Opinion

Oh the weather outside is frightful

With a mix of snow, freezing rain, and below freezing temperatures, we have encouraged our patrons to stay warm and safe, only coming out when they have to. This, of course, means good weather brings everyone in to find new books and movies to hold them over for the weekend.

As February arrives, the library is preparing for a new round of fun.

The Fiber Arts February displays are up, depicting different types of fiber arts. We have quilts and you have to see the aquarium of knit and crochet creatures. Upcoming events include Yarntangles and Family Ties Storytime, both on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. and a Fascinator Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.

February is also Black History Month and the library encourages you to try reading an African-American author. There is a lot to learn from this rich genre, authors such as Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Alice Walker to Langston Hughes and James Baldwin to young adult authors like Angie Thomas, Toni Adeyemi, and Jason Reynolds. There will be displays in both the adult fiction and young adult fiction for anyone looking for a place to start.

We are also holding our annual Blind Date With a Book, providing books wrapped to hide their identities. There are a few clues to what is behind the paper, but sometimes the fun is discovering a book you would never have picked up otherwise. These can be found on display at the front room display and also in the Young Adult and Comics section at the back of the library. Selections range from poetry to romance to thrilling adventures. Which will you take home?