Three online author talks set for this month

There are three more events this month in our free online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors and thought-leaders giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access. You also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Next Thursday, January 12 at noon we’ll interact with Namina Forna, author of The Gilded Ones, an epic fantasy young adult series. Tuesday, January 17 at noon showcases Dana K. White, creator of the popular podcast and blog A Slob Comes Clean as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life. On Tuesday, January 31 at noon we’ll meet with Randall Munroe, creator of XKCD: What If, a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language.  

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Flu season protocols

The curbside service that we began for COVID safety continues – and it’s also a healthful option in the cold and flu season. To save your energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you while you recuperate. Library hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New format for activities calendar

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. Its new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy two-sided page.

Spanish class for kids

A free Spanish class especially for children ages six to 11 takes place twice this month – on January 9 and January 23 from 3-4 p.m., both Mondays.

Homework and tutoring help

Our highly popular free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. There is a registration packet for parents and guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or coming in. This program has been a big hit because it helps build essential skills in core subjects. You still can register your child but you may be put on a waitlist.  

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10 to discuss A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith, by Timothy Egan. Copies are available at your library. This free book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, January 6 from 3-4 p.m.

In-person Dungeons & Dragons

Next Tuesday, January 10 from 3:45-5:30 p.m., join our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for fourth-12th graders. Registration is required. Contact your library to join.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

PALS/GED adult education

Mark is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration required.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.  

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted December 12 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection is very easy. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using CloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Books on CD

Night Shift by Robin Cook is a medical mystery. A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones is the conclusion to the Sunshine Vicram trilogy. All That We Are by Mariah Stewart follows a woman facing a big surprise a decade after her husband died. 

Large print

A Christmas Memory by Richard Paul Evans tells of a loving friendship between a young man and an elderly neighbor. A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones is the conclusion to the Sunshine Vicram trilogy. To Kill a Troubadour by Martin Walker is a Bruno, Chief of Police adventure. Tom Clancy’s Red Winter by Marc Cameron is a Jack Ryan adventure. W.E.B. Griffin The Devil’s Weapons by Peter Kirsanow is set in war-torn Poland in 1940.

The Choice by Nora Roberts is book three in the Dragon Heart Legacy series. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny is the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache series set in Quebec. Night Shift by Robin Cook is a medical mystery. Hunting Time by Jeffrey Deaver is a Colter Shaw thriller. Wyoming Homecoming by Diana Palmer is a Wyoming Men western romance. 

Nonfiction self-help

Why We Meditate by Daniel Goleman and Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a practical guide to meditation to help you reduce stress. Flex Your Age by Joan and Michelle MacDonald describes how this mother-daughter team helped the 70-year-old mother lose weight, eat healthily and gain strength.

Thrillers and mysteries

Dead and Gondola by Ann Claire is book one of a new Christie Bookshop mystery series. Bleeding Heart Yard by Elly Griffiths begins with a murder at a school reunion. All the Blood We Share by Camilla Bris based on the true story of the Bloody Benders of Kansas. A Story of Fear by Luke Dumas traces the downfall of a tortured graduate student. Little Red House by Liv Andersson begins when a runaway heads to New Mexico and disappears.       

Other novels

Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby is about an inexperienced family governess in England. Flight by Lynn Steger Strong showcases three adult siblings at a Christmas reunion with their families. Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion by Bushra Rehman is a coming-of-age story about a Pakistani American girl. Cradles of the Reich by Jennifer Coburn is set in a Nazi breeding home in Bavaria. Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson takes readers to a near-future world of superstorms and pandemics.

The Magic Kingdom by Russell Banks is about a former Shaker looking back on his life in Florida where secrets finally are unveiled. The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev follows three generations of women after one inherits a million dollars. The Boy and the Dog by Seishu Hase translated from the Japanese is about the bond between humans and dogs. 


Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their materials donations. When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British writer, Anglican lay theologian and professor of literature at Oxford and Cambridge.


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