December Newsletter

Chetco LibraryHoliday Book Sale a Success

A big Thank You to the community for your support during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Holiday Book Sale in November. Your generosity allowed us to raise funds which will go toward supporting our popular children’s programs and activities, as well as special projects and activities not covered by our general budget. Thank you too to the many volunteers who helped set up for the sale and who worked as cashiers and helpers during the sale.

Children’s Activities for December

Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers takes place every Wednesday at 10:30 in the library’s large meeting room. On Wednesday, December 7, the theme will be “Giving” with guest storyteller, Miss Ellouise. On Wednesday December 14 the theme will be “Winter” with guest storyteller, Miss Shannon. There will be no Story Time on December 21 due to a special visit by Santa Claus at 10:00. On Wednesday, December 28, Miss Jennifer and Miss Allison’s theme for stories and crafts will be “Gingerbread People.”

Also for the children, on Saturday, December 17 at 1:00, Tricia Bartlett-Iverson, who is trained in early childhood development and music skills, will present Music Together: harmony & me music. This program is for children ages birth to kindergarten and their parents or caregivers. Children and adults will enjoy singing and dancing and participate in an instrumental jam session. This program is free and everyone is welcome.

Special Programming

For adults, on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:00, we will have a presentation of Winter Road Safety. Oregon State Police Senior Trooper David Wehner will give instructions on safe driving in bad weather, dealing with emergencies on the road, and how to avoid distracted driving.

New on the Shelf

New additions from the New York Times Best Sellers list include:

TURBO TWENTY-THREE, by Janet Evanovich. The bounty hunter Stephanie Plum juggles the investigation of a crime in an ice cream factory and the two men in her life.

NO MAN’S LAND, by David Baldacci. John Puller, a special agent with the Army, searches for the truth about his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago.  

THE WHISTLER, by John Grisham. A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian casinos.

NIGHT SCHOOL, by Lee Child. Jack Reacher, still in the Army, becomes involved in an investigation with elite agents from the F.B.I. and C.I.A.

ODESSA SEA, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Trying to locate an Ottoman shipwreck in the Black Sea, the NUMA director Dirk Pitt encounters more than he expected.

TWO BY TWO, by Nicholas Sparks. A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love.

CHAOS, by Patricia Cornwell. In the 24th novel in this series, the forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta investigates a death that seems to have been (but was not) caused by lightning. Is her old nemesis Carrie Grethen involved?

THE MISTLETOE SECRET, by Richard Paul Evans. A man struggling with the aftermath of a divorce sets out to find the anonymous writer of a blog about loneliness, and discovers more than he expected.

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, by Michael Connelly. The detective Harry Bosch helps a small police department track a serial rapist, while as a P.I. he aids a billionaire in search of a possible heir.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY KILLER, by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. A woman just released from prison begs Laurie Morgan, the producer of the TV show “Under Suspicion,” to help clear her name.  

THE CHEMIST, by Stephenie Meyer. A specialist in chemically controlled torture, on the run from her former employers, takes on one last job—pursuing a man with whom she joins forces. By the author of the Twilight series.

SMALL GREAT THINGS, by Jodi Picoult. A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacist father and a white lawyer. 

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, by Colson Whitehead. A slave girl heads toward freedom on the network, envisioned as actual tracks and tunnels.

New Displays

In the lobby display case this month will be a collection of creches belonging to various members of our community. Among the creches on display will be one featuring handcrafted figurines and another from Honduras with figures made from clay.

The large meeting room features photographs by John Gehl. The show is entitled “John’s Good Snapshots.”

Holiday Hours

Christmas Holiday Hours will be as follows. Saturday, December 24, the library will be open from 10:00 to 2:00 only. It will be closed Sunday and Monday, the 25 and 26. On Saturday, December 31, New Year’s Eve, the library will be open from 10:00 to 2:00 and closed on Sunday and Monday, January 1 and 2. Happy Holidays to everyone!