this novel is the tale of two Jewish children sent into the forest to escape Nazi pursuers, ending up at the cottage of a Polish woman whom the people in the nearby village consider to be a witch. It is a story of terror, loss, and hope. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett: in this memoir of the author’s twenty-year friendship with the late Lucy Grealy (poet and memoirist), as one review states, “[the author] shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women’s friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.” (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)

The next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group will be on Tuesday, August 22, at 1:00 PM.

What’s New on the Shelf
Several books of fiction have recently been added to the collection at the library:
The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende
The 6:41 to Paris, by Jean-Philippe Blondel
The Spy, by Paulo Coelho
A Gun for Sale & The Ship-Wrecked, by Graham Greene
The Virgin’s Lover, by Philippa Gregory
The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff
Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Artemisia, by Alexandra Lapierre
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize)
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Icy Sparks, by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Katherine, by Anya Seton

On The Shelf by Paul 7/12/17

Issue 2017 – 7
Reading with Rachel
The Children’s Summer Reading Program at the Downieville Library has added a new feature for this summer: “Reading with Rachel”. During July and August, Rachel Guffin will read with children at the library, which is located in the basement of the Native Daughters’ Hall on Commercial Street. She will read with children aged 8 and under from 1:00 to 1:30 PM, followed by reading with children aged 9 and over from 1:45 to 2:30 PM. The first session of Reading with Rachel will be on Thursday, July 13. Other sessions will be on July 27, August 10, and August 24. All children are welcome and invited, whether you are local or just visiting.

Book Share & Review Group
There were only four people present when the group met on June 27, but many books got shared. Here are some of them (more will be shared in the next On the Shelf column):
One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson: the book, a history of the summer of 1927 in the United States, focuses on various key events of that summer, including Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, the Great Mississippi Flood, Babe Ruth and the Yankee’s unusual season, the transition from the Ford Model T to the Model A, the presidency of Calvin Coolidge. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Perfume River, by Robert Butler: the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has written a novel about how war resonates down through generations of families, in this case, specifically, the Vietnam War and how it impacts the life of a Florida family over the period of a single week. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Jack Maggs, by Peter Carey: the Man-Booker Prize-winning author has set his novel in London of 1837 in this reworking of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. The story revolves around the title character and his quest to find his son, who has mysteriously disappeared. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, by Peter Carey: the author fashions an entire fictitious environment, the archipelago of Efica, now an independent nation, but formerly a colony of European powers. The focus of the story is on the son of a famous actress, who is in quest of discovering who his father is. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Journey to the West, attributed to Wu Cheng’en: published in the 16th-century during the Ming dynasty, this is one of the “Four Great Classical Novels” of Chinese literature. The tale is an account of the legendary pilgrimage of Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who traveled to Central Asia and India in search of Buddhist sacred texts. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Enter Pale Death, by Barbara Cleverly: this twelfth book in the Detective Joe Sandilands series is set in England in 1933. Sandilands, of Scotland Yard, is investigating the somewhat grisly death on a country estate, while hoping to keep the woman whom he hopes to marry out of the complicated mess. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The Spare Room, by Helen Garner: set over a period of three weeks in Melbourne, Australia, this novel is told from the first person perspective of a woman with whom a friend, ill with bowel cancer, comes to stay, in order to pursue alternative therapy for her disease. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons: a comic novel, the book parodies England country life of the 1930’s. Following the death of her parents, the heroine decides to take advantage of the fact that “no limits are set, either by society or one’s own conscience, to the amount one may impose on one’s relatives”. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, attributed to Luo Gudnzhong: a 14th-century historical novel, the book is set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, starting in 169 CE and ending in 280 CE. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)

The next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group will be on Tuesday, August 22, 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library. As always, everyone is welcome. You can come to share books you have read, to hear what others have been reading, or to just find a nice place to sit for a while out of the heat.

On The Shelf by Paul 6/7/14

Issue 2017 – 6

Children’s Summer Reading Program
Once again the Downieville Library is sponsoring a Summer Reading Program for children, whether local or summer visitors. Children can come to the library during its normal hours, Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, and either check out books to be read at home, or read books at the library, itself. Books read are recorded on either the “Strike It Rich!” folder that students in Mrs. Galan’s class have already received or in a “Book a Trip Around the World” passport that can be obtained at the library. Children who have read throughout the summer, and have recorded a number of books in their folder or passport, will receive a free book of their choosing at the Fall, 2017, Book Faire at the Downieville School. (Note: in order for a child to apply for a library card, they must be accompanied by a parent on their first trip to the library.)

