Library Moments: Seasonal Reads

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

As the holidays get closer and closer, the library sees a lot of requests for seasonal reads and movies. Our nonfiction collection has titles that can give you inspiration for entertaining, gift giving, card making and crafts. Of course we also have many feel good novels to give you the warm fuzzies.

Today on Library Moments Bessie Sullivan and I will each talk about the seasonal read of our choice.

Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: For some reason a publisher sent us a giant cardboard Grinch this year. He is now standing in the Children’s area at the Dysart Branch. Looking at him every day has reminded me of how important a book it is.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is a holiday classic that never seems to lose popularity. Told in signature Seuss rhyme it has a powerful message about the true meaning of Christmas. The book begins…

Every Who Down in Whoville Liked Christmas a lot…
But the Grinch,Who lived just north of Whoville, Did NOT!
The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

By the end of the book the Grinch has changed his opinions because he realizes that the Whos aren’t concerned with the presents and what they are going to get, but rather they are interested in being together and being kind and joyful. It is a message that can always be reinforced for both young and old. There have been several movie adaptations made and the Haliburton County Public Library has this story in both book and the original movie format.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Richard Paul Evans is the bestselling author of The Christmas Box. His latest publication, The Mistletoe Secret, is a moving story of two people who brave loneliness and loss to find love. Thinking no one is reading, a blogger who calls herself LBH writes about her most personal feelings, especially her overwhelming loneliness. She goes from day to day showing a brave face to the world while inside she longs to know how it would feel if one person cared about her. Alex Bartlett cares. He’s reading her posts in Daytona Beach, Florida. Nursing his own broken heart and trust issues, he finds himself falling for this sensitive, vulnerable woman whose feelings mirror his own. Following a trail of clues LBH has inadvertently revealed, he discovers that she lives in the small town of Midway, Utah. He makes his way there just after Thanksgiving, determined to find LBH. Maybe she’s a Lisa, Lori, or a Luanne. Instead, he finds a woman named Aria, a waitress at the Mistletoe Diner, who encourages Alex in his search while serving his pie along with some much-needed sympathy and companionship. Alex finally finds his LBH, a woman who is as beautiful and kind as he imagined she would be. How can he tell her that he knows her secret? What’s holding him back? To find out you will need to request The Mistletoe Secret written by the master of the holiday novel Richard Paul Evans.

If you have fines for overdue items, for the month of December you can bring in a non-perishable food item to any of the eight library branches in Haliburton County and have your fines forgiven. Donations will go to Haliburton County Food Banks. Happy Holidays and thanks for listening to this week’s edition of Library Moments here on 100.9 Canoe FM.



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