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Full Dewey

What’s your Dewey? As relevant today as it was in 1876, Melvil Dewey’s classification system organizes the world of knowledge. Once you know your Dewey, you’ll always find something worth reading at the Lititz Public Library.


000 – General Works and Computer Science
Easy Windows 8 by Mark Edward Soper and Sherry Kinkoph Gunter
Illustrated steps and simple instructions guide readers through the skills needed to perform the most common tasks.


100 – Philosophy and Psychology
You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself by David McRaney
Self-delusion and irrational thinking make people fool themselves when considering attraction, time wasted, best intentions and the true price of happiness.


200 – Religion
Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg
The author invites readers to recognize the presence of God in routine moments of everyday life.


300 – Social Sciences
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
The subject of a recent motion picture, Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, went to Washington D.C. in 1841, only to be drugged, beaten and sold into slavery.



400 – Language
Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything by David Bellos
How do we know what someone else means? The author tells why translation, the moving of words from one language to another, is an important aspect of our daily lives.


500 – Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Braintrust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants and More by Garth Sundem
Based on interviews with Nobel Laureates, MacArthur geniuses, National Science Medal winners and other leading scientists, the author provides more than 100 proven, scientifically valid tips to make your life more interesting.


600 – Applied Sciences and Technology
DIY Nail Art: 75 Creative Nail Art Designs by Catherine Rodgers
Easy to follow instructions and helpful hints show how to create one-of-a-kind, totally cool ideas for nail designs, such as argyle, spider webs and light bursts.




700 – Arts and Recreation
Da Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image by Toby Lester
What motivated Leonardo Da Vinci to draw Vitruvian Man, the famous illustration of a disrobed four-armed, four-legged man framed in a circle?


800 – Literature
Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe
Journalist sets out to discover who makes up the legion of devoted Jane Austen fans that have transformed her from a classic novelist to a pop-culture phenomenon.



900 – History and Geography
Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic’s First-Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster
Original research discovered the complex relationships between the wealthy, privileged and titled passengers aboard the Titanic, adding a new dimension to the social history of the early 20th century.




Originally published on December 27, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Healthy Eating

With the New Year come resolutions to follow a healthier diet. Not sure which nutrition lifestyle to embrace? Borrow a book from the Lititz Public Library.

Jumpstart to Skinny : The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight LossJumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss by Bob Harper
Celebrity trainer shares a day-to-day strategy for weight loss success and features rules that will take confusion and decision-making out of meal planning.

Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need by Marc Gillinov and Steven Nissen
Two Cleveland Clinic doctors provide information about cardiovascular health and answers to questions their patients have raised over decades of practice.

The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life by Tory Johnson
Good Morning America contributor’s television career was jeopardized if she didn’t make a shift to a healthier lifestyle.

The Healthy Juicer's Bible : Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease, and Live LongThe Healthy Juicer’s Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease and Live Long by Farnoosh Brock
Tips gathered from years of green juicing, using just about every fruit and vegetable imaginable, are presented for those considering a switch to this regimen.

Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease and Lifelong Health by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
A cookbook companion to the “Eat to Live” diet includes the latest nutritional science, success stories and meals for every occasion.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…For Good by Mark Bittman
New York Times columnist provides recipes to support his suggestion that eating a vegan diet each day before 6:00pm will dramatically improve health.

The Fastdiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer
This diet allows users to eat whatever they like five days a week and then fast (consuming 500-600 calories per day) for two nonconsecutive days.

Slim for Life : My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight LossSlim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss by Jillian Michaels
Biggest Loser trainer offers a no-nonsense plan to slim down.

Trim Healthy Mama : No More FadsTrim Healthy Mama: A Commonsense Guide to Satisfy Your Cravings and Energize Your Life by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett
Sisters with a passion for healthy mothering present a comprehensive, biblically-based, and delicious way to eat for health and weight loss.

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter, M.D.
A board-certified neurologist states that carbohydrates are destroying the brain and presents a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal Cookbook: More Than 250 Delicious Recipes to Beat Disease and Live Longer from the Editors of Reader’s Digest
A collection of recipes has been assembled to treat almost 100 common ailments from acne to cataracts to kidney disease.

Eating on the Wild Side : The Missing Link to Optimum HealthEating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson
Investigative journalist reveals the nutritional history of fruits and vegetables.

