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Library Happenings – Readers polled on favorite book (Dec. 9, 2015 issue)

December is the month when normally I poll our staff and ask which book published during the current year they liked best. This year, I want to hear from you, as well! Which title is your favorite book of 2015? Was it “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins or “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee? How about Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” or perhaps Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers”? Your choice could be history, humor or a dark horse that didn’t make the bestseller lists but which topped your personal tally. Whatever it may be, we value your opinion.
To cast your vote for the best book of 2015, simply visit the library. Ballots will be available at the circulation desk through the end of this month. We’ll tabulate the results and announce the winner in January. Just think of it as practice for all the voting we will be doing in 2016! And while you’re here, check out our displays of Christmas books and holiday decorations.
Thank you!
Once again, the Erwin Monday Club has set up and trimmed a Christmas tree for us. With its red felt cardinals and poinsettias, glittering pine cones and cinnamon sticks, it is redolent of this festive season. Now that the tree is lit and welcoming our patrons and us, I feel that the holidays have truly begun. Story, incidentally, is thrilled to have a new favorite place to hide and take a nap. Thank you so much for all that you have done for us in 2015!
Christmas Families
We have indeed been blessed during this year and we hope in our turn to be a blessing to others. Our staff has “adopted” three families in need whom we wish to provide with food, clothes and toys for Christmas. If you would like to help, you may pick up a list of their needs and likes, including sizes, at the library.
Spotlight Book
The wait is over. Every year at this time, James Patterson gives his readers a present: another Alex Cross thriller. The eagerly anticipated package has arrived and Patterson’s fans are lavish with their praise. “Cross Justice” takes the DC detective home to Starksville, North Carolina for the first time in thirty-five years. His cousin is accused of murder and only a desire for justice for Stefan could take Alex and his family to a place he had left so gladly. Starksville, you will soon learn, is haunted by the ghosts of Cross’s traumatic childhood. By pursuing those demons, he may defeat them and save his cousin, but at what cost to himself?