It’s the end of another year here at the library. And what a year it’s been! I’m glad we’ve been able to welcome so many more people inside the library this year and work our way back to some semblance of normal after the rollercoaster rides we’ve all been through these last few years.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and are looking forward to the upcoming new year. We certainly have been making some plans for 2023! Although we are just at the beginning of a cold Maine winter, it’s never too early to start thinking about starting some plant clippings so they’ll be ready for our spring plant sale. We’re also looking forward to reinvigorating our little community garden come spring, and we hope you’ll all be on board to help out, learn more about plants, and take home some fresh herbs or veggies when the time comes!
In the short term, let’s talk about things you can do inside until the weather gets better. Winter is an excellent time to take up a new hobby or craft, which is why I’d encourage anyone who is interested to come attend our knitting/crocheting classes Thursday nights! All skill levels welcome, even if you already know what you’re doing we welcome you to just come spend some time dedicated to your project in the company of others. We’re actually planning to combine our knitting/crocheting classes into a general craft night Thursday nights, so any crafter is welcome! We’ll have some projects and supplies available for all, or bring whatever you’re working on along! We hope this will be a great way for people to connect over the winter months.
That’s all I have for now, so I’ll leave off as usual with my recent reads. They are pretty seasonally appropriate, if I do say so myself. East by Edith Pattou is a YA fantasy book I read when I was younger, and I have been happily re-reading in preparation for winter. I have been listening to The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn, narrated by the wonderful Saskia Maarleveld, who does an excellent job as an audiobook reader. Like many of Kate Quinn’s other recent works, it is a World War II historical fiction novel. If you’re looking for suggestions on other wintery reads, I’d like to humbly suggest either The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden or The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, as both are wonderful books that really get me ready to weather the winter. Feel free to stop by and recommend other great winter reads, and I wish you all a happy new year!