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Check It Out December 2023 Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 3

Director's Corner

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are starting the holiday seasons with two new staff. Our new evening and Saturday person will be Jeanette, and Cynthia will be around mornings. Be sure to stop by and welcome them. We not only have several fun programs lined up for December, but our Christmas moview are ready to be checked out. Just a reminder - you can only check out 4 at a time for 3 days - we want to be sure everyone has a chance to watch their favorite movie. (Mine is "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby - let us know which movie is your favorite!)

Did You Know?

Crossword Puzzle Day is on December 21 to commemorate the first crossword puzzle being printed in the New York World newspaper in 1913.

Remember When?

(A look back at important events in literary history—author birthdays, book/character debuts, and dates in books)

12/9/1854 Lord Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade is published.

12/17/1957 English detective author Dorothy Sayers dies. 

12/30/2014 Kristin Harmel's The Life Intended is published.

Staff Pick - Jesse

The British have long considered ghost stories to be an important part of winter holiday gatherings, where they are traditionally read out loud.  After all, the combination of long, dark winter nights and roaring fires can make for a suitably spooky atmosphere.  Andy Williams briefly refers to it in the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” where he notes that there will be scary ghost stories.  Outside of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, though, the tradition has never caught on in America.

Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other fanciful tales, set out to develop an American television series featuring British ghost stories.  His research for the project included a series of visits to the British Museum Library, where he read 749 stories by a variety of authors.  When the television project fell apart, he decided to publish a book instead.  Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories, published in 1983, contains 14 of his favorites.

If you are in the mood for something cozy and spooky for the holiday season, the Library has a copy of the book in the juvenile fiction section.  The stories are suitable for teen and adult readers or for family readings.  If your tastes run more towards ebooks, the online Freading service that we subscribe to offers Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James, Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens, Classic Ghost Stories by Bill Bowers, and more.

Library Events

  • Children's Hour Join Mrs. Katie for stories, songs, movement, and crafts at 10 AM on Wednesday, December 6th and 13th.

  • Friday Free Play - Preschoolers and their adults are invited to come to the library for a come-and-go free play hour at 11 AM on Friday, December 1st, 8th, and 15th. Friday Free Play will then take a break and resume on January 19th.

  • Homeschool Meetup - Tuesday, December 12 at 1:00 PM Join us for an interactive STEM lesson.

  • Book Club meets Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 PM. Join Katrina for a discussion of The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo. Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.

  • PJ Storytime - Children wear your PJs and join Mrs. Katie at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, December 9 for evening storytime fun. 

  • Harry Potter Yule Party  - December 8, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Krum Friends of the Library Update

Thank you to those that participated in the Photo Fundraiser. We raised $124.

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at KPL - Happy Holidays - whatever you celebrate, may it be joyous and heart-warming!

The library will be closed on Saturday, December 23 to allow staff additional time to spend with their families over the holidays.

Coming in January 2024

Friends of the Library Book Sale - January 4-6

Clothing Swap - Saturday, January 13

After Hours at the Library for Teens (6th -12th grades) - Monday, January 15

Closed for inventory - January 20

December 2023 Calendar

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