New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library.

Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you.

“Robert’s Rules of Order (Eleventh Edition)” by Sarah Corbin Robert and Henry M. Robert III

An unusual book to recommend, but an important read for anyone in leadership. One of the reasons many people despise meetings is they often are mismanaged and can feel like a waste of time. Participants don’t feel like they have been heard by the rest of the group, the meeting meanders and goes on forever, and often much of what was discussed could have been put into an email and saved everyone an evening out. I strongly recommend your group use Robert’s Rules of Order so that everyone participating feels respected, heard, and their time is valued. An organized meeting that stays on topic will by in large be much more productive and offers the added bonus of you not having to schedule another one because you didn’t have enough time to hit on everything in the first place.

Almost all non-profits and businesses have a board of trustees or a governing body. Our library has a nine-member board of trustees that meet the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. We also have a Friends of the Library board, which meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. Both boards use a version of Robert’s Rules of Order and have successful meetings with its guidance. During my youth in boy scouts, we even used a form of Robert’s Rules in our troop.

Our library trustees are reviewing their policies this year and to help with that we have purchased this handy copy of Robert’s Rules of Order in print as well as eBook format. The book is not short, but does not lack in authority and exhaustive explanation. The eleventh edition has been thoroughly revised to address common inquiries and incorporate new rules, interpretations and procedures made necessary by the evolution of parliamentary procedure, including new material relating to electronic communication and “electronic meetings.”

To be clear: this is not a commentary, a summary, a “cliff notes,” or “dummy” version of Roberts Rules. This is the original! It is not boring and you can skim the less important sections relevant to your meetings. You can find this book in our New Adult Nonfiction section.

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Bookshots …

Here are some quick book recommendations that include star ratings I give them or whether you should skip it, borrow it, or buy it.

“Wolf Pack,” by C.J. Box (borrow it)

“Celtic Empire,” by Clive Cussler (borrow it)

“The Border,” by Don Winslow (buy it)

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2019 Winter Reading at the Library — runs through March 20. Spend your winter months reading things you love!

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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