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Library Happenings – Latest holiday film festival begins

By Angie Georgeff

The Christmas rush has begun: Thanksgiving has been followed by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday and I’ll bet you’re ready for a break. I know I am.

Come on down to your library and check out a book, audiobook or DVD.  I recommend something light and bubbly. There will be plenty of time to start digesting War and Peace in January.

I have long thought of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” as a Christmas story, and Virginia Kantra, the author of “Meg and Jo,” appears to agree with me. This contemporary retelling of Alcott’s beloved classic shifts the setting from Massachusetts to the small town of Bunyan, North Carolina. Since John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress plays a minor but memorable role in “Little Women,” I appreciate the nod to Bunyan in the town’s name.

It should come as no surprise that Meg is a stay-at-home mom struggling with 2-year-old twins. Jo has lost her journalism job and is just squeaking by as a prep cook and food blogger in New York City. Shy Beth is aspiring to be a musician and Amy, of course, is working in the fashion industry in Paris.

The men of “Little Women” have not been forgotten, either. “Trey” Lawrence, the boy next door, owns a car dealership and is the employer of Meg’s husband John.

“Eric” Bhaer is a popular New York chef. The girls’ father is still a military chaplain as he was in Alcott’s novel, but their parents are separating and their mother Abby has been hospitalized. This crisis brings all the girls home for a Christmas to remember.

Book Orders

You may have noticed that our large-print collection is constantly expanding. That is happening in direct response to increased demand for books with larger type. With that in mind, Happy Holidays! We recently placed two large orders for large-print books.

They include a number of titles that you have requested and they should start to arrive this week. We also expect to place an order for audiobooks soon. 

There is still time to make a suggestion. Call the library at 743-6533 or let us know the next time you come in.

Holiday Film Festival

You are cordially invited to join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, for a classic Christmas film. We will provide popcorn and a seasonal sweet treat, and you may bring a bottle of water or the soft drink of your choice. We also will be offering movies on Thursday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 19. We hope to see you then!