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January 17, 2019 - Almost Balmy

A week ago we were having almost balmy weather. This week, not so much and the extended forecast is looking a bit more seasonal, which, we all know, means colder. The weather-lore tells us that "as the days lengthen, the cold strengthens". This does seem to be the case -- at least for the upcoming seven-to-ten day forecast. After that, who knows/ The days truly have been lengthening on both the sunset and sunrise parts of the day. In December, from the 8th to the 10th, sunset was at 4:22 p.m. We started gaining minutes at that end of the day on the 11th. But sunrise keep getting later and later. Sunrise stabilized at 7:29 a.m. from December 29th to the 9th of January and then started getting earlier. As of today, the 17th, sunrise is at 7:25 (so that's 4 more minutes of daylight in the morning) and sunset is at 4:50 p.m. ( so that's 28 minutes in the evening). If my math is correct, we've gained 32 minutes of daylight and we're still smack bang in the middle of January. And being smack bang in the middle of January means we're about smack bang in the middle of the Winter Reading Program. Still time to join up; still time to read books and earn dragon dollars. And right now we seem to have new books arriving daily. Below you will find some of the recent arrivals at the library. Enjoy!

“Are U OK?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health” by Kati Morton. The licensed family therapist and YouTube personality clarifies the difference between mental health and mental illness, answering common questions to reduce stigmas while offering advice on how to pursue beneficial therapy.


“The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression” by Edward Bullmore. A University of Cambridge Professor of Psychiatry draws on new findings on the link between depression and inflammation to outline targeted treatments for breaking disabling cycles of inflammation-sourced stress and illness.


“Where We Go From Here” by Bernie Sanders. The Democratic presidential candidate, popular senator and respected economist traces the first year of the Trump administration and what Sanders and his followers are doing to reinforce the progressive movement. By a New York Times best-selling author.

“Eggs on Ice, No. 8 (Cackleberry Club)” by Laura Childs. When an unpopular curmudgeon, cast as Scrooge in a local production of A Christmas Carol, is murdered by someone dressed as the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Cackleberry Club members find themselves sorting through a growing list of suspects.


“Eighteen Below, No. 3 (Fabian Risk)” by Stefan Ahnhem. When a police chase in Helsingborg ends in the death of a tech entrepreneur, Fabian Risk and his team make a bizarre discovery about the victim's demise before the case is further complicated by other strange murders.


“In a House of Lies, No. 22 (Inspector Rebus)” by Ian Rankin. When the remains of a private investigator who went missing a decade earlier are discovered, Siobhan Clarke uncovers disturbing evidence implicating her mentor. By the Edgar Award-winning author of “Even Dogs in the Wild”.


“Verses for the Dead” by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs. The authors return with their #1 best-selling series, confronting FBI Special Agent Pendergast with the one challenge he never expected: a partner.


“Wine and Punishment, No.1 (Literary Pub)” by Sarah Fox. The owner of a literary pub finds her efforts to start over in a quaint Vermont community challenged by a suspicious fire and the untimely death of her compulsive gambler ex. By the author of the “Pancake House Mysteries”.


“Moondust Lake, No.3 (Miramar Bay)” by Davis Bunn. A disillusioned business executive who would escape from his tyrannical father's shadow and psychotherapist with a tragic past discover unexpected healing, freedom and love in the solitude of a Miramar Bay retreat. By the best-selling author of “Firefly Cove”.


“The Boy, No.2 (Broussard and Fourcade)” by Tami Hoag. When a 7-year-old boy is brutally murdered at the same time his 13-year-old babysitter goes missing, detectives Nick and Annie sift through a grieving mother's troubled past to uncover the truth. By the best-selling author of “Night Sins”.


“A Delicate Touch, No. 48 (Stone Barrington)” by Stuart Wood. Asked by an old acquaintance with help solving a tricky puzzle, Stone Barrington unwittingly stirs up a decades-old scandal in high-society New York and must risk his life to protect innocent lives. By the award-winning author of “Chiefs”.


“The Enemy of My Enemy, No. 5 (Clandestine Operations)” by W.E.B. Griffin. Searching for two Nazi criminals who have been broken out of prison by powerful enemies, special agent James Cronley Jr. discovers evidence of a stolen fortune in the hands of an infamous organization. By the best-selling authors of “Broken Trust”.


“Pandemic, No. 11 (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery)” by Robin Cook. When a heart-transplant recipient abruptly dies under suspicious circumstances, veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton follows leads to a gene-editing biotechnology and the unethical requirements of a megalomaniacal businessman.