WORD OF THE WEEK Yuleshard: An old Scottish word for someone who, on Christmas Eve, still hasn’t finished preparing for Christmas; can also mean a person who has no new clothes for Christmas or hasn’t received clothing as a Christmas gift


FAMILY BOOK CLUB This month we’re reading and discussing Amulet: The Stonekeeper. We’ll be meeting this Thursday the 21st at 5 PM and making our very own magical amulets (magical properties not guaranteed by the library.) New families are always welcome.


LIBRARY CLOSED The library will be closed for the holidays on Monday, December 25th, Tuesday, December 26th, and Monday, January 1st. This will be our last column until 2018; may your celebrations be joyous, delicious, light-filled, and safe.

REGULAR PROGRAMS Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM. Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 AM. Personalized computer help will return in the new year, with the first sessions on January 2nd from 6 – 7 PM and Saturday January 6th from 11 AM – 12 PM. Call the library or check out our website for all the details on all of our upcoming events.


JUST ARRIVED Need some encouragement or some tips to get your life on the right track? We have a trio of books on innovative business practices for employees and employers alike. Check out Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed, which could help keep you pushing through errors to eventually reach success. Get Better offers tips on how to improve relationships with your coworkers, while Creating Great Choices proposes ways for bosses and managers to encourage effective problem-solving. The Last Draft, meanwhile, offers advice for would-be and current authors in preparing your manuscript for a final submission. Reading through America’s long history of hoaxes and flat-out “fake news” might help you sort through today’s overwhelming mass of information, so try Kevin Young’s Bunk for a wider perspective. On a more personal level, Lynne Segal writes of find joy with others, and what that means for society and the individual, in Radical Happiness. Renowned author Ursula K. Le Guin reflects on her life and what really matters to her in the essay collection No Time to Spare. If your child wrestles with worry for whatever reason, at home or in public, take a look at some of the strategies in Anxiety Relief for Kids. Finally, if you’d prefer a little escapism, Bill Heavey’s latest, Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?, offers a “professional amateur’s” look at hunting and fishing.


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