In a few weeks, the library will begin a storytelling hour on some Thursdays. Watch for it!

What’s New on the Shelf
The library has recently received quite a few books new to its shelves. Here are some of them:

Cruel Justice, by William Bernhardt
Cleopatra Gold, by William J. Cauntz (mystery)
The Mirror Crack’d, by Agatha Christie (mystery)
The Bear and the Dragon & The Teeth of the Tiger, by Tom Clancy
To Catch a Leaf, by Kate Collins (mystery)
Under Siege, by Stephen Coonts
Black Ops, by W.E.B. Griffin
A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton
Taking Flight, by Lynne Kaufman
Very Old Bones, by William Kennedy
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (science fiction)
Beach House Memories, by Mary Alice Monroe
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Murphy
Dark of the Moon, by John Sandford (mystery)
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! & The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, by Mo Willems (children)
Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf, by Greg Wolfe

Mountain Blood, by William Baker
Isaac’s Storm, by Eric Larson
Know Your Weimaraner, by Earl Schneider (ed.)
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steve Silberman

Book Share & Review Group
The next gathering of the group will be on Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library. Everyone is welcome, whether you come to share books that you’ve read or just to listen to what others have been reading.

Books for Sale
The library’s book cart can be found in front of the Yuba Gallery on Downieville’s Main Street, whenever the Gallery is open. The library seeks to keep the cart well-stocked with both fiction and non-fiction books. You can browse through the books that are there, make your selections, then leave a donation of whatever those books are worth to you. The profits go toward putting books new to the library on its shelves.

On The Shelf by Paul 5/10/17

Issue 2017 – 5
Book Share & Review Group
Four people gathered on April 25 to share books they had read. Here are some of them:
Sing for Your Life, by Daniel Bergner: this biography of Ryan Speedo Green tell of his journey from time spent in solitary confinement in a juvenile facility to the Metropolitan Opera stage, and beyond. The book details how he overcame all the disadvantages of growing up as an African-American male in the United States to end up in a place of which he had never even heard. (Soon to be on the shelf of the Downieville Library.)
The Hornet’s Nest, by Jimmy Carter: a novel by the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, — and the first work of fiction by a U.S. president — this is the story of the Revolutionary War as fought in the Deep South. The book’s characters, some of whom are based on the author’s own ancestors, are found on both sides of the conflict, which is fought with increasing ferocity. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
The Black Stallion and Satan, by Walter Farley: the fifth of twenty books in the Black Stallion series, this young adult novel sets up the opportunity for the racing world to discover which is the faster horse, the Black or his son, Satan, who has just won the triple crown. However, due to unexpected events the two horses must end up racing for their lives from a raging forest fire. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
99 Poems: New & Selected, by Dana Gioia: this most recent book of poems by California’s Poet Laureate is organized under the headings of “Mystery”, “Place”, “Remembrance”, “Imagination”, “Stories”, “Songs”, and “Love”. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah: a work of historical fiction, this is the story of two French sisters during the WWII Nazi occupation of France. One sister, whose husband was sent to the front before the occupation, must deal with a Nazi officer who requisitions her home, while the other sister joins the Resistance. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Frustrated by Hearing Loss?: 5 Keys to Communication Success, by Dusty Ann Jessen: the author, an audiologist, details issues relative to hearing loss, as well as the responsibilities of both speaker and listener to overcome the difficulties. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The End of Manners, by Francesca Marciano: in this novel two women, a journalist and a photographer, are on assignment in Afghanistan to interview girls who have attempted suicide to avoid forced marriage to older men. However, in a country where suicide is a grave taboo, to photograph these women places everyone in danger. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Missing Person, by Patrick Modriano: in the year it was published, 1978, the book was awarded the Prix Concourt, France’s prize for “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year”; in 2014, the author was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The novel tells the attempts of an amnesiac private detective, who lost his memory ten years before, to discover who he really is. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch: when the author, a computer scientist, was asked to give a “last lecture” (considering his own demise and what mattered most to him), he didn’t have to look far for inspiration, since he has just recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But, his lecture, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, wasn’t about dying. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart: set in 1914, this novel, based on the real-life Kopp sisters, tells of the sisters defending their family farm against a corporate bully. At the center of the story is Constance Kopp who, in real life, became one of the first female deputy sheriff’s in U.S. history. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Almost a Foreign Country: A Personal Geography in Columns and Aphorisms, by Manfred Wolf: a compilation of writings by the retired S.F. State University professor of history and philosophy. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Stolen Continents: The Americas Through Indian Eyes Since 1492, by Ronald Wright: the author explores the subject through the medium of the invasion, resistance, and rebirth of five indigenous nations: Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)

The next gathering of the group will be on Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library.

