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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Come Say Hi!

Did you know we have a reference desk?  Well, we do, and for the last few weeks, we’ve started staffing it!  I sit at the desk two hours a day, five days a week.

The desk is located in the very center of the library, right behind the reference collection.  I’m happy to assist you in any way that I can.  So, if you have questions on school projects, personal research, what book to read next, or how to print, I’m here to help!  And if you can’t make our hours (see below), you can always set up a reference appointment or ask at the Information Desk to see if I’m available.  I look forward to helping you!

Reference Desk Hours:

Monday:  9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday:  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday:  3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday:  3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday:  12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Puppet Theater

You are cordially invited to attend the Karis School Drama Team’s puppet show this Sunday, January 29th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Children’s Area Puppet Tree.  They’ll be performing “Monkey for Lunch,” “Stone Soup,” and “Three Little Fishies.”  You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful performance by a very talented bunch of young people!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Confused About e-Readers?

Well, we have the answers!  Chris, assistant director at Weatherford Public Library, will be teaching us how to use various e-readers Tuesday, January 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  So, if you’re stumped on how to use that new Kindle you received at Christmas, bring it with you, and we’ll make sure you know how to download free library e-books on it by the time you leave the workshop.  As always, if you have any questions about this or any of our other upcoming programs, please be sure to call or visit the library.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Fickle Texas Weather

Well, today we awoke to freezing temperatures, and this weekend it’s supposed to be 76 degrees.  Only in Texas!  When we’re enjoying particularly springlike weather in the middle of January, I always call my parents, who live in the Pacific Northwest, to gloat a bit.  This is the reason I moved to Texas – the constant sunshine and nice temperatures in winter.

However, who can forget last year during the Superbowl?  I was housebound for several days, unable to navigate the icy parking lot in order to leave my apartment.  And that kind of weather could easily be repeated.  So don’t let these warm days fool you.  If you’re wondering about how to prepare for those nasty temperatures, you’ll probably want to attend our home winterization workshop presented by Home Depot.  They’ll be presenting in the Library Community Room this Saturday, January 21st at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm.  This is a free workshop, and they’ll be teaching us how to conduct a heat loss audit and perform simple door and window maintenance to prevent heat loss.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Review of “American Heiress” by Daisy Goodwin

I read “The American Heiress” a few weeks ago, and I still can’t decide whether or not I really enjoyed it.  On the one hand I did because it immersed me in the world of “Downton Abbey” again with its cast of upstairs and downstairs characters and talk of heiresses and the debate of marrying for love versus money.  On the other hand, by the end of the book, most characters were still a mystery to me.  I didn’t feel as if I got to know any of them well, and whether that was intentional on the part of the author, I don’t know.  It makes for uncomfortable reading, though, because when you don’t know a character, it’s harder to trust them. 

The story centers around a fabulously rich American girl who travels to England to find a titled husband and ends up almost literally landing in the lap of a Duke.  They are quickly engaged, she for love, and he for what her money can do for his crumbling estate.  Cora is passionate, headstrong, and very intelligent.  These traits all stand her in good stead as she has to learn the customs of a society that is wholly different from her native one.  This was one of the more interesting parts of the book.  I was aware (especially after just having watched “Downton Abbey”) that American money was often looked down upon by the upper crust of British society, but I had no idea how much.  It was difficult to read how much of a prisoner a young woman could be to the demands of society, a cold and unfeeling mother and mother-in-law, and a husband who doesn’t quite trust his wife.  The servants also make Cora feel unwelcome, letting her know if she breaches protocol and blatantly disregarding her orders.  I pitied Cora, but she was so often selfish and completely unaware of those around her that I never really rooted for her.  In fact, there were really only one or two likable characters.  The Duke remained a complete mystery, even at the end, and I never trusted him, even after hearing his story. 

As this was a poor man’s version of “Downton Abbey,” I’m so glad season 2 has started!  The wait is finally over.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

One of My Top 3 Favorite Books

If you ask a librarian what his or her favorite book is, you’re bound to hear about several books, not just one.  I feel disloyal choosing one over the other, which is why I usually tell people I have a top 3.  It just so happens that we’re reading one of those for our next Main Street Book Club.  Peace Like a River by Leif Enger is a book I first heard about from my brother.  I happened to find it in my college bookstore after finals week, desperate to immerse myself in something besides my economics textbook.  It’s a story you find yourself falling into and not ever wanting to leave.  Reuben, an 11-year-old boy, narrates the tale of his family trekking cross country to find his outlaw brother, Davy, who was convicted for murder.  His sister, Swede, writes cowboy poetry, and they’re both in love with the romance of the Old West.  His father, a man very close to God, regularly performs miracles, and Davy is expecting the miraculous to save his brother.

It’s hard to describe the beauty of a book like this.  When I think about this book, I find myself thinking of passages that have stayed with me now for several years.  The beauty lies in the lovely language Enger uses to describe people and their relationships with each other.  As Andrew Roe, from the San Francisco Chronicle, said, “Peace Like a River serves as a reminder of why we read fiction to begin with.”

Now doesn’t that sound like a book you want to read?  Even if you don’t get a chance to before our book club, please join us Tuesday, January 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.  I promise a tasty treat to those who show up!

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A Present That Lasts

By now your Christmas decorations are probably packed away, and we’re already seeing Valentine’s Day candy and decorations in the stores.  I always go into a slight depression after Christmas ends because the gift giving, cookie making, and party going is over.  I bet, though, that many of us are still getting some good use out of some of the presents we received, especially if you were gifted some books over the holidays.  I’ve been reminiscing about some of the books I’ve received as presents over the years, and they’ve been many.

The one I remember best, and most fondly, was a leatherbound edition of all of the “Little Women” novels.  I went through a slight “Little Women” obsession when I was younger, convinced I was going to grow up like Jo March and be a writer.  I fell in love with the movie version and read all of Louisa May Alcott’s books.  I can still remember what the edition looked like that I first read, which I checked out from my school library in elementary school.  The edition I received from my parents was a lovely maroon color and edged in gold.  I was always slightly scared to read it for fear that the gold would rub off.  I took such loving care of that book and still have it to this day.  I plan to pass it on to my children.

So what books have you received over the years that still mean something to you today?

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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