The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole-Food, Plant-Based Recipes by LeAnne Campbell Disla, PhD
This collection of easily prepared, plant-based recipes supports findings of The China Study, research that suggests the Western diet has led to our current health crisis.

The Best Things You Can Eat: For Everything from Aches to ZZZZ, the Definitive Guide to the Nutrition-Packed Foods that Energize, Heal and Help You Look Great by David Grotto
Leading dietician compiled an index of top foods that showcases individual foods and their health benefits.

Originally published on December 20, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Activities for Kids

Looking for ways to keep children busy over their holiday break from school? Borrow a book filled with kid-friendly activities from the Lititz Public Library.

Christmas Unwrapped : A Kid's Winter Wonderland of Holiday TriviaChristmas Unwrapped: A Kid’s Winter Wonderland of Holiday Trivia by Amy Shields
Fun quizzes reveal interesting facts behind holiday traditions.

Nifty Thrifty Math Crafts by Michele C. Hollow
Use inexpensive materials found at home to make an origami hat, a piggy bank, a dream catcher clock and more.

Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking and Giving by Jessica Strand and Tammy Massman-Johnson
Kid-friendly projects include easy entrees, sweet and savory appetizers and fantastic crafts to display, wear or give.

Junk Drawer Jewelry by Rachel DiSalle and Ellen Warwick
Introductory information and tips are followed by instructions for projects of varying difficulty including bracelets, necklaces, rings, and wristbands.

Awesome Foam Craft : Quick and Easy Kids' ProjectsAwesome Foam Craft: Quick and Easy Kids’ Projects by Margaret Riley
Patterns, including refrigerator magnets, masks, jewelry and vehicles, make it easy to show children how to create crafts from sheets of foam.

The Kids’ Winter Fun Book: Homespun Adventures for Family Fun by Claire Gillman and Sam Martin
Instructions for art projects, games and recipes get the whole family involved in projects such as how to grow rock candy, make perfect pancakes or build a snow fort.

This Book Made Me Do It by John Woodward
A collection of activities for budding artists, scientists, sports stars and chefs provide step-by-step instructions for projects like making a barometer, panning for gold or doing the Moonwalk.

Trash Origami : 25 Paper Folding Projects Reusing Everyday MaterialsTrash Origami: 25 Paper Folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Make folded paper projects from throwaway materials like glossy brochures, dog food bags, catalog inserts and gum wrappers.

Super Simple Art to Wear: Fun and Easy-to-Make Crafts for Kids by Karen Latchana Kenney
Simple language and how-to photos introduce a variety of projects like painted shoe laces and circle purses.

The All-New Woodworking for Kids by Kevin McGuire
Over forty projects present easy instructions for projects like a doggie diner, adjustable stilts or a box featuring a secret drawer with sections on tools, materials, techniques and safety.

101 Things You Gotta Do Before You're 12!101 Things You Gotta Do Before You’re 12 by Joanne O’Sullivan
The list includes exciting and educational activities like suggestions on great classics to read, a list of crazy competitions, and how to trace family roots.

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay
With just a needle and thread kids will learn how to cut, fold, gather, embellish and reassemble second-hand T-shirts.

Learn to Sign the Fun Way!: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking with Games, Puzzles and Activities in American Sign Language by Penny Warner
Lively, self-guided book uses games and activities that go beyond the manual alphabet to share signs that appeal to youths.

Super Little Giant Book of Secret Codes by David Lambert and the Diagram Group
Learn to create secret codes using symbols, dots, lines or rearranged letters.

Girl’s Best Book of Knitting, Sewing and Embroidery by Virginie Desmoulins
Encourage creativity by showing kids the fundamentals of three basic handicrafts with simple projects that include embroidered T-shirts, knitted flowers and sewn hair bands.

Make and Take for Kids: 50 Crafts throughout the Year by Marie LeBaron
Share fifty unique and simple-to-produce projects centered around a holiday or season.

Originally published on December 13, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Entertaining December

Find practical tips and recipes for successful holiday entertaining in a book from the Lititz Public Library.

Sips and AppsSips and Apps:  Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Cocktails and Appetizers by Kathy Casey
The author advises balancing flavors with textures, providing instructions for over 100 classic and creative drinks and recipes for simple finger foods.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond
Blogger and best-selling author shares140 step-by-step recipes for twelve favorite occasions from Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to Caramel Apples on Halloween.

