Life Sentences
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Heidi Muir,
Young Adult Author Event
Terry Trueman to Visit CPH Library April 8th
by Jennifer Pettis, FOL Author Events Coordinator
Shawn McDaniel, a teenage boy with cerebral palsy, has a secret: he remembers everything he hears or sees. He believes he is, in fact, a genius. Unfortunately, no one but Shawn will ever know because he is unable to commu-nicate. There is another thing: only he and his father know that his dad is planning to kill him. Terry Trueman describes his Printz honored young adult novel Stuck in Neutral as "the heartbreaking tale of a young boy, Shawn, who has cerebral palsy and who is profoundly developmentally disabled." Trueman describes the book as "a journey into a world where no one can truly go but the actual participants, both in Shawn's role and the role of his father". It is suspenseful and thought-provoking.

Inside Out
, Trueman's second novel was released in August 2003, followed by Cruise Control just over a year later in October of 2004. As the companion to Stuck in Neutral, Trueman tells a brother's side of the story in Cruise Control. Other fiction by Trueman includes No Right Turn and 7 Days at the Hot Corner. Whether Trueman's characters drive fast cars or play third base, there is no question that the stories about them are riveting, fast-paced and difficult for the young reader to put down.

Certainly Trueman's books are captivating but his personal story is equally so. In 1979, Trueman's son, Sheehan, was born with cerebral palsy. Sheehan: Heartbreak and Redemption gives readers a glimpse into the real-life story that inspired Stuck in Neutral. Perhaps it is his personal tragedy and triumphs experienced which allow him to capture the young adult reader's imagination so well. Terry Trueman will appear at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library the evening of April 8th, 2010. Save the date, you won't be disappointed. 
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Friends Of The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Community Scholarships
by Lori Bennett
Life SentencesIn 2008, with the hope of assisting deserving students in realizing their educational dreams, the Friends established the Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Community Scholarships. This year, we will continue this tradition and again award two scholarships of $1,000 each. Scholarship recipients must be Shenendehowa High School students and/or residents of the Library tax district, who will be attending an accredited two- or four-year college or university in fall 2010.

The applications will be evaluated by a committee of Friends and the scholarships will be presented at Shenendehowa High School's Awards Night on May 27, 2010. If one of the recipients is not a Shenendehowa student, he or she will be contacted by the Friends directly. Award money will be deposited with the college or university, to be used to cover tuition, college expenses, fees, books, and instructional supplies.

We are very excited to recognize two deserving young people in this way, and look forward to the continued success of this annual scholarship.

Application forms are available on the Friends' website: They are also at the Welcome Desk of the Library and the High School East Counseling Center. Completed application packets must be received by March 5, 2010. For more information, please contact Lori Bennett at 877-4914.
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New FOL Cookbook Needs Your Recipes!
Life SentencesThe Friends of the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library are preparing a cookbook filled with taste-tempting recipes to be sold at our library. The cookbook will be created with the help of Shenendehowa students in the graphics design class who have created the artwork and it will feature favorite recipes from members of our community. We would like you to submit your favorite recipes so you can be represented in our Friends Favorites Cookbook. Each recipe will show the name of the recipe contributor and will be part of this treasured collection. Your recipe should fit into one of the following categories:
Appetizers, Beverages & Dips
Bread & Rolls
Soups, Salads & Vegetables
Pies, Pastry & Desserts
Main Dishes & Casseroles
Cakes, Cookies & Candy
Meat, Poultry, & Seafood
This & That
Proceeds from the sales of our cookbooks will support the many worthwhile projects and programs at the library. Your help in contributing recipes will insure that our cookbook will be a success. To add your recipe to our collection click here.
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Author to Speak on Sustainable Living Life Sentences
by Wilma Jozwiak

Scott Kellogg, co-Author of Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do It Ourselves Guide believes that all of us can learn to be more self sufficient and in the meantime, tread more lightly on the world. He believes that city and suburb dwellers can have local access and control over life's essential resources: food production, water security, waste management, autonomous energy, and bioremediation of toxic soils. Moreover, he believes we can do these things without huge monetary investments, becoming more secure in the process.

Scott's book, co-authored with Tracy Pettigrew, is packed full of easily understandable an do-able ideas and charmingly illustrated as well. As a reviewer on wrote, "Kellogg and Pettigrew offer a model of direct action for green living, instead of consumerism or electoral politics. This really is down-in-the-trenches, get your hands dirty work, whose results you can see in front of your eyes, whether it's through water recycling systems or micro livestock or alternative fuel."

