Consumer Information Catalog

Consumer Information Catalog

For more than 40 years, people have been discovering helpful consumer publications from the government in the free Consumer Information Catalog from Pueblo, Colorado. The Catalog lists free and low-cost publications created by federal agencies to help you:

• Get fit and manage your medications

• Find better ways to save and invest your money

• Protect yourself from online and telephone scams

• Get the most out of government benefits and programs

• Care for your home, your car – and more

It is information you can trust to help make life a little easier.

You can subscribe to the online edition delivered by e-mail or to the print edition delivered by mail. You can also order the print edition in bulk to share with your community group, library or school. The Catalog is published three times a year. Your subscription is free and you can change or cancel it at any time.

The Winter/Spring 2013 issue features several online only (marked with an “*”) resources focusing on preparing and paying for college. In addition there are a number of helpful booklets available on a variety of topics, those listed below are free. Just fill in the order form at the back of the catalog & send off. Look for the catalog on the lower level of the library or in the Reference Department.

Or you can visit to download a PDF version of the catalog & for more helpful info!


College Preparation Checklist*

Federal Student Aid Grant Programs Fact Sheet*

Federal Student Aid for Adult Students*

Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid 2013-2014*


Catch the Spirit: A Student’s Guide to Community Service

Work Changes Require Health Choices. Protect Your Rights

Go Green!:

Care for Air: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality*

Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Money & Energy at Home*

Green Scaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard*

Quick List of ENERGY STAR Resources for Your Home*

Saving Money on Gas*

Shopping for Light Bulbs*

WaterSense-Simple Steps to Save Water*


Allergies and Hay Fever

Antibiotic Resistance

Buying Contacts Online


Dietary Supplements

Generic Drugs


Straight Talk on Braces

Sunscreen and Tanning

Tattoos and Permanent Make-Up


2012 Consumer Action Handbook

Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance

Living Trust Offers*

Mutual Funds: A Guide for Investors

Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Retirement


Fly-Rights: A Consumer Guide to Air Travel*

Tips for Traveling Abroad*

Be sure to visit for more helpful info!


Have you often listened to the radio while driving & heard a discussion about a book that sounded intriguing, one you would be very interested in reading? Or have you watched TV and become fascinated with an author and want to read her/his books? Are you frustrated when you get to the library and you can’t remember either the title or author? It’s time to introduce you to one of the many features of BookLetters, a free reader’s service available from the Falmouth Public Library.

BookLetters features Books on the Air: As Seen on Television and As Heard on the Radio.

Books on the Air

As Seen on Television:

Includes: CBS Sunday Morning; Morning Joe; CBS This Morning; The Colbert Report; Good Morning America; The Today Show; The View; Ellen; Daily Show; PBS News Hour; MSNBC’s the Cycle; The Talk; Carson Daily; Dr.Oz and 20/20.

As Heard on the Radio:

Includes: NPR’s Book Review; All Things Considered; Weekend Edition; NPR’s You Must Read This; Monday –Friday Book News; Morning Edition; Tell Me More; On Point; NPR Exclusive First Read; and Science Friday.

To access BookLetters, visit our homepage

On the far right in the dark blue banner is a tab for a drop-down menu, “For Readers.” Scroll down to BookLetters. Under the caption For Adults, you’ll find the link “See what titles are being discussed on Radio and TV.” Click on the link.

Books on the Air is updated every Friday.

BookLetters has much more to offer!

BookLetters are annotated lists of new or noteworthy books covering a variety of subjects and genres. You can sign up for their newsletters and receive e-mail notification when new books of interest to you arrive.

The newsletter choices include

Book Sizzle

Books on the Air


Fiction Best Sellers


Nonfiction Best Sellers

Children’s Chapter Books

Children’s Picture Books

Past and Present



New Fiction

New Nonfiction

Science and Nature

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Teen Scene


Sign up for as many as you would like. They are all FREE!

Are you an audiobook fan? You can also read reviews of audiobooks through BookLetters.

Downton Abbey Season Three

As the third season of Downton Abbey approaches the Anglophile excitement is almost palpable! Perhaps you are planning to entertain the evening of the season opener. Here are a few suggestions to get you properly fitted out.

Eat Tea: a new approach to flavoring contemporary and traditional dishes
by Joanna Pruess with John Harney

Call # 641.6372 PRU

For all the tea in China: how England stole the world’s favorite drink and changed history by Sarah Rose Call # 382.41 ROS

The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: a guide to enjoying the world’s best teas by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss Call # 641.3372 HEI

A Recipe for Tea Crumpets:

Put two well-beaten eggs in a quart of milk, and add as much flour as will make them rather thicker than batter pudding. Then make your bake stone very hot, and grease it well; pour a large spoonful of batter, so that it may run the size of a saucer. When ready to use, toast them crisp, and butter them.

From Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America by Susan Williams

Call # 394.12 WIL

More cookery books:

The Art of Dining: a history of cooking & eating by Sara Paston-Williams

Call # 641.09 PAS

Great British cooking, a well kept secret by Jane Garmey; foreward by Calvin Trillin

Call # 641.5941 GAR

River Cottage every day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Call # 641.563 FEA

Taste: the story of Britain through its cooking by Kate Colquhoun

Call # 641.300941 COL

Just in! Music CDs!

Downton Abbey – Original Music by John Lunn

Downton Abbey- the Essential Collection

Look for them on the Music shelves under the caption “Stage, Theater, Screen” the ones with lime green stickers! 

Enjoy the show!

A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Chase’s Calendar of Events
is a reference book that we sometimes cite for the Happenings at the Falmouth Public Library column. It is a goldmine of information. One feature is the section “Spotlight on the Past” which highlights anniversaries of various events from 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, even 200 years ago. 

In the coming year it might be fun to find out what happened on your birthday or a friend’s!  Stop into the Reference Department & we’ll direct you to this great reference book. Call # REF 902.02 CHA.

Some tidbits from past years:


Landmark U.S. Events:

James Madison was sworn in for a second term as president. Dolley Madison served ice cream at the inauguration party.

Literary Arts:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was published

Queen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley was released

Commerce and New Products:

Coffee and pineapples were introduced to Hawaii by Don Francisco de Paula y Marina, a Spanish adviser to King Kamehameha.


Landmark U.S. Events:

The Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863 freeing slaves in the rebelling states.

Lincoln gave what would become his famous address at the dedication of the Gettysburg military cemetery on Nov. 19.

Literary Arts:

Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale was published

Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott was published

Commerce and New Products:

I.M. Singer Co. became incorporated as the Singer Manufacturing Co. About 20,000 Singer sewing machines were sold annually.

Ebenezer Butterick developed the first paper dress patterns


Landmark U.S. Events:

Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified granting Congress the authority to levy taxes on income.

The Woolworth building opened in New York City- the tallest building in the world until the construction of the Chrysler Building.

Literary Arts:

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence was published

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather was published

Commerce and New Products:

The first home refrigerator went on sale in Chicago

The zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback


Landmark U.S. Events:

A severe hurricane struck New England causing more than 600 deaths and the destruction of millions of dollars’ worth of property.

The House Committee on Un-American Activities was established to monitor Socialists and Communists (or those suspected to be.)

Literary Arts:

Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller was published

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier was published

Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie was published

Commerce and New Products:

Teflon , the protective resin for cookware was invented by Roy Plunkett at E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

Inventor Chester Carlson made the first Xerox copy.


Landmark U.S. Events:

More than 250,000 people attended the civil rights rally in DC where Dr. Martin Luther King made his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open automobile at Dallas Texas.

Literary Arts:

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath was published.

The Group by Mary McCarthy was published.

Commerce and New Products:

Coca Cola introduced the diet soda, Tab.

Push-button telephones went into service as an alternative to rotary dial phones.


Landmark U.S. Events:

US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop compared nicotine’s deadly addictive qualities to heroin

In the landmark free speech case The Supreme Court sided with Hustler magazine in the Hustler v Falwell case, declaring that the First Amendment prohibited public figures from receiving compensation for emotional distress inflicted upon them.

Literary Arts:

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was published.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking was published.

Commerce and New Products:

The anti-depressant Prozac was introduced after its invention and testing at Eli Lilly by inventor Ray Fuller. It quickly became a multibillion-dollar industry in itself for the company.

Personal computing took off in America with more than 15 % of households owning a computer.

Great Business Reads for the Beach

Great Business Reads for the Beach at the Falmouth Public Library!

A recent article in Booklist Online featured “Great Business Reads for the Beach” by editor Keir Graff:

“ I’ve always thought of business books as being on a par with reference when it comes to reading pleasure—or maybe even just a little bit worse. After all, an encyclopedia makes no pretense at constructing a narrative. Too often, business books read with all the wit and verve of a company report, using the English language as though it were merely a paper clip to hold the facts together.

All this got me wondering: Is there such a thing as a beach-read business book? If we define a beach read as a fast-moving narrative that allows us to lose ourselves in the story, then yes, there is. Looking through starred Booklist reviews from the past 10 years, I made a list that should interest readers who wouldn’t ordinarily be interested in business books.”

