Tuesday, December 04, 2007

December 2007

Holiday Treats Dec. 6
Reindeer & Friends Dec. 13
Christmas Dec. 20
No Storytime Dec. 27-Jan. 3

Unbirthday Party Jan. 10

Evening story time will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30. Come for Reindeer & Friends.

Homeschool Book Talk Holiday Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday morning, December 4, at 10:30. Crafts and recipes celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah will be featured.

Holiday Craft Night is a family affair with a selection of activities - folded paper ornament, cards, and a snowman decoration. The time is Thursday evening, Dec. 6 from 6:30 - 8:00. Come for crafts, come for the socializing. Call if you can.

Games and Crafts for Kids and Teens will be available Thursday afternoon, December 27, from 1:00 to 4:00. Enjoy a break during the long vacation.
Pop and munchies will be provided. Games to share are welcome. Stock up on books, magazines, and movies while you’re at the library.

Holidays at the library start with some decorations, magazines filled with crafts and recipes, Christmas stories and movies to keep everyone in the mood, and goodies to share. It’s been traditional for story timers to get reindeer food - and to reciprocate with supplements to our craft supplies such as paper paper plates, gluesticks, crayons and markers. There will be staff on vacation. The library will be closed Dec. 24 & 25 & Jan. 1. Dec. 31 10:00 - 5:00.

New DVDs : Popular titles include Christmas Blessing, Deck the Halls, Santa Clause 3, Disturbia, Fracture, Hairspray, Invisible, Mr. Brooks, High School Musical 2, Evan Almighty, Fantastic Four Silver Surfer, Spider Man 3, and Prestige. Children’s titles include Meet the Robinsons, Disney’s Princesses Enchanted Tales, Monster Squad, TMNT, Shrek 3, Unaccompanied Minors, I Love Big Trains, Magic School Bus Human Body, All About Construction, Nick Jr., Ratatouille, and Transformers. There’s a selection of foreign films such as Forecast for Tomorrow, God Grew Tired of Us, Raining Stones, and La Vie en Rose. You can learn how to tango, play the drums or guitar. Then there’s Okie Noodling, Ants, and the monastery visit Into Great Silence. Plus more.

Our rack is filled. So….children’s DVDs have been moved around the corner with the children’s videos. Keep in mind that this category includes many popular family films such as Shrek and Ratatouille.

Christmas books have taken their customary place on display with a mix of seasonal stories, crafts, and recipes. If you’re making presents these supplement the regular shelves which provide patterns and projects for woodworking, knitting, quilts, jewelry, and more - plus a basement hoard of craft magazines. Videos sport a Christmas label. Children’s materials have whole holiday sections for easier browsing and selection.

Reference updates include a 2008 edition of The World Book Encyclopedia (which updates our circulating copies to 2006 and 2004 editions). A fifteen volume Library of Natural Disasters ranging from Tsunamis to Ice Storms, and 15 volumes of the America the Beautiful state books. The latter are not only factually current but have a significantly revised very appealing format. It will be a couple of years before all fifty states are completed.

Santa Claus in the display case is quite in tune with the holiday season and available courtesy of a local Santa.

Where the Action Is is a monthly feature of Country Living, the rural electric co-op magazine. Marion is a hot spot this month. The Moscow Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 7 at the Palace and OSU Marion hosts the Central Ohio Symphony Strings holiday concert on Dec. 13. You’ve probably missed the peanut push (???) and the Train and Toy show on Dec. 1. There’s still the Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Show at the Lausche Center in Columbus on Dec. 13 and Marion’s Popcorn Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve.

Ashley’s holiday banners are mounted on street lights. The purple building has sold and the current hopeful rumor is that it’s going to be a restaurant. Oh frabjous joy! Can we wait? Until next summer? Should we award Air Express a medal? Let’s hope for replacements for the video store and the home medical equipment facility. What’s your big wish?

Congratulations to Ashley’s new mayor John Davis and new council members Aaron Scheeler and Elaine McFarland. Thanks to Loren Shirk who keeps Ashley residents informed of meetings. If someone would take minutes of meetings the library would be glad to post them. Or to promote a 2008 resolution about being informed and involved. It’s our town isn’t it?

The library’s holiday letter would list regrading the east lawn area, the new ramp and extra parking to the west, and additional bookshelves in the juvenile room. We’ve completed the migration to InfoCentre and joined the statewide resource sharing program MORE. Susan was one of a few from Ohio selected to attend a Gates funded program in Washington, DC. Summer reading was good. We have conscientious library board members and wonderful patrons. It’s been a great year. That’s quite enough to brag about.

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