Holiday Bazaar bake sale this Saturday will benefit library

One of the earliest and most popular Christmas events in our community is the Holiday Bazaar, which this year will take place on Saturday, November 1 at the Community Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  For the third year in a row, Liz Schnell and her committee of dedicated ladies will organize and host the bake sale in the front lobby, with all proceeds going to your library.

How can you help?  Liz is asking for baked goods to sell – especially cakes, small packages of cookies, bars, cinnamon rolls, rice krispie treats, as well as banana, zucchini and pumpkin breads, because they are the most popular.  “The more we have, the more we can sell,” Liz says.  “The more we sell, the more money goes to the library.”

Liz points out that all the baked goods were sold out a few hours before the bazaar closed last year.  She is hoping to have more goodies to sell this year. Last year’s bake sale made $1,200 for the library.  That’s a record – and Liz is hoping to raise even more this year.

If you can help, please do some baking and wrap your goodies in clear wrap or ziplock bags (not aluminum foil) so they are easily visible.  Bag your cookies in twos, threes or fours so they can be priced at 50 cents, 75 cents and $1 respectively.  You can take your contribution to the Community Center between 4-5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, October 31) or 8 a.m. Saturday.

If you are not a baker, you still can help — by purchasing these baked goods at the bazaar.  We hope to see you there.  Your library thanks you!

Special lunchtime event Nov. 5

Please join us for a special lunchtime talk from noon-1 p.m. next Wednesday, November 5 by Jennifer Pharr Davis, endurance hiker and the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.  She will share stories and slides from her record-breaking Appalachian Trail hike.  She’ll also answer questions and do a book signing.

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight

This evening (Thursday, October 30) marks the third of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Tonight’s topic is a timely “Halloween Traditions around the World” by Julie Loar.  She will explain how celebrations and rituals that honor the dead have similar symbols and icons all over the globe.  The other three lectures in this series are “Saving Southwest Forests” by J.R. Ford on November 6, “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Gobel on November 13 and “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on November 20.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, or look for it on our website.

Free Family Fridays

No Family Friday event tomorrow because we know all kids young and old will be celebrating Halloween with trick or treating, parties and other fun.  Family Friday resumes on November 7 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Free science fun for tweens

Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to have fun discovering science on Wednesday, November 5 from 4 – 5 p.m.  Registration required.

Free card battles

Join us Monday, November 3 from 4 – 5 p.m. and every Monday when we host Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades.  Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends.  We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free teen gaming

Join us Tuesday, November 4 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who are anime and manga fans meets Thursday, November 6 from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture (crafts, anime, snacks, etc.).  Characters welcomed.  Help us pick our list of anime to watch.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Word Intermediate from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 30).  If you know Word Basics and want to know more, this class is for you.  You will learn tables, sorting data, adding screen shots and web images, how to edit images and formatting.

3M Cloud e-books

The following New York Times bestsellers are available free in our 3M Cloud Library: “Deadline” by John Sandford, “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett, “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson, “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good ” by Jan Karon, “Personal” by Lee Child, “Some Luck” by Jane Smiley, “Paris Match” by Stuart Woods, “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan, “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty, “The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters, “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” by Hilary Mantel, “The Secret Place” by Tana French, “Bones Never Lie” by Kathy Reichs, “The Lost Key” by Catherine Coulter, “Mr. Miracle” by Debbie Macomber and “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty.  To download these and many hundreds of other books, click on the 3M Cloud icon on the home page of our website.

New cookbooks

“America Farm to Table” by Mario Batali and Jim Webster gives you a road map to develop relationships with local farmers and bring their offerings to your table.    “Superfoods” by Rena Patten offers simple recipes containing at least one of the top seven superfoods.  “Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home” by Marcus Samuelsson shows you how to bring restaurant food to your home table.        


“The Amazing Panda Adventure” tells of two youngsters rescuing a baby panda.  “Memphis Belle” is an adventure inspired by true World War II heroes.  “The Secret of Ninh” is an animated story for children.  “Sleeping Beauty” is the Disney animated film.  “For Love of the Game” stars Kevin Costner.  “The Bodyguard” stars Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.  “The Sons of Katie Elder” is a western starring John Wayne and Dean Martin.                       

Mysteries and thrillers

“Scandal in the Secret City” by Diane Fanning follows a female scientist at a top secret facility.  “Biblical” by Christopher Galt is an apocalyptic thriller.  “Sidney Shelton’s Chasing Tomorrow” by Tilly Bagshawe is a suspense story featuring Tracy Whitney.  “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult tells of a woman trying to find her mother, who disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident.       

Large print

 “The Perfect Witness” by Iris Johansen and “Sight Unseen” by Iris and Roy Johansen are mysteries.  “Dick Francis’s Damage” by Felix Francis is a mystery in the racetrack series.  “Full Measure” by T. Jefferson Parker follows a soldier returning home from Afghanistan.  “Shots Fired” by C.J. Box contains 10 Joe Pickett stories.  “The Lost Key” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is the latest in the Brit in the FBI suspense series.                                          

Other new novels

“The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton is a historical drama with supernatural intrigue.  “Citadel” by Kate Mosse is a wartime novel set in France in 1942.  “We Are Not Ourselves” by Matthew Thomas is a multigenerational story about an Irish-American family.  “Nora Webster” by Colm Toibin features a young widow and mother in Ireland.  “Some Luck” by Jane Smiley follows a family with five children from 1920 through the early 1950s.  “The Human Body” by Paolo Giordano follows a modtley cast of Italian soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.  “Ancillary Sword” by Ann Leckie is a sci-fi thriller.  “Wolf in White Van” by John Darnielle follows a man who creates imaginary worlds for strangers to play in.  “The Fire” by Brian Ruckley is an epic fantasy.  “The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters is set in London in 1922.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we thank Bonnie Stafford, Marilyn Falvey and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The much ballyhooed decline of the physical book has been far from fatal…. Instead, last year e-books accounted for around 30 percent of consumer book sales (not including professional and educational books) in America, the largest book market in the world and the country where e-books took off most quickly….   There are a number of reasons, including the fact that the print book is portable, hard to break, has high-resolution pages and has what Russell Grandinetti, who oversees Amazon’s Kindle business, calls a ‘long battery life.’ ” –From papyrus to pixels: An essay on the future of print, The Economist, October 11-17, 2014.


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