Library Column for January 7, 2022

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Happy New Year! Let the library help you succeed with your New Year’s resolutions whether they involve picking up a new hobby, eating healthier or just reading great books. The library offers lots of physical items to borrow and even more items to download digitally. Borrow snowshoes, an instant pot, an air fryer, a sewing machine, magazines, graphic novels, Playaways (audiobooks that don’t require additional equipment to listen to), Wonderbooks (books with audio included right there in the book) as well as lots of great books old and new. Check out our collection and let us know if there is something you’d like to see added.

As I write this, snow is falling gently. I didn’t grow up with much snow, so each snow storm still tends to make me think of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Cindy Wilson has written The Beautiful Snow a non-fiction companion to the book subtitled ‘The Ingalls Family, the Railroads, and the Hard Winter of 1880-81.’ The author excavates the historical record on the weather, the railroads, and food and fuel on the frontier, providing a context for her experiences.

This New Year is a great time to read All’s Well by Mona Awad following several very rough years for most of us. Miranda Fitch is determined to keep her job as a college theater director with a spectacular performance of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well that Ends Well. But her students want to do “Macbeth” and everything seems ready to fall apart.

For some fluffy fun (there is no bad time for fluffy fun) try Miss Lattimore’s Letter by Suxanne Allain. This regency era comedy of manners centers on Sophronia whose romantic dreams were destroyed years ago, so she chaperone’s her cousin and becomes a sought after matchmaker after sending a gentleman an anonymous letter telling him he is about to propose to the wrong women and her identity is discovered.

Funny and bittersweet mingle delightfully in The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin. Lenni and Margot meet in a hospital arts and crafts class where between the two of them they have one hundred years of life. They both have plenty of living they still want to do and a little thing like dying isn’t going to stand in their way.

A good space opera is always welcome in my book pile and The Last Watch and The Exiled Fleet by J.S. Dewes delivers a fast-paced action romp through space – the edge of space where a handful of misfits are all that stand between humanity and annihilation.

The new display is the library lobby is high school art! I love that we get to do this display most years. We will be splitting their display this year with art by high school students in the month of January and then again in May. This will give us a chance to highlight twice as many students’ art. So visit the library in January and see the great art created by local students.

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