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Join us for our first Winter Reading Program. It runs all winter until March 20, 2018, and is billed as a fun, bookish activity to get our passionate readers through the cold winter months. Complete a book bingo card and you get to pick the next book the library buys. All of the information can be found on our website, social media pages and, as always, in person.

“Beartown” by Fredrik Backman

Backman’s latest novel is set in a backwater Swedish town whose glory days are gone–except when it comes to hockey. In Beartown, hockey is everything, and the players on the boys A-team have god-like status. But this isn’t just a hockey story. One night after a huge win, the teens throw a raucous party to celebrate–and what happens there splinters the community. Part coming-of-age story, part community-in-crisis, yet completely fabulous. (And I don’t care a bit about hockey, so that’s saying something.) Heads up, readers: triggers abound. If you’ve read and enjoyed Backman in the past, you’ll recognize his skillful prose, but not the tone: this novel bears none of the whimsy of his previous work. The sequel to this is coming this June. You can find this title in the Adult Fiction section.

“The War that Saved my Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I have been thrilled to see so many readers of all ages enjoy this book. It’s a Newbery Honor Book, set during World War II, and the plot is set in motion when two children–one of whom is very much unwanted–are displaced from London into the British countryside. (If you think this sounds like “Everyone Brave Is Forgiven,” you’re exactly right.) The sequel, published in October, was good, but I liked this one best. You can find this book in the Kids Fiction section.

“Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage” by Dani Shapiro

If I were to judge my books by how many passages require book darts, this one wins everything. Time, memory, marriage–things many of us relate to, or can at least imagine–but Shapiro writes about them with such freshness the concepts seem brand new. My favorite line of exploration: the nature of mistakes, near-misses and time: “The stumbles and falls; the lapses in judgment; the near misses; the could-haves. I’ve become convinced that our lives are shaped less by the mistakes we make than when we make them.” I wouldn’t have “gotten” this at 22, but adored it now in my early 30s. You can find this book in the Adult Nonfiction section.

I wish all readers a Merry Christmas. –Vince

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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