Month: April 2011

Library: Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings Public Library517 West 4th StreetHastings, Nebraska 68901 Built: sometime in the early 1960s (source)Collection: 145,924 volumesCirculation: 234,697 items per yearServes: 31,151 residentsVisit the Hastings Public Library website here Date visited: March 11, 2011 Hastings had a Carnegie Library: a $15,000 grant was awarded on December 22, 1902 […]

Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck

Visitationby Jenny ErpenbeckOriginally published in Germany as Heimsuchung by Eichborn Verlag, 2008 Translated from German by Susan BernofskyEdition I read by New Directions, 2010  Visitation is a short novel, only 192 pages long, but Erpenbeck’s sparse prose (and Bernofsky’s translation) coupled with the sweep of history touched upon […]

Library: Plattsmouth, Nebraska

Plattsmouth Public Library401 Avenue APlattsmouth, Nebraska 68048 Carnegie Grant Awarded: June 1, 1915Built: 1916 Building Cost: $12,500Operating income (2010?): $281,921 Current holdings:Books: 38,390Audio materials: 872Videos: 735Serial publications: 89Serves: 6,867 residents (source) I’ve visited the Plattsmouth Public Library many times in the past when visiting family/friends who live in […]

A Question of Belief by Donna Leon

I’ve read several novels in Donna Leon‘s Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery series and have enjoyed them all, so when a publicist asked if I’d like a review copy of A Question of Belief, I happily said yes. The Brunetti series is set in modern day Venice. Against a […]