Library Column for November 26, 2021

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Thanksgiving is past, tonight is the “Home for the Holidays” parade launching the local holiday season, followed by Small Business Saturday tomorrow. (Don’t let the supply chain put a crimp in your holiday, shop small and local.) During the holiday season it can be very easy to get overwhelmed. Remember your local library has a wonderful solution. Borrow a book or movie and give yourself a break!

We have lots of fun, classic holiday movies as well as a selection of newer titles. Many authors have published holiday titles with favorite characters in novellas, just right for a busy holiday season. Stop by the library and stock up on relaxing reading and watching. Laura Childs just released Twisted Tea Christmas the 23rd Tea Shop mystery and Debbie Macomber published Dear Santa about a young woman feeling blue, who after reading her childhood letters to Santa decides to write a new letter. Jenny Colgan continues her bookshop series with The Christmas Bookshop and David Rosenfelt added Best in Snow to his Andy Carpenter novels. Richard Paul Evans and Anne Perry continued their annual Christmas titles with The Christmas Promise and A Christmas Legacy respectively. And that is just the new titles this year. We have plenty of others available too.

The Christmas season can be a great time to read to kids. It provides them with focused time with a loved one and can be a great way to calm and settle hyper, stressed kids. We have lots of great holiday stories, come check some out.

We have a new option for listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks on compact disc are getting harder to listen to as new vehicles no longer have CD players and you can’t buy a CD player in town. So we have added Playaways and Wonderbooks to our collection. Both of these options do not require a separate device to listen. The library loans you the player loaded with the audiobook. And to help everyone get started we will provide a free pair of earbuds until we run out. These players can also be connected to a car’s speakers with an auxiliary input cable. We have a sample cable to show you what you need to play in your car and they are available at Small Town Tech and probably Menards. Come take a look at this new collection over the next several weeks as we get everything cataloged and on the shelf. Let us know how you like them and if there are specific authors you would like us to look into.

Let our Library of Things help you speed meal prep along this holiday season by borrowing the air fryer, instant pot, a blender, or handmixer. And if you have to cook for a large group, we have a full-size roaster that can be borrowed. If you are trying to make gifts for friends and families this year don’t forget we also have a woodburning kit, a metal stamping kit, two sewing machines and a serger.

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