By Angie Georgeff
Autumn has come late this year, but it finally arrived and just in time for Halloween. It would have been strange to trick or treat without scuffling through fallen leaves, but Mother Nature has finally done her part. Miss Cindy’s story time kids have helped by decorating the library for the season with some of their crafty creations, so the scene is set for our children’s Halloween party.
The fun will begin on Monday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. and last until 5 p.m., so drop in whenever it is convenient during that hour. Several stations will be set up where kids can play games and make crafts, but the circuit won’t take the full hour. So take the time you need to add that extra jewel – or wart – to make your Halloween costume just right. We all look forward to admiring your creativity! And when you leave to continue the evening’s celebrations downtown or across the county, be sure to stop by the circulation desk for a Halloween treat.
If you would like to contribute to the festivity of the library’s children’s party, we would appreciate donations of individually wrapped candies.
It’s hard to believe, but a lot of Christmas books have already been released. I’d rather celebrate holidays one at a time, but at least the books will be here when you are ready to transition from ghoulies and ghosties to holly and mistletoe. This year’s crop of holiday fiction includes Melody Carlson’s “The Christmas Angel Project,” Joanne Fluke’s “Christmas Caramel Murder,” Elin Hilderbrand’s “Winter Storms” and Cindy Woodsmall’s “The Angel of Forest Hill.”
Hilderbrand, who also is known for her beach reads, brings her Winter Street trilogy to its conclusion with “Winter Storms.” The Quinn family is determined to spend the holidays together on Nantucket, but a snowstorm complicates their plans for a family reunion and a Christmas wedding. The characters which readers have come to know and love from “Winter Street” and “Winter Stroll” have their plot lines tied up with a big red bow and a sprig of holly.
“The Christmas Angel Project” is undertaken by four friends who are grieving the death of the fifth member of their book club. They discover that Abby was the heart of their group. In her absence, they really don’t have much in common. They agree to gather for one last meeting and open a bag that Abby’s husband had given them.
Inside the bag, they find four angel ornaments, one for each woman and thoughtfully crafted just for her. Inspired by their friend and her heartfelt bequest, they decide to become Christmas angels in her honor, with each woman using her own individual gifts to help those in need.