Tiny Food Party!:  Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals by Teri Fisher and Jenny Park
Readily available ingredients lead to miniature-sized versions of favorite foods, from bite-sized onion rings and little cheesecakes to mini pop tarts and shot-glass-sized cocktails.

Casual Entertaining by Chuck Williams
Learn how to easily and elegantly entertain family and friends with more than 150 kitchen-tested recipes.

One Bowl Baking : Simple, from Scratch Recipes for Delicious DessertsOne Bowl Baking:  Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts by Yvonne Ruperti
Simple “from scratch” recipes prepared in a single bowl, several mixed directly in the pan in which they’re baked.

Christmas Entertaining by Georgeanne Brennan
Celebrate an Italian Christmas Eve, a city Christmas Eve, a New England Christmas, a country breakfast and a New Year’s Day buffet.

5 Ingredient Fix : Easy, Elegant, and Irresistible Recipes5 Ingredient Fix:  Easy, Elegant and Irresistible Recipes by Claire Robinson
Recipes composed of five ingredients or less create easy, yet elegant meals including combinations like pork roast with cider gravy and bananas foster.

Celebrate:  A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton
Host a successful party with menus, activities and craft ideas for any time of the year.

You're So Invited : Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!You’re So Invited:  Panic Less, Play More and Get Your Party On by Cheryl Najafi
First-time entertainers will discover ten party plans with suggestions for decorations, food and drink preparations.

The Vegan Table:  200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Hosts can prepare uncomplicated seasonal menus that will appeal to non-vegans and vegans alike.

Perfect One-Dish Dinners:  All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers by Pam Anderson
Best-selling author serves up dozens of one-dish wonders perfect for the holidays.

Simple Stunning Parties at Home:  Recipes, Ideas and Inspirations for Creative Entertaining by Karen Bussen
The author’s secrets for an at-home party include no-fuss menus combining homemade and store-bought items and presentations with visual impact.

Bite by Bite : 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any PartyBite By Bite:  100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party by Peter Callahan
One hundred whimsical recipes lead to stylish party foods such as tuna tartare disguised as an ice cream cone, shrimp cocktail lollipops and mini spaghetti and meatballs.

Perfect Party Food:  All the Recipes and Tips You’ll Ever Need for Stress-Free Entertaining from the Diva of Do-Ahead by Diane Phillips
Whether planning a traditional menu or not-so-well-known ethnic dishes, advance preparation and shortcuts that can be completed and frozen make holiday entertaining easy.

Great Menus:  Seasonal Recipes for Entertaining by Patricia Lewis Mote
Suggestions for brunches, luncheons and dinner parties join lively stories about the food and menus.

Originally published on December 6, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express

Novels Worth Reading

Jacqueline Mitchard, best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean and other novels, polled her friends to create a list of great novels worth finding time to read. Her list appeared on the AARP website. The books are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Coming-of-age classic tells the story of six-year-old Scout, her brother and their father, a small-town Southern lawyer assigned to defend a falsely accused black man.

True Grit by Charles Portis
A fourteen-year-old girl enlists the help of one-eyed U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn to avenge the death of her father, a journey that leads them into Indian Territory.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed]A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
An idealistic young girl grows up amid the poverty of a Brooklyn tenement in the early twentieth century.

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
Based on actual prisoners’ memoirs, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel blends fact and fiction to present the story of the Andersonville Fortress and its use as a prison by the South during the Civil War.

The Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
A femme fatal in distress visits private investigator Sam Spade with a story of a kidnapped sister and a shady older man.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A cattle drive from Texas to Montana encapsulates the history of the American West giving life to standard characters like the scarlet lady with a heart of gold, friendly and unfriendly Indians, pioneers and cowboys.

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
Poor, plain and alone, a young woman marries a rich widower and moves to his great English country house where she is haunted by the memory of his dazzling first wife, Rebecca.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Barely escaping Earth’s destruction, Arthur Dent travels through space in search of a place to eat, accompanied by his rescuer, the two-headed ex-president of the galaxy and a fellow Earth refugee.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
After the Civil War sweeps away her genteel way of life, spirited Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara struggles to salvage her plantation home.

The MagusThe Magus by John Fowles
A young Englishman accepts a teaching assignment on a remote Greek island where his friendship with a local millionaire evolves into a deadly game.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
An investigator of the supernatural rents an eighty-year-old mansion hoping to find scientific evidence that ghosts exist.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna rejects a passionless marriage for a doomed love affair with a dashing military officer and is forced to endure the hypocrisies of society.

