Holiday Events at the Library

Events This Week

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  • Tuesday at 11 am Preschool Storytime – We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Tuesday at 5 pm Library Closing Early – The library will close at 5 pm for a Staff Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, December 17th. We will reopen for normal hours on Wednesday, December 18th at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Storytimes for newborns to 2 year olds. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm Spinning Yarns group – Hang out with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework. Bring your own materials. All are welcome.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – Evening Storytime is open to all ages. We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Movie Time – Watch a fun new movie at the library. After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. We’ll provide popcorn and drinks or you can bring your own drinks.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • Friday at Noon Ugly Sweater Party – Wear an ugly Christmas sweater for this fun party for adults! Participate in a White Elephant gift exchange (bring a gift costing $10 or less), play games, and eat snacks. Adults only. Seating is limited. Sign up online at or at the front desk.
  • Saturday at 1 pm Last Minute Make & Take Holiday Gifts – Don’t know what to get your friends or family this holiday season? On Saturday, December 21st from 1 to 3 pm, join us to make something with your own hands that they are sure to enjoy! We will have several different craft gift options to choose from, you are welcome to make one or make them all. This event is free but supplies will be limited.

More Events

Food for Fines

Food for Fines is still going on until the end of the year. Donate canned vegetables, any nonperishable food items, new toiletries (toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.), or socks to the library and we will waive your overdue fines! All donated items will be given to local charities. (No expired or used donations, please.) Donate to a worthy cause and get your overdue fines forgiven.

This works for overdue fines only, fines for lost or damaged items will not be waived.

Video & Board Game Day

Kids out for Christmas break? On Monday, December 23rd between 1 and 4 pm, come on down to play video and board games at the library! We have all kinds of games that will keep them entertained.

Closed for Christmas Holiday

The library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Tuesday, December 24th through Thursday the 26th. We will reopen for normal hours on Friday the 27th from 9:00 6:00 p.m.

Bad Art Kids Craft

bad art kids craft

Kids, are you bad at art, but love to do it anyway? On Friday, December 27th at 2 pm, come to Bad Art: Kids Edition, where the worst art is the best! We will be making art out of leftover craft supplies.

Indoor Snowball Fight

Kids & teens don’t be bored at home, come to the library and join in on our indoor snowball fight! On Monday, December 30th at 1 pm, we will be crafting our own marshmallow shooters and will have a “snowball” fight with them.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Noon Year's Eve

Starting at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 31st, we’re counting down to Noon for our Noon Year’s Eve party. Kids can celebrate of the coming New Year with fun and games without having to stay up until midnight!

Library Closed for New Year’s Eve and Day

The library will close at 1 pm on Tuesday, December 31st and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year’s Day. We will reopen for normal hours on Thursday the 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop

Do you have questions about 3D printing? Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer.

On Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m., we will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. The workshop is held every 1st Monday of the month at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Signup online ( or at the front desk.

Spinning Yarns

On Wednesday, January 8th from 2 to 4 pm – join our Spinning Yarns group and spend time with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework! Bring your own materials and work on your ongoing projects. Beginners to experts, are all welcome.

Library and Lunch book discussion

Library and Lunch January 2020

In January, we will discuss “The Mother-in-Law” by Sally Hepworth. We’ll meet on Tuesday, January 14th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Holiday Events at the Library

  Plate of cookies  Events This Week

  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday – Library closes at 1 pm
  • Thursday and Friday – Library closed for Thanksgiving
  • Saturday at 2 pm Movie – Come to the library to see a new animated movie about a family full of superheroes. Free popcorn! Feel free to bring your own soda and even a pillow, blanket, or chair to be comfortable!

Recipe Swap – Cookie Swap

We won’t have a Recipe Swap in November, but on December 4th at 6:30 pm we will have our annual Cookie Swap. Bring two dozen of your favorite homemade cookies to share, along with the recipe, and take home a sample of other people’s creations!

Gingerbread House Decorating

Signup for the annual gingerbread house decorating at the library begins Monday after next on the 26th. Signup in person or online at

There will be two sessions on Saturday, December 15th. One at 12:30 pm and another at 2:30pm. Children ages 4-11 and their parents are invited to come decorate a gingerbread house! Frosting and all kinds of toppings will be available. Seating is limited, so sign up as early as you can.

Holiday Meal Planning

If you have family coming for the holidays and you’re looking for some inspiration about what to serve them, you could try checking out some of the library’s cookbooks. The Library has all kinds of cookbooks available for checkout. Here are a few:

"Talk turkey to me" book imageTalk Turkey to Me: A Good Time in the Kitchen Talking Turkey and All the Trimmings
by Renee S. Ferguson

From the description

Talk Turkey to Me is an informative, entertaining read featuring caller’s questions answered by a former Butterball Turkey Talk-Line expert. The book also features recipes for more than 80 dishes to accompany your turkey – everything from appetizers to desserts – to help you cook up a good time in the kitchen anytime!

