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Staff members were asked to share the current book on their bedside table.

Holly Goodman, who works at the circulation desk, is a prolific reader. She can always be relied upon to suggest a good book.

Goodman is reading Super Volcano: the Ticking Time Bomb beneath Yellowstone National Park by Greg Breining.

“It is the best explanation and history that I have read so far. Maps and diagrams help the reader understand his points. I’m considering adding it to my home library.”

Goodman is also re-reading James Michener’s The Drifters.

“I always learn when I read Michener books, because his research is so thorough. His descriptions of landscapes are almost like looking at a map.

I actually purchased this book for myself, but, loaned it to someone and never saw it again. How fun to think it might still be out there being read by someone.”

Cullen Smith, a member of the teen room staff, is reading Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh.

“This book is part of a series set in Regency England. Because I enjoyed the other books in the series, I am stubbornly continuing to read this one.

While I like both characters, their interactions are less than credible. Character dynamics are usually well defined in romance fiction.

In the interest of honing my own writing skills, I am highly critical of everything I read,” Smith said.

Reference Librarian Nicholle Gerharter is currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and listening to “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya via RBDigital. Both are on the PBS Great American Read list of America’s 100 favorite books. “I’m on a mission to get through the list, slowly,” Gerharter said.

She also just started A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, Sarah Jessica Parker’s first acquisition for the publishing imprint SJP for Hogarth. “So far, I find it well written and the characters engrossing.

Other library resources I’m currently using include watching The Post on DVD and reading the magazines ‘Wired’ and ‘Fast Company’ via RBDigital,” Gerharter said.

Marge Buchholz, Cody library manager, is reading two non-fiction books for different perspectives on an issue of great local relevance.

Water is for Fighting Over and other Myths about Water in the West by John Fleck chronicles cooperation by agriculture and municipalities along the Colorado River watershed. “John Fleck has a different take on water shortage, much more optimistic than the usual crisis narrative,” Buchholz said.

She’s also reading Where the Water Goes; Life and Death along the Colorado River by David Owen which was nominated as an Outdoor Council Best Book. Owen is a New York Times staff writer. This book was purchased by the Friends of the Cody Library.

It is easy to find the next book to read with NoveList Plus. Wyoming library card holders may access NoveList by way of GoWyld.net or parkcountylibrary.org.

A PBS Great American Read display in the library lobby has inspired many people to choose among the 100 best books on the list. To vote for a favorite novel, go pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home.

— Park County Public Library, Cody, Wyoming —