Free family holiday party at the library


    SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

    You and your family are invited to join us for a Hot Chocolate Hullaballoo at the library next Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4–6 p.m. at the library to celebrate the holiday season.

    There will be seasonal crafts for all ages to make and a hot chocolate bar for everyone to enjoy.  We hope to see you there.

    Free fun for kids

    Science Fun for fourth-sixth graders takes place tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 7) from 2-3:15 p.m. This session’s theme is DNA Kids.  Registration is required.  Then Saturday, Dec. 8, is LEGO Club for kids aged 6-13 from 10:30–11:45 a.m.  Bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided.

    Free fun for teens

    Teens in seventh-12th grades are invited to a Teen Gaming session from 4–5 p.m. We’ll have our Xbox out, along with various board games.  Food is provided.

    Free high-tech training

    Our free high-tech learning sessions continue.  Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Dec. 6) from 3–5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-noon, and Thursday, Dec. 13, from 3–5 p.m.  We also have two formal training sessions that require advance registration for space reasons: Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 7) from 10-noon is an introductory Skype session where you will learn how easy it is to video-chat over the Internet.  Next Wednesday, Dec. 12, is intermediate instruction in the use of Excel 2010.

    Large print

    “The Light between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman is a novel about a family that moves to Australia.  “Sleep No More” by Iris Johansen is the latest in the mystery series featuring Eve Duncan. “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard tells of the years leading up to the president’s assassination.  “The Giving Quilt” by Jennifer Chiaverini is the latest in the Elm Quilt series.  “The Bone Bed” by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the mystery series featuring forensic anthropologist Kay Scarpetta.

    Books on CD

    “An Irish Country Wedding” by Patrick Taylor tells of a forthcoming wedding and a doctor’s patients in an Irish village. “Fatal Justice” is a western by Ralph Compton.

    Mysteries and thrillers

    “The Last Man” by Vince Flynn is the latest in the thriller series featuring Mitch Rapp. “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro is a mystery about a possible Degas forgery that includes a wealth of art history. “Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan features a British undercover agent who gets involved in the literary world of an author.

    Short stories

    “She Loves Me Not” by Ron Hansen is a collection of 12 new stories and seven selected previous pieces.  “Dear Life” by Alice Munro is a new collection of stories, most taking place in small Canadian towns around Lake Huron.

    Other fiction

    “Crown of Vengeance” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory is the latest in the Dragon Prophecy fantasy series.  “The Testament of Mary” by Colm Toibin is a novella that imagines the life of the Christian and cultural icon Mary. “The Lawgiver” by Herman Wouk is a novel about the life of Moses, told via a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day.


    “The Generals” by Thomas E. Ricks looks at the great generals and those less so from World War II to today.  “The Patriarch” by historian David Nasaw is the biography of the founder of the 20th century’s most famous political dynasty and the first Irish American ambassador to London.  “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham looks at Jefferson as a man, a politician and a president.

    Other nonfiction

    “Mugged” by Republican activist Ann Coulter explains her view of race relations in this country.  “Silent No More” by Victim 1 recounts his quest to bring Jerry Sandusky’s crimes to light.  “Spillover” by David Quammen is a scientific look at the possible sources of the next murderous human pandemic.

    Thanks to our donors

    Special thanks to Joan and Jerry Rohwer, owners of Moonlight Books, for donating the last of their books to the library.  Sad to say, their wonderful downtown book store closed several months ago.  Thanks also to our anonymous donors of books and other materials this week.

    Did You Know?

    Reading reduces dementia risk by 35 percent among those 75-plus, according to the October/November issue of AARP The Magazine.


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