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Family Winter Crafts Night next Thursday

Next Thursday (Dec.2) from 4-6 p.m., we are hosting a Winter Crafts Night in the reading room at the library for kids, teens, adults and seniors.

We’ll have a wide variety of fun, free, easy crafts and activities for everyone to enjoy.

You can make fancy paper snowflake crafts, decorate a library gingerbread house, embellish and inscribe holiday cards, plus make some holiday decorations to bring home, while enjoying some light refreshments and festive music. Try all these fun things or sit at one table and make multiple items.

Two important caveats: To ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone, please sign up for this crafts event before Dec. 2. And please do not send your children on their own. We hope you’ll make this a family event.

$$$ for books

This year’s special holiday fund-raiser at the library is Funds4Books, a book drive for new youth materials for the library called “Sprucing Up Our Collection.” You can donate on line or by writing a check. You can find more information by the decorated spruce tree inside the library. Our goal is $2,000. We’ll use every penny to replace worn-out favorites and buy classics that we don’t own. We’re hoping your generosity will help us avoid having to say, “Sorry, we don’t have it,” when one of our young patrons asks for a book.

Nonfiction

“Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There?” by Whoopi Goldberg offers an irreverent and humorous look at the lack of civility and respect in today’s society. “The Moral Landscape” by Sam Harris looks at how science can determine human values. “Trickle Up Poverty” by radio host Michael Savage provides the author’s view of President Obama’s policies.

Large print mysteries

“Coming Back” by Marcia Muller is the latest in the mystery series featuring San Francisco PI Sharon McCone. “Busy Body” by M.C. Beaton is a holiday mystery story featuring Agatha Raisin and her detective agency team. “Half-price Homicide” by Elaine Viets is a murder mystery set in a posh consignment shop. “Edge” by Jeffery Deaver tells of a federal protection officer applying gaming theory to his work. “Cold Dawn” by Carla Neggers is about death by arson in Black Falls, Vermont. “Indulgence in Death” by J. D. Robb is the latest in the series facing NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

Other large print

“Keeping Time” by Stacey McGlynn is a romance featuring a 77-year-old woman searching for a lost lover. “The Killing Shot” is a western by Johnny D. Boggs. “A Chesapeake Shores Christmas” by Sherryl Woods is a holiday romance story. “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is set in a resort before the Civil War where southern white men vacation with their enslaved mistresses. “My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space” by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesco Scottoline Serritella spills the family’s secrets. “Happy Ever After” by Nora Roberts is book four in the Bridge Quartet series.

Holiday novels

“Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor” by Lisa Kleypas focuses on a six-year-old girl who lost her only parent and now touches the lives of two lonely adults. “An Amish Christmas” by Cynthia Keller follows a fashionable and spoiled family in financial ruin who move to the simple life in the Amish world. “Christmas Mourning” by Margaret Maron tells of a tragic car wreck that may not be an accident. “Christmas Odyssey” by Anne Perry is this year’s Christmas novel by this beloved author.

Other novels

“The Confession” by John Grisham tells what happens only a few days away from the execution of the wrong man for murder. “The Thorn” by Beverly Lewis is an Amish love story. “I Shall Not Want” by Debbie Viguie is the latest in the Palm 23 Mysteries series featuring a church’s caring congregation.

Fantasy and supernatural

“Insatiable” by Meg Cabot tells of a reporter who has strange skills but does not believe in vampires. “Gauntlgrym” by R.A. Salvatore is book one of the new Neverwinter epic trilogy. “Side Jobs” by Jim Butcher is a collection of stories about cases solved by Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

Political memoirs

“Going Home to Glory” is a memoir about life with Dwight D. Eisenhower by his grandson David Eisenhower and his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower. “First Family: Abigail and John Adams” by Pulitzer prize-winning author Joseph J. Ellis is based on the First Couple’s more than 1,200 letters to each other. “A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him,” edited by historian Michael Takiff, compiles memories of 150 friends, colleagues and rivals of the former president. “Bloody Crimes” by James Swanson chronicles the saga when Jefferson Davis is accused of involvement in the conspiracy that led to President Lincoln’s murder.

Other biographies

“Autobiography of Mark Twain,” edited by Harriet Elinor Smith and other editors of the Mark Twain Project, is volume one of the author’s story of his life that he insisted not be published until 2010, the 100th anniversary of his death. “Cleopatra: A Life” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff brings to life one of the most intriguing women in the history of the world.

Books on CD

“The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow presents the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe. “Private” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a thriller featuring former Marine and CIA agent Jack Morgan. “Wicked Appetite” by Janet Evanovich is the first book in a new paranormal series featuring Elizabeth Tucker.

Quotable quote

“A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people.” — Contemporary Canadian poet and author Peter McArthur.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Sandy Kobrock, Biz Greene and Cindy Wilemon.

Website

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