Ages 18+.

January 10th- "National Cut Your Energy Costs Day"

What could be a more timely topic in this season of soaring heating bills? Check out these two books from our collection that address this challenge. One is The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy Smart by Paul Scheckel. Scheckel gives practical suggestions in a breezy anecdotal style including appliance choices and tips on renewable energy sources. Just by using a few of his ideas, he promises savings of hundreds of dollars. And some of these changes can lead to improved indoor air quality and healthier homes.

Smart Power- An Urban Guide to Renewable Energy and Efficiecy by William H. Kemp is a good introduction for both homeowner and professional with hands-on guidance on steps one can take to be more energy efficient.

Resolved: Let's Get Organized!

Is getting organized or making better use of your time on your list of New Year's resolutions? If so, this is your month to get started according to the National Association of Professional Organizers which has designated January as National Get Organized Month. Whether you're thinking of work, home or school there are numerous recent time management books to help you on your way. Homemakers may want to check out Ronni Eisenberg's Organize Yourself!, Lanna Nakone's Organizing for Your Brain Type, Mary Jo Rulnick's The Frantic Woman's Guide to Life or Heloise's Get Organized with Heloise. To make better use of your time at work check out Kerry Gleeson's The Personal Efficiency Program, Julie Morgenstern's Making Work Work, Kenneth Blanchard's The On-Time, On-Target Manager, or Harvard Business Schhol's The Results Driven Manager: Taking Control of Your Time. Students should consider Ronald Fry's Get Organized. There's even a book for harried lovers, Claudia & Dave Arp's No Time for Sex. No time for more ...

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #3

Love Walked In, the auspicious debut from award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos earned high praise from the hard-nosed Kirkus Review folks–a rare feat considering its genre - Chicklit.

In this The Philadelphia Story meets Sex and the City, romantic and ambition-challenged Cornelia Brown envisioned life as a series of cinematic moments. So when Cary Grant (a.k.a.Martin Grace) walked into the café that she managed, you could almost hear the violin section striking up the theme song from A Man and a Woman. Happily-ever-after was threatened by the sudden appearance of 11 yr.old Clare. You think you know what happened next? Wrong!

Do yourself a favor, read this “clever, engaging, (and)timeless gem". (Film rights to Paramount with SJP to star). Certain to make future lists of Cinematheraphy.

Happy Birthday Elvis!

This weekend, January 6-8, marks Elvis Presley’s birthday celebration. If you can’t make it down to Graceland for the official celebration, check out some of the materials that the library owns:

Elvis by the Presleys by Priscilla Presley – Intimate stories given by Priscilla, Lisa Marie, and other family members.

It Happened at the World’s Fair starring Elvis.

2nd To None by Elvis Presley – a compilation of 30 tracks, including hit singles and fan favorites.

No New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (1/1/06)

There were no new titles on the List this week.

However, I did read a great mystery entitled Ash and Bone over the New Year's holiday by John Harvey, one of my favorite British writers.

Several years ago Harvey announced that he was "retiring" the Charlie Resnick series. On top of Colin Dexter "killing off" Inspector Morse, this news was almost too much for mystery lovers.

Harvey has come back strong with a new protagonist who specializes in cold cases.

Marjorie Kellogg, creator of Tell Me that You Love Me, Junie Moon, 1922-2005

Marjorie Kellogg

Marjorie Kellogg, whose title character in her 1968 bestselling novel, Tell Me that You Love Me, Junie Moon, was immortalized by Liza Minnelli in the movie adaptation, has died.

Ms. Kellogg, a graduate of Smith College, was a hospital social worker. With the encouragement of her friend and fellow writer Paula Fox, Kellog wrote her tender funny novel about three friends with daunting disabilities who set up housekeeping together. Ms. Kellogg also wrote the screenplay for the 1970 movie by the same name which was directed by Otto Preminger.

Tory Dent, author of HIV, Mon Amour, dies at 47

Tory Dent

Tory Dent, who chronicled a life of joy and creativity even as she struggled courageously with HIV/AIDS, succumbed to the illness on Friday, December 30, 2005.

Dent won several awards for HIV, Mon Amour (2000), the second of her electrifying trilogy of AIDS-themed volumes of poetry. Her first unflinching look at the disease, What Silence Equals, was published in 1993, five years after her initial diagnosis. Ms. Dent lived long enough to see the publication of the final volume, Black Milk which was released last year.

Whitbread Category winners announced January 3, 2006

Ali Smith, author of The Accidental, has won the Whitbread Novel Award, after twice being denied last year (Man Booker and Orange Prize for Fiction). Ms. Smith beat out such Whitbread heavyweight contenders as Nick Hornby (A Long Way Down) and Salman Rushdie (Shalimar the Clown).

Other category winners that were announced today are:

Biography Award – Hilary Spurling for Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse, the Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954

Fabulous Fiction Firsts (Booklist's)

The 2005 Top 10 First Novels selected by the editors of Booklist.

Dear Zoe by Philip Beard

It's All Right Now by Charles Chadwick

A Long Stay in a Distant Land by Chieh Chieng

26a by Diana Evans

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long

The Missing Person by Alix Ohlin

In the Province of Saints by Thomas O'Malley

First Love by Adrienne Sharp

Islands by Dan Sleigh

Hale County, Alabama, Revisited

Almost 70 years after James Agee and Walker Evans immortalized three white sharecropper families of rural Alabama in Let us now praise famous men, Hale County is again in the news.

It seems like folks have been flocking to this remote and impoverished area of western Alabama to check out the 40-odd modest dwellings for the poorest of the poor, built with soda bottles, car tires, hay bales and Chevrolet windshields. The architects are Auburn University students, working under the Rural Studio program founded by Samuel Mockbee. Proceed and be bold : Rural Studio after Samuel Mockbee chronicles the Studio's recent successes after Mockbee's death in 2001.

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