Library Column for February 9, 2024

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This wacky weather makes me want to curl up with a good book and ignore it all. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus finally didn’t have a wait list and was sitting on the shelf just waiting for me to read it. I just started this historical novel about 1960’s America that at least in the first several chapters is hilarious and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

As you know, I really enjoy juvenile non-fiction and have to share about When Moon Became the Moon by Rob Hodgson, a really fun early elementary look at space objects. Also be sure and read The Mona Lisa Vanishes by Nicholas Day for a fascinating story of a ‘legendary painter, a shocking heist, and the birth of a global celebrity.’ This book contains more facts and details about da Vinci and his famous painting that almost wasn’t and so much more.

Curiosity is such a marvelous thing, maybe except at bedtime when you just want to sleep. The Bedtime Book of Incredible Questions by Isabel Thomas might or might not be the perfect book for that curious kid. Answers to everything from ‘how heavy is earth?’ to ‘can I swim in ice cream?’ and more than forty other questions are provided in this thought-provoking book.

Figuring out what you want to do when you grow-up is such a difficult task for most of us and needs plenty of options to explore, discover and learn what the options even are. The last couple of years, the library has worked to improve our collection of books about careers with odd ball careers such as Cheese Maker and Leatherworker to exploring by activities kids enjoy such as Jobs in Art by Rob Colson, or I Like Sports…What Jobs are There? by Steve Martin. As you and your children discover and explore their skills and interests make use of our junior room collection of career related books to spark discussion, generate interest and provide guidance for options to explore.

A new libratory bag is available for elementary aged youth in the junior room while teens and adults might want to pick up our February takeout craft. Elementary students are exploring chemical reactions using a balloon and adults get to play with yarn. It isn’t too late to join our 2024 reading challenge to read/listen to 26 books this year. Next week I’ll provide some additional titles you might be interested in using for your challenge. And a reminder, this isn’t meant to be difficult, we just want to encourage you to make time daily to read and to explore your reading options. Join us monthly for our Silent Book Club, the 2nd Monday of the month, February 12th from 6:30 – 8 for a chance to talk books and then just read.

If we get more snow, remember the library can loan you snowshoes and skis to explore our local trails and get some fresh air, which I find invigorating and helpful to my mental health in winter.

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