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.

“Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness” by Gretchen Rubin

Spring is just around the corner, and this is a must-read book to help you with that Spring-cleaning! Clutter is a serious word these days, with many baby boomers trying to downsize and the ever-encroaching no-space dilemma. Author-thinker Rubin (The Happiness Project, 2010; Happier at Home, 2012) prompts readers to quickly consider the five steps to an organized home: make choices, create order, know yourself and others, cultivate helpful habits, and add beauty. Almost every one of her recommendations is a gem, from using photographs to evaluate clutter and remembering that soap and water remove most stains to reconsidering gift giving and keeping no more than five extra hangers in any closet. Even better, her explanations (and rationales, if necessary) are short, personal, humorous, and occasionally pointed. Rare in many titles on this subject, Rubin’s new book attaches no guilt to this process. Simply open a closet, a drawer, or a box, and go! In a recent podcast, Rubin stated that she found reading children’s books, such as Harry Potter or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, helpful in focusing her when overwhelmed with decluttering. You can find this book in our New Adult Nonfiction section.


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.

≤Parkland: birth of a movement by Dave Cullen (5 stars)

≤The source of self-regard: selected essays, speeches, and meditations by Toni Morrison (5 stars)

≤The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer (5 stars)


2019 Winter Reading at the Library

Through Wednesday, March 20.

Spend your winter months reading things you love!


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


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