Here are titles with reviews from Graff’s list that are in the Falmouth Public Library’s collection:

The Accidental Billionaires: the Founding of Facebook, a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal by Ben Mezrich.

The source material for the hit movie The Social Network, this book succeeds largely because of Mezrich’s ability to distill a massive commercial and cultural phenomenon into a story of friendship and falling-out. That Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, and the Winklevoss twins are now a part of our pop pantheon speaks to Mezrich’s ability to write about real people as though they were fictional characters. This is a business book that reads like a thriller.  Call # 338.761006 MEZ

The Big Rich: the Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan Burrough

Chronicles the rise and fall of one of the great economic and political powerhouses of the twentieth century–Texas oil–by weaving together the epic sagas of the industry’s Big Four (Roy Cullen, H. L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, and Sid Richardson) in a story of wealth, power, family feuds, scandals, and bankruptcies. Call # 338.2728 BUR

The Facebook effect: the inside story of the company that is connecting the world by David Kirkpatrick

How did a nineteen-year-old Harvard student create a company that has transformed the Internet and how did he grow it to its current enormous size? Kirkpatrick shows how Zuckerberg steadfastly refused to compromise his vision, insistently focusing on growth over profits and preaching that Facebook must dominate (his word) communication on the Internet. In the process, he and a small group of key executives have created a company that has changed social life in the United States and elsewhere, a company that has become a ubiquitous presence in marketing, altering politics, business, and even our sense of our own identity. This is the Facebook Effect. Call #338.761006 KIR

The Fall of the House of Forbes: The Inside Story of the Collapse of a Media Empire by Stewart Pinkerton

Pinkerton, former managing editor of Forbes, had a front-row seat at the breathtaking decline of an iconic American journalism brand. Beginning with a portrait of the eccentric Malcolm Forbes, he details the fierce internecine family and business squabbles that accompanied every misstep in the move from print to the web as the media giant fell. Pinkerton sees the decline of Forbes as a “business parable with undercurrents of Greek tragedy,” and we’re compelled to agree. Call # 338.761

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon

Mitnick was at one time the most-wanted computer hacker in the country, perhaps the world. Here he reveals, in minute detail, how he obtained some of the most closely guarded secrets of the computer industry, how he eluded the FBI for years by living under false identities, and how one corporate IT security manager ultimately beat him at his own game. This reads like Frank Abagnale Jr.’s Catch Me if You Can (1980) and Steve McVicker’s I Love You Phillip Morris (2003)—with a high-tech twist. Call # 364.168 MIT

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner

In video-game years, Doom may be ancient history, but its status in the pantheon of first-person shooter games qualifies it as a bona fide legend. Kushner cracks open the dark world of John Carmack and John Romero, creators of Doom and other blockbuster computer games, and reading this fascinating underground tale is as addictive as the games themselves. This is a true antihero story for our time, with computer geeks turned rock stars birthing a new cyberculture.  Call # 794.8 KUS

Ponzi’s scheme : the true story of a financial legend by Mitchell Zuckoff.

You’ve heard of the scheme. Now comes the man behind it. In Mitchell Zuckoff’s exhilarating book, the first nonfiction account of Charles Ponzi, we meet the charismatic rogue who launched the most famous and extraordinary scam in the annals of American finance.

It was a time when anything seemed possible–instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury–and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors’ money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the “rob Peter to pay Paul” scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston. Ponzi’s Scheme is the amazing true story of the irresistible scoundrel who launched the most successful scheme of financial alchemy in modern history–and uttered the first roar of the Roaring Twenties. Call # 923.41 Ponzi

The Quants: how a new breed of math whizzes conquered Wall St. and nearly destroyed it

by Scott Patterson.

Proving Mark Twain’s point that “truth is stranger than fiction,” Patterson tells the tale of the global financial meltdown in 2007 via a new breed of investor, the Quants, elite math geniuses who exchanged the hunches of risk-taking traders for advanced mathematical tools. Their ascendancy to the heights and then extraordinary fall to near extinction is a remarkable story, as is the possibility that they all will rise from the ashes. Must-read material on a still-resonant phenomenon. Call # 332.64 PAT

When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence by Connie Bruck

Lew Wasserman’s career as head of Universal Studios demonstrated a kind of epic symmetry: by freeing the stars of the 1940s from the servitude of studio contracts, he had effectively ended the era of the movie moguls, only to become the greatest mogul of them all. With the gusto of Howard Cosell at ringside, Bruck reports on business coup after business coup, showing not only how Wasserman roped his dopes but also how he acquired the leverage to do so. A riveting account of a legendary Tinseltown power broker. Call # 338.761 BRU

Bess Crawford Mysteries

Recently I enjoyed reading A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd.  A Bess Crawford mystery set in England during World War I, the novel is part of a series featuring Crawford, a battlefield nurse and sometime investigator. 

