Library Reveals “One Book, One Bedford” Selection

By Dot Bergin

Ruth Reichl's book will be the talk of Bedford during One Book, One Bedford in April
Ruth Reichl’s book will be the talk of Bedford during One Book, One Bedford in April

At their regular meeting on December 11, the Library Trustees eagerly awaited Director Richard Callaghan’s “unveiling” of the 2013 “One Book, One Bedford” selection.

Cookbook aficionados and lovers of good food will be delighted to know that the choice is Ruth Reichl’s “Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise,” available in paperback, and from the Library which will have multiple copies for circulation. Director Callaghan explained that the Library’s professional staff, who collectively make the selection, decided that a lighter choice than in the past few years would be appropriate for 2013.

“One Book, One Bedford,” a community-wide event now in its 10th season, takes place each April. In addition to discussions of “Garlic and Sapphires,” there are plans underway for a variety of associated activities, which may include a panel of chefs, cooking demonstrations, and the like. Watch the Library postings for more information.

Ruth Reichl (pronounced rye-chil) was restaurant critic of the New York Times for six years; “Garlic and Sapphires” recounts her adventures as she critiqued famed New York dining spots in a variety of disguises. After her stint at the Times, she became editor in chief of Gourmet magazine (no longer being published, a casualty of the recession.) Now she’s an editor-at-large at Random House Publishing. In a 2009 New York Times interview Reichl said, “My idea of good living is not about eating high on the hog. Rather, to me good living means understanding how food connects us to the earth.”

To read more about the history of One Book, One Bedford, which began in 2004 under
then-Library Director Meredith McCulloch, click here:

In other Library business, Director Callaghan reported that he has received 31 applications for the position of Assistant Director. He and a search committee made up of Library department heads will now evaluate the applications and begin the process of interviewing candidates.
Some eight applications have already come in for the position of Children’s Librarian, for which the deadline is still open.

Are there “apps” in your future? Bedford is already ahead of the curve with a Library app.
Director Callaghan explained that it’s free and can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store to a smart phone. It’s called BFPL To Go (that’s “Bedford Free Public Library To Go.”) When you download the app, you’ll be able to search the catalog, check your account, request and renew materials, and, if you are in a bookstore, you can scan a book’s ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to see if our library has the book. Callaghan noted that Bedford may be the first library in the regional network to offer such an app.

As the holiday approaches, the Library reminds you of these hours:
Christmas Eve–open 9 am to 2 pm
New Year’s Eve–open 9 am to 5 pm
The Library will be closed on Sunday, December 23; Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

And, please mark January 8, 3 pm to 7 pm, on your calendar—that’s the day when the public is invited to say farewell to retiring Children’s Librarian Sharon McDonald. The Friends of the Library will provide refreshments and all are welcome.

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