by Beth Cronk, Litchfield Head Librarian
It’s the holiday season! Pioneerland libraries will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, for Christmas. The following week, we will be closing at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 31, and we will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, for New Year’s. Otherwise the hours will be normal all of the other days.
Christmas books, movies, and music are always in demand this time of year. We’ve got some new additions for grownups available.
12 Days at Bleakly Manor is an inspirational mystery that we just got in large print. Author Michelle Griep launched a series called “Once Upon a Dickens Christmas” with this novel. Set in England in 1851, this story is set up when guests receive mysterious invitations to spend Christmas at a manor home and are promised a substantial sum of money if they stay the entire twelve days. A formerly engaged couple finds they are both among the guests.
Deck the Hounds is the latest Andy Carpenter novel by David Rosenfelt, but apparently it can be enjoyed even if you haven’t read any of the others. Criminal defense lawyer Andy gives a homeless man with a dog some money, then later learns that the dog is quarantined for biting someone who attacked them. Andy and his wife give them a place to stay at Christmas, and Andy’s legal services come in handy when the homeless vet is accused of a crime. This sweet Christmas mystery is recommended for animal lovers.
Lark! The Herald AngelsSing is part of the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews. Meg discovers a live baby in the manger while directing a nativity pageant. A note suggests that the baby’s father is Meg’s brother, and Meg sets out to find out who the baby’s parents actually are. Along with the mystery aspect of the story, this is a funny and heartwarming novel.
Six Cats a Slayin’ by Miranda James, Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan, The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere, and A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews.
Don’t forget the Christmas DVDs: Christmas in the Air is a Hallmark Christmas movie that has just been added to our collection. Those seem to be more popular all the time! Catherine Bell stars as a professional organizer who is hired by a frazzled widower with two young children. He’s a toy inventor who has twelve days to get his life and business in order before pitching his new products. It sounds like it has exactly the kind of opposites-attract, gentle romance you expect from a Hallmark Christmas movie.
Do you remember Pat Boone’s holiday specials on TV in the ‘70s? Two of them have just been released on the DVD Pat Boone and Family: Christmas and Thanksgiving Specials. You get the whole Boone family, plus Dinah Shore, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Bosley, and other stars from years ago. Now, if they would just release the John Denver and the Muppets Christmas special from the ‘70s, I’d be really happy.
Whether it’s a music CD, a movie, or a book for kids or adults, our library has a huge number of holiday items available to check out. Pick up a cookbook of party recipes for New Year’s Eve while you’re here, too! Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.