Hurricane Sandy caused a cancellation for a Friends program in October, which is now rescheduled. Rachel Stevenson, manager of special events at Hartwick College, will present a 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 are holding this program from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Monday 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.
Attorney Brek Cuttler finds herself standing on a train platform and has no memory of how she got there. She is also covered in blood. Brek’s actually dead, and when she is informed that she was selected as part of a special group of lawyers who defend souls at the final judgment, she wants to escape. Her first client has clues about her death and each successive person makes her discover that the choices she made in her life has led her to this point. “The Trial of Fallen Angels” by James Kimmel is a riveting first novel.
“Young Philby” by Robert Littell is a fictionalized biography of Kim Philby, a double agent. At the beginning of World War II, he was recruited into the British secret intelligence service where he quickly rose up through the ranks. After the war, he was a liaison with the CIA in Washington. It became known that he had been spying for the Russians for more than two decades and he fled Britain once he was discovered. This novel takes you through Kim’s life and all that he was, but was he ever truly known for what he was?
Oliver Sacks has written “Hallucinations” in which he talks about the organization and structure of our brain which allows us to see or sense things that aren’t really there. He has spent the bulk of his career exploring these experiences and talks about how they bring both comfort or terror to individuals. As a neurologist, his stories from patients and his own experiences provide for very interesting reading.
Historical novel lovers will enjoy “The Time of the Wolf” by James Wilde. The year is 1062 and King Edward is ailing. Hereward, a ruthless warrior, knows that the tide of war is close at hand and he must take a large portion of land in order to stay alive and remain a free man. Others throughout the land, and even in other countries, are also waiting to take over King Edward’s lands. There will be brutal fights, alliances and attempts at peace in this novel.
“1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom” by Sarah Lynn features three children zooming around the race track and super fast cars. Count with them as they race for 10 laps and see what happens during each lap in this rhyming story.
Another counting book is “Dinosaur Countdown” by Nicholas Oldland. Starting with 10 and counting downward, children will enjoy the variety of dinosaurs pictured. Their names are also included, and chances are children will be able to pronounce them while adults won’t.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
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.