Notes from Your Alta Library

Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy New Year! We survived the historic floods, a seemingly endless election cycle, the Mayan Apocalypse, the Sandy Hook Massacre, and have reached 2013, the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Snake. Doesn't sound too promising, especially if you are a Triskaidekaphobic. That's a BIG word for people who fear, or have superstitions in connection with the Number 13. This is really quite widespread. Many, in fact most, hotels and skyscrapers avoid a Number 13 floor; it is said that bombers in WWll skipped over the 13th mission to avoid bad luck. Where did this Unlucky 13 come from? Some attribute it to The Last Supper, where Judas, the 13th guest, betrayed Jesus. Scandinavians believe 13 is unlucky due to the fact that the 12 mythological demigods were joined by a 13th (uninvited) evil one. And Friday the 13th is the most unlucky day of all, and anything that can go wrong, will. So, I say again, Happy 2013.

The Library is looking forward to a new year, with a new librarian, and possible changes as the year goes on. For now, some of our new books are "Private London" by James Patterson; "Shadow Woman" by Linda Howard; "To Honor and Trust" by Tracie Peterson; and "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille.

The featured authors for January are Jayne Ann Krentz (a very good mystery writer) and Sophie Kinsella (an English writer with a delicious sense of humor.)

This month I would also like to direct your attention to a different section of the library -- one that is perhaps not thought to be much used by adult readers. This is the young adult section, which has some real gems that are directed toward younger readers, but can be totally enjoyed by all. I will give you a few names of books to be found there, and then invite you to peruse the shelves for others. This section is found at the southern end of the west wall shelving. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak; "Three Little Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Courter; "Matched" by Ally Condie; "Virals" by Kathy Reichs; and "Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld. Would love to have some feedback on what you think of these authors.

Now I will leave you with a Kitchen Quote for January.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry...

For Tomorrow We Surely Diet!