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Friday Favorites: January 11


bookworm1.gifReading is fun and informative, says New York state Sen. Vincent Leibell, III, R-Patterson,  who I spoke with this morning as we both toured a new wing of the Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. He helped get the big money for the hospital, which you can read about this weekend in The Journal News/LoHud.com. We stopped amid construction debris and light rain, though, to chat about some books he is currently reading. Two of them I really didn’t know much about, but now I’m curious about both.
Leibell, who has represented the 40th senate district since 1994, was the 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award from the New York State Library Association. Read more in this previous posting.

13829914.JPGHe said he reads alot for work, but generally has a couple of books he is reading just for himself, too. Right now, he says he is really enjoying “The Dog Whisper: A Compassionate Approach to Dog Training.” It  shows how to train a dog through kindness and rewards. Sounds like good advice.

“I love dogs,” said the senator and dog owner. “This was a present I got for myself and it is really good.” It is written by Paul Owen and Norma Eckroate.

19742209.JPGTo satiate his interest in history, he said he is also reading, “Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787” by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier. It is a popular history about the writing of the Constitution and how the 55 men met in Philadelphia to accomplish the task. “It is amazing to read of their political discussions,” he added.

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Four longtime Journal News reporters share their insights about fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories by bringing books discussions online and exploring the local literati scene. Lots of people say they are booklovers, but Elizabeth Ganga, Barbara Livingston Nackman, Ken Valenti and Randi Weiner really are!

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Book Notes: An ongoing chat about events, authors and news items about books, libraries, authors and everything literary from metro news reporters Barbara Livingston Nackman and Elizabeth Ganga. Barbara has been a reporter for The Journal News since 1997. She covers municipalities in Putnam County and keeps track of book events everywhere - and began her career writing about books and libraries. Lisa has been a reporter for The Journal News since 2000, after working at several newspapers in Connecticut. She has covered cities and town in sourthern and northern Westchester and is a big Jane Austen fan (though she reads everything from history to mysteries). Both reporters work out of the Mount Kisco bureau and frequently trade tidbits about books and events.

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