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Nancy's Notes - December 17, 2009

Art show and Santa's visit activities, “Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Walls, “Knit the Season” by Kate Jacobs, "Push" by Sapphire

          We had a great time at the library Saturday morning. Around 40-50 children showed up for a morning of activities and a visit with Santa. The morning was very successful due to the efforts of Jill and Barb with the Chamber and Erica and LoriLea representing TAP. They had ornaments to decorate as well as several craft projects, bingo and a bagged treat. The art show was still in progress so those in attendance had the chance to view those projects also.

            Last week was our first battle with winter weather. We closed early on Tuesday and did not open on Wednesday. If we have inclement weather please feel free call and see if we are open before getting in your car only to find an empty building.

            We have ordered many of the best-sellers in the past couple of weeks. The first is “Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Walls. She was the author of “The Glass Castle”, one of last year’s best-sellers. This true life novel about her family takes place a half-century before the author was born. The heroine is Lily Casey Smith, Walls’ West Texan grandmother. Lily was born 1901 in a dugout with a dirt floor. She begins riding at five and breaking horses at six. At the age of 15, hard headed Lily takes off for a teaching job 500 miles away. Her strong will leads her on many adventures as she is fired from several jobs. This novel is also available on CD, great for a trip in the car.

            The Friday Night Knitting club is a popular series. The latest in that series is “Knit the Season”, a story for the Christmas season.  Student pastry chef Dakota Walker is anxious to show off baking talents during the holiday season, when she’s not busy at Walker & Daughter yarn shop. Dakota, with the help from family and her knitting club friends, finds out what’s important during the holidays. It is a story of family bonds, the power of memory and the joys of friendship.

            There has been quite a lot of publicity on the movie, “Precious”. Oprah had interviews with the young actress who portrays a young woman named Precious. The movie was inspired by the book “Push". It is the story of a young, very over-weight young woman from a poverty stricken neighborhood. Precious is the victim of incest and a list of family problems too numerous to mention. Once the movie is released I’m sure our young adult readers will be interested in checking out this book. I started the book and must admit I would certainly let patrons know that the language and content is very adult and graphic and as a parent I’d not recommend this for students. Use your on discretion.

            Come in and see us, weather permitting: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.