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Nancy's Notes - December 11, 2014

Santa - Dec. 16 form 6-7pm, new Christmas movies, “Unbroken” by Hillenbrand, “Before Amen” by Max Lucado, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

     Santa will be making his annual appearance at the library on Tuesday, December 16 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. He will read a story and then the children are welcome to bring their lists and visit with him. Feel free to bring your camera. There will be a couple of activities to keep those in attendance busy while they wait for their turn to talk to Santa.
        Last week we picked up some Christmas movies for you to enjoy. None of them are new releases but they are new to the library and are a fun way to get in the spirit of the Christmas Season.
        There has been a lot of advertising in recent weeks for the movie “Unbroken”. This was a best-seller in 2010, but it has remained popular throughout the past few years. We have two copies, so if you would like to read it before seeing the film, stop in and pick one up. For those who don’t know what the story line, the book is the biography of a former Olympian whose bomber was shot down in World War II. He is a prisoner for a lengthy period where he triumphs over the brutality of his captors.
        Max Lucado’s, “Before Amen”, has received a five star rating. It is the story of the power of simple prayer. Lucado reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious not the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. He encourages readers to let the conversation begin.
        Another inspirational title, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”, was written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  Readers will travel through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.
        Come in and find something of interest to you: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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