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On The Shelf

Looking for a good book? Librarians at the Oakdale Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions. And now, a good book is easier to find than ever. New books at the Oakdale Library will be featured each month in the Oakdale Leader. Librarians will provide information about books for children and adults, both fiction and non-fiction.

To reserve a book featured in New Books at the Library, visit or call 847-4204. A library card is required to reserve a book and it only takes a few minutes to apply. Best of all, library cards are free. New customers can apply online or visit the library at 151 So. First Ave. Watch the Oakdale Leader each month for new selections available at the Oakdale Library.


Thunder Dog: The true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero


Booklist Review


Born blind, Hingson learned pretty quickly how to adapt to his situation. It’s the rest of the world that gave him pause. In this moving and enlightening book, Hingson explains how he and his guide dog, Roselle, survived the horrors of the September 11 attacks. Trapped on the 78th floor of Tower One in the World Trade Center, the duo managed to find their way to safety, counting stairs on his way down (all 1,463 of them). At the time Hingson and Roselle were still getting to know each other (It takes a year to forge a good relationship with a guide dog), but he trusted the dog with his life. Along with describing in detail the events that transpired on that terrible day, he also explains what it is like to be blind, often with self-deprecating humor. Blindness, he insists, is not a handicap; the real handicap comes from the prejudices people have about blindness. A unique perspective on a national tragedy. – Sawyers, Jun. Copyright 2010 Booklist


The Red Bandanna


“Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna could very well become one of those classic books that are handed down through generations, for more than any book I have read in a very long time it convincingly tells the story of how great men and women become great – how cultural, community, and spiritual drives can develop that inner character that will make the world a better place. It is all found here in these pages – the intellectual and moral strength of a close and loving family, determination, guts, and the sense of service that brings alive this memorable and beautifully written story of the 9/11 death of Welles Crowther. This book will always be set aside in my house to illustrate the art of writing, but mostly to honor the life of this courageous man – a volunteer firefighter, champion athlete, well positioned stock trader – a true friend and loyal son whose inner inspiration was to become a New York City firefighter. Every first responder will want to read this book, every high school and college English teacher will want to assign it, and every thoughtful reader will give it to someone they love.” — Dennis Smith, retired FDNY firefighter and author of Report from Engine Co. 82.