"Smashed mashed boiled and baked" book imageSmashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked–and Fried, Too!: A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes
by Raghavan Iyer

From the book description
Inspired by a diversity of cuisines, Raghavan Iyer’s passion for potatoes shines through in his continent-by-continent celebration of the amazing potato and the tastiest ways you can cook it – including soups, salads, gratins, tarts, and the Ultimate French Fries.

"A year of pies" book imageA Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies
by Ashley English

From the book description
Take a delicious seasonal tour of pies. Pies can be enjoyed year-round. Join Ashley English as she walks you through a calendar year of making pies, using the freshest seasonal ingredients possible.

"The Christmas cookie book" book imageThe Christmas Cookie Book
by Judy Knipe and Barbara Marks

From the book description
The wonderful aroma of home-baked cookies is part of the enduring magic of Christmas. Now you can celebrate the holidays with The Christmas Cookie Book, a mouth-watering collection of more than ninety recipes gathered from the family, friends, and neighbors of authors Judy Knipe and Barbara Marks.

More than a collection of recipes, The Christmas Cookie Book is also a practical guide to the basics of cookie baking, equipment, and techniques. A special section called “Cookies to Go” is devoted to gift-giving, with charming ideas for packing and wrapping your cookies. A veritable feast of terrific recipes, gift ideas, and cookie-lore, The Christmas Cookie Book is sure to please cookie lovers of all ages.

The End of Madness at Your Library

What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Make ahead and freeze” recipes.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.
  • Friday and Saturday Closed – The Library will be closed for Good Friday and Easter. We will reopen on Monday for our regular hours.

March Book Madness

This is the last week of our March Book Madness contest. Right now we are down to just two book contestants in each of the tournaments, Adult, Teen, and Children’s Books.

You decide who will be the winner. Vote for your favorites, either on our website or in person at the library.

We will tally the votes and discover which books will be the 2018 books of the year. Normally we do this on Friday, but because the library will be closed for Good Friday, we will tally our votes and do our last prize drawing on the next Monday instead.

So, if you don’t get a chance to vote in person before Thursday night, you can still vote online over the coming Easter weekend. Remember, each time you vote, you’ll be entered into our fun prize drawings, one for each tournament, Adult, Teen, and Children’s Books.


New Releases

Here are some of the library’s newest books on the adult side.

The Flight Attendant: A Novel
by Chris Bohjalian

From the Book Description
Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together. She quietly turns over in bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man with whom she spent the night. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets.

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, reckless self-disregard, and of murder far from home.

The Affliction: A Novel
by Beth Gutcheon

From the Book Description
Since retiring as head of a famous New York City private school, Maggie Detweiler is busier than ever. Chairing a team to evaluate the faltering Rye Manor School for girls, she will determine whether the school has a future at all.

At a reception for the faculty and trustees to “welcome” Maggie’s team, no one seems more keen for all to go well than Florence Meagher, a star teacher who is loved and respected in spite of her affliction—that she can never stop talking.

Florence is one of those dedicated teachers for whom the school is her life, and yet the next morning, when Maggie arrives to observe her teaching, Florence is missing. Two days later, Florence’s body is found in the campus swimming pool.

Maggie is asked to stay on to coach the very young and inexperienced head of Rye Manor through the crisis. She is soon joined by her madcap socialite friend Hope, who is jonesing for an excuse to ditch her book club anyway, before she has to actually read Silas Marner.

What on earth is going on in this idyllic town? Is this a run-of-the-mill marital murder? Or does it have something to do with the school board treasurer’s real estate schemes? And is it possible that someone killed Florence just so she’d finally shut up?


Come to the library and enjoy these books or find some other type of books to read. Have a Happy Easter and don’t forget to vote for your favorite book!

Red, White, and/or Blue

What’s happening this week


  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “anything red, white and/or blue”.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Thursday, you can come to the evening Tuesday one instead.
  • Thursday at 11:15 am Storytime – Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.

We will be closed on Monday the 29th for Memorial Day.

Books in honor of Memorial Day

Speaking of Memorial Day, here are a few of the books the library has to offer that are written by or about the soldiers we honor.

The Soldiers’ Story
by Ron Steinman

From the book description
This book is the first major oral history of the Vietnam War in the last twenty years. In these pages, veterans from the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy talk about the war, their roles in it, and how they came out the other side. These eyewitnesses to this historic conflict have opened their hearts and souls to us.

When the war ended, everyone wanted to forget it. It was not a good war to remember. But forgetting was impossible for the men who fought there. In The Soldiers’ Story these veterans speak their minds for the first time about the war and their roles in it.

The blog of war : front-line dispatches from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Matthew Currier Burden

From the book description
In The Blog of War, Burden presents selections from some of the best of the military blogs, the purest account of the many voices of this war. This is the first real-time history of a war, a history written even as the war continues. It offers a glimpse into the full range of military experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, from the decision to enlist right through to homecoming. There are powerful stories of soldiers in combat, touching reflections on helping local victims of terror and war, pulse-racing accounts of med-evac units and hospitals, and heartbreaking chronicles of spouses who must cope when a loved one has paid the ultimate price.

