Books

Make the Holidays Easier with Ebooks!

Now that that December is really here, life is getting more and more difficult. People are travelling, which leads to cranky road trips, stores and roads get crowded with all the holiday shoppers, and it just seems like you have less and less time to get everything done. All those things combined means that it gets harder and harder to get to the library and get the books that you need to keep your sanity. Fortunately, your HCPL website is here to help, offering electronic books and audiobooks that you can download, read or listen to, and return, without any need to go to the library! That’s right! You can have books for road trips, audiobooks for traffic, and you get this with just a click of a button, no need to go outside! What’s more, we have plenty of sites to choose from.

Book Club Meets Friday, December 7 at 2 pm

Please join us on Friday, December 7, at 2 pm for a discussion of Mr. Dickens and His Carol, by Samantha Silva.  In this work of fiction, we are transported back in time to Victorian England, where Charles Dickens has numerous reasons for not quite feeling the Christmas spirit.  Bah, humbug!  Full of references to true events in Dickens' life and the characters he created, Silva's debut is an interesting re-imagining of how A Christmas Carol, one of the most popular books of the holiday season, was written.  

Monday, 12/17 @ 7 PM - Freeman Page Turners Book Club - Roses by Leila Meacham

 

Love. Passion. Strife. Spanning the 20th century, this sweeping Southern saga tells the story of the tumultuous love between two Texas giants and their feuding yet intertwined families.
Join us as we discuss this romantic, Texas-size page turner!

*Pick up a copy of the book (Roses by Leila Meacham) behind the adult reference desk.

The FM Page Turners are supported by the Friends of Freeman Library

Biographies for all ages

Have you ever heard the phrase about how life is an empty book and we’re the authors? Well, I couldn’t remember exactly how it went so I went on a little Google search and found…a lot of very similar quotes that all boil down to the same thing. My life, well, probably wouldn’t make the most interesting of reading materials to the general public, but there are some works out there, some people out there, that have filled their books with some amazing things. With that in mind, here are a handful of biographies for each age group, perfect to learn from and be inspired by. 

 

 

Cozy Mysteries!

Come hear about cozy mysteries!

Monday, Dec. 3     1:30 pm to 3 pm

Laura Bradford, author of the Amish mystery series, and Lynn Cahoon, author of the Cat Latimer mystery series, will be here to visit with us. They will talk about how they research their topics, how they create wonderful mysteries, and their latest books. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

 

The Page Turners

Spy ChristmasTitle to be discussed: The spy who came for Christmas by David Morrell.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "As holiday celebrations take place in Santa Fe, Agent Paul Kagan is on the run with a baby the Russian mafia wants to destroy and turns to a mother and her young son for help during a violent night where they all must work together to keep the child safe from harm."

Crosby Book Club Meets Friday, November 16 @ 2 pm

In recognition of National Aviation History Month, Crosby Book Club will meet Friday, November 16 at 2 pm to discuss The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough.  How did two young men growing up in a house with no running water,  electricity, or money, and who never even earned high school diplomas manage to become the first to fly?  McCullough deftly tells the full story of the bicycle shop craftsmen from Dayton Ohio, whose genius and perserverance made it possible for them to dramatically change the course of history.  

Treating People with Kindness

Let’s talk about kindness. There’s a lot of negativity being thrown around these days, and sometimes it’s hard to be empathetic and keep your head up. But, as the old adage says, it cost nothing to be kind. It’s not easy, I’m well aware--it takes courage to be kind in the face of everything the world may throw at you and, sometimes, we need a little help remembering how. So, here are a few titles, for the youngest all the way up to the oldest, to help us remember that, even when things seem insurmountable, a little bit of kindness can go a very long way. 

 

 

 

Celebrate Holidays with the Library

 Now that November has come around, we are all preparing for Thanksgiving, that big holiday at the end of the month. However, there are a lot of other holidays this month that just get overlooked in our turkey preparation. Yeah, Thanksgiving is fun, but should it so blatantly overshadow Have a Party with Your Bear Day (Yeah, look it up. It’s worth a Google)? Or what about the equally important National Fast Food Day? Should that be passed over for a holiday that we just go and eat food? We agree with you that it should absolutely not! So, to help correct this egregious oversight, we at the library are happy to provide some books to help you properly celebrate some of these other holidays (as well as letting you know when these are). You’re welcome.

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month- a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. This month is also a great oppurtunity to "educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges" (National Congress of American Indians). That being said, I've gathered a mix of titles for children, teens, and adults that explore these ideas and are perfect reads for not just this month, but year round. 

 

 

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