Friday, November 28, 2014

Make Your Season Special

As the winter season approaches, you might want  kick back with a mug of hot cocoa, a warm blankie, and a holiday-themed book.  We can't help with the cocoa, but we've got a variety of books and other materials to keep you entertained this season.  This is just a sampling:

If you'd like to revisit a classic, there's always the original Dickens' A Christmas Carol; we have a children's version too

Escape into fiction with Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher or
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham 

Fill the house with scents of the season: Celebration breads : recipes, tales, and  traditions by Betsy Oppenneer, Christmas memories with recipes, and Sweet dreams of gingerbread by Jann Johnson

Explore holiday history with 4000 years of Christmas by Earl W. Count and Christmas in Williamsburg by Taylor Biggs Lewis

Get crafty: December patterns, projects & plans by Imogene Forte, Crafts for Hanukkah by Kathy Ross, and A Yankee Christmas : recipes, crafts, and carols

We've got a variety of holiday offerings for the kids too:
The magic dreidels : a Hanukkah story by Eric A. Kimmel,
The seven days of Kwanzaa by Angela Shelf Medearis
Owl moon by Jane Yolen
Winter poems
A wind in the Willows Christmas by Kenneth Grahame
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back : a Native American Year of Moons by Joseph Bruchac

For your listening pleasure, we have music CDs:
Joy to the world by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Songs of the seasons family & community traditions in New Hampshire, and Vivaldi, Four Seasons

If you still have a VCR:  The Muppet Christmas Carol, and the classic, It's a Wonderful Life

Stop by the library and ask us about other books and materials to keep you distracted from the cold months ahead.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving holiday ideas

Thanksgiving dinner can be a wonderful time for family and friends to gather and give thanks for all they have. 

Unless you're doing all the cooking, that is. If you're the lucky host/hostess, the Fortier Library has a variety of books to help ease your stress. 

Check out our huge culinary collection, which covers cooking everything from salad, soup, veggies, turkey, breads, and pie.  We even have books on napkin folding, and crafts to keep the kids busy.  Bon appetit!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lunchtime discussion: The Soloist

In 2005, author Steve Lopez walked down a Los Angeles street and encountered Nathaniel Ayers, masterfully playing a violin with only two strings.  This chance meeting profoundly changed the lives of both men.  As their friendship grew, and Lopez tried to help Ayers--a Julliard trained musician--out of a life of homelessness and mental illness, he was changed as well. 

Join the WMCC lunchtime discussion group as we meet to discuss Lopez's book, The Soloist, on Thursday, December 18, at noon, in Room 122.  Copies of the book are available in the library.

Bring your lunch!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Honoring our Veterans

Thank you to our Veterans!

Please stop by the Fortier Library to view our Veteran's Day display of books and videos to learn more about what these brave men and women sacrificed for our country.