Scott will be bringing his enthusiasm for and knowledge about these strategies for a more green and secure tomorrow to the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library on April 14th from 7 PM to 9 PM. For those who are interested, Scott will have copies of his book for sale as well. Save the date! 
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FOL Travel Update Rothenburg Travel Update
By Rhona Koretsky
Greetings from Rhona, the FOL Travel Coordinator. I am happy to report that the travel program is robust! What have we been doing? On October 17 a group of 55 (a full bus) traveled to New York City for a day on the famed Museum Mile. Among the museums visited by participants: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum (for a wonderful Kandinsky show). A small group also attended an outstanding performance of "Hamlet" on Broadway. Everyone had a wonderful time and many are looking forward to the spring trip (read down for details!).

A group of 17 returned on December 8 from a Christmas river cruise on the Danube, passing through Germany and Austria. Highlights of the trip included the lovely and perfectly preserved medieval walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Austrian Village Seen From The Riverboata glorious organ concert in the magnificent cathedral in Passau, on the German-Austrian border (the cathedral has the largest pipe organ in Europe, with over 17,000 pipes!), and the majestic city of Vienna. Along the way there were many opportunities to holiday shop in the traditional Christkindlmarkts (Christmas Markets), a lovely alternative to crowded malls. There was plenty of gluwein (hot spiced wine), lebkuchen (gingerbread), and wurst (needs no further explanation) to keep us warm and content.

On Friday April 23 some of the tour participants will be featured in the library's Friday morning program sharing souvenirs, photos, and memories. There will also be the first announcement of details of the next FOL international adventure, a tour of Sicily and southern Italy, including Rome, which will happen in March 2011. These trips are fund-raisers for the FOL, so in addition to the opportunity to have a great adventure, there is a direct benefit to the library. A win-win!

The next day trip sponsored by the FOL will be a trip to Brooklyn, New York on Sunday May 2. The highlight will be a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to view the cherry trees in full bloom. A visit to the Brooklyn Museum can also be arranged for a small additional cost. The cost for this trip is $65 for adults, $60 for students (age 12+, with ID) and seniors (age 65+), and $55 for children under 12. Please make your reservations as soon as possible for this trip. It is sure to fill quickly. Reserve your seat by email at: [email protected] or by calling me at 518-505- 1303. Due to the popularity of this trip, payment by check, made out to the Friends of the Library, will be due immediately.

Autumn 2010 will feature a literary tour in Massachusetts. Feel free to contact me by email or phone with any questions whatsoever...and safe travels wherever you might be going! 
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Author Laura Lippman Visit October 5, 2009 Life Sentences
by Natalie McDonough
Ideas are only worth the paper on which they're written. They're not a valuable commodity in the abstract without putting in the work to bring those ideas to the page. Best-selling novelist Laura Lippman shared this with a very enthusiastic audience at her program at the Library on October 5. When authors come to libraries they are often asked about where they get their ideas. Ms. Lippman talked about her latest book, Life Sentences, in which a memoir writer with a poorly received novel goes back to nonfiction and tries to find her childhood classmate, Calliope Jenkins, to get the real story of what happened to her. Jenkins was sent to prison after not speaking at her own trial where she was convicted of killing her son, though the son has disappeared and is actually presumed dead. Publishers Weekly magazine reviewed Life Sentences as a "stunning stand-alone from bestseller Lippman".

She also talked about her New York Times bestselling novel, What the Dead Know, as well as her Tess Monaghan series, beginning with Baltimore Blues.

Ms. Lippman was very impressed with our new library and is a very big fan of libraries, particularly public libraries. She comes from a very literary family, with her father a retired editorial writer for the Baltimore Sun, her mother a public school librarian and her sister, a bookseller.

At the end of her talk Lippman asked questions from the audience, with a number of specific questions about her novel and particularly about her Tess Monaghan series. It was clear that the audience members were very familiar with her work and relished the opportunity to ask questions of a novelist that they cleared admired.

