Library Column for November 17, 2023

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The library is feeling very cozy as the Northern Lights Quilter’s Guild has displayed in our lobby for November and December. Be sure and stop by and marvel at the wonderful quilts.

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, November 18th in the meeting room for board games from 10 am – 2 pm. All are welcome, although children under 8 need an adult with them. We will provide a pizza lunch for any who are here by 11 am. We’ll organize Sushi Go, Telestrations and Wits and Wagers games and will have a variety of other games available for smaller groups.

As the weather cools and darkness settles in, I am finding it harder to remain positive and keep my mood up. But I know that nature is amazing and so I have been exploring and dabbling in some of our new nature titles including Wildscape: trilling chipmunks, beckoning blooms, salty butterflies, and other sensory wonders of nature by Nancy Lawson and Awe: the new science of everyday wonder and how it can transform your life by Dacher Keltner. I was also inspired by Brave the Wild River: the untold story of two women who mapped the botany of the Grand Canyon by Melissa L Sevigny and Elderflora: a modern history of ancient trees by Jared Farmer.

I also retreat into historical fiction with titles such as When We Had Wings by Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris and Susan Meissner about World War II nurses stationed in the South Pacific that is based on the real experiences of nurses dubbed the “Angels of Bataan.” The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons checks so many boxes of what I love about fiction but especially the power of story to help us through unimaginable loss.

Of course the other direction works as well. Let’s travel far into the future and escape that way with Where Peace is Lost by Valerie Valdes for a cozy space fantasy as refugees on a planet at the edge of an isolated star system seek to deactivate an old war machine before it destroys them. Or imagine jungles floating in the sky where a remnant of human civilization seeks to survive devastating storms below them in The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao.

Of course, I also seek comfort in juvenile titles, of which I covered some new titles last week. They often read faster while exploring fascinating premises and have characters I love and grow to care for. We each find escape, delight and joy in different ways, but make time to discover your passions, your comfort and seek it out this winter.

The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving weekend. We will have regular hours on Wednesday, November 23 (10 am – 8pm) then be closed until Monday, November 27 at 10 am. Christmas movies will be put out and available to borrow beginning Monday, November 20th. Books are available now and there are lots of new titles this year to get you in the holiday spirit.

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