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Library News for December 6, 2016

Every year at this time, we take advantage of the fabulous acoustics found in the central atrium in our library, under the forty-foot ceiling of the Carol Darling Reading Room!  Come hear The Plateau Brass Ensemble in concert on Wednesday, December 7th at 12:00 noon.  Then on Saturday, December 10th also at 12:00 noon, the Cumberland County Playhouse presents their Show Choir “T-3 GLEE” lead by Weslie Webster, singing enchanted sounds of the season from the second floor balconies.  Last but not least, join us for an Acapella Christmas Concert, again at 12:00 noon and from the balconies, featuring the joyous voices of the Cumberland County Community Chorus, directed by Marty Gibson. What a fabulous way to enjoy this holiday season . . . come fill your heart with music!

Great New Books

Conclave by Robert Harris

Here is a deft tale of Vatican intrigue.  A conclave of cardinals is charged with choosing a new pope after the incumbent dies.  Conclave is full of craftsmanship, from the moment Cardinal Lomeli, the protagonist, leaves his Vatican apartment and crosses the Vatican to the dead pope’s bedroom, the reader feels in safe hands. This is Harris’s tenth novel . . . and he has mastered the hidden clockwork of suspense.  It’s a brilliant ecclesiastical thriller . . .  a taut narrative . . . you can relish whether you’re a Vatican buff or someone completely unfamiliar with the church.  We’re talking power and glory, dirty tricks and low ambition.

The Spy by Paulo Coelho

In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. When she arrived in Paris, Mata Hari was penniless.  Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city. As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men. But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage. Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price. Paulo Coelho has sold more than 200 million books worldwide. His work is published in 81 languages, and he is the most translated living author in the world.

Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

From #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kathy Griffin, comes an A-Z compendium of her celebrity run-ins, and the jaw-dropping, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them.  Kathy Griffin has seen it all. What a funny, juicy index of all of the celebrities she has met during her many years in show business, bursting with never-before-told stories.  It’s shocking and sidesplitting, from one of our most beloved comedians. Can you handle it?

Libraries = Information!

Shaped like a boomerang and coming in at a mere three pounds, your liver works hard for you every day, possibly more than you could imagine. Just like you mop up a mess on your kitchen floor, your liver does somewhat of the same thing with all the toxins from our food supply and the environment.  Your liver has to deal with and process whatever you put in your body via everyday functions such as: use carbs, protein, and fats to process into energy; assist in digestion; use 30% of the circulating blood in your body every minute to perform chemical reactions that remove harmful toxins; distribute and store essential nutrients; make proteins; and detoxify your body from carcinogens or toxic invaders like alcohol and other harmful food ingredients.  And you thought your day job was hard!  So, take care of your liver so it can take care of you.

Stingy Schobel Says . . .

Services such as notify you the instant an item you’re craving is marked down.  Another trick: buy discounted gift cards at Gift Card Granny and CardCash.  Granny’s was recently selling a $300 Talbot’s gift card for $198.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q. Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
A. Because it soots him!

Ponder This . . .

How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give ‘em.

How Many, How Much by Shel Silverstein

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