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New! Mango Languages

Learn a new language! Mango Languages offers lessons using real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. There are 60 languages including German, French, Russian, Italian Greek, Korean, and Spanish. Mango is also available in English as a Second Language (ESL) versions for speakers of 16 foreign languages, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Russian, and Portuguese. Click here for a complete list of available languages.

Anne Blankman

Attention Teens & Adults!
Meet Anne Blankman, Local Author of
Prisoner of Night and Fog

Thursday, May 8 at 6:30pm, McChesney Room, Central Library

The Open Door Bookstore will conduct a book sale and signing following the program.

Anne is a graduate of Niskayuna High School and earned degrees in English and History at Union College. After earning a master’s degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she’s not writing young adult fiction, she’s playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading. Prisoner of Night and Fog is her debut novel.

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“Gretchen Müller has grown up in 1920s Germany believing her father sacrificed his life to shield “Uncle Dolf” from a fusillade of police bullets during Hitler’s failed 1923 attempt to overthrow the government. Because of her father’s martyrdom, Gretchen’s family has enjoyed favored status among the Nazis; she is now Hitler’s “favorite pet,” and her (terrifying) older brother works as one of his thuggish Brownshirts. Then Gretchen meets Daniel Cohen, a young reporter who has evidence that her father was not a Nazi hero, but a murder victim. Gretchen refuses to believe it, but as she undertakes her own investigation, she realizes that many things she had accepted as truth are lies.” ~Publisher Weekly

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The 2014 One County, One Book selection is:
The Dirty Life: a Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
by Kristin Kimball

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Author visits, book and panel discussions, container gardening, writing workshop, special films and more. We have OCOB programs for the whole family! Click here for a list of all our OCOB programs or pick up a OCOB Programs & Events Brochure at any SCPL Library. Visit our One County, One Book page for more information on Kristin Kimball and The Dirty Life.

Bus trip to Essex Farm: Sponsored by SCPL Friends of the Library Put on your sturdy boots, roll up your pants, and join author, Kristin Kimball for a tour of Essex Farm. Feast on a delicious lunch made from farm fresh ingredients. After lunch listen to an informal talk by Kristin or explore Essex on your own. Price: $75 FOL members, $85 non-members. Complete details and registration forms will be available at all SCPL libraries, Whitney Book Corner and online at

For more information, contact Suzanne Bernadt at

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Bornt Branch Library and Family Literacy Center

The Duane and Hamilton Hill Branch Libraries will be merging into the new Bornt Branch Library and Family Literacy Center. We want your ideas for making this a library you and your family will visit often.

Download our survey and let us know what you would like. Surveys may be returned to any SCPL Branch.

Here's What's Happening

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SCPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Next meeting: Thursday, April 24 at 6:30pm, Swanker Board Room, Central
View minutes from the February 27, 2014 meeting.