December 2016 Newsletter


Seasons Greetings!

It's December, the last month of 2016.  With a new year right around the corner, it is time to wrap up this year with some festive events!  Here is what we have planned for this month:

December 7th at 3:30 pm - Kindergarten thru 2nd grade after school activity. This will be a holiday craft make it and take it afternoon.
December 9th at 2:00 pm - Preschool story time with Miss Sue at the library.
December 11th at 2:00 pm - Christmas Open House - Holiday spirit and entertainment for all ages....everybody is welcome!
December 14th at 3:30 pm - 3rd grade thru 6th grade after school activity.  Make and take a fun festive craft.
December 16th at 2:00 pm - Preschool story time with Miss Sue at the library.
December 19th at 5:00 - Adult color therapy.  The library will provide coloring pages and colored pencils.  Or bring your own.
December 21st at 7:00 - Book Club - This month's discussion is about A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.


December 26th - The library will be closed so our employees can enjoy Christmas with their families.

It's December, a month of many celebrations.  Perhaps you noticed that we are having a celebration at the library on Sunday, December 11th.  Here is your very own invitation to the Christmas Open House.  I hope to see you there!


 It's December, the month of the Winter Solstice.  After December 21st, the days are going to start getting longer.   The Pagan Solstice celebration is one the oldest winter celebrations.  It is a celebration of the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, when the North Pole is at its furthest point away from the sun (the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky).

Winter Solstice Traditions

Mistletoe and the Mighty Oak

The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Oaks were seen as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe was a symbol of life in the dark winter months.

The Yule Log

The Celts thought that the sun stood still for twelve days in the middle of winter and during this time a log (known as the Yule log) was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

Yule logs are traditionally lit on the first day of the Solstice and are burned throughout the Solstice night for 12 hours as a symbol of hope and belief that the sun will return.

(The Solstice traditions information is from the website ProjectBritain.)

I say it is time to start thinking about what you are going to do with those extra daylight hours.  May I recommend.....reading a book?  What?  Did you think I was going to suggest planting a garden.  Let's wait a couple of months for that. 

It's December and school is still in session for a few more weeks before the holiday break.  Maybe I can teach you something new today:

Did you know that you can peruse the library catalog from your own home.  And if you find something you like, you can reserve the book and have it waiting for you when you stop by the library.  Here is how:
1.  Sign into the card catalog at  You will need the last six digits of your card number and your password.  Your password is your 10-digit phone number (no dashes) - unless you have previously set your own secure password.  If you need help with this step, let us know.
2.  Browse the catalog by entering keywords in the search criteria in the upper right corner of the screen.  You can enter keywords, a title, and author or a subject. 
3.  Click on any title to expand the book detail which includes a description of the book.
4.  If you find a book you wish to reserve, click the 'Reserve this item' button that appears when you display the book detail. 

5.  If the book is currently checked out, we will call you when it is available.  If the book is not checked out, stop by the library to pick up.  (You can tell if a book is checked out by looking at the 'In' column.  If it is 1 or more, the book is in the library.)

The best part about the online catalog is that you can peruse it any time of the day.  You don't have to wait for the library doors to be unlocked.  The Library is Open!


Well that's it for the December newsletter.  I hope to see you all at the Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 11th at 2:00pm.  I also wish everyone a lovely holiday season!

Riley Moreland
Library Director
Iowa resident, universe traveler
Books take me everywhere!

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