The Killer AngelsThe Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The events immediately before and during the battle of Gettysburg are seen through the eyes of the leading generals.

Crossing to SafetyCrossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
This story offers insight into friendship and marriage through the intertwined lives of two couples.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A newly rich young man tries to recapture the past and win back his former love despite the fact that she has married.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Wilbur the pig is saved by a girl who can hear animals talk and a spider who weaves messages.

Originally published on November 29, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express. (Perhaps the most uneventful date of the year!)

Documentary Films

Learning something new can be entertaining as well as enlightening with a documentary DVD from the Lititz Public Library.

Head Games
Athletes from professional to youth levels share their experiences and struggles with the long-term effects of concussions from contact sports.

Race to Space : America's Greatest Journey [2 Discs]The Race to Space: America’s Greatest Journey
After World War II drew to a close, the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States spurred an engineering and scientific competition focused on attaining firsts in space exploration.

Waiting for “Superman”
An inspiring look at public education focuses on the stories of five students including Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a better life.

Titanic: The Definitive Documentary Collection
Four programs present the legend of the Titanic, a luxury liner that set sail on April 10, 1912 on her maiden voyage and collided with an iceberg five days later.

Imax - Born to Be Wild (Rental)Born to Be Wild
The story of the bond between humans and animals documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who rescue and raise them.

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
The film looks at the role that U.S. military actions and corporate interests played in triggering unprecedented waves of migration from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

Crisis at the Castle
Aristocratic inheritors of Britain’s stately homes such as Sudeley Castle, Burton Court and Kelburn Castle face the realities of costly renovations, constant repairs, fading public attention and crippling debt.

The AmishThe Amish
The beliefs, lifestyles, traditions and history of the Amish are examined with commentary about their complex relationships with mainstream culture.

Frozen Planet
The Arctic and Antarctic are the greatest wildernesses on Earth, home to animals like the wandering albatross, the adelie penguin and the polar bear.

The Men Who Built America
Meet the titans who created the foundation of modern America: Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan and Ford.

Farmers, researchers and business people across America are investigating healthier and sustainable alternatives for a future of food and our planet.

Chautauqua: An American Narrative
A brief history and look at contemporary Chautauqua, New York, the artistic and spiritual community where thousands of people attend educational lectures in a large semi-outdoor amphitheater.

Wartorn 1861-2010
Beginning with the first documented cases from the Civil War, the film examines occurrences of post-traumatic stress disorder through two world wars, Viet Nam and soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Freedom Riders
In 1961, a band of courageous civil-rights activists rode busses into segregated parts of the South to protest the non-enforcement of the Supreme Court’s decision that public busses were not segregated.

The Last Play at SheaThe Last Play at Shea
A look at the intersecting stories of the landmark Shea Stadium and the legendary performer Billy Joel with footage of the goodbye performances in July 2008.

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
The film explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and investigates some of the mysteries surrounding author Harper Lee, including why she never published again.

Four babies – Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Hattie who lives in San Francisco and Mari from Tokyo – are followed through their first year of life.


Originally published on November 22, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.


Essays cover a wide range of topics, styles and moods and are a great place to start exploring the nonfiction genre. These books of essays are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Sister Mother Husband Dog:(Etc.)Sister Mother Husband Dog, Etc. by Delia Ephron
Hollywood screenwriter and bestselling author shares personal recollections, including a piece about bad hair days, an appreciation of her dog and a remembrance of losing her older sister, Nora Ephron.

When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead investigates themes that have preoccupied her work, such as the role of faith in modern life and the contradictions inherent in human nature.

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage ClaimMeet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Bestselling, single, mother-and-daughter writers humorously cover subjects such as the tumultuous world of dating, the impossibility of finding a reliable snow blower and the joys of owning a dog.

Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman
A contributing writer for Good Housekeeping presents eighteen essays on the lighter side of family life with topics like settling down, entering midlife and making recession-related sacrifices.

I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
The author discusses her career in journalism, divorce, a long-anticipated inheritance with unanticipated results and the evolution of her relationship with her email inbox.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
This collection celebrates the author’s life in France and America, from an attempt to make coffee with water from a flower vase to a drug purchase in a North Carolina mobile home.

