By Barbara Mellon
Wow! I can’t believe it. Another year is upon us, one that I hope will bring good things to all of you and yours. Welcome, 2015!
Should cabin fever befall you, don’t forget that the library offers all kinds of ways for you to fill your time. Books, of course, are a natural. While most of us understandably head to the new book shelf for a good read, try foraging through the many other shelves of volumes we have available. Downstairs you’ll find plenty of novels; crime and classics, romance and westerns, you name it, as well as sections on art, music, sports, cooking, carpentry and more. For the younger set we have picture books and chapter books, plenty of non-fiction on a variety of subjects, and an array of titles just for those who find themselves between childhood and adulthood. Take a trip up our beautiful staircase to investigate the history and literature sections, among others, and browse through the shelves of local history and folklore.
Prefer to listen to your books? We’ve just received dozens of new audiobooks through the Four County Library System audio circuit program. And for those who want to while away the cold evenings with a movie, we have plenty of those, including a section for documentaries and one for children’s DVDs.
Our program committee is working hard to set up new events, some of which will introduce us to assorted collectibles, following up on the Abbates’ Depression Glass, such as chinaware and old tools. And don’t forget, the book group known as the LitWits continues to meet on the first Thursday of each month; call us at the library to have a copy of the month’s selection reserved for you. All things Italian are on the plate for the monthly Italian Circle hosted by Judy Garrison and Maria Ditchek. These lively, informative evenings (3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm) are open to anyone; Italian blood not required. A taste for Italian food helps, though, as tasty treats are often part of the program.
Despite the snowy weather, the library was filled with laughter during our showing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; some movies just never get old! Upcoming selections for the Library’s monthly Movie Night (2nd Thursday at 7 pm) include The Hundred-foot Journey, Maleficent, and The Million-Dollar Arm.
So Happy New Year to all, and be sure to stop by the Library to stock up on reading, watching and listening materials and perhaps run into a few friends and neighbors.