The Golden Age of Detective Fiction
represented in our Library’s collection. You can turn up more Golden Age authors with a quick Google search.
Watch the Recent Arrivals shelves for newer entries in the Cat in the Stacks series. Check the Mystery/Spy shelves for some of the Golden Age classics.
Exhausted our Library’s offerings? Check online catalogs for Ramsey County (RCL) and St Paul Public (SPPL) libraries. Your Ramsey County Library card can also be used at all SPPL libraries, including the St. Anthony Park branch.
(Deacon Cuffy Lambkin)—our rarely sober, likeable victim and hero; Sportcoat’s late wife Hetty; and a large supporting cast.
The questions: Why did Sportcoat shoot Deems Clemens in the ear, right in the middle of the project Plaza? Where is the missing Christmas Club money? Will the Elephant ever find true love?
The problems: drugs, alcohol, poverty, prison. Beneath their ever-present anger and antagonisms, the inhabitants of the Cause Houses care about each other. Although we’re sheltered from the worst that happens, this is a side of 1960s New York City we don’t often see—a mix of Italian, Irish, Black and white, hating and loving.
Hilarious and tragic, romantic and adversarial—as several plot threads weave together, finally, it’s the language that draws you in and holds you to the end, as the Irish Sergeant Potts, when confronted with the graceful presence of Sister Gee, feels “all the formal police training in the world was useless when the smile of someone you suddenly care about finds the bow that wraps your heart and undoes it.” You will care, too.
Read Your Way through Winter
Wishing Everyone Speedy Recoveries
Beginning October 15, three of the Committee’s senior members were hospitalized and required follow-up transitional care. That’s twenty-five percent of the workforce.
Soon after, Mary Abbe announced that she wished to resign from the Committee. Mary had been a Library Committee member since September 2011, while still working full-time. Until she retired, she faithfully shelved books once a week. Post-retirement, she attended meetings, always making valuable contributions to monthly book discussions. She also served as the committee’s recorder.
Despite the aforementioned maladies, core Library services will be unaffected. Other committee members accepted additional shelving assignments. New books will be inventoried and appear on the Recent and Relevant shelves. As they become available, surplus books will show up on the third-floor sales table. Lastly, as time permits, Eileen Smith will begin to inventory the Fiction collection.
Some of the special projects, however, will be moved to the back burner. Earlier this summer, we moved all of the heavy art books to lower shelves. Fortunately, the shelves show no signs of permanent damage.
As a result, many of the books on the upper level shelves have been temporarily relocated. Consult the posted shelf guides for current book arrangement throughout the Library. Thanks to a suggestion from Ted Lentz, we’ve revised the shelf guides, making them easier to read.
By the time this article appears, I will be in a warm location for the winter. Faye Herold will be the Chair-in-Residence through May.
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