Library Journal reviewed the book:

“Todd brings World War I England and France to life with an intriguing plot and an intrepid sleuth. A Bitter Truth is recommended for all British wartime mystery aficionados who like plucky investigators similar to Maisie Dobbs.

At the outset of Todd’s outstanding third Bess Crawford mystery (after 2010’s An Impartial Witness), Bess returns to London in December 1917 on leave from her nursing work in France to find an attractive, well-bred woman of about 25 huddled in the doorway of her lodging house. The tearful woman, who reluctantly gives her name as Lydia, accepts Bess’s invitation to come inside. Lydia later reveals that she’s fled to London from Sussex after her husband struck her in the face. The tenderhearted Bess agrees to accompany Lydia back home so she can provide moral support. On arrival in Sussex, Bess finds herself in the midst of a family devastated by untimely death and hiding poisonous secrets. When a murder occurs, the local police suspect Bess is involved. The Todd plausibly inserts the heroine yet again into a criminal investigation, besides providing a usual depth of characterization.”

Charles Todd is the joint pseudonym for the mother-and-son writing team of Charles Todd and Caroline Todd, pseudonyms of David Todd Watjen and Caroline L.T. Watjen. The two share a fondness for English authors, and Charles grew up listening to bedtime stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Shakespeare, which his mother read to him. There is a history of storytelling in their family, with both authors having enjoyed hearing their fathers and grandfathers tell stories of their own childhoods. One grandmother shared ghost stories, while a great-uncle recounted his experiences as a flyer in World War II. They each cite the influence of childhood reading for their interest in writing, and especially their interest in mysteries. In an interview, Charles Todd remarked: “I can’t remember not having a library card. Or my parents not reading to me. Or not finding stacks of books on every imaginable subject all over the house. And I liked the puzzle of a mystery–I liked figuring out why it worked.”

Titles in the Bess Crawford Series:

A Duty to the Dead (Aug. 2009)

An Impartial Witness (Aug. 2011)

A Bitter Truth (May 2012)

An Unmarked Grave (June 2012)

The Todds also write the Ian Rutledge series. From a Library Journal review of Wings of Fire (1998):

“Called to Cornwall, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge investigates three suspicious deaths in the same prominent family. First, a crippled woman and her half-brother apparently commit suicide; then, another half-brother dies in an accidental fall. Not only does Rutledge’s search expose well-hidden family skeletons and motives for murder, it also provides ample opportunity for input from the inner voice he has heard since returning from the trenches of World War I. Splendid imagery, in-depth characterization, and glimpses of more than one wounded psyche: an excellent historical mystery for all collections.”

Visit to view a timeline of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series set during the post war years from June 1919 to June 1920.

aah, Summer Reading

Time to sit on the porch (or the deck) read a new book, reread an old favorite, or explore an author you are curious about!

Here are some suggestions:

As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann

Torn in two by a vicious civil war, seventeenth-century England was the scene of extraordinary violence. Among the soldiers traveling the country from one deadly battle to another is Jacob Cullen, a former servant who dreams of baptizing himself with the blood of battle into a new life after the war. Only his brewing erotic obsession with a fellow fighter threatens his plans.

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

Fearless, funny, and ultimately tender, Evans’s stories offer a bold new perspective on the experience of being young and African-American or mixed-race in modern-day America.

A Curable Romantic by Joseph Skibell

When Dr. Jakob Josef Sammelsohn arrives in Vienna in the 1890s, he happens to meet Sigmund Freud, has a series of affairs, is haunted by the ghost of his abandoned wife, and eventually ends up in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940.

Distant Hours by Kate Morton

A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WW II.

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

A continuation of “Shanghai Girls” finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation’s intolerant Communist culture.

Elegy for Eddie: a Maisie Dobbs novel by Jacqueline Winspear. *****

When Eddie Pettit’s death is ruled an accident by the police, many believe that this gentle soul was murdered and Maisy Dobbs, determined to do right by Eddie, searches for the truth amid the working-class of Lambeth.

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick

Presents a retelling of Henry James’s The Ambassadors that follows the efforts of divorced schoolteacher Bea Nightingale to navigate a turbulent year spent with her estranged brother’s family

The Forgotten Garden: a novel by Kate Morton

Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she grows up that she is not their child, a situation that causes her to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.

Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade ago.

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. *****

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Miss Fuller by April Bernard.

