Holiday books for fun reading, gifts and your to-do list
As we enter the holiday season, we have suggestions for books that might make good reading for you, gifts for your family and friends, as well as helpful guides for accomplishing your to-do list.
New how-to books at your library include “The New Christmas Tree” with more than 100 handcrafted projects by Carrie Brown, “5 in 5 for Every Season” with 165 quick recipes for the holidays by Michael Symon, and “A Year of Gingerbread Houses” by Kristine Samuell to help you make and decorate gingerbread houses. Another new interesting nonfiction book is “The Snowflake Winter’s Frozen Artistry” by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachael Wing.
New holiday-related novels at the library include “Winter Stroll” from the Christmas in Nantucket series by Elin Hilderbrand; the Christian romance “The Lopsided Christmas Cake” by Wanda E. and Jean Brunstetter; “Dashing through the Snow,” a Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber; “Christmas Bells,” a novel by Jennifer Chiaverini that begins in 1860 with a Christmas celebration in the Longfellow family; and “The Immortal Nicholas” about the true meaning of Christmas by Glenn Beck.
As you prepare your gift list, remember that books make great presents, whether they are hard cover, paperback, audio books or e-books. They are affordable. They provide hours of surprise, escape and discovery. There is a book for every special person in your life — adventure, romance, mystery, science, history, fantasy, how-to, self-help, biographies and more. And as Amy Sedaris, Comedy Central actress, author and comedian, quipped, “Books make great gifts because they’re easy to wrap!”
Closed for Thanksgiving
We will be closed November 26-29 for a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend for our staff and to make time for carpet cleaning in your library. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids (includes tweens), teens and adults.
DIY holiday centerpieces
This month’s adult DIY event will take place next Tuesday, November 24 at 2 p.m. (note date change) when you will learn how to make holiday centerpieces. Registration is required.
Two all-ages gaming events
Join us tomorrow (Friday, November 20) from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for an all-ages gaming session. We’ll put out the Wii and Xbox and 360 Kinect so you can play and meet other gamers. Then Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. we’ll celebrate International Game Day with X-box, 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon. No registration needed for either of these events.
Lifelong Learning free lectures
The sixth lecture and last lecture in our free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, November 19) when Rose Lynn will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea. The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m. No advance registration is required.
Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, November 19) from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of the teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.
Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 23 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx. The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.
Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 23 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx. You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment. This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.
Tech sessions resume
No Tech Time today (November 19), but starting next week Meg Wempe is available again for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays (except for Thanksgiving Day). Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring advance registration takes place Monday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m. – noon when Skype Basics will be the topic.
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.
Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.
Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.
Free programmed Nooks
Reminder: We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
How-to and self help
“The Handgun Guide for Women” by Tara Dixon Engel shows you how to shoot straight, shoot safely and carry with confidence. “Living Well with Chronic Illness” by Joanna J. Charnas evolved from the author’s personal experiences and years as a patient. “Little House Living” by Melissa A. Alink is a make-your-own guide to a frugal, simple and self-sufficient life. Homefront 911” by Stacy Bannerman explores how families of our veterans are wounded by our wars and offers tools to cope.
“Almost Interesting: The Memoir” is an autobiography by the comedian David Space. “Why Not Me?” is a collection of essays by actress Mindy Kaling. “Fast Girl’ by Suzy Favor Hamilton by this Olympic athlete is subtitled “A Life Spent Running from Madness.” “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” by Jeanne Theohar is a totally new look at the civil rights heroine we think we know. “Duke in His Own Words” tells of the real John Wayne from his letters, handwritten notes and photos. “The Super Bowl” by David Fischer is a history of its first 50 years. “Let There Be Water” by Seth M. Siegel shows how Israel can be a model for countries facing severe water shortages. “Saving Capitalism” by Robert B. Reich explores his views on the corruption in our democracy by huge corporations and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street.
Thrillers and mysteries
“Playing with Fire” by Tess Gerritsen begins with the discovery of an unusual piece of music in Rome. “The Golem of Paris” by Jonathan and Jesse Kelelrman is a suspense story. “Numero Zero” by Umberto Eco is a conspiracy thriller. “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the Harry Bosch series. “Mulberry Bush” by Charles McCarry is about a young spy with a personal vendetta. “Front Runner” by Felix Francis is the latest in the horse-racing thriller series.
Short stories and other novels
“The Early Stories of Truman Capote” is a collection of more than a dozen pieces from the author’s teens and early 20’s. “The Hum and the Shiver,” “Long Black Curl” and “Wisp of a Thing” by Alex Bledsoe are novels of the Tufa people set in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. “The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is an adult romance. “Slade House” by David Mitchell is an unusual haunted house story. “Born of Betrayal” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is an urban fantasy. “Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving follows a brother and his sister who thinks she can see the future.
We have both the complete first and second seasons of “The Americans.” “Bela Lugosi: Scared to Death Volume 2” contains 10 films. “Love’s Everlasting Courage” is inspired by the bestselling series from Janette Oke. “Overboard” is a romantic comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
“Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon is the 13th in the Milford series featuring Dooley Kavanagh. “Somebody I Used to Know” by David Bell is a crime story. “Brutality” by Ingrid Thoft features wisecracking Boston PI Fina Ludlow.
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.
Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank our several anonymous donors.
“We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.” – American comedian George Carlin (1937-2008)