by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Merry Christmas! We’re quickly approaching the holidays, and the libraries in Pioneerland Library System will be closed some days because of that. With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Sundays, the schedule will be a little different than usual.
The library will be closed on Saturday, December 24, for Christmas Eve. It will also be closed on Monday, December 26, the day after Christmas. The 26th is the federal holiday this year, so the library won’t be the only place that’s closed on Monday.
Since New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year, our library’s hours won’t be affected that day. We close at 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The library will be closed on Monday, January 2, for New Year’s Day, again the government holiday.
Because of how Christmas falls on the weekend, the Litchfield Library will be closed for three days in a row, December 24-26, which is rare. You’ll want to plan ahead to pick up the things you want to check out. The things you have on hold won’t leave any faster than usual, because we hold DVDs for three business days and everything else for seven business days; the days we’re closed won’t count against you. You can also return materials at any time in the book drop in the wall that faces the parking lot. If materials are returned while we’re closed, they’ll check in as though they were returned the last time we were open. This means that anything returned over that three-day Christmas weekend will count as being returned on Friday. Just make sure they’re in before we open Tuesday morning to avoid late fees.
So what might you want to check out over the two holiday weekends? One of our newest movies is The BFG, based on the Roald Dahl children’s book of the same name. “BFG” is short for “big friendly giant.” The BFG is 24 feet tall and very nice, unlike the other residents of Giant Country, who eat children. He snatches a girl named Sophie from an orphanage, and the two of them come up with a plan to save the children of the world from the other child-eating giants. This movie is directed by Steven Spielberg.
If you missed it on television, you could check out A Charlie Brown Christmas from the library. This gem from 1965 is extremely popular at Christmastime, though, so check ahead to see if you can get it (true of all of our new DVDs and our holiday classics).
Finding Dory is the new sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Forgetful Dory suddenly remembers she has a family who might be looking for her, so she sets out with Nemo and Marlin to find them. It sounds as though the sequel nearly lives up to the greatness of the original movie.
More adult but apparently funny and heartwarming, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a New Zealand film that had a limited American release. A jaded city kid raised in foster care is sent to a family in the country, where he finally feels at home. But when a tragedy threatens to send him somewhere else, the boy and his cantankerous “Uncle Hec,” played by Sam Neill, go on the run into the wilderness.
Some other recent DVDs at our library include A Bigger Splash, “Elvis and Nixon”, “Everybody Wants Some!”, season 2 of “Outlander”, and “Pete’s Dragon”. Stop in for something to watch, something to listen to, or something to read this holiday season. Happy holidays!