Snowmen are popping up on lawns, our young patrons are waddling around in their colorful snowsuits, and we’re dusting off our skis and snowshoes. All these things let us know we’re in the midst of another wildly unpredictable North Country winter with mounds of snow one week and a balmy thaw the next. We invite you to enjoy our books set in snowy climates while it’s early in the winter season, before we get sick of all that white stuff.
Travel to Northern California in Anne Rice’s new novel The Wolves of Midwinter for a chilling tale set in a mansion shrouded by a mythical forest. The novel opens in December with Reuben Golding preparing for Yuletide, a season steeped with rituals for wolf shapeshifters. His plans are complicated by the arrival of a tormented ghost, the birth of a child and the transformation of his lover. Rice combines legend, romance and horror in this sequel to The Wolf Gift.
For arctic adventure, pick up Jessica Day George’s Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. George reimagines the Norwegian folk tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” adapting the story into a young adult novel. A neglected and unnamed girl known as Lass agrees to follow a great white bear to his ice palace where she will live for a year and a day in exchange for riches for her family. Lass discovers unexpected friends, cruel enemies, mystery and true love in her wintry new home.
Our youngest patrons will enjoy Jan Brett’s The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale. In this classic story, a boy name Nicki accidentally drops his mitten in the snow. Curious woodland animals discover the mitten, crawling into it one by one, and building up to the silliest of moments. Brett’s edition is intricately illustrated, with borders that depict the story of Nicki’s search while the animals seek shelter in his mitten.
Our shelves are filled with many more snow stories that make perfect reads for the season. For more recommendations, stop by the Patron Services desk or email us at email@example.com. We welcome you to take a break from your holiday shopping and relax with a good book in our cozy library.
Area teens, we’re having a contest! Submit your artwork related to Mushi Shi by December 12th. The winner will receive a Mushi Shi DVD set. Please include your name and phone number on the back of your artwork. The contest is open to teens ages 13-19. The winner will be announced at the Anime Club meeting on December 18th. Entries will be posted on the CFL’s Facebook page.
Second Saturday Storytime
Join Miss Christine on December 14th at 10am for our Second Saturday Storytime. This month’s theme is “What a Gift: Stories About Gifts and Giving.” There will be books, storytelling, finger puppets, poems, and lots of fun! This event is free and open to children ages 3 & up with their caregivers. It will dovetail nicely with the Adirondack Santa event at the Historical Association. Make a festive morning out of it! Call Miss Christine @ 714-2510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Warm up for winter! Children in grades 3-6 are invited to join Miss Val on December 17th from 3-4pm for cozy books, fun games, and a decoupage candleholder craft to light up winter nights. Register by December 16th by calling Val at 386-3712 x 4 or emailing email@example.com.
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