December Update from the Highland County Public Library


This is Tomi Herold from the Highland County Public Library. With winter closing in, it’s time to prepare for entertaining and educating ourselves during the long cold evenings.  The library can help.

We have books, movies, music, comics and magazines you can check out and take home. We have tablets and Kindles you can borrow. We offer many digital services you can access from home. Hoopla provides ebooks, audio books, movies, TV shows, comics and music. The Blue Ridge download consortium offers ebooks, audiobooks, and a small selection of movies. You can learn a new language with Rocket Languages. You can catch up on your magazine reading with RB Digital Magazines. You can take a class online with Universal Class. These opportunities and many more can be found on the library’s website at  Your library card number is your ticket to a world of learning and entertainment.

Don’t forget to stop by the library and pick up the latest free issue of “Bookpage.” This month’s issue features the “100 Best Books of 2019” and gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list. You can find free copies of “Bookpage” on the front desk.  Before the holiday break gets here, we have two more afterschool programs.  On Tuesday, December 10 from 315 to 4:45 pm we will be showing the holiday favorite “Elf.”  Snacks will be provided.  On Tuesday, December 17 from 3:15 to 4:30 pm we’ll have our Christmas craft party featuring stories, food crafts, and Christmas bingo for prizes.  We’re extending our usual program duration by 15 minutes to allow for more bingo fun.

Our literary movie matinee on December 17 at 12:30 pm will feature “The Art of Racing in the Rain” based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a heartwarming tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his unique insight into the human condition, Enzo helps his owners – racecar driver Denny Swift and his wife Eve and daughter Zoe – navigate life with a refreshing perspective on family friendship and unconditional love. This movie is 109 minutes long and is rated PG for thematic material. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

For the upcoming holidays, the library will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas.  For New Year’s, the library will close at 5:00 pm on December 31 on New Year’s Eve and will be closed all day on January 1, 2020, New Year’s Day.

Shiny new books can be found on our shelves, so stop by and check them out. We have Elizabeth Berg’s “The Confession Club,” James Patterson’s “Criss Cross,” Felix Francis’s “Guilty, Not Guilty, Patrick Taylor’s “An Irish Country Wedding,”  David Baldacci’s “A Minute to Midnight,”  Nora Roberts’s “The Rise of the Magicks,” Robert Harris’s “The Second Sleep,” Danielle Steele’s “Spy,” Bernard Cornwell’s Sword of Kings,” Rita Mae Brown’s “Scarlet Fever,” and Janet Evanovich’s “Twisted Twenty-Six.”  In nonfiction, we have Shawn Baker’s “The Carnivore Diet,” Danny Gregory’s “How to Draw Without Talent,”  Kate Clifford Lawson’s “Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero,” and Marty Makary’s “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care – and How to Fix It.”

This is Tomi Herold for Allegheny Mountain Radio news.

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