Footnotes from the library

Nancy Smith

The library’s “Good Heart Reader” award goes to the anonymous reader who returned the Anne Hillerman mystery book, Spider Woman’s Daughter. Anne Hillerman is Tony Hillerman’s daughter, and she is proving herself to have her father’s talent. Now, both the book and its cover are happily reunited.

So what’s so important about a cover? Sometimes you readers don’t like to bother with them. Since only the hardbound books have covers, then what’s all the fuss about? Well, folks, a cover does many, many things. It tells you about the author and how and why it was written. It gives you a “teaser” about the story and its characters. And best of all, it protects the books from over-use.

Previously, we told you about other missing books whose covers are patiently waiting for their books. Still missing are John Jake’s California, W.E.B. Griffin’s The Outlaws, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, complete short stores, and Colon Powell’s It Works for Me. These are good books other people might like to read. You retuned the cover, but not the book—sad.

February 20 is President’s Day (Abe Lincoln the 12th and George Washington the 20th). Check out our display with interesting books by the presidents themselves, plus other non-fiction accounts of their lives. We also have some books by their wives.

And, finally, a “Red Heart Giver” award goes to our loyal library volunteers. What a great group of workers we have! Are you a “Good Red Heart” reader?