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What’s Happening at the Library

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Our second “Gifts from the Home” workshop will be on Wednesday, December 11th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the library.  Alicia Criswell with Purdue Extension of Wayne County will facilitate the workshop.  We will learn the basics of pressure canning and water bath canning.  Ms. Criswell is a certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, so I promise that you will be in very good hands.  


Children of all ages who enjoy making crafts, singing carols, hearing holiday stories, and sharing a snack at our Christmas Craftpalooza on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m.  We have some fun crafts in store that we can’t wait to try out.  We are grateful to the Friends of the Library for co-sponsoring this program and providing cookies.  


Mother Goose on the Loose story time is Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through December 18th this month.  Mother Goose on the Loose is a story time geared towards toddlers and preschoolers that helps encourage learning through rhyme, repetition, music, movement, and stories.  Mother Goose will fly south for the winter during the holidays, but she will return on January 7th and 8th.


We added four new bestsellers, five new children's books, and four other new books to the collection last week. The new bestsellers this week include "Criss Cross," "The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3," and "Spy: A Novel."

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We don’t often speak of it in public; the practice is often the most difficult thing that many librarians must do; but “deselection,” commonly called “weeding” is a procedure that no public library can afford to neglect.  While college libraries sometimes have space and funding to build additional wings to house new materials, public libraries must usually make difficult choices to let go of some of the books that haven’t circulated in order to make room for new materials.  If hearing this news hurts your book-lover’s heart, know that you are not alone.  It’s hard for library staff to say goodbye to beloved book friends as well.  But the Friends of the Library would like you to know they have a remedy for your angst—just stop by the library and browse the Friends’ book sale items regularly and often, since we are always refreshing the sale area with newly “deselected” items from the collection.  Additionally, joining our Friends of the Library with a $5.00 membership has benefits!  As a member in 2020, you will receive a special card giving you access to shop the book sale year round and fill as many library-supplied bags for $3.00 each as you wish for all of 2020.  The benefits are many—the library collection will have space for a new infusion of books, you could find some great treasures just in time for holiday gift giving, and the Friends gift much of the proceeds of the book sale back to the library to fund services, programs, and new materials.