Activities for all ages during Christmas week
For our little ones, we have baby/toddler time on Saturday, December 19, a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.  We have preschool storytime on Wednesday, December 23 from 10-11 a.m. 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.

For teens, we have the Teen Advisory Group meeting today (Thursday, December 17) from 4-5 p.m. and teen gaming next Tuesday, December 22 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

For adults:  Today (Thursday, December 17) you can meet with a career counselor to discuss your employment plan.  Assistance is available to help with identifying career goals, writing your resume, job search, financial help for vocational training, and support services such as clothing, tools and transportation.  Drop in any time from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  No registration required.  As well, we have two events on Monday, December 21 – 1:30 p.m. for the next session in the free healthy eating discussion series, and at 3 p.m. the free beginning Spanish class, both running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.

Holiday closures
Your library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on December 24 and 25,  and for New Year’s at noon December 31 and all day January 1. We send heartfelt greetings and gratitude to you and your loved ones during this holiday period.

No gaming December 18 or Otaku December 21.

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.

Change in downloadable audio books service
We no longer carry downloadable audio books through OneClick Digital. Starting in January, we are migrating to 3M for downloadable audio books so that you will be able to get your downloadable audio books and e-books in the same location.  Another advantage to this change is that we will be able to select our own content, based on our knowledge of your reading preferences.

Free technology sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Intermediate on Monday, December 21 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.

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.

Large print
“Corrupted” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato & DiNunzio mystery.  “Shopaholic to the Rescue” by Sophie Kinsella is the latest in the Shopaholic series.  “A Banquet of Consequences” by Elizabeth George is a Insp. Thomas Lynley mystery.  “Front Runner” by Felix Francis is a horseracing thriller.  “Stars of Fortune” by Nora Roberts is book one in a new Guardians trilogy.  “The Promise” by Robert Crais is an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike mystery.  “Christmas Bells” by Jennifer Chiaverini is inspired by a Longfellow poem.  “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.

“The Perfection Deception” by Dr. Jane Bluestein compares perfectionism with doing your best and sows you why and how the latter is more healthy.  “The Best Advice in Six Words” edited by Larry Smith is a collection of universal wisdom and life lessons six words at a time.  “No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money” by David Lough explores the history of Winston Churchill’s lifetime of tangled personal finances.  “Bread, Wine, Chocolate” by Simran Sethi takes readers to six continents in pursuit of delicious, unusual and endangered tastes.  “Downton Abbey: A Celebration” by Jessica Fellowes is the official companion to all six seasons of this PBS Masterpiece Theatre series.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo” by C. Joseph Greaves focuses on gangster “Lucky” Luciano.  “Mountain Rampage” by Scott Graham is a mystery set in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Short story collection
“The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a collection of 20 short stories by Stephen King.

Other novels
“House of the Rising Sun” by James Lee Burke tells of a father and son separated by war and circumstance.  “The Cadet” by Doug Beason is book one of a new series chronicling the history of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  “Crystal’s Skull” by Riley Hill is book three of the Naked Worlds sci-fi/paranormal fantasy series for teens and adults.  “The Mechanical” by Ian Tregill is a sci-fi story set in a world of mechanical men and alchemical dreams.  “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a print version of the twice-monthly podcast.

“Remember Me” is a love story.  “Stranger than Fiction” stars Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.  “Michael Collins,” based on the true story of this Irish revolutionary, stars Liam Neeson.

Story CDs
“Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith is a Cormoran Strike is the third book in this mystery series.  “Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving features a mind reader.  “A Christmas Escape” by Anne Perry is the author’s 13th holiday mystery.  “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexandeer McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

Music CDs
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 Diane Davis, Randal Davis, G. Charles Frickel, Josie Hummel, Lisa Locke, Jeanne Lucariello, Sara Wilson and our anonymous donors.  For a very generous donation, we are grateful to Rice Reavis.

Quotable Quote
“Great things do not just happen by impulse but as a succession of small things linked together.” – Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch Post-Impressionist painter.

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