Library Column for December 17, 2021

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The holiday season is upon us. I hope you have your gifts purchased and can spend the next week baking and spending time together as a family. If your holiday plans involve travel be sure to stop by and borrow some of our new Wonderbooks and Playaways for listening enjoyment in the car or with headphones (we’ll even provide headphones if needed) on a plane. We have some brand new titles like The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty and Twelve Seconds of Silence by Jamie Holmes as well as classic titles like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien for great family listening. Kids might enjoy the picture book stories I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey or Grandma’s Tiny House by Ja-Nay Brown Wood or the easy reading titles Clark the Shark Tooth Trouble by Bruce Hale, Secrets According to Humphrey by Betty Birney or Max and the Midnights by Lincoln Peirce as read-alongs. For just listening have kids try Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson, Village of Scoundrels by Margi Preus, Clarice the Brave by Lisa McMann or Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge as a great family listen.

If you are looking for some great holiday stories to share, some of the favorites in our family were The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeline L’Engle and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Newer picture books include Bulldozer’s Christmas Dig by Candace Fleming, Super Santa: the science of Christmas by Bruce Hale and Interrupting Chicken: cookies for breakfast by David Ezra Stein.

And if you want nothing to do with the holidays or cold and snow try Viola’s Shipman’s The Clover Girls the new Phryne Fisher novel (set in Australia) Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood, Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke or head to South Africa in Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank.

Storytime has finished for the year and will resume on Thursday, January 6th at 10:30 am. We’ll start the year off with stories about birthdays. We will continue to post a story online each Wednesday on our Facebook page.

Libratory will have a new activity out on Tuesday, December 21 and then no more new activities until Tuesday, January 11th. As much as we want to start gathering together and exploring science, technology, engineering and math together for now we will continue to provide a weekly take home bag with all you need to explore as a family.

The library will be open from 10 am – 1pm on Friday, December 24th. We will then be closed through Monday, December 27th, reopening at 10 am on Tuesday, December 28th. We will be open Tuesday – Thursday the week between Christmas and New Years. We will be closed on Friday, December 31 and reopen on Monday, January 3 at 10am. Thank you for your understanding as we try and give everyone a break.

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