It is 1850. Margaret Fuller–feminist, journalist, orator, and “the most famous woman in America”–is returning from Europe with her Italian husband, the Count Ossoli, and their two-year-old son. But this is not the gala return of a beloved American heroine. This is a furtive, impoverished return under a cloud of suspicion and controversy. 

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Being able to taste people’s emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

In a novel based on the author’s real-life tragedy, Goldman, consumed with grief and guilt over the accidental death of his wife just before their second anniversary, obsessively collects every memory of her, especially her writings, with the hope of keeping her alive in his mind.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend.

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone- Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. 

The Surrendered by Chang Rae Lee

June Han was only a girl when the Korean War left her orphaned; Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled the petty tragedies of his small town to serve his country. When the war ended, their lives collided at a Korean orphanage where they vied for the attentions of Sylvie Tanner, the beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary wife whose elusive love seemed to transform everything.

Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrent

Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal.

Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner

Bonded by their shared status as children of Russian émigrés in spite of disparate family experiences, Vaclav and Lena team up as aspiring magicians when Lena’s abusive domestic situation prompts her rescue by Vaclav’s mother.

New Mysteries

$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles: a Puzzle Lady mystery by Parnell Hall

Stumbling over a murder scene while making a blackmail payment for a young attorney, Cora Felton’s efforts to solve the crime put her in the path of a killer who may be targeting her niece and her niece’s new baby.

Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton

When Amelia Thistle moves to Finch, her new neighbors welcome her with open arms-and inquiring minds. Among them is Lori Shepherd, who isn’t fooled by Amelia’s unassuming persona. Amelia is, in fact, a world-famous artist with a rabid and eager-to-stalk fan base. In order to keep peace in Finch, Lori must help Amelia conceal her identity.

Desert Wind: a Lena Jones mystery by Betty Webb

Lena Jones investigates the area around a dangerous uranium mine outside the Grand Canyon after a public relations spokesperson for the operation is found murdered and her Pima Indian partner, Jimmy Sisiwan, is arrested for the crime.

Hurt Machine: a Moe Prager mystery by Reed Farrel Coleman.

Entreated by his ex-wife to solve the murder of her estranged sister, private investigator Moe Prager learns that the victim, a New York EMT, died after refusing to give assistance to a dying man.

The Mysterium: a Hugh Corbett medieval mystery by P. C. Doherty.

Investigating the February 1304 murder of the king’s disgraced Chief Justice, Sir Hugh Corbett sifts through clues to determine if the culprit is a vengeance-seeking adversary of the victim or a copycat killer.

Night Vision: a Naomi Blake novel by Jane A. Adams.

What had jailbird Neil Robinson been about to tell journalist Jamie Dale? Whatever it was, it got them both killed, and now DI Alec Friedman and his DCI are called away to help with the investigation.

A Parliament of Spies: a mystery by Cassandra Clark.

York archbishop Alexander Neville taps Abbess Hildegarde to accompany him on a trip to London, where she’s to serve as his spy. Before they set out, Neville’s saucier is found dead in a wine vat, evidently murdered. Set in 14th century England during the turbulent reign of Richard II.

Planning to bring some books to the beach? Please do not take the hardbound copies as the sand is very hard to get out. There are LOTS of FREE paperbacks in the Beach Basket located in the Adult Circulation area. You are welcome to take one or two and just pass them along to another reader at the beach. No need to check them out!

Auto Repair Reference Center

The other morning I was bringing my car in for an oil change & I noticed a schematic of a car’s electrical system on the counter. The young man helping me was delighted to learn that he could download free schematics for hundreds of makes & models through Auto Repair Reference Center from the library’s website.

Look for the “Library Databases” box near the bottom of the page. Click on the link. Scroll down to Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) and enter your library card number.

ARRC “is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information and contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis.”

All of the content in ARRC has been created by ASE certified technicians.

ARRC Content/Features Include:

• Coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1945 to present

• Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs

• Approximately 110,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer

• Over 180,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing

• Specifications & maintenance schedules

• Labor Time Guide & Estimator

• Video overviews of auto systems with AutoIQ

• Quick Tips (a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance)

• Ability to email high-quality PDF records

• Diagnostic information

• Unique, user-friendly interface

An amazing feature of ARRC is the AutoIQ.

“AutoIQ can be used to demonstrate the purpose, functionality and service requirements of a given vehicle system. By following clearly defined links to all major vehicle systems, the user can specify the area about which they would like more information.“

Designed as an interactive learning aid, AutoIQ features detailed content, full-motion video, (which is very cool) and animated technical diagrams. It can be used with or without audio.

Try it today!