The Animal Dialogues : Uncommon Encounters in the WildThe Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild by Craig Childs
Forty narrative essays present a tour of the author’s encounters with a variety of animals, evaluating the behaviors, habitats and life cycles of creatures like bighorn sheep, sharks and peregrine falcons.

How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen
Thoughtful essays explore themes often pursued in the author’s novels, such as loneliness, the erosion of civil life and private dignity.

Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West by Larry McMurtry
Novelist shares his love for the western landscape and belief in the unique aspects of the western experience.

Firstlight : The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk KiddFirstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd
Before becoming the bestselling novelist of The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, Kidd wrote inspirational essays for Guideposts, an interfaith magazine.

I’m All Over That: And Other Confessions by Shirley MacLaine
In a collection of personal essays, the actress shares her views and insights on aging, Hollywood, being polite, sex and anger.

My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere by Susan Orlean
The author recounts her adventures in a variety of exotic locales, from the African music scene in Paris to the World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Illinois.

Thrillers: 100 Must Reads edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner
Through essays contributed by modern thriller writers such as David Baldacci, Lee Child, Sandra Brown and others, this book explores 100 works of suspense from the ancient world to modern times.

Forward from Here : Leaving Middle Age--and Other Unexpected AdventuresForward From Here: Leaving Middle Age and Other Unexpected Adventures by Reeve Lindbergh
The daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh reflects on growing older, her famous parents, family secrets and the transition out of middle age.

Hold the Enlightenment by Tim Cahill
A travelogue of exotic locales includes swimming with the great white sharks, searching for the mythical Caspian tiger in Kurd country, drinking snake-blood cocktails in China and learning yoga in Jamaica.

Originally published on November 15, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

New Mysteries and Thrillers

These mysteries and thrillers are recent additions to the Lititz Public Library.

The Darling Dahlias and the Texas StarThe Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star by Susan Wittig Albert
Set in 1930s Alabama, members of the ladies garden club search for the culprit when an aviatrix, the fastest woman in the world, is threatened and her plane sabotaged.

The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth
An agent with a mission to track, find and kill terrorists hunts down a fanatic known as the Preacher who is targeting a retired Marine General for assassination.

Storm Front by John Sandford
A Minnesota police officer teams up with an Israeli cop tailing a smuggler who stole an ancient copper scroll.

Help for the Haunted by John Searles
Struggling with the unexplained loss of her parents, a young woman pursues the mystery of her parent’s disappearance as she comes to terms with her family’s past.

No Way OutNo Way Out by Alan Jacobson
When a powerful firebomb destroys part of a London art gallery, an FBI profiler is sent to work with Scotland Yard to identify a group of political radicals bent on destroying a priceless manuscript.

Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart
An emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions is tricked into materializing on the outskirts of her old hometown to rescue a videogame millionaire.

Drift by Jon McGoran
After the sudden deaths of his parents, a narcotics detective visits an inherited house in rural Pennsylvania where he falls in love with an organic farmer who is being pressured by a mysterious development company and violent drug dealers.

UnthinkableUnthinkable by Clyde Phillips
A homicide lieutenant enlists the help of a dangerous ex-con to find the perpetrator of a mass shooting with connections to a decades old murder case.

Black SkiesBlack Skies by Arnaldur Indridason
A Reykjavik police detective, unhappy with his life on the police force, agrees to help a friend who is being blackmailed.

Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber
Set in 1830, a young woman traveling to Edinburgh with her family is caught up in a friend’s personal crisis when a former tutor is implicated in a local girl’s disappearance.

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? By Paula Daly
An overwhelmed working mother’s world becomes a nightmare when a friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing, the second teenage girl to disappear within two weeks.

Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton
In 1963, a freelance private investigator, a former MI6 and black market con artist, agrees to one last scam that brings his World War II gang of accomplices together.

Sniper Elite: One Way Trip by Scott McEwen
A SEAL sniper launches a mission to free a captured female helicopter pilot being held by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

A Dangerous FictionDangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan
The cyber-stalking of a literary agent escalates into murder when old sins are revealed.

Hearts of Sand by Jane Haddam
A retired FBI profiler is enlisted to solve a thirty-year-old bank robbing spree that ended in murder.

