Library Column for December 16, 2022

@ Your Library

There are just over 2 weeks remaining in 2022. What do you still plan to accomplish this year? Are you looking for a new job, check out LinkedIn Learning for help in boosting your job skills. Need help with a resume or in interviewing check out BrainFuse JobNow or CareerForce for assistance.

Hoping to bone up your language skills before an overseas trip? Then be sure and add the Mango app to your phone and check out their language lessons anytime you are standing in a line or waiting for a kid to finish class or sports practice or whatever.

Or maybe you just want to curl up with a good book and read the remainder of the year. While that probably won’t happen, the library does have lots of great books to help you spend time reading. Here are a few recommended titles. A Year in the Wilderness by Amy and Dave Freeman follows their year living in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. This is a beautiful look at the value of wilderness and quiet places to us all.

True Crime aficionados need to read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara about her obsessive search for the golden state killer who committed over fifty sexual assaults in northern California in the early eighties before moving south and committed ten sadistic murders. This is a riveting look at one journalist’s search for his identity.

Learn love as only a dog can in The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’ve heard the movie is good, but I bet the book is better. Kristin Hannah wrote a vivid account of love and war in The Nightingale. This bestselling author captures both the epic panorama and the intimate details of war through the story of Vianne and Antione Mauriac and the decisions each must make to survive.

The Overstory by Richard Powers is another epic tale, this time of forests and their connectiveness that unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables.

The last storytime of the year happened yesterday. But don’t fret too much, we will continue to post a new story to our Facebook page each Wednesday afternoon and beginning next Thursday, December 22 we will put out what we are calling Winter story stations. The meeting room will have eight activities to help young kids (ages 7 and under) explore language, reading and early learning. Stop by the library, pick up a ticket from the junior room desk and see which activities suit your family. If a child completes at least one activity they can pick out a free book. Winter story stations will be available until Saturday, December 31, so complete one or two a day and come each day we are open between the holidays for a fun time as a family. Or come once and spend time completing all eight activities. The goal is flexibility and allowing families time to be together and learn at the same time.

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