Around the Island

Those New Year’s resolutions

While some bold and brave souls have professed that they arehaving a resolution-free New Year, many of us are dusting off ourold lists and resolving to start the new decade as new and improvedindividuals. Diet, exercise and fiscal restraint always seem to topthe list of New Year’s resolutions but this year becoming a moresocially or environmentally conscious being and learning a newlanguage or skill seem to be popular ambitions, as well.

Whether you choose to formalize your good intentions or not, atrip to the library is well worth your time. There are plenty ofnew releases on diet and healthy living including many newcookbooks. A new recipe at this time of year is a greatpicker-upper. And there are lots of books on various ways to reduceyour carbon footprint. The financial upheavals of 2008-2009 haveyielded a bumper crop of volumes about various facets of thecrisis, as well as personal financial strategies for the future.There are plenty of great new novels and works of non-fiction topass the time, as well as music, movies and audio books to borrow.Remember, if the library does not stock something you are lookingfor, a staff member will be happy to order it up for you fromanother county library. If new language skills are on your agenda,check out the Mango! Language Learning options available throughthe website

For those of us seeking enlightenment on the financial front,this Friday night the library is the place to be. The popular”Friday Night Dialogues at the Library series resumes on January 15from 7 to 9 p.m. and celebrates its first anniversary with thereturn of Martin Mayer, noted columnist, author of more than 35books and Brookings Institution guest scholar on economic studies.Mr. Mayer launched the series a year ago with a look at “TheCurrent Economic Crisis: Will Anything Work? and revisits thattopic with analysis and commentary on “What Happened?…And, What’sNext?

So join your friends and fellow Islanders for an interesting andprovocative discussion. See you at the library!


Joy’s LIFE Diet: Four steps to thin forever, Joy Bauer

“The Kind Diet, Alicia Silverstone

“The Four Day Diet, Ian Smith

“Flat Belly Diet,: Liz Vaccariello

“The South Beach Diet Supercharged, Arthur Agatston

“Eat This, Not That, David Zinczenko

“Master Your Metabolism, Jillian Michaels

“Fitness Made Simple, John Basedow

“Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness, Mario Lopez

“Jim Cramer’s Getting Back to Even, Jim Cramer

“Jim Cramer’s Stay Mad for Life, Jim Cramer

“Jamie’s Food Revolution, Jamie Oliver

“Make it Fast, Make it Slow, Stephanie O’Dea

“Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home, Martha Stewart

“The Conscious Cook, Tal Ronnen

“The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion, Sharon Tyler Herbst

“The AARP Retirement Survival Guide, Julie Jason

“The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health, MoosewoodCollective

“So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week,Ellie Krieger

“Going Rogue, Sarah Palin*

“When the Game Was Ours, Larry Bird and Earvin “MagicJohnson*

“What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell*


“U is for Undertow, Sue Grafton*

“Under the Dome, Stephen King*

“La’s Orchestra Saves the World, Alexander McCall Smith

“The Ghost King, R.A. Salvatore

“The Gift, Cecelia Ahern

“Gourmet Rhapsody, Muriel Barbery

“Grace Hammer, Sara Stockbridge

“Haiku, Andrew H. Vachss

“Knit the Season, Kate Jacobs

“The Love Children, Marilyn French

“Mama Dearest, E. Lynn Harris

“New World Monkeys, Nancy Mauro

“The Other Mr. Darcey, Monica Fairview

“The Paris Vendetta, Steve Berry

“The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan

“The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk

“New York: The Novel, Edward Rutherfurd

“Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel*

“Too Many Murders, Colleen McCullough

“A Touch of Dead, Charlaine Harris

“The Vows of Silence, Susan Hill

* New York Times bestseller