The Blog of War provides an uncensored, intimate, and authentic version of life in the war zone. Dozens of voices come together in a wartime choir that conveys better than any second-hand account possibly can what it is like to serve on the front lines.

The long walk : a story of war and the life that follows
by Brian Castner

From the Book Description
Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late.

But The Long Walk is not just about the battle itself. It is also an unflinching portrayal of the toll war exacts on the men and women who are fighting it. When Castner returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, and unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms the Crazy. The Long Walk will hook you long after its final gripping page has been turned.

Love stories of World War II
by Larry King

Both poignant and inspiring, these are the moving stories of men and women who met amid the chaos of the most devastating war in history and became the loves of one another’s lives.

They met in many remarkable ways, some in the briefest of chance encounters, and their love endured heart-rending ordeals of long separation and the constant threat that a husband or lover might not return. As these couples reflect on the profound experience of the war, the stories they most like to tell are of the deep bonds they forged during that tumultuous time, bonds so strong that they lasted a lifetime.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here’s what’s coming up at the library for the rest of May:

  • The library is seeking donations of fleece (pieces no smaller than 1 yard) to make blankets for the Comfort for Critters charity organization. Donations can be dropped off through May 31.
  • Bunco, our popular dice game for adults, will be on Thursday, the 18th at noon. Registration is required, so talk to Shannon if you’re interested in playing! Adults only, snacks provided.
  • We have Storytimes for kids twice weekly, Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 11:15 am!
  • We’re building a better library in our Children’s Room, so that area of the library will be closed for renovations on Friday & Saturday, May 19th-20th. The Children’s Room is being transformed into a beautiful storybook forest.
  • Recipe Swap will be on Tuesday the 23rd at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made along with the recipe and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month’s theme is red, white, and/or blue food.
  • Don’t forget, the library will be closed Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.
  • Looking forward, our Summer Reading Program starts on June 1! You can sign up your kids and teens now on our website,

Today is the day we celebrate Mother’s Day! Thank you to all the moms out there, whether you are raising kids now or your kids are all grown. Thank you also to those who have acted as “moms,” whether grandmothers, aunts, or others. I have a few recommendations for good kids’ books that celebrate mothers:

Mom School by Rebecca Van Slyke: A child imagines what lessons are taught at Mom School, which cover everything from pitching a ball slowly enough for a child to hit it to building a fort out of couch cushions. School Library Journal calls it, “An appealing addition to read at Mother’s Day and throughout the year.”

What Mommies Do Best by Laura Joffe Numeroff: Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear, and read you a cozy bedtime story. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this irresistible celebration of parents and the everyday things they do. School Library Journal says this book is, “A perfect cuddly bedtime or storytime read-aloud choice.”

My Mommy Is Magic by Carl Norac: Is there anyone more magical than Mommy? She can kiss a booboo and make it better. She can chase monsters away after a bad dream. And she can make a delicious cake appear right out of thin air! This charming book captures a toddler’s love and admiration for her mother with warmth and humor. It’s the perfect way to celebrate mothers – those everyday magicians who not only do it all but make it look so easy. Booklist Reviews says, “This warm picture book encourages kids to notice and feel the small family moments that add up to love.”

Treat yourself to a Valentine’s Day romance

Visit the library’s Valentine’s Day book display and treat yourself to a new romance.

Best of My Love
by Susan Mallery

From the book description
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

Blame It on Paris
by Jennifer Greene

From the book description
Being mugged at the Louvre is not what she had in mind for her long-awaited trip to Paris. Until Will Maguire comes to her aid, and she finds herself completely distracted by the handsome stranger in the Notre Dame sweatshirt.

Kelly can’t seem to resist the world’s most romantic city or Will, who is determined to show her all its treasures, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to strolls along the Seine.

But will their love last when they’re back in plain old South Bend, Indiana, or will they end up blaming their breathless fling on the city of love?

Just Kiss Me
by Rachel Gibson

From the book description
“Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it’s been a long time.”
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It’s been years since she last saw Henry Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.

Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry. She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?

Henry got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.

Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He’s not looking for love. He’s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he’s ever done?

What’s happening at the library this week

  • Tuesday at Noon Library and Lunch – Our monthly book club is meeting on Valentine’s Day this month. We will be discussing “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers, a heartbreaking romance set in the California Gold Rush of the 1800s.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Thursday, you can come to the evening Tuesday one instead.
  • Wednesday at 5 pm Lego Day – Kids, come use your imagination to build something great!
  • Thursday at 11:15 am Storytime – Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.

The Library will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 20th.

Valentine’s Day week – events and news

Liberal Memorial Library Events this week

  • President’s Day
    The library will be closed on Monday, February 15th for President’s Day.
  • Bunco Party – Adults
    It’s not too late to sign up for our first ever Bunco party. It will be on Thursday, February 18