“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”
Library cards are like golden tickets. They give us access to age-old ideas, to fanciful stories, to inspiring memoirs, and to human history. The wealth of information on the internet is astounding. When we hold a book, though, worlds are in our hands. Humans have long honored the connection between hand, head, and heart, and reading a book—on any topic—honors that connection, as well.
In fact, we’re so grateful for library cards that we at Moon Lake Community Library invite you to come by during open hours this month and show your library card to receive a free book of your choice from our sale shelves. If you don’t yet have a library card, it only takes a few minutes to apply. There is no charge for a card, and patrons may borrow books for two weeks and DVDs for one week. We have thousands of books on our shelves, and almost a thousand DVDs.
We’re starting something new and fun in January. When you borrow a book, you’ll receive a bookmark with five stars on it. When you’ve finished the book, you can fill in the stars to show how well you liked the book, and then leave the bookmark in the book for the next person who’s interested in it. We’ll also have review cards available, so if you want to share something about a book you’ve read or a movie you’ve seen from our collection, you can post the card for others to see. We have a special section for books that have been recommended by community members.
Saturdays have been popular with folks of all ages who come to play games. The chess players are gearing up for a tournament we’ll be having in the spring. One recent Saturday, a group was playing Mexican Train dominoes, and, honestly, I didn’t know dominoes could be so fun. Laughter filled the air. If you enjoy games of strategy, please join us on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon. We have chess, backgammon, cribbage, dominoes, playing cards, and Rubikub.
Another change in 2018 is that we’ll be serving organic coffee on Saturday mornings on a donation basis, and soft background music will be played. Moon Lake Community Library is your library, and we want you to feel as comfortable there as you are at home. To that end, we plan to add a seating area for anyone who wants to sit and read, or speak quietly with a friend. We’ll soon be on the search for two easy chairs and a small coffee table. We welcome any contributions to this cause, whether it be in the form of money or actual furniture.
The library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. It’s the board’s policy that a volunteer always be present when the librarian is on duty, both for safety reasons and to be able to offer assistance. Volunteers are trained to check books and movies in and out, and then re-shelve them, and to answer any questions patrons may have. We appreciate our current volunteers—Brandy Barrett, Jane Faile, Dianne Gilbreath, Dianne Kuehl, Mickey Luck, Kathy Norrell, Pat Peterson, Rhea Pirch, Rita Shirley, Pat Schoen, and Dianne Tindoll—and we welcome new volunteers. (If we had enough volunteers, it’s even possible the library could expand the number of days we’re open.) Let us know if you’re interested or have any questions.
The board welcomes ideas for any classes, lectures or workshops you might be interested in having the library host. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. We look forward to offering some interesting opportunities throughout the coming year. Visit our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with news and announcements.
A Wonderful New Year!
Happy New Year from your Community Library, everyone. I hope everyone had a great holiday season full of good cheer and lots of goodies. Now that winter’s frigid days are upon us, it means time for hunkering down with a good book or movie. Here are some of the newest selections we have for you at your Community Library this month.
The Whispering Room
This new novel from bestselling author Dean Koontz has Jane Hawk, fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine, continuing her battle against a murderous conspiracy in this riveting sequel to The Silent Corner. Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.
This latest Stephanie Plum novel from author Janet Evanovich is sure to please. Brain-eating zombies, headless corpses, and a wayward fifty-pound boa constrictor named Ethel—yeah, it’s been a pretty routine week for Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Author David Balducci returns with his most explosive thriller yet. Jessica Reel and Will Robie are two of the most lethal people alive. They’re the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. Now their handler, Blue Man, is missing. And when Will and Jessica find themselves up against an adversary with superior firepower and a home-court advantage, they’ll be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man.
Baby (Ansel Elgort), a talented young getaway driver, uses the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a criminal boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music. Rated R
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-clinging super hero. Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). But when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Rated PG-13
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star as an elite bodyguard and renowned hit man who are forced to work together. In order to succeed, they don’t just have to avoid getting killed…they have to avoid killing each other. Also starring Gary Oldman and Selma Hayek. Rated R
There it is folks, and that is not all—we have hundreds of other great books and DVDs for you to enjoy on a cold winter’s night. So stop in to your Community Library, say hello, and have a look around. It’s warm inside!