Author Archives: Diane

It’s a Mystery!

Mystery readers love books in series. For proof of this statement, talk to a person who is obsessed with reading mysteries, and I contend you will quickly find that their love of the genre is often character-driven. By this, I … Continue reading

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Who do you think you are?

I have gotten hooked on genealogy. I haven’t been doing my own charts or finding out what limb of the tree that third cousin who went around the corner to buy a cantaloupe and never came back fell from–nothing as … Continue reading

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Places in the Heart

In May, I noted that the Chatham library sponsors and hosts a book discussion group on the second Thursday of the month at 4 pm. Currently, the group is doing a series around the theme Places in the Heart—how place … Continue reading

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Every picture tells a story

Librarians believe in the power of stories.  Many of us tend to think of life as a series of interwoven narratives, and in fact when someone in my family is working through a problem, I often wonder with some anticipation, … Continue reading

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Circulating Nooks press release

The four public libraries of Pittsylvania County, as well as the bookmobile, have begun to circulate Barnes and Noble Nook e-readers to area library patrons.  The electronic devices are pre-loaded with a variety of books; books will be added to … Continue reading

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The Tax Man Cometh

Happy Tax Day, everybody. Library workers, as guardians of the forms, are always happy to see this day arrive.  It means that we can put the forms away for another year.  We regain some of the flat space in our … Continue reading

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Counting

The 1940 census data was released this week.  In one of their stories, NPR noted that this is as exciting to genealogists and historians as the Super Bowl is to football fans.   You might discover, as I did, that it’s … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading Now

I finished an astonishing book this weekend. I had not really planned to read The Sense of an Ending.  I knew of its author, Julian Barnes, and knew he had become well-respected in literary circles.  However, I just was browsing … Continue reading

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Whose cuisine reigns supreme?

Until Food Network decided to make nearly every show a competition, until they chose to embarrass people on camera the way other networks do, I liked to tune in.  In fact, I still watch Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, … Continue reading

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Moneyball and Linsanity

Linsanity passed me by for about a week.  In case that describes you, too, here’s a quick update.  Jeremy Lin was a very good high school basketball player in California.  He wanted to play for Stanford University, but they did … Continue reading

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