many folks are stocking up on firewood and loading their pantries. It's also important to gather up plenty of books to get you through those cold months. While summer reading may get all the hype, winter reading has its advantages. In fact, we would even go as far as to argue that winter is the best season for reading. Listed here are the top ten reasons for and ways to make reading a number one winter activity. 1) Excuses like “Sorry I can’t make it tonight,” are easy considering that days are shorter with colder weather, and staying home to read is a perfectly valid excuse when it’s snowing. 2) Curling up by the fire with a book and a big glass of red wine, or swapping out the wine for hot cocoa, is so relaxing. 3) There is no better way to “waste away” the entire day, than in a reading nook with a beautiful snowy view and piles of fuzzy blankets. Basically all reading nooks are better in the winter. 4,5, & 6) Opening a literary Advent calendar each morning, getting swept away by magical holiday novels, and revisiting your favorite holiday stories from childhood, are all great ways to melt away holiday stress. 7) Incorporating books into your holiday décor has never been easier. You can stack books of various shapes and sizes for a tabletop tree or even in the shape of a snowman! 8) Treats at your book club can get very creative and delicious, there are lots of things you can do with sugar cookies. 9) You can give everyone on your holiday shopping list a book, because everyone knows that literature is the gift that keeps on giving. 10) And of course, receiving new books as gifts. Happy Winter Reading!
Dates to remember in December:
The Library will be closed on December 24 and 26 for Christmas.
- Small Business Story Walk features Amy Rosenthal's picture book Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons. Begin at the Chamber of Commerce and finish the story walk as you stroll through West Jefferson.
- Baby Bounce is on December 5 and 12 at 10:00 a.m. for birth to two year-olds. Bring your young ones for stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs with “stay and play” social time afterwards.
- Tot Time is a fun-filled time for 2 & 3 year-olds, featuring stories, art and music at 10:30 a.m. on December 7 and 14.
- Story time for 4 & 5 year olds feature ABC Adventures at 10:30 a.m. on December 1, 8, and 15.
- A special story time for daycare classes takes place at 9:30 a.m. on December 2. Call 336.846.2041 x223 to register.
- Build, create, and make new friends at a Lego Block Party at 4:00 p.m. on December 20.
- Tween Takeover! Hangout, eat, laugh, and play games at 4:00 p.m. on December 6, 13, and 20.
- What’s your geek? What’s your game? Meet, hang out, game, and eat every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. with the Geeks & Gamers.
- Help plan upcoming events at the library with the Teen Advisory Council at 5:00 p.m. on December 20.
- For all your tech troubles, book an appointment with our friendly reference librarians. Call 336.846.2041 x227
- Visit the Poetry Café at 3:30 p.m. on December 8 and share original or favorite poems over coffee.
- Join our Holiday Tea with a variety of teas, music and a sneak peek at the newest books and DVDs at 1:00 p.m. on December 10.
- Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
- The Deep Focus Film Club meets at 5:00 p.m. on December 29. For the first installment of Malcolm X.
- Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on December 19 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.” Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately! Try the new Ashe Bookworm Porter!
- The Coloring “Book” Club celebrates reading (and coloring) as a group experience at 5:30 p.m. on December 27. Relax with adult coloring books while listening and discussing a different short story audiobook each month.
- Book and a Bite, takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on December 3. Create a centerpiece for the table, pick up a recipe and browse selected books for dinner table conversation starters.
- Get Crafty and learn to “Crochet Your Way Through the ABCs” at 10:00 a.m. on December 10. You can make an alligator, a bear, a cat, ...you get the idea. Project materials are provided.
- The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on December 13 and 27. Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
- Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on December 3 and 16, in the downstairs meeting room (after-hours access through side door on lower parking lot). Get together with other musicians and jam. Songs are explained as to timing, breaks, etc… and played in slow time. Designed for beginners, all skill levels are welcome.
- The Read Around the Clock Book Club meets at 12:00 p.m. on December 12 to discuss any book with the number “twelve,” the word noon, or the word midnight in the title.
- Ornamentality and Santa begins at 4:00 p.m. on December 15. Visit with Santa and create make-and-take ornaments at different stations around the library.
- Throughout December share your favorite recipes and find some new ones in the library's annual recipe swap. If you have a recipe to contribute, please bring it to one of the library service desks or email email@example.com