January, 2014, was a strange month weather wise… days of rain followed by extremely cold temperatures… just the recipe for glare ice. I mention this because the weather very much determines our daily attendance. For the first time in ten years we had a day when even I did not venture over to the library… that was Saturday, January 11th, a very cold icy day. But our numbers for January still held up… 338 visits checking out 251 adult books, 269 juvenile books, and 101 videos/DVDs. Looking forward to what February brings.
January was a month for plugging along on our various projects. We added many new books to our collection including titles by Abi Maxwell (a NH writer), E L Doctorow, Faye Kellerman, Danielle Steel, Lisa Patton, Dorothy Benton Frank, Joshilyn Jackson, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, and Sue Monk Kidd. Two new titles by Bruce Heald have been added to the NH Room: New Hampshire and the Revolutionary War and New Hampshire and the Civil War. Several children have discovered the author Richard Peck so we have added another half dozen of his titles. I have fond memories of reading his books to my 6th graders. How they would laugh. Our featured mystery writer for January was John Dunning whose Cliff Janeway series all have a ‘book’ theme. We selected Amy Tan as our fiction writer of the month and displayed her newest book, The Valley of Amazement.
All of the Christmas decorations have been packed up and we managed to cull a few items whose time had come. Several boxes of stored books have been brought up from downstairs and we have evaluated them for our collection with the remainder going towards next summer’s book sale.
Several events have been planned for February including ‘Take My Child to the Library Day’ on the 1st, Ladies’ Knitting Club Valentine Party on the 13th, Wacky Winter Transports Lego Day/Valentines’s Day for the children on the 15th, and Nathan and Susan’s Birthday on the 27th.