Books to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions
With so many people thinking about New Year’s resolutions at this time of year, we wanted you to be aware of some new books to help you turn your self-improvement goals into reality:

    • Health and diet:  “Strong” by Lou Schuler offers nine workout programs for women to burn fat, boost metabolism and build strength.  “Living Well with Chronic Illness” by Joanna J. Charnas evolved from the author’s personal experiences and years as a patient.  “The Perfection Deception” by Dr. Jane Bluestein compares perfectionism with doing your best and shows you why and how the latter is more healthy.
    • Cookbooks:  “The Apple Cider Vinegar Cure” by Madeline Given offers 130 recipes and remedies to heal your body inside and out.  “Fast Food, Good Food” by Dr. Andrew Weil provides 150 quick and easy recipes for healthy home-cooked meals.  “The Urban Homesteading Cookbook” by Michelle Catherine Nelson reveals 85 recipes to help you forage and preserve wild edibles.
    • How-to and self-help:  “The Well-Educated Mind” by Susan Wise Butler is a guide to the classical education of great books you may never have had.  “Windows 10 Step by Step” by Lambert and Lambert and “Plain & Simple Windows 10” offer brisk lessons and colorful screenshots as teaching aids.  “My Android Phone” does the same.  “What You Must Know about Memory Loss & How You Can Stop It” by Pamela Wartian Smith helps restore and even strengthen your mental acuity.  “Talking to Crazy” by psychiatrist Mark Goulston offers advice on how to deal with the irrational people in your life.  “The Handgun Guide for Women” by Tara Dixon Engel shows you how to shoot straight, shoot safely and carry with confidence.  “Little House Living” by Merissa Alink is a make-your-own guide to a frugal, simple and self-sufficient life.  “Swiped” by Adam Levin is a guide to help you prevent and survive identity fraud.  “How Bad Do You Want It?” by Matt Fitzgerald looks at epic moments in endurance sports to mine habits and tactics you can use to cultivate your own mental strength.
    • Inspiration:  “The Best Advice in Six Words” edited by Larry Smith is a collection of universal wisdom and life lessons six words at a time.  “Homefront 911” by Stacy Bannerman explores how families of our veterans are wounded by our wars and offers tools to cope.  “Nonsense” by Jamie Holmes explores social psychology and cognitive science showing how to use uncertainty to your advantage.  “The Songs of Jesus” by Timothy Keller is a year of daily devotions in the Psalms.  “The Triumph of Faith” by Rodney Stark explains why the world is more religious than ever.

Holiday closures

Your library will be closed for New Year’s at noon today, December 31, and all day tomorrow, January 1. We send heartfelt greetings and gratitude to you and your loved ones during this holiday period.

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.

Please note no Tech Time on January 5 or 7.  Also, no Otaku, Karaoke or teen advisory meetings in January.

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 time 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.

Large print
“The Precipice” by Paul Doiron is the latest in the Main game arden Mike Dowditch series.  “Ransom Canyon” by Jodi Thomas is a romance.

“Tom Jones over the Top and Back” is the autobiography of this world-famous musician.  “The Way Around” by David Good tells of a N.J. man’s quest to reconnect with his mother and her remote tribe in the Amazon rainforest.

Thrillers and mysteries
“All Dressed in White” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is the second book in the unsolved crimes TV series.  “The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn is the author’s award-winning homage to the classic ghost stories.  “Bryant & May and the Burning Man” is a comedic mystery set in London.

“Nebula Awards Showcase 2015” is a collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories, essays and poems by American writers.  “Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths” is a collection of essays by pop culture and sci-fi guru Ryan Britt.

Other novels
“The Bone Labyrinth” by James Rollins combines science, adventure, historical mystery, archeology and technology.  “The Rising” by Ian Tregggillis is book two in the Alchemy Wars trilogy.

“Happy Feet” won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Film.  “Tora! Tora! Tora! Is about the attack on Pearl Harbor.  “Selena” is the story of the Grammay award winner.  “H.G. Wells’ First Men on the Moon” is a sci-fi epic.  “My Little Pony” is the complete first season.  “Goodwife” is the second season.  “Bee Movie” is a family comedy.  “Indulgence” features ultra-marathoner Anton Krupicka.

Story CDs
“Arizona Territory” is a Byrnes Family Ranch western story.  “Tricky Twenty-Two” by Janet Evanovich is a

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 Kitzel Farrah, Lisa Locke and Cary Brown.  For their generous gift in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, we are grateful to Patricia Howard and Donald Logan.

Quotable Quote
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child (1912-2004), American chef, author and TV personality.

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