Archive | August, 2011

Chinese Collection Relocated and Expanded

Recently, the Library moved the popular Chinese language collection from its crowded, densely packed area to a new spacious location near the Libraryzhongwen (chinese) atrium to better serve our Mandarin speaking community. Over the past year, the Library’s Chinese book collection grew 25% from 7,000 volumes to 9,000 volumes. Among the 2,000 new titles added to the collection are many popular works from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. These include new fiction, biographies, cookbooks, self-help books, travel books, parenting books and many other subjects. The Chinese collection has the highest circulation among all non-English collections at the Library. In addition to books, the Library offers Chinese DVD movies, TV programs, music CDs, magazines and newspapers. View recently added items to the Chinese collection.

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Library Closed on Thursday Evenings Effective July 7, 2011

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, City Council adopted the FY 2011/12 budget, fee schedule and appropriations limit. The budget addresses an existing structural deficit in the City budget by calling for approximately $2.1 million in expenditure reductions. Reductions at the Library include the elimination of two vacant staff positions – one Senior Office Assistant position and one Library Specialist III position – and the closure of the Library on Thursday evenings.

Beginning Thursday, July 7, 2011, the Library closed on Thursdays at 6 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. It was decided to close Thursday evenings because analysis of key library usage indicators such as the number of visitors entering the building, items returned, items checked out and reference questions demonstrated there was less library usage on Thursday evenings than other times.

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Next Six Books for the Mystery Book Group

The votes are in and here are the next six books for the Mystery Book Group.  More copies have been ordered  for all titles and should be available in a few weeks.

September 13, 2011
Faithful Place
By Tana French
An undercover cop finds himself investigating the twenty year-old murder of his teenage girlfriend in Tana French’s third novel. 

October 11, 2011
Jolie Blon’s Bounce
By James Lee Burke
The complex and compelling Dave Robicheaux  investigates the murders of two women in this 12th in the series.  Lots of atmosphere, of course, it is Louisiana.

November 8, 2011
What the Dead Know
By Laura Lippman
A thirty year-old case of kidnapping resurfaces when a middle-aged woman claims to be one of the victims.  Lipppman won the Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards in 2008 for this stand-alone novel. 

December 13, 2011
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
By John le Carré
Retired spy George Smiley returns to uncover the ’mole’ that has been operating in the British intelligence service.  Look for the new film starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth due out in November.

January 10, 2012
Bad Luck and Trouble
By Lee Child
Ex-military cop Jack Reacher joins with his former army team to find who is killing them off.

February 14, 2012
Acqua Alta
By Donna Leon
Commissario Guido Brunetti   investigates the murder of a museum director during the  annual sea surge that floods the streets of Venice.

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