Holiday Creations

Want to help us decorate for the holidays?  Bring in your holiday or winter themed artwork and we will put it on display for all to see and admire.  Create an intricate paper snowflake or a construction paper snowman like the one behind our front desk.  You can also find many holiday themed craft ideas near 745.594 in the non-fiction area.  Worried about your creative skills?  Fret not!  Throughout December, we will have various coloring pages for our patrons to scribble on. 

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20 Books for 2012

I'm a big fan of lists, and particularly year-end lists.  A simple Google search will probably direct you to several different personal blogs on which I have published my end-of-year favorite music lists over the past eight years or so.  For me, lists are intended both as a form of self-analysis and as recommendations for my (modest, random) readership. 

I am also a bit unconventional with these lists.  I care less about the year that something was made than the year that I first experienced it.  So, on the following list, you will find my 20 favorite books that I read (for the first time) in 2012.  Some of the titles were published this year, others were written over a half-century ago.  But they are all great books that you should read, and they are all, incidentally, in HCPL's catalog.  So without further ado,

20 Books for 2012:

(1)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (a gateway book if there ever was one, see below)

(2)

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

(3)

Cathedral by Raymond Carver

(4)

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

(5)

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Give a Little Joy this Holiday

 

Christmas is just around the corner and it's that time of year again when Toys for Tots reminds us that Christmas is a time for peace, joy, and happiness. This is your chance to make a child happy by donating a Christmas gift to a child in need. Toys for Tots, which is brought to you by U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, runs from Monday November 26th - Friday December 14th. If you are in the spirit for giving, drop by our library and donate an unwrapped gift for a boy or a girl. If you would like to learn more about this organization visit www.toysfortots.org. There is nothing greater than putting a smile on someone else's face. Help spread the love this year and make a donation. It will be greatly appreciated.

 

On Movember

Have you noticed a rash of moustaches sprouting up in the last few weeks, perhaps on some folks who really have no business dealing in moustachery?  Has Whisker Wars really had that much of an effect on our cultural makeup?

The explanation is simple.  In facial hair circles, November is referred to as Movember or No Shave November, a month dedicated to the growth of moustaches and/or facial hair.  Some do it for fun or bragging rights, or for an excuse to buy moustache wax.  Others do it with a cause in mind.  The organization Movember in particular uses the month as a platform to "raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives."

While Movember 2012 is almost through, you can educate yourself year-round on both moustaches and men's health issues at your local library.  And if you're anything like me, there's always Mocember, Monuary, Mobruary, and so on.

A few mustachioed titles for kids (click on the image to go to catalog):

 

 

 

 

 

Black Friday

How many of you waited in line hour after hour for those hot deals? How many of you were bored out of your mind? Did you consider reading a book while you waited to pass the time?  Yes, a book, eBook or audio book to help you out during those grueling hours of waiting and waiting and waiting. You could have checked out a book/audio book ahead of time or downloaded eBook/eAudio right then and there. I assure you, time would have flown by! Come in to one of your local branches or call us and we could show you how to get started to take new adventures while you're in line.

Here are some books that share the name of the most popular shopping day of the year. Black Friday!

Black Friday by Alex Kava     Black Friday by Ashley & Jaquavis     Black Friday by James Patterson