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What Are Friends Reading?
by Judith Vaughn
 
Bob Sands: "I have just finished The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. It recounts the sacrifices made by Americans in World War Two."
Judy Rogers: "Lately I have been reading current best sellers, all three of which I would recommend. Amy Tan's The Bonesetter's Daughter was haunting and certainly hit home with those of us trying to understand an aging mother. Colleen McCullough's Morgan's Run is a long and very convoluted story with a great deal of history involved; it is not a particularly happy book but satisfying in showing that the human spirit can prevail over all obstacles. Just for fun, I enjoyed Maeve Binchy's latest, Scarlet Feather. The story is predictable. But the Irish phrases and culture and descriptions are so interesting that the book was a pleasure!"
Lou Laux: "I have finished and Ann is reading Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer - lots of vagaries of human love, and some good natural history thrown in; Hope Is the Thing with Feathers by Christopher Cokinos (I read this one) - a very personal historical view of the extinction of 6 NA bird species: the Carolina Parakeet, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the Heath Hen, the Passenger Pigeon, the Labrador Duck, and the Great Auk; Chocolat by, Joanne Harris (me again) - we did not see the movie, which we heard did not follow the book - too bad, the book was great."
Ann Williams: "I am enjoying returning to the old authors and books that I read years ago."
Michelle Maloney: "I just finished Prodigal Summer by Kingsolver which I loved and am currently reading The Constant Gardner by John Le Carre which is also very good."
 
Readers' Choice Awards
(from Friends of Libraries U.S.A.):
 
General Fiction: White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Romance Fiction: River's End by Nora Roberts
Mystery/Thriller: Testament by John Grisham
Science Fiction: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.R.Rowling
Non Fiction: The Greatest Generation Writes Back by Tom Brokaw
Autobiography: 'Tis by Frank McCourt
Self Help: Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen
 
INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
by Jenny Adams
If a patron goes to the library asking for a book that the library doesn't have, a staff member will first try to see if one of the other libraries in the Mountain Regional Library System has it. If they don't have it either, the next step is the PINES System, which is the combined catalog of all the PINES library members. If no library within PINES has it, then our friendly library staff member will tell the patron that, if he or she wants, the library can try to get it for them through interlibrary loan (ILL).
If the patron wants the library to try to obtain the book through ILL, Wilma Ash, our librarian, takes the request to the Mountain Regional Library where Donna Howell, the ILL admihistrator, has access to Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
OCLC is a nonprofit, computer library service and research organization. OCLC was founded in Ohio in 1967 for the purpose of allowing the colleges and universities in Ohio to share resources and cut down costs. It started with 54 libraries. Since then, it has grown to more than 38,000 libraries of all types in 76 countries.
OCLC offers many services to member libraries. One of the most important is access to the combined catalogs of all member libraries for the purpose of interlibrary loan. When a book is requested from another library, the library receiving the request can either grant or deny it. In most cases the library will send the book. If the book is in a special collection such as reference, rare books, etc., then, the library will refuse or send the book with restrictions such as, the patron must use the book inside the library that receives the book.
If Donna finds the requested book in the OCLC catalog, she places a request with the closest library. When the book arrives, Wilma or her staff will process the book and then call the patron to inform him that the book he requested is now available. The patron must pay $1.00 to help the library with postage.
 
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