Dec. 1 – 19
Read For a Wreath
For every five books checked out from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19, you will be entered in a drawing to win a holiday wreath. Audiobooks and e-books count! The wreaths have been decorated by local organizations and will hang in the library during the contest period. Get the whole family involved. Reading is the perfect winter entertainment and builds brain power! Also, wreath-making contest winners will be notified on Dec. 14 by close of business at 4 p.m.
Dec. 3 - 15
FabLab: Ready, Set, Create!
They’ll provide a variety of craft supplies, you provide the imagination and creativity!
Sing-A-Book My Baby: 9:30 a.m.
The S-a-B program focuses on ways to play with your baby, promoting sensory exploration and developing thinking skills and socialization.
Book Sprouts Story Time: 10 a.m.
Each story time includes a range of books, songs/rhymes/fingerplays, music, crafts and free play! They focus on five simple early literacy practices: talking; singing; reading; writing; and playing. Come have fun at the library.
Deck the Halls with Edie Bell: 6 p.m.
Edie will share inspiring ideas and demonstrations for decorating your home for the holidays. Craft ideas and patterns will be included. Garden giveaways and door prizes make this program a “must see!”
Tator Tot Time: 10 a.m.
Each story time includes a range of books, songs/rhymes/fingerplays, music, crafts, and free play! They focus on five simple early literacy practices: talking; singing; reading; writing; and playing. Come have fun at the library.
SPLAT Time: 3 p.m.
Check Out SPLAT (Superb Public Library After-school Things) Time! After-school at the public library; what an experience!
A Visit With Santa: 6 p.m.
Go visit Santa!
Computer Class: Microsoft Word Basics: 10 a.m.
Microsoft Word allows users to create text documents. Learn how to locate and use key features, create and save new documents, open and print existing documents, and change document views in this class.
FOL Holiday Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Looking for that perfect gift for a friend or family member? Shop for “like-new,” reasonably priced gift books and other holiday-themed books and DVDs. Books for kids and adults. Have them gift wrapped for free while you enjoy tea and cookies. All proceeds benefit your library!
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Cookie Swap: 6 p.m.
A cookie swap gives you the opportunity to try a variety of cookies without having to do all the work. Bake a large batch of one type of cookie, aiming for a dozen per person attending the swap plus a few for sampling at the swap. Divide the cookies into storage bags for everyone to take home. Sign up and pick up guidelines at the library by Dec. 7. Include the name of your cookie to ensure a good variety for the swap.
“Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains,” by Helen Thomson
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Review by Amy Tollison, Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library
Science writer Helen Thomson explores the geography and inner workings of the human brain through case studies of some of the world’s most interesting brains. Readers meet Bob, who remembers every single day of his life; Sharon, who can get lost in her own house; Graham, who believed for years that he was dead; and several other unique individuals. Each case study is accompanied by explanations about areas of the brain involved and theories about why these brains are different.
The scientific explanations may be a little challenging for some lay readers, but not out of reach, nor do they take up too much space in the book. Instead, the reader is treated to interviews with the subjects who share their experiences and how they have coped (or not). Thomson makes connections between the unusual subjects and the “average” person by discussing how we may share their experiences, albeit to a lesser degree.
The author takes a materialistic view and wants the reader to take away an understanding that we are our brains. She points out, however, that we are a long way from understanding all the mysteries of the brain and of our own humanity.
The book is well-written and researched, and you don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy it and learn from it. It is highly recommended for readers interested in psychology and/or the workings of the brain. You just might learn something about yourself. Check it out at the library.