Rachel Stevenson, manager of special events at Hartwick College, will present an more-than-10-year study of art theft discussing famous art thefts in the 20th and 21st centuries. Included will be some well-known and obscure facts about art theft, and book titles for further reading will be shared. Be prepared to experience interesting information on a fascinating subject. The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library is holding this program from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the meeting room at the library. The program is free and open to the public. At the beginning of the meeting, the Friends will hold a brief annual meeting and elect officers and board members for the coming year.
Friends of the Library
Are you a Friend of Huntington Memorial Library? If so, it’s time to renew your annual membership. The membership campaign for 2013 is under way, and if you aren’t yet a member, please consider joining. Friends are very important to they library. The group conducts programs of community interest and helps fund numerous requests for projects and materials we would otherwise be unable to afford. Learn more about becoming a Friend at hmloneonta.org. New members and those renewing by Nov. 16 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate at the Green Toad.
It’s a perfect time to be inside and try a craft. “Simple Crocheting” by Erika Knight is a complete how-to with 20 projects. Stitch instructions are clearly represented with drawings showing each step of the stitch. Projects are from the very simple to experienced levels and include dish cloths, laptop cover, fingerless gloves and more.
Read about George, the 9 year-old autistic boy who kept to himself in his own little world. When a stray cat appeared in the family’s garden one day, George lit up. He and the cat bonded and his mother, Juli,a was happy when George started opening up to her as well. Happiness continued for three years, but one day the cat disappeared and George regressed. Months later, Julia received a call from a family 50 miles away about a cat they found. “The Cat Who Came Back” is a heartwarming true story by Julia Romp.
Animal lovers will also enjoy “A Dog Named Boo” by Lisa Edwards. Lisa didn’t want a dog. She came across an abandoned litter one fall night and the runt of the litter kept running into walls and couldn’t properly stand. She was instantly in love and thought she would rescue him. It turns out they rescued each other — Lisa who was healing from past abuse, and Boo with his poor eyesight and walking problems. His work as a therapy dog was perhaps the best of all as he brought happiness to countless others.
In “Invisible Murder” by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, two boys are scavenging in an abandoned Soviet military hospital. What they find is something more valuable than they could have imagined. It results in a series of events that will impact the lives of a large number of people. At the same time, a Red Cross nurse in Denmark puts her life on the line when she visits a group of sick Gypsies. What are they hiding and what is making them sick? Watch these two storylines collide in a dramatic story.
AnnaLise Griggs is returning home to North Carolina to take care of her sick mother in “Dead Ends” by Sandra Balzo. When she is visited by District Attorney Benjamin Rosewood and his family, she is surprised, because she and Ben have a past history. The Porsche belonging to Ben’s wife is found not too long after at the bottom of a mountain gorge. What started out as a simple visit gets complicated quickly.
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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.