Library corner

THIS month’s Library Corner has been sent in by Arlene Henderson from Brechin Library.

It’s the start of another new year. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? And are they already broken?

The top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2013 were:

1, travel; 2, get fit; 3, treat yourself; 4, Quit Smoking; ,5 Sober Up; 6, Lose Weight; 7, Do Something Nice; 8, Get a new Job; 9. Save Money; 10, Learn.

Many of us hope to start a new and healthier lifestyle, whether its exercise more, cut down on alcohol or cigarettes or eat more healthily. With many of the nasty bugs that have been going around this winter it can’t do any harm to be at our fittest to help prevent falling foul to these ailments. A new book into the library may just be the ticket. ‘Six weeks to Super Health’ by Patrick Holford gives a six-week health plan which claims to increase your energy; balance your hormones; boost your brain power; tune up your digestion; increase your immunity; prevent pain and inflammation; and more. Maybe our aim is to make our lives easier, and what could be simpler than one pot cooking? Sarah Flower’s Halogen One Pot Cooking will give you new ideas to use in your Halogen Cooker and hopefully also save you some washing up! There are many other cookbooks to simplify meal times for busy people, just come in for a browse.

New Year, new hobby or interest perhaps? New additions to our craft shelves are ‘The Cardmaker’s Bible’ which has some stunning card ideas for every occasion and “fast and fun knits” which has unusual knitting ideas such as purses, paperweights and pincushions. Of course whatever the New Year means for you, we have it covered, so make your resolution be to use your Local Library!

Saturday February 9, is National Libraries day to why not celebrate with us and see what we have to offer.

Staff have recently read and recommend the following historical novels:

‘The Sandalwood Tree’ by Elle Newmark - this book is set in India in two separate eras, the 1850s and 1947, and tells the story of the inhabitants of a bungalow in Marsoola, Northern India. In 1947 Americans Evie and Martin arrive with their five-year-old son, for the start of Martin’s new job documenting Partition in India, she is hopeful of a new start but this proves to be difficult for both of them as he fails to shrug off memories of his part in wartime atrocities and she struggles with the new life and culture. When she finds a bundle of letters hidden by previous occupants of her house, Evie begins to unravel a tale of romance from a century ago and becomes completely caught up in the tale of two Victorian women and their secrets. The description of life in India in these two eras is beautifully told and you feel you are actually there, it’s a lovely book about friendships and relationship’s and I was sad when it came to an end.

‘The Midwife of Venice’ by Roberta Rich - At midnight, the dogs, cats, and rats rule Venice. The Ponte di Ghetto Nuovo, the bridge that leads to the ghetto, trembles under the weight of sacks of rotting vegetables, rancid fat, and vermin. Seeping refuse on the streets renders the pavement slick and the walking treacherous.

It was on such a night that the men came for Hannah.

So begins ‘The Midwife of Venice’. Set in 16th century Venice, Hannah is a Jewish midwife, famed throughout the city for her midwifery skills, she is called upon to attend a wealthy non-Jew who is in difficulty, the problem here is it is against the law for Hannah to do this. She struggles with the dilemma and agrees to help with the birth, she has her reasons though, as she wants the money she is offered to pay her husband’s ransom to the Knights of St John in Malta. The book switches between Venice and Malta as it tells of the hardships both husband and wife endure in their quest to be reunited. The descriptions of Venice portray a very different place to the touristy images of gondolas and cornettos, and in fact a very dark and dangerous city indeed. A book that may sometimes stretch your imagination but it is still a fascinating read.