How to suspend holds when you’re busy with travels, visitors and other holiday activities
If your life is unusually busy at this time of year with travels, visitors and so many fun holiday activities, you may want to take advantage of the library’s program that allows you to freeze – or suspend – your holds at any time. 

The best part is you do not lose your place in line.  When your hold is thawed, or released, you go right back in to the same place in your hold line; you do not go to the end of the line.

To freeze your holds online, first log into your account.  On the left side of the page, click on “Titles on Hold.”  A list of all items you have on hold will appear.  If they are not currently in transit, you can freeze the hold until you return from your travels or are ready to receive your hold again.  To freeze your hold, click on the button that says “Freeze Hold.”  The freeze will begin immediately. 

Christmas and New Year’s closures
Your library will close at noon on December 24 and also be closed on December 26 because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.  Similarly, we’ll close at noon December 31 and also be closed on January 2 for New Year’s.

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.

Gaming tomorrow
Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, December 23, and December 30 from 3-4 p.m.

Homework help and tutoring
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. 

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.  Note: No Tech Time today, December 22.

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 has never been easier. 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.

Christmas book
“The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories” edited by Jessica Harrison is a collection of holiday classics and little-known treasures from around the world.

Large print
“Dawnlands” by Philippa Gregory is book three of the Fairmile historical fiction series.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Blackbriar Genesis” by Simon Gervais is a Blackbriar thriller set in Prague.  “Clive Cussler’s The Sea Wolves” by Jack Du Brul is an Isaac Bell adventure. 

Books on CD
“A World of Curiosities” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery set in Quebec.  “The Murder Sorority” by Marshall Karp is an NYPD Red mystery.  “Hunting Time” by Jeffery Deaver is a mystery about a woman and her daughter on the run.  “Murder at Black Oaks” by Philip Margolin features Robin Lockwood, defense attorney.

“Reacher” is season one.  “Recipes for Love and Murder” is series one.  “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” is based on the bestselling children’s book series.  “Call Jane” follows a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy.  “Theodore Roosevelt” is the History Channel documentary.  “Ghosts” is season one.  “The Homeschool Awakening” is a documentary exploring frequently asked questions about homeschooling.  “Optimizing Brain Fitness” is part of the Great Courses series. 

Mysteries and thrillers 
“The Couple at the Table” by Sophie Hannah is a psychological thriller set at a posh couples-only resort.  “I Am The Light of This World” by Michael Parker follows a man +released from prison 40 years after being sentenced for a crime he did not commit.  “The Lemon” by S.E. Boyd looks at the aftermath of the apparent suicide of a famous culinary travel show host.  “Oath of Loyalty” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure. 

Other novels
“The Fall of Numenor” by J.R.R. Tolkien is a new chronicle of Middle-earth.  “The Presence of Absence” by Simon Van Booy explores the views of a young writer who lies dying.  “The Color Line” by Igiaba Scego, based on true events, intertwines the lives of two Black female artists.  “Honor” by Thrity Umrigar explores love across a cultural divide.  “Her Hidden Genius” by Marie Benedict focuses on a scientist who sacrifices her life to discover the nature of DNA.

“How To Read the Wilderness” by the Nature Study Guild is an illustrated guide to North American flora and fauna.  “The Stories We Tell” by Joanna Gaines is a memoir in which the author shares stories of her personal journey.   “Born to Run 2” by Christopher McDougall and Eric Orton draws on lessons from Mexico’s legendary Raramuri and decades of running research.  “The Light We Carry” by Michelle Obama offers readers insights into handling change, challenges and self-doubt.

“Polar Exposure” by Felicity Aston documents the experiences of women from 10 countries on their expedition to the North Pole.  “Surrender” by Bono tells the story of his life weaved around 40 U2 songs.  “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed is the updated 10th anniversary edition of this book by the advice columnist Dear Sugar.

Many thanks to Gayle and Thomas Broadbent for their generous monetary donation in memory of Jacky Reese, and also to Sheila and Patrick McKenzie for their generous monetary donation.   We also are grateful 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. 

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