Decorate Our Charlie Brown Tree!

We found this sweet little Charlie Brown tree tucked away in the basement (it has to be 50 years old) and would like your help in its transformation!

We would like handmade ornaments to hang on the tree, from both children and adults. When you bring in an ornament, you’ll get a Christmas treat and your name will be entered to win a gift!

We’ll tag the ornaments with the maker’s name, and you’ll get to hang the ornament on our tree for all of our patrons to enjoy. The ornaments may be picked up after Christmas, or they can remain here to be used agin next year.

What kind of ornaments are we looking for? Anything that you’d like to make! Due to the smaller size of our Charlie Brown tree, we simply ask that you keep the dimensions to 6″ or smaller. Ornaments will be accepted now through December 21st at noon, at which time we will draw for names.

Here are some ideas for homemade ornaments for kids:

And here are some for the adults:

 

Brown Bag

Please join us this Friday, December 7th at noon in the Community Rooms for our december Brown Bag presentation.

Pam Becker will review A Secret Gift: how one man’s kindness–and a trove of letters–revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression by Ted Gup:

Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author’s grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness.

Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope contained in the letters, which he discovered in a suitcase 75 years later, Ted Gup initially set out to unveil the lives behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created the impact that Mr B. Virdot’s gift had on each family. Many people yearned for bread, coal, or other necessities, but many others received money from B. Virdot for more fanciful items-a toy horse, say, or a set of encyclopedias. As Gup’s investigations revealed, all these things had the power to turn people’s lives around- even to save them.

Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

New YA Fiction

Seconds Away by Harlan Coben: When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his new friends find themselves at the center of a murder mystery.

Tempest by Julie Cross: Nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his ability to travel through time after his girlfriend, Holly, is fatally shot during a violent struggle, but his journey two years into the past leads him to make a startling discovery.

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans: Fifteen-year-old Michael Vey, born with Tourettes syndrome and special electromagnetic powers, joins his techno-genius best friend to battle powerful foes in the jungles of Peru, where Michael learns the Order of Elgen’s plan to “restructure” the world.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans: Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them.

The Empty City by Erin Hunter: In the aftermath of the Big Growl that destroyed his city, a Lone Dog named Lucky must find a way to work with other dogs in order to survive in this frightening new world.

Shine by Lauren Myracle: When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson: Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents’ murder but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel’s perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett: In an alternative London ruled by a young Queen Victoria, Dodger, a resourceful, homeless boy, unwittingly prevents Sweeney Todd from committing murder.

The Turning by Francine Prose: Jack begins to feel isolated and lonely during a summer job babysitting for two bizarre children on an isolated island without Wi-Fi or cell phone access, but when he begins to see others that no one else sees, Jack struggles to keep a hold on reality.

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin: Anya Balanchine, daughter of New York City’s most notorious crime boss in 2083, tries to keep a low profile, but she cannot avoid the spotlight when her loser ex-boyfriend is accidently poisoned by illegal chocolate manufactured by her family.