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Simple Pleasures


[Originally posted November 23, 2011]

So many of them…Libraries,turkey,friends, old movies. Speaking of which, tomorrow kicks off my personal movie count down to Christmas. I have a pretty big collection of holiday movies that I start watching on Thanksgiving. I usually watch at least one a day…I can hear my son groaning in Colorado now. He is the lucky one because his sister is here and will be forced to wear ear plugs to avoid the holiday favorites her mom watches every year. It usually starts with “Holiday Inn” strarring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire but not always. I have at least eight versions of “A Christmas Carol” including Mr. Magoo’s (my kids loathe this one the most because it’s a musical and they can’t get the songs out of their heads for days) and the Flintstones. It is my favorite story of all time. I didn’t appreciate it either when I was younger but find the reminder of second (third, fourth etc.) chances comforting. My favorite version of this movie is “A Muppet Christmas Carol” and it is the only one I can get my grown kids to watch with me. I keep telling them some day when I’m gone they will want to watch them but they vehemently deny that will ever happen. 

Most of the movies are oldies because they don’t make good movies anymore. Even Hallmark has gotten cheesier but times change and maybe that’s why I love going back to a simpler time, if there even was such a thing. Most of these movies were made before I was born but capture a spirit that I love, black and white. You had to use your imagination. My kids say they are boring but I say they are classic.

Speaking of classic…I read Nicole Baart’s book “Snow Angel” that was co-written with Glenn Beck. That is one talented writer and she’s ours! How lucky are we?! The story has touches of Sioux Center throughout (it’s a fictional town) so see if you can find them. She is one of the most poigniant writers to come on the horizon. The story reminded me of how lucky I was to have “angels” in the wings to parent me and love me when my own didn’t. 

Don’t forget to grab a wrapped Christmas book on the adult display table. To make it more fun we have mixed some free “gift” books in with the rest so you might really get a surprise. You’ll have to unwrap it before you leave so you can check out the library copies. That starts December first. Book club does the same random process for the book choice and we will meet here Dec. 17 to talk about our favorites. Please limit yourself to one free book. Thanks for making the library such a delightful place to work!  Marsella

Fun Stuff On The Way For Adults


[Originally posted November 11, 2011]

Boy is my face red. I requested the wrong version of  Ms. Baart’s co-written book “Snow Angel”Also if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Facebook has just now removed the discussion tab from the library Facebook page so it’s back to clicking on the note tab (or click on the topic title) and it will take you to my adult book blog. Well, I never said I was perfect. In fact I’ve had lots of practice being embarrassed iin my life time and it’s true if you can laugh at yourself you can survive anything.

Lots of fun on the horizon. Starting December first adults can check out Christmas “surprise’s”. We have wrapped assorted books with a Christmas theme. You grab one from the basket and bring it to the circ desk to unwrap and check out. This was a big hit with Adult Book Club last year so we thought we could expand it this year to include all our patrons. If you don’t like the one you choose, just pick another. All of these books are short in duration and just fun or inspiring reads for a very busy time of year. It’s nice to have a fun surprise now and then and be reminded it’s not always about us. Be sure and look for the face of Becky Bilby, our soon to be new director. Say hi and welcome her and wish Dave a great retirement.

In January Adult Book Club will host the first book and movie night of the year. These have been a great hit. We gather after hours and eat popcorn, watch the movie and then discuss the book. January’s selction will be a Jane Austen book that will be chosen at November’s meeting on the 19th.

I am currently reading “A Lesson Before Dying”. This book went missing out of our collection and I discovered a patron had put it on hold over a year ago. Usually books that disappear are often amazing ones that people can’t bear to part with. So after passing this on to our oh-so-patient person I took it when it was returned. It is a delightful perk of working in a library. I LOVE this book and plan to feature it on our Black History Month display in February. Laurey and I have some really cool Gee Bend quilting- history books and plan to attempt a replica of some of their work. I have found some fascinating information about black dolls that are extemely rare that we will display as well as some great new books. Black History Month is not just for kids!

March we will host James Schaap for a book discussion of his short stories. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much fun so I’ll stop here. Send me any questions or suggestions. November’s club meets Sat. @ 10am on the 19th and we will discuss “I Am the Messenger”. It was a great young adult book and will make for a lively discussion. Be there or be square!  Marsella