The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library are conducting an annual membership drive. Join or renew your membership for 2012 soon. Membership applications are online at www.hmloneonta.org or by filling out an application available at the library. If you join or renew your membership by Nov. 18, you will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Green Toad Bookstore.
Your membership helps support the library in a number of ways. The Friends donate funds to the library to purchase books on CD, large-print books and equipment, to name just a few. They also support the summer reading children's programs and programs for adults throughout the year. It's the best investment you'll ever make.
The annual meeting of the Friends is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Election of officers for 2012 will be conducted along with announcements on activities of the Friends.
You'll want to stay for the author program, which is described next.
'Murder on Route 66' Program
Immediately following the annual Friends meeting on Oct. 17, Glenn Nilson will give a talk on his latest book, "Murder on Route 66."
Motorcycle riding and other outdoor activities have long been Glenn's passion, along with writing and cooking. He grew up on a farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, hiking, hunting, fishing, even panning for gold. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Following that, he achieved his doctorate in sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and taught at a branch of the State University in Connecticut.
Upon retirement, the West drew him to New Mexico, the setting for "Murder on Route 66."
Glenn divides his time between living in rural Florida and Morris, writing and refurbishing an 1870s era cottage on the Butternut creek.
During the month of October, the Friends will have a display in the front case at the library.
In addition, you will be able to fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win a copy of Harvey Baker's "Oneonta in Olden Time & Bits of Oneonta History."
This book is a compilation of interesting articles about the founding of Oneonta, its citizens, and other lore published in the Oneonta Herald from 1892 to 1893.
"The Favored Queen" by Carolly Erickson is a novel of Henry VIII's third wife. Jane Seymour was originally sent to court at a young age to be a maid of honor to Queen Catherine of Aragon. Anne Boleyn succeeds her and she lets no one stand in her way. When Anne is unable to give the king a son and heir, he asks Jane to become his wife. She is reluctant to do so, but must choose between her loyalty and her heart. If you like historical novels, don't miss this.
Daniel Woodrell's collection of stories is titled "The Outlaw Album." The stories vary from tender and loyal to desperate and criminal. This is his first collection, and he has written many award-winning novels, one of which was made into the film "Winter's Bone."
Maggie Silver works for a PR firm in southern California, and her newest client is Sen. Henry Paxton. A young female aide in his office has been found murdered, and Maggie is hired to do damage control. "Damage Control" by Denise Hamilton is a suspense-filled novel that will have you trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the scandal.
Huntington Memorial Library will be closed on Monday to observe Columbus Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 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.