SWANEY LIBRARY by Kirsten Pierce

Do you love being the first to read the latest release from your favorite authors? Do you enjoy talking about your favorite books with others and finding new favorites based on their suggestions? Then are you in luck! Swaney Memorial Library is looking for a creative, dedicated, hard-working employee. Please drop off your resume at the library as soon as possible as this position will not last long!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but time is running out to vote for the most beautiful Christmas tree in the library.  Throughout the month of December, you can visit the library and vote on your favorite Christmas tree for $1 a ticket or six tickets for $5. The trees are decorated by local churches and organizations. Voting will end on December 30th, and the organization or church with the most votes wins the money, with half going to benefit the library.

We would like to thank the New Cumberland VFW for hosting our annual Breakfast With Santa. The breakfast was delicious, everyone had a good time, and we collected more than ten pairs of gloves for the Clothes Closet. A big thank you to all of the families who attended and to the big man himself for visiting us!

Swaney Memorial Library will be having a live presentation of A Christmas Carol at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 23rd. This program is free and open to all ages so bring the whole family and join us for some Christmas cheer. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The library will be closed Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st.

Fall story hour has ended, but we learned a lot and had the most fun doing it! The kids learned how to sign the letters N through Z in ASL, how to sign an animal for each of the letters in ASL, how to say and recognize most of the letters of the alphabet, listened to over 20 stories, and made an animal craft every week. We’re so sad it’s over but it gives us time to plan for Spring Story Hour, which will start late February. Check Swaney Memorial Library’s Facebook page for updates!

If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to register your kids for our “Choose Your Own Adventure” book club for children in grades 3rd through 8th. We meet the second Tuesday of every month, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the next meeting January 11th. There is a one-time $5 fee for this program to help buy books and craft supplies. We are so excited about this club and hope to have a lot of kids sign up. Upon completion of this program, each child will receive a free Choose Your Own Adventure book. It’s going to be a new adventure every month!

Swaney Memorial Library is excited to announce a public Dungeons and Dragons Campaign. D & D is a collaborative storytelling game where one player plays the narrator and supporting cast, while everyone else plays a main character. It’s like Choose Your Own Adventure, only the players write the story. This program is free, open to middle and high school students, and starts at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, January 13th.

This just in:  We waited a long time for this but it’s finally here! Forensic Pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta is back in Patricia Cornwell’s latest novel, The Autopsy; Jeffery Deaver brings back Lincoln Rhyme in Midnight Lock, an airtight thriller that pits the world famous criminalist against a warped and worthy adversary; Wish You Were Here, by Jodi Picoult, is a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit. Stop in today and check out one of these wonderful reads. It’s the perfect time of year to cuddle up with a good book!