Dark WatersDark Waters by Toni Anderson
After her father’s death, a schoolteacher attempts to stay one step ahead of a sadistic killer while tracking down the one man she’s been told to trust, her father’s old cell mate.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Set in 1829 Iceland, a young woman convicted of the brutal murder of her former master is sent to live with a farmer and his family on an isolated farm while awaiting execution.

Originally published on November 8, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Aspects of Psychology

How does psychology influence routine activities and interactions? Find out with a book from the Lititz Public Library.

E-Squared : Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your RealityE²: Nine Do-It-Yourself Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout
Simple experiments prove that reality is malleable and our conscious lives are shaped by our minds.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Using tests and data, the authors show that prejudice and unconscious bias towards others are a fundamental part of the human psyche.

The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues and Destroying Your Soul by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Technology addicts can learn how to be more mindful and use their time for productive multi-tasking with eight principles based on Buddhist thought.

To Sell Is Human : The Surprising Truth about Moving OthersTo Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink
The author investigates how the average person persuades and influences others and provides practical steps for successfully “selling” ideas.

Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time by Paul Hammerness and Margaret Moore
A Harvard Medical School psychiatrist describes the latest neuroscience research on the brain’s built-in system of organization and an executive wellness coach translates the science into solutions that make life less stressful, more productive and rewarding.

Financial Recovery: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Money by Karen McCall
The author explains how individuals can get out of debt by examining their relationship with money, understanding the difference between need and want and adopting positive behaviors.

How Music Works : The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and BeyondHow Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, From Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond by John Powell
A scientist and musician, the author answers questions about why music sounds as it does in selections that range from rock to classical.

The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws by Margaret Drabble
Novelist shares personal reminiscences, research and an interpretation of the jigsaw puzzle in the history of games, children’s literature, and as a mood therapy.

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession by Julie Powell
In the wake of a strain on her marriage a popular blogger left town to immerse herself in the art of butchery and travelling throughout the world in search of the butchery practices of other cultures.

Snoop : What Your Stuff Says about YouSnoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling
Private spaces at home and on the job offer unexpected keys to personality.

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt
A technology and design writer investigates driving habits, road engineering and questions like, “Why does the other lane always seem to move faster?”

The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation by Drew Westen
A professor of psychology and psychiatry explores the role of emotion in politics, finding evidence that when reason and emotion collide, emotion almost always wins.

The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible by John Geiger
While exploring the human capacity to survive extreme conditions, the author noted a phenomenon in which people in life-endangered circumstances often sense an unseen presence who offers encouragement and guidance.

On Looking : Eleven Walks with Expert EyesOn Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
Rediscover extraordinary things in ordinary activities by paying more attention.

Originally published on November 1, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Library Services 2013

The Lititz Public Library is more than just great books. Have you tried these services?

Book Clubs and Discussion Groups
The library sponsors a number of book clubs and discussion groups that meet regularly. Our calendar lists our regular programming.

Computers and Wireless Access
Computers are available for the public to use for the Internet or Microsoft Office programs. People may bring their wireless-enabled computers and tablets to the library and connect with the Internet through the library’s Wi-Fi network.

Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks
People with a library membership have access to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks through the library’s website. Or try TumbleBooks, an interactive library of animated books for preschoolers, beginner readers and older independent readers to enjoy online.

Foreign Language Instruction
Build conversational skills with Pronunciator, a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks for 80 languages.

Genealogy and Local History
Information about the history of Lititz is available in the library’s genealogy room. Resources include pdf copies of the Lititz Record, Lititz Express and Lititz Record Express covering years from 1877 through 2001. The Genealogy Club meets at the library on the third Wednesday of alternating months.

Health Information Network
Discover reliable health information through access to full-text articles of nursing and allied health journals, pamphlets, newsletters, periodicals, newspapers, encyclopedias, and more in the Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Homework Help
Students from kindergarten through college can get live, one-on-one chat assistance with homework using BrainFuse’s HelpNow. The service is offered at no cost to library members.

Job and Career Help
Brainfuse’s JobNow connects users with online career coaches to assist them during all stages of their job search.

Museum Passes
Explore local museums with free museum passes available for one week using an adult library membership card.

Thanks to a contribution from the Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County, patrons age 18 and older may borrow a StarBlast 4.5 inch Astronomical Telescope for one week using their library membership card. For more information contact Community Relations Coordinator Diane Guscott at (717) 626-2255 ext. 227.

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Originally published on October 25, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.
(Updates have been made from the original, 1/23/2020)