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Schenectady County book finalists an eclectic mix

"We have the books front and center of the library so our readers know right where to go. Without giving anything away, we have had two books that seem to be getting a very favorable response," said Gifford.

Gifford said the books are also on audiotape, which allows for better access to all those interested.

Library Trustee Carl Erikson said the books are also available in large print and paperback, again emphasizing the idea of accessibility to the public. He said this is a factor in choosing the books.

"The topical diversity and literary quality of these books is phenomenal. The selection process was very inclusive, involving open nominations from the public, meeting established criteria and a review of all nominated books by a community-based selection committee," said Erikson, who is also co-chair of the event.

The books have received numerous accolades, ranging from placement on the New York Times bestseller list to Book of the Year awards.

Community members are encouraged to review the final five and cast their votes by Oct. 12, at any of the Schenectady County Public Library locations, the Open Door Bookstore, The Whitney Book Corner, and online at www.scpl.org.

For more information, including detailed descriptions of all five books and information on casting a ballot on line are available at www.scpl.org

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