December 9th, 2013 by twilson
Shop at the library
Shopping is easier this season, thanks to gift baskets from Friends of Catawba County Library.
The group has launched the fundraiser assembling a variety of reader baskets for everyone on the gift list.
Friends volunteers are assembling baskets to include at least one book and items pertaining to a theme—music, cooking, games and the like. The baskets are priced at $10 and all proceeds benefit Friends, the advocacy and support group for the entire county library system. Friends helps fund needed library materials as well as programs for all ages.
The baskets may be viewed in the lobby of Main Library, 115 W. C Street in Newton, and will be available while supplies last.
Spore game time encourages creativity
Dec. 18 is Spore Game Night at Main Library in Newton.
Youth Services will sponsor a creative game time beginning at 5 p.m. that Wednesday for school-aged children through teens.
Spore integrates science and technology through a gaming platform covering many genres including action, real-time strategy, and role-playing,
Spore allows a player to control the development of a species from its beginnings as a microscopic organism, through development as an intelligent and social creature to interstellar exploration. Within each stage, players are able to use a variety of creators to produce content for their games. These can then be uploaded to the online Sporepedia and downloaded by other players.
Library announces holiday schedule
Cold winter nights are great times to curl up with a good book or watch a Christmas movie.
Catawba County Library System has many holiday DVDs available, but be advised that the library system will be closed Dec.24-26. Regular business hours will resume on Friday, Dec. 27. The system will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 in observance of New Year’s Eve. Library locations will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Library materials may be picked up before or after those closing dates, while the materials may be returned in book drops at any time.
Curl up with a cozy mystery
M. C. Beaton, Anne Perry, Kate Kingsbury.
Mystery fans know their holiday books as “cozies,” a popular kind of read for December. The covers say it all: idyllic snow-covered cottages, glowing light at the window, fragrant green swags and cheerful ribbon.
Catawba County Library has dozens of these books. This month, several have found a home on a special display at Main Library in Newton.
Browse the covers. Here we are in England (often) in a perfect Christmas cottage (where else?) It’s snowing outside (not usually, but this is fiction.)
A stranger appears. Someone disappears, a mysterious package arrives. Here comes the mystery!
Though some involve murder off-stage, it’s done tidily with little mess. Maybe a poisoning, an “accidental” fall. After all, life here is kinder and gentler.
Cozies are so popular they’re written in series with quaint titles: Pennyfoot Hotel (Kate Kingsbury), Hemlock Falls (Claudia Bishop) Fresh Baked (Livia J. Washburn), Agatha Raisin (M.C. Beaton), Cedar Cove (Debbie Macomber). The series names alone make you want to snuggle under a plaid blanket with a cup of hot tea. And that’s the idea. Draw the reader in. Escape the hectic madness for an evening, an afternoon, a weekend.
Cozies may not be enduring works of literature, but they serve a purpose: escape from the hubbub of everyday stress, letting the reader’s imagination savor a distant place where people live in fairy-like villages full of friendly shopkeepers, gingerbread and wood smoke.
Who wouldn’t want to go there? Who wouldn’t want to stay?
To check availability of mysteries by your favorite author, visit any library branch or log on to http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library .
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