As Mary Jane Santos was getting things in order before her retirement from the Delaware County District Library, she was adamant that her column continue in the Delaware Gazette. So while our new director is getting acclimated, I will help continue the 27-year tradition that Mary Jane began in 1988.
A little background: I’m DCDL’s communications manager, and have worked in the communications department at the library for the past four years. My department is involved in many of the behind-the-scenes things that happen at the library. We design the newsletter, fliers, posters and other handouts. We keep the website looking fresh and up-to-date with new resources and programs. We participate in community festivals and events, and we also add content to our various social media channels. It’s a busy department, and it’s just two of us!
Reading and lifelong learning is – of course – one of my biggest passions. I am so excited that we have a program like DelawaREADS that encourages an entire community to read one book and participate in corresponding discussions, activities and programs. This Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., we will host Cristina Henríquez, author of “The Book of Unknown Americans,” at the Delaware main library for a special after-hours discussion and meet and greet.
She will speak on the topic of “Dual Identity,” sharing her own experience of growing up half-American, half-Panamanian, and how her sense of her own identity formed and has been continually reshaped over her life. Though highly autobiographical, this is a talk that will be relevant to anyone who has ever wondered to themselves, “Who am I?”
Fundamentals parent-teacher bookstore will be on site to sell copies of the book, and attendees are invited to meet the author and have her sign their personal copies.
Many of our staff read “The Book of Unknown Americans” and placed it as either their favorite or among their favorites of all the books they read in 2014. We hope you take the time to read it and then come and meet the author. While you’re at it, here are some more new books that you may add to your list of favorites:
• “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham. A nomadic lawyer because of frequent death threats, Sebastian Rudd takes on a case involving a brain-damaged young man accused of murdering two little girls.
• “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks. A young man with a dark, destructive past has his plans to remain single challenged by a hardworking lawyer.
• “Foreign Affairs” by Stuart Woods. Traveling to Rome to attend a mandatory meeting abroad, Stone Barrington finds his hopes for turning the trip into a vacation dashed in the wake of more trouble than he anticipated.
• “Corrupted” by Lisa Scottoline. Taking the case of a former classmate who has been wrongly accused of murdering a bully who sent him to juvenile detention when they were children, Bennie is forced to relive some of the darkest memories of her life in order to defend the boy she once failed.
• “The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime” by Ree Drummond. Presents a collection of more than 100 family dinners that includes quick-prepare options, freezer-friendly convenience foods and comfort classics.
• “The Witches: Salem, 1692” by Stacy Schiff. Analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.
• “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein. The guitarist and vocalist of feminist punk trio Sleater-Kinney presents a candid and deeply personal assessment of life in the rock ‘n’ roll industry that reveals her struggles with rock’s double standards and her codevelopment of the comedy “Portlandia.”