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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 • Posted December 2, 2008

A long Thanksgiving break gave the Library staff and loyal volunteers a moment to take a deep breath after a busy November; Orphan Train program, Puppet Show by the Hand to Mouth Puppet Theater for preschoolers, Brown Bag movie on the women suffragetts, Blanco Rug Hookers exhibit and Open House, National Honor Society sponsored pumpkin carving as well as our regular toddler and preschool story times, adult and children art classes, creative dramatics for kids and Women and Men book clubs. The month ended with a very successful document “harvest” and antique appraisal event co-sponsored by the Library Oral History Committee and Friends of the Library. The Library is not just a place to check out books and use the computers! Be sure to check the Library website for upcoming December activities and programs at

Last week we launched our new Destiny software and are working out the kinks. Thanks for your patience. The next step, after more training and familiarizing, will be the online catalogue and ability for patrons to access their accounts on line.

Book Reviews by Becky Macaluso (new grandmother) and Jan Redmond (old grandmother)

Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber

You do not have to be a Debbie Macomber fan, or a reader of the previous Blossom Tree books, to enjoy this book. Those of you who are familiar with the bucket wishes and the places you visit before you die, will recognize the same concept in this Macomber novel.

Although the main character Anne Marie Roche tries to make a list of twenty wishes, there other widows making their own lists. All of them have challenges as they try to fulfill their hearts’ desires. Enjoy this comfortable book which may encourage you to make a list of your own twenty wishes. The book certainly got me thinking, and I have a few wishes myself. What is so wonderful is that your wishes can be simple or very involved. -Becky Macaluso

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

An exemplary work of historical fiction at its best, Year of Wonders tells the tale of the 17th century bubonic plague in England. It is the story of ordinary people who are struggling to cope with extraordinary circumstances; should the villagers flee their small village to escape the disease or stay and prevent spreading the contagion. The narrator is 18 year old Anna Frith, a widow with two sons. The novel tells of superstitions, barbaric 17th century customs and poor rural life. Other books by Ms. Brooks, People of the Book and March are further evidence of her well-researched interpretations of historical periods.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

One may think we can’t possibly need another biography of our 16th President, but Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do. Team of Rivals is also a biography of the men Lincoln put together to lead the country through its greatest crisis; men who were personal and political rivals. This was no easy task but another example of Lincoln’s leadership style and understanding of human behavior and motivation. The voices and importance of women in this period of history are also indicated and appreciated. This is not just a book for history buffs; it is a story of our country at its most decisive moment. I had the privilege of hearing Ms.Goodwin speak and was impressed with her research and knowledge of her subjects. Other historical biographies by her are well worth reading. -Jan Redmond

This is a wonderful time of the year to read to children. The Library will have displays of holiday books and books of the season. Adult books with Christmas themes are also plentiful and great relaxers. See you at the Library!

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