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By Heidi Harting
Library Assistant 

Library Corner


Last updated 10/31/2019 at 12:30pm

The days are getting shorter and you can almost feel the snow in the air. It’s easy to see the change in the season as we greet our patrons who are already bundled up in their winter gear!

For those who prefer to stay indoors, toes curled up under your favorite blanket reading a book, our shelves are stocked with the newest releases and I have upcoming bestsellers pre-ordered through January. A few of the current bestsellers we have available are “The Guardians” by John Grisham, Stephen King’s “The Institute” and “Olive, Again,” a sequel to Elizabeth Strout’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge.”

In November, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Clive Cussler, Anne Perry, James Patterson all have new books coming out.Not only do I order the newest bestsellers, but I’ve also been working on new “binge boxes” which we’ll soon be adding to our collection for patrons to check out. Binge boxes are collections of DVDs with a shared theme that you can “binge” on. The boxes that will soon be appearing on our shelves are “Can’t Get Enough Bruce” with five DVDs starring Bruce Willis, and “Epic Bios” with popular biopic movies like Jamie Fox in “Ray,” Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in “The Aviator,” and Halle Berry playing “Dorothy Dandridge.” I’ll be adding more boxes in the future so if you have ideas for more binge-worthy collections, contact me at [email protected]

Speaking of DVDs, I’ve also been adding newly released movies for all ages like “Anna and the Apocalypse,” “Annabelle Comes Home,” “The Lion King,” “Stuber,” “Toy Story 4,” and many more. To see the new releases we have available, visit our website at can put movies on hold by visiting our online catalog at; your login is the 14-digit number on the back of your library card and your PIN is usually the last four digits of your phone number.

We don’t just offer books and DVDs at the library. The holidays are right around the corner and we have a large variety of holiday-themed cookie cutters and baking pans available to check out with your library card. And if you’re looking to empty out some cupboards before starting all of your holiday baking, we always gladly accept donations of gently used baking pans.

It’s also that time of year when I start thinking about new Humanities Washington speakers for the next year. I’ve been working with Humanities Washington for the past 8 years to schedule quality presentations on topics ranging from Vietnam veterans to a woman’s solo bicycle trip across the country. If you’d like to help choose our presenters for next year, I have the 2020 catalog of speakers at my desk and would love to get your input. You can also view the catalog online at My deadline to submit a request is December 3, so contact me soon with your suggestions. You can reach me at 659-1222 or [email protected]

Happy Halloween everyone! Don’t forget to vote for Mr. Shuler Scarecrow for the Chamber’s Scarecrow contest (decorated by yours truly!) and we can’t wait to see you and your kids at the annual community Trick-or-Treat.


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