A week at the library


Thanksgiving is over except for some leftovers that will probably end up in the freezer, the dog’s dish, or the garbage pail. How quickly we move from the days’ slower tempo into the frenetic pace of the holiday season. Every year I think I won’t allow myself to be crazed, dazed, anxious or rushed then before I know it I am doing just that.

I shop all year long for those just perfect gifts for friends and family. So why am I always drawn in by the whole Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Don’t Forget About Sunday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday? By the time I get through those five days I’m really ready for I Simply Don’t Care Wednesday and Let Me Alone Thursday.

What if we were as excited about the library as we are about these retail shopping days? Let see, there would be:

≤ Front of the Line Friday. For $20 you can purchase a soon-to-be-released bestseller. When it’s published, you get to check it out to read first. It’s a win-win situation as you get to read the book while adding to the library’s collection of materials for others to read too. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

≤ Sit Down Saturday. Oh, I know you are busy with the shopping, baking, decorating and gift wrapping. But, just 15 minutes of relaxation can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your life by immersing yourself in the life of a great character or exciting plot where good guys save the world.

≤ Sabbath Sunday. As we celebrate the Sundays in Advent, take time to read about Christmas traditions around the world. The cultures of the world are rich in story depicting the birth of the Christ child and our book collection has different viewpoints to create a better understanding of our similarities and differences.

≤ Movie Monday. Check out the latest DVDs or an old favorite such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” We are cheaper than Netflix or Red Box and we use the small rental fee to buy more movies, so again you are giving to the whole community.

≤ Talking Tuesday. While you are decorating, cleaning or worrying about how you are going to get everything done, listen to an audio book. We have these cool completely portable talking books called Playaways. They are small self-contained units that fit in your pocket. Add a pair of earbuds and you are set. It’s hands-free reading.

≤ Weeding Wednesday. Perhaps it’s time to organize some shelves to store packages or display a special holiday collection. Maybe you are like me and need to get rid of some books so you have space for the new books you bought. We always welcome clean, bug-free, in good condition titles for our book sales.

≤ Thankful Thursday. Please pause for just a moment to be grateful that we have such vibrant libraries in our little corner of the world. Whether you visit every week, once a month, once a year, or not at all, communities with libraries are better places to live than those areas that don’t have this service. Christmas is a season of miracles, celebrations and traditions and the public library has all these things and much more.

Enjoy the holiday season and don’t forget to bring the little ones for Cookies and Cocoa with Mrs. Claus, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $5. Yes, I know it’s ONE-MORE-THING on your to-do list, but it’s so much fun.


75 Book Challenge Readers. One month to go. You should have read 70 books by now to complete you goal for a chance to win a $175 Amazon Gift Card.


Molly S. Kinney is the library director at the Mifflin County Library. She is currently reading “Seeing Read,” by Sandra Brown.