Thank you to Julie Palyswiat and Chris Ranc from the Borders Clifton Park store for arranging to have on-site sales of Laura's books at the program. A huge thank you to the Friends of the Library for providing funding for the program and wonderful refreshments at the event itself.
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Florida Frenzy 
by Dan Riley
A full month to go and already
Bags are stacked in the bedroom corner
"The List" is being studiously compiled
Of what to take on our 18th southern tour
A week to "D-Day"; she displays her talent
The "Master Packer" - leaves no cubic inch
Of space unfilled; each item strategically
Placed for easy removal upon arrival
"D-Day"- the grand finale; we crawl out at six
Shower, dress, breakfast; a last minute check-off
Trip the circuit breakers; the final "walk through"
Lock up; "We're good to go, she announces"
It's now 9 am; head south on the Northway
Down the road we branch off to avoid D.C. traffic
Adding a hundred miles to our proposed itinerary
A concession to the "passenger-seat 'driver'"
In-car gauge displays an outside 15 degrees
Wagers are made on what the number will be
When we cross the Georgia-Florida line
To enter the land of warmth and sunshine
Day three; we gas up for the homestretch
Tearing down the concrete ribbon that is I-95
We leave the Peach State behind, and make a
Mad dash for the Florida Welcome Center
Grab a free paper cup of orange juice
It's 62 degrees, but I head for the "Men's"
To change into shorts; a bow to tradition
Slacks are banished into exile 'til fall
Now cruising down I-75; six hours to go
Euphoria overtakes us; we've made it again!
And about next year and a return to Paradise?
No way!; getting too old for this we say
Until next December brings its frigid air
And thoughts return to sunshine and golf
We'll quickly work the phone and computer
In a desperate bid for a last-minute rental
We'll score a hit; phone our southern friends
No problem, we'll be there; make the tee times!
A short pause; a quizzical glance at each other
Do we really, really want to do this again? 
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FOL Board of Directors

Jo Anne Robbins, President
Keith Willis, 1st VP & Book Sales
Toby Elman, 2nd VP & Publicity
George Pawlowski, Treasurer
Lori Bennett, Secretary & Scholarships
Ellen Burns, Fundraising & Events
Bernie Grossman, Liaison to Trustees
Nancy Hampton, Youth & Families
Andres Harnecker, Technology
Wilma Jozwiak, Membership
Cathy Lawrence, Outreach
Rhona Koretzky, Travel
Kathy Adam, Library Liaison
Ashley Denton, Get Out The Vote Campaign

FOL Committee Chairs

Chris Barry, Historian
Ann Christoffel, E-mail Communications
Janice Jaskolka Golden, Engraved Pavers
Fei Xie, Graphic Arts
Jen Pettis, Author Events Coordinator
Corinne Acker & Susanna Brooks, Hospitality
Heidi Muir, Newsletter Editor
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Upcoming Events

January 29 -31  Winter Used Book Sale
March 5  Deadline for FOL Scholarship Applications
March 14  Annual Art Show Reception Sunday, 2:00 PM
April 8  Young Adult Author Terry Trueman, 7:00 PM
April 14  "Green" Author Scott Kellogg, 7:00 PM
May 2  FOL Bus Trip: Brooklyn Botanical Garden
May 26 Children's Author Margaret Haddix, 7:00 PM
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Friends Favorite Cookbook book
Be one of the first to order your copy of the Friends' Favorites Cookbook!  We will be producing only 200 copies of the cookbook.  To place your order, simply complete an order form that will be available on the FOL Chest in the library entrance, the FOL table on the second floor or from the link below.
Our Price: $12.00

Complete the order form and return it with your check made payable to the Friends of the CPH Library. 

Cookbook Order/Recipe Form  
TopWinter 2010 Issue
In This Issue
Terry Trueman April 8th
Community Scholarships
Submit Your Favorite Recipe
Scott Kellogg Visit on April 14
Travel Update
Laura Lippman Visit Review
Florida Frenzy
Board of Directors
Article Headline
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Renew Your Membership
Outreach Service
Winter Used Book Sale
Book Donation Guidelines
Recycle your Gadgets!
Writers Wanted!
Museum Pass Program
Museum Pass Program

Time To Renew Your Membership

It's not too late to sign up for or renew your Friends of the Library member- ship. One of the benefits of membership in the Friends is early access to the Used Book Sales and your Book Friendly newsletter..

Please take a moment to renew your membership in the Friends.  You can download a membership form here. Complete the form and bring it with you to the Used Book Sale this weekend.

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Outreach Service

Enjoy Reading? The Friends of the Library will deliver books to people who are unable to get to the Library.  If you are interested in receiving this Outreach service or know anyone who might benefit from this service, please call Lou Ann Stewart at the Library, 371-8622.

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Friends Winter Used Book Sale

The next regular full-scale Used Book Sale will be held January 29-31 in Program Rooms A and B and the Friends Room (adjacent to Program Room A). The Friends have received an overwhelming amount of donations for this next sale, and volunteers have been working tirelessly to sort and categorize all the books and audio/visual materials that have pouring in. This sale will feature a tremendous selection of audio books and VHS movies, as well as the usual great selection of contemporary and classic fiction, children's books, and non-fiction books.

