Thursday, June 25, 2009

On the Book Cart

The flood of new paperbacks has slowed to a trickle now that we have filled up our Staycation Reading display, but we have a few new titles of interest this week. There are several authors new to our collection, and a couple of familiar names. New additions to the romance collection include Alissa Johnson’s McAlistair’s Fortune, Jennifer Haymore’s A Hint of Wicked, and Mary Wine’s In Bed with a Stranger – all historicals. The lone contemporary is Maya Banks’ erotic romance Sweet Persuasion. From regular favorite Diana Palmer we have Diamond in the Rough, a new Men of Medicine Ridge story. Rounding out the assortment is the anthology From This Day Forward with stories by Candace Camp, Gina Wilkins, and Allison Leigh.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer Reading

This year's supply of summer paperbacks had arrived and it set up on the table in the magazine area. Every variety of beach/camp/lake reading is available: mystery, thriller, romance, gentle reads, historical fiction -- you name the genre, we'e got something new on the shelves. We are also continuing to expand our new nonfiction paperback section. Stop by and browse or recommend subjects or authors. And since paperbacks are all 28 day checkouts, they are a perfect choice for vacation.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Misc. Updates

There are a couple of interesting posts over at the SBTB blog: one is an interview Jennifer Lohmann, a librarian who preaches the gospel of “give the readers what they want even if what they want are romance novels.” This is an attitude we applaud here at the VPL, as those of you who are familiar with our ever expanding paperback genre fiction collection have noticed. Our “Library Recommends” series of brochures follows this philosophy as well, as we provide reader’s guides not only to our Book Discussion and literary fiction selections, but to our romance, science fiction and extensive mystery collections. If you want to take a look at some of the lists, remember that they are available online through our Reading CafĂ©. Some of the pages are being updated, so if at first you don’t succeed – try, try again. Or just stop by and see us.
Another interesting post previews a New Yorker profile of Nora Roberts. Yes, She-Who-Owns-More-Library-and–Bookstore-Real Estate-than-Any-Other-Writer is gracing the pages of one of our most literary of magazines. So there, fiction snobs. I will be devoting a slow reference shift to reading the article, which is in the June 22 issue.
In other news – the FOL book sale took place this past weekend, and we are once again accepting donations for the next one. Keep in mind that I am always happy to have current paperbacks in good condition to add to the collection, or to keep in my “replacement copy stash” if they are favorites or part of a series.