Chase away the winter chills and curl up with a good book. Now is the perfect time to get to those books you've been meaning to read. When you finish reading three books, turn in your entry form (available at the library) and stop in at the Reference Desk to choose a free book for yourself. You can also fill out the online form and the next time you're here, choose your free book. More information on our "For Readers" page.
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Jackie Robinson broke the major league baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The Monday Movie Matinee will show “42,” the film about Robinson’s first year in the majors, on January 20 at 1 pm. If you’d like to know more about Jackie Robinson and the early history of baseball, check out our Spotlight page.
The American Christian Fiction Writers' presented awards for the best in Christian fiction published within the last year. Here are some of the 2013 winners:
Oprah has announced the next title in her Book Club 2.0 series. It is "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. Unfortunately the title is not available yet, with a publication date of Jan. 7 and already has numerous holds. The novel, a 19th-century narrative featuring real and fictional characters, weaves together the stories of a slave girl and a slave owner's daughter. Just like Kidd's other book, "The Secret Life of Bees," the setting is South Carolina.
Do you want to reminisce about your childhood and all those cool toys you had? When did Etch-A-Sketch or Mouse Trap become invented? "Toy Time!: from Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos," by Christopher Byrne is a delight to read and remember when. The book is divided into eight chapters covering categories such as "Boys will be Boys", "Mom, Look what I Made" and "The True Classics." Each toy has a "Why we loved it" and "Where is she/he/it now? Some trivial facts can be found out about some toys: Sears cancelled their original order for Twister saying it was't appropriate for kids and Trivial Pursuit was the result of an argument between two friends as to who was the better board game player. One thing I didn't realize was that the Slip 'n Slide has been around since 1962. So, after fighting the crowds for the hottest toy of the holiday season, sit back and think of those good old days playing with your Chatty Cathy, Mr. Machine or Hands Down.