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The Mystery of the Mysteries

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Photo of empty bookshelvesYou may have noticed that books are beginning to shift in the Library as we prepare our collections for the upcoming move to

Shelf showing the spines of James Patterson novelsour new Library in the spring. Please pardon our appearance, and be sure to ask a staff member if you are unable to find a title.

In particular, you will lately notice that we are interfiling the Mystery collection with Fiction. A Mystery is defined very specifically as a book with a detective protagonist, generally investigating a crime that takes place in a single location. This is different from suspense books or thrillers, which today you would find housed in the Fiction section. We are undertaking this effort for a couple of reasons.

First, it will help us maintain all fiction together in the new library’s layout of book stacks. Secondly, it brings together the works of authors who write across genres, such as James Patterson. In the past if you wanted to find his Alex Cross series, you would have had to check our Mysteries. But if you wanted to find one of the Miracle golf series, you would have had to look in Fiction.  But now, in preparation for the move,  you’ll be able to find all his works together. You’ll still be able to tell which of his books are mysteries by the blue mystery with a Sherlock Holmes looking detective on the spine.

With lower stacks and authors works shelved together, we hope you will find more (and new!) authors that appeal to you in our new Library.

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