Details of the Sale are below.
Friday, January 29, 2010 1 pm - 5 pm
Saturday January 30, 2010 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, January 31, 2010 12 pm - 4 pm

Paperbacks $ .50 Children's $ .50
Hardcovers $1.00
VHS Tapes $1.00 CDs/DVDs $2.00 and up Audio Books $2.00 - $5.00
Special Items priced slightly higher

Members of The Friends of The Library may purchase items at the members preview sale which is held Friday at 12:00, before the event opens to the general public. Each member may buy as many as 50 items at the preview sale. Bring your membership card, and get the best selection. If you are not a member, sign up now to take advantage of this benefit.

Sunday is Bag Day! On Sunday, fill a bag with books for $5.00. Or buy a tote bag or backpack for $10.00 and fill it for free!
Mark your calendar now!
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Friends Used Book Sale Donation Guidelines

Recently, we have re-
ceived numerous dona-
tions to the Friends Used Book Sale that we are not able to use. In fact, with surprising regularity, we receive donations of books that are ripped, dirty, moldy, and water-damaged. The volunteers go through every book, and have on occasion had to resort to wearing rubber gloves before removing the books from their bags or boxes. While we certainly want and need donations to continue to operate the Used Book Sales,

PLEASE keep in mind that we only want books that we can actually sell. A good rule of thumb is that if the book does not look like it belongs on the Library's shelves, it should not be donated to the Friends Book Sale. Another good guide is to look at the books you are donating, and ask yourself "would I buy this book in this condition?" If the answer is no, please discard it.

Our actual donation guidelines are provided below:

The Friends gladly accept donations of the following items in preparation for the Used Book Sales: gently used books in good condition; compact discs; computer software and games; records; sheet music; videocassettes and DVDs.

Books with broken spines, missing pages or covers, or that are water damaged, should be discarded. We are unable to sell such books. Also, please discard any books that have a mildewy odor.

We are unable to use textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader's Digest Condensed Books or magazines.

Please bring your donations to the Welcome Desk in the lobby of the library at 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
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FOL Recycling Fund-raising Program

The Friends of the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library are continuing the "green" recycling fund-raiser through a program called EcoPhones. The recycling program is for cell phones, inkjet cartridges, iPods and digital cameras.

There is nothing to buy. We are simply asking you to protect the environment by donating your old items. They may be tax deductible and will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold.

The cell phones will be donated to the Saratoga Domestic Violence Shelter and 100% of the other proceeds will go directly to support library programs.

The green collection bin is located in the library at 475 Moe Rd. Clifton Park.

The following items will be accepted:

-Cell Phones - working and non-working. The memory will be cleared from all donated cell phones; however, we recommend you remove any personal information from your phone before donating it. Please include the battery with
the phone, but no other accessories (chargers, cases, earpieces, etc.) can be recycled.
-Ink Jet Cartridges - all brands, functional or broken will be accepted. No toner cartridges, please. (Ink jet cartridges
are small and can fit in your hand, toner cartridges are large and bulky).
-Apple iPods - working and non-working. Please include the battery, but no other accessories.
-Digital Cameras - work- ing and non-working. Please include the battery, but no other accessories. 

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Writers Wanted!

Book Friendly accepts: Book Reviews, Poetry, Articles, Memoirs, Short Stories.

Email submissions to:

Heidi Muir

I prefer Microsoft Word format. Handwritten or typed manuscripts are also accepted.

Call (518) 373-8170 for info.

Please include a state- ment granting Book Friendly permission to print your work. Deadline for the next issue, April 2010, is March 15th.

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Museum Pass Program

Life Sentences

Our Museum Pass Program is a big hit! Library patrons have been visiting museums locally and museums that are a short drive away. If you are looking for something fun and different to do, look no further than our Ask a Librarian Desk!

Patrons over the age of 18 may borrow passes for three days at a time, and are on a first-come first-served basis.

We offer passes to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Children's Museum of Saratoga, Norman Rockwell Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, Iroquois Indian Museum, Schenectady Museum & Suites-Bueche Planetarium, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and The Hyde Collection.

We are working on adding new museums, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

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"Get Out The Vote" Effort Pays Dividends

The Friends' 2009 "Get Out The Vote" effort once again paid dividends in this year's annual Library budget referendum held on September 17th. The 2010 budget passed by a vote of 739 to 267 with a 73% plurality, one of the highest in recent years, attributed in large part to the Friends' effort to turn out Library supporters.

An Exit Poll, conducted by the Friends, also yielded 160 returns containing valuable information. A majority of favorable voters indicated that the "Value Message" in Friends promotional material registered with them.

Further analysis of this year's vote compared to the last two years indi- cates that 200+ residents turned out each of the last two years that were miss- ing in 2007, reflective of the importance of sustaining the "Get Out The Vote" effort in future years.

Thanks to Jo Anne Robbins and Ashley Denton, who led this year's effort, and to the many volunteers who assisted them.

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