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There’s still time to join more than 50 of our kiddos for our winter reading program, Bundle Up and Read.  Check out a themed bundle of books with activities and crafts.  Prizes include, of course, BOOKS!

Our monthly book club starts February 2nd at 5:30 and will continue the first Wednesday of each month. Sam has chosen The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet and it’s a fantastic read, perfect for book club. We have several copies at the Library to pick up now.

Pam Weeks, curator of the New England Quilt Museum, will be doing a virtual program on the history of New England quilts and the Civil War. This program will be held Wednesday February 16 at 6:00 pm.

For a list of all our Library of Things, including snow shoes, games, and fun coding kits, check out our website.

For the care and safety of our children, we are offering our programs virtually. It breaks our heart not being able to offer in-person programming but Miss Sheila is planning some wonderful activities for March when the weather warms and she can read fun books and have fantastic play outside.

The adult craft of the month is button hearts on canvas. It’s not only gorgeous, but super easy. Kits are available February 1st.

New Books

Fiction: The Magician by beloved author, Colm Toibin, writes a historical biography of Nobel Prize winner, Thomas Mann. It’s an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Mann, his magnificent wife Katia, and the times in which they lived—the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile.

Non-Fiction: A Year in Flowers by Erin Benzakein is just the thing to chase away the dreary winter days.  This gorgeous book is filled with everything from the care and keeping of flowers to design. The beautiful photos take us through colorful and inspiring days of summer, winter, fall, and even arrangements for winter.

Young Adult: Don’t tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller. Take a teen who has a past she wants to forget, add a half burned down manor house with terrible secrets, place it in a small town where rumors take on a life of their own and you have the perfect recipe for a creepy, ghost filled mystery.  Can Bram get to the truth before she becomes part of the secrets that haunt the manor?  A ghost story to read with the lights on.

Children’s Picture book: Zuri Ray Tries Ballet by Tami Charles.  Zuri Ray loves to try new things like snorkeling, science experiments and ghost hunting, but is she up to the challenge of attending ballet camp with Jessie her BFFD (best friend form diapers)?  Zuri Ray has trouble fitting into the strict ballet routine until she begins using her imagination.  Jessie refuses to accept Zuri Ray’s interpretation of dancing until their insightful teacher steps and provides different opportunities.  A perfect story for supporting dance, making friends and trying new things.

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