It is the end of another year and we are heading back into winter. The nice part about the beginning of winter is that at least there are a few holidays to look forward to before we go into the deep freeze of January and beyond. I’m personally not a huge fan of the cold. Maybe if I participated in a winter sport/activity I might be, but for me, winter involves a lot of sitting inside. At least I can get a lot of reading done!
We’ve got a cute wintery display set up upstairs with some cozy winter books. I’d like to mention two that are personal favorites of mine, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Both are perfect winter reads that I plan to revisit every so often in the years to come. They both have such a perfect winter atmosphere to them, I love curling up with one of them under a blanket with a cup of tea. If you have other winter-themed books that are good candidates for a cozy winter read, definitely come chat with me about them sometime! You know what another fun thing to do in winter is? Knitting and crocheting, of course! Winter is the best time to pick up a fun hobby like this when so much time is spent inside. Plus, you can then make homemade gifts for people next holiday season. Remember we offer knitting and crocheting lessons at the library every Thursday night at 5pm!
In other news, as some of you may have seen announced on the Bulldog or our social media, the Children’s Room is going to be temporarily closed the week of Christmas for some construction work and carpet cleaning. We had a leak a while ago from the old front entry steps that damaged the ceiling in there. Thanks to a grant from the Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund we were able to get the steps repaired this fall, so now it’s time to work on the rest of it. The bathroom near the children’s room will also be closed as a part of this work, and there might be another temporary closure later on to finish the project. It’s a work in progress, please just bear with us while we get this work done.
Since I have been so busy lately finishing up schoolwork (I have now passed in all of my assignments for the last semester of my Master’s degree, so I am officially finished with school!) I haven’t been reading for fun much. I did read this very short book A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow. It’s an excellent little book, an interesting twist on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, and it has beautiful illustrations in it. Still listening to audiobooks, of course, I’m on the third book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. I’m struggling to decide what to read next on my list! Right now it’s a toss-up between Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian or Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, which both have been on my to-read list for a while. We’ll see which one I pick up first, but mostly I’m happy that I’ll finally have some time to read books for fun again!
I hope you all have a great holiday season. Stay warm!