Holiday season in full swing at Cook Library

November 25, 2013 09:37 am
The holidays are here at Cook Memorial Library! Come stroll through the library and enjoy several Christmas trees, check out a gift-wrapped cookbook for some holiday inspiration and choose an ornament from the Tree of Giving in the children’s library.

The Tree of Giving ornaments each have a label with the grade level and gender of a child. Participants keep the ornament and purchase an age-appropriate gift and return the wrapped gift, with label attached, on or before Dec. 14. 

In the children’s library, a whimsical car and a carrot-shaped rocker from Think Link complement the barn donated by Sunflower Books. These structures provide additional spaces for children to read. Children’s storytimes in December include a special visit from Santa at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 19. 

 The teen iCraft program is at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 Teens will be creating book art keepsake boxes. Participants may bring a hardback book to transform if they choose, but all supplies are provided. No registration is required. We also offer a Teen Book Club, focusing on reading for enjoyment and encouraging teens to discover new authors and genres. The teens select the books, and the library provides paperback copies for participants to keep. For December, the selections are “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline and “Renegade” by J. A. Souders. This activity is funded through grants from the Wildhorse Foundation and Walmart. For more information, contact Celine at

The adult Book Club will not be meeting in December. The book club is reading “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver for the January meeting. Members will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Archives Room. Copies of “Flight Behavior” are available at the library or through the Sage catalog. New members are always welcome. 

For December, we’ve added new nonfiction like “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays” by Ree Drummond, “Top Brain, Bottom Brain” by Stephen Kosslyn and “Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey” by Emma Rowley. New holiday-themed fiction includes “A Nantucket Christmas” by Nancy Thayer, “Candlelight Christmas” by Susan Wiggs and “Silent Night” by Robert Parker and Helen Brann. Our CD audiobook collection is expanding as well, with “Sunset” by Karen Kingsbury, “Private London” by James Patterson and “The White Princess” by Philippa Gregory. 

Free downloadable audiobooks and ebooks are available from Library2Go; all patrons need is their library card barcode and password. Audiobooks and ebooks may be downloaded to a variety of devices. A link to Library2Go is on the library’s website, as are links to many databases. These databases include the extensive Auto Repair Database and Learning Express. The Auto Repair Database provides patrons in-home access to repair and maintenance information on most makes of domestic and foreign vehicles. Learning Express offers resources for students in elementary school through college, exam preparation, and job and workplace skills for adults. 

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Rose Peacock is a library technician at Cook Memorial Library