At the Library

NOVEMBER ? the month of Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this month seems to get lost in the frantic hype of premature Christmas sales.

Thanksgiving should be one of our most important holidays. It is vital to take stock of what we have and to be grateful for our blessings and our loved ones.

Our first President, George Washington, issued a proclamation in 1879 that Nov. 26, would be a day of National Thanksgiving. President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 appointed the last Thursday in November as our Day of Thanksgiving. In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the holiday a week earlier. His reason, ?He wanted to help businesses by lengthening the shopping period before Christmas.?

November is also the month that we pay tribute to all of our veterans in all of our wars, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Desert Storm, and the continuing Middle East Wars. We are truly indebted to these men and women. They deserve our heartfelt thanks and our complete support. The veterans who did not return gave the ultimate gift, their life, so that we could live our lives in freedom. So did the veterans who did return, some visibly wounded or disabled in many different ways. We need to express our gratitude by always being aware of veterans? needs and always being willing to help in whatever way we can. We may hate the war, but we must always love and honor all the men and women who go to war.

There is a wonderful WWI Veterans Display in the Washington Public Library?s lobby. On the second floor is a wall of three bookcases covering WWI up to the Middle East Wars. Also on the second floor is a display honoring Native Americans, the very first citizens of our country. November is a month set aside to reflect on their contributions and their extraordinary impact on the United States of America.

Thursday at 12:15 p.m., there will be a concert on the second floor of the Washington Public Library. Patrick Hazell will be improvising on blues tunes that launched his career. He is an inductee in the Hall of Fame for Iowa Blues, Iowa Rock and Roll and Country Showcase International. Come join us for a spontaneous burst of music!

Remember ?Toddler Story Hour? is on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. ?Early Out Movie Madness? is on early-out Wednesdays, showing 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Other dates to mark on your calendar are the Social Security class taught by Social Security staff from Coralville on Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. National Novel Writing participants will gather at the Washington Public Library on Friday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. Washington Writers Workshop will meet at the Library on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to Noon. On Nov. 20, ?The Mitten Tree? will be ready to receive hats, scarves, mittens and gloves to adorn its branches. The Library is also accepting all unexpired, nonperishables for the Food Pantry. All items will be shared with local adults and children in need this holiday season.

These are the new materials available at the library this week.

Adult Fiction

End Game by David Baldacci

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Hardcore Twenty-four by Janet Evanovich

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans

American Drifter by Heather Graham

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

Count to Ten by James Patterson

Large Print Fiction

End Game by David Baldacci

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

Count to Ten by James Patterson