On The Shelf by Paul 4/26/17

Issue 2017 – 4

Poet Laureate
The Downieville Library was one of the sponsors of California’s poet laureate, Dana Gioia’s visit to Sierra County on April 4. After all the scheduled activities, he and his wife,

Dana and Peggy at the library:

Mary, were treated to a tour of the library by librarian Peggy Daigle. During the visit, Dana donated a copy of his latest book, 99 Poems: New and Selected to the library.

What’s New on the Shelf
Several books have come into the library from the collection of the late Tom Schumann, all non-fiction. They are:
The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning, by Daniel Bor
This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works, by John Brockman (ed.)
Incomplete Nature: How the Mind Emerged from Matter, by Terence W. Deacon
The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers, by Eric Hansen
Through the Great Canadian Wilderness, by Reader’s Digest
New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy, by Robert J. Spitzer
My Stroke of Insight: a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor
The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf
Godel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Godel Universe, by Palle Yourgrau

And, other books have newly appeared on the library shelves:

The Most of Lewis Grizzard, by Lewis Grizzard (5 novels)
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
The Third Angel, by Alice Hoffman
Missing Person, by Patrick Modiano (author is recipient of 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Betrayed, by Lisa Scottoline
Loyalty, by Ingrid Thoft

99 Poems: New and Selected, by Dana Gioia
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, by Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary (cookbook)
Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, by Carol J. Loomis
The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay

Book Share & Review Group
The group will be gathering on Tuesday, April 25, 1:00 PM, at the library. There is no actual group membership. The gathering consists of whoever shows up to share and/or listen. As readers of this column will know, books of all sorts have been shared in the past: fiction; non-fiction; children’s books; young adult books; seasonal books; and all sorts of others. So, whether you have one or more books that you have read which you would like to share with others, or whether you just want to hear what others have been reading, you are invited to come be a part of the gathering.

Note: SCP apologizes for posting this column later than the Book Share meeting, the column inadvertently meandered into the wrong computer file..

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:

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

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

On The Shelf by Paul 2/15/17

Issue 2017 – 1

A New Year — Same Old Ever-Changing Library
The Downieville Library enters the new year much as it left the old one: offering the same services as before; but, seemingly, with always something new to offer. On the services front, there are, of course, books to check out and read (children’s fiction and non-fiction, young adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction), audio books for listening, DVD and VHS movies for watching, a computer for use, as well as a Wi-fi connection so that people can use their own devices, copying and printing capabilities, and knowledgeable and friendly staff on hand to be of assistance. On the “something new to offer” front, the reference room is shaping up very nicely (watch for more information in an upcoming On the Shelf column), and new books, audio books, and videos arriving in the library on a somewhat constant basis.

So, whether you’ve been a regular patron of the library — or have never visited it before — we urge you to make it a part of your regular 2017 routine. You just might be amazed by what you discover here.

What’s New
Speaking of “something new to offer”, several new items have recently been added to the library’s collections:

Fiction books
Edge of Battle, by Dale Brown
Sorcerer to the Crown,by Zen Cho
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
Black Site, by Dalton Fury
Heroes Proved, by Oliver North
Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (large print)
Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith
Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials, by Ovidia Yu (mystery)

Non-fiction books
This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes, by Marilyn Berger
Flags of Our Fathers, by James Bradley
The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, by George B. Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley
Black Hearts, by Jim Frederick
The Manhattan Project, by Cynthia C. Kelly (editor)
Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II, by James J. Kimble
I’m Staying with My Boys, by Jim Proser
Always Running, by Luis J. Rodriquez

Audio books on CD
Divine Love, by Wayne W. Dyer
We Are Water, by Wally Lamb
After I’m Gone, by Laura Lippman
Recovering Charles, by Jason F. Wright

Book Share & Review Group
One other offering the library brings to the community is the Book Share & Review Group. During its bi-monthly gathering, participants share books they have read (some are in the library, others aren’t), so that we are exposed to books which we otherwise might not have encountered. The next gathering is Tuesday, February 28, 1:00 PM. You are welcome to come and share — or just to come and listen.

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