Dear Reader,
   Our hearts go out to the survivors and victims of the Ghost Ship Fire. It was a harrowing wake up call on so many fronts. But mostly that life is precious and we must guard it and acknowledge our loved ones every day.
   Please take care of each other and support artists of every sort in every way that you can.

   We're planning a fun family day on Saturday. At 2 we'll feature two children's book authors with new picture books. Lucille Lang Day has written Rainbow Zoo and Meg Fleming has written I Heart You. Both are adorable and will appeal to the kid in your lap or family who loves to read together. Please join us to meet these wonderful new authors. Plus- what a great opportunity to shop while the kids are engaged. We'll have some artsy activities to keep them busy just in case you need a minute to hand us something to wrap!
   Wrap? Yes we wrap and it's free!
   Then at 5 we will launch Randal Metz's new book on Children's Fairyland! If you have any connection to the amazing place that is Fairyland, please come by. Between Mr Metz and executive director CJ Hirschfield there are apparently no questions about the 10 acre precursor to Disneyland that can't be answered!

    It's that time for lists of all sorts. We're in the process of putting our faves on the website with handy links for shopping. Get your orders in early so that if we don't have enough we can get them quickly. We are ordering stock nearly every day so that we can cross things off your list easily!

    We have a box in the store for the Mayor's Toy and Book Drive and we want it filled up! Bring new toys and books or, hey, buy them here!
    If you're still feeling generous, click here to see what Emerson Elementary would love to have in the library. Our schools need books all the time and we will post wish lists as we get them.
    If we want an educated, empathetic, well read populace, we need to get kids (and adults!) reading. I firmly believe that reading helps us be more civilized.
And we could use a ton of civilized right now.

    How can we help you make people happy this year? We need your support this time of year so get in here and let's get you some books!
  
     Happy reading and take care of each other,
Luan 
 
Holiday Schedule:
December 24 - Close at 4pm
December 25 - Closed
December 26 - Closed
December 31 - Close at 4pm
January 1, 2017 - closed  
12-08-16

 
New and Notable

 
Tranquility by Billy Sparrow $24.95 paperback
This book came to us by way of John at the wonderful clothing store on Grand, Harper Greer. He called and told me that I HAD to carry it, that it was wonderful, and that it would appeal to sailors, people who love a good adventure, and just about anyone else. So I listened. We have copies and you should reserve one right now for that adventurer in your life.
     Tranquility is the true tale of an impulsive young man who sets sail on a three week voyage in an old wooden boat. When Billy Sparrow shoves off, he believes he's bound on a fair winds and following seas summer cruise that will take him to an island paradise, but he quickly discovers fate has it otherwise. His three week summer voyage turns into an unbelievable never-ending saga. Tranquility is a universal tale of youth told with affection, wisdom, romance and life learning, for landlubber and sailor alike. 
 
How about some inspiration?
 
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly $15.99 
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
   
Metaphors Be With You by Dr. Mardy Grothe $19.99 
Go ahead, say the title out loud.
"An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor." Robert Frost
For 3,000 years, great thinkers and writers have relied on the device of metaphor to articulate profound thoughts, give voice to powerful emotions, and creatively explain complex ideas. But metaphorical language is not the sole province of poets, philosophers, and playwrights. If you ve ever tried to describe a broken heart, a thankless child, or a glorious triumph, you know how valuable and compelling the perfect metaphor can be.  This will dazzle the word and/or quote lover in your life.


 
For Younger Readers

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates $16.99  A new era begins for the Black Panther MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates (BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME) takes the helm, confronting T'Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt--but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl

Okay, older younger readers.

The Nutcracker
We have a good collection of Nutcracker books on hand so if you need to get up to speed before going to the ballet, we have you covered.

Book Club pick for November 17    
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.

Next meeting is Thursday, December 15, 6:15.


 
Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Campbell
From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!
While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh's Colorado home. But Josh can't resist Lucy's soulful brown eyes, and though he's never had a dog before, he's determined to do the best he can for Lucy and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.
Soon in over his head, Josh calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, a beautiful woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals. As Kerri teaches Josh how to care for Lucy's tiny puppies and gets them ready to be adopted through the shelter's "Dogs of Christmas" program, Josh surprises himself by falling for her.
But he's fallen even harder for his new furry family, which has brought incredible joy into Josh's life.

January: The Underground Railroad  
  
EVENTS

December 10 is a Family Day with two new
picture books and time and space to shop!
 2pm

I Heart You is Meg Fleming's first picture book.
Perfect for in the lap reading.

Rainbow Zoo follows siblings through the zoo of wonderfully colored animals as written by Lucille Lang Day.

Then at 5pm meet Randal J Metz for the launch
of the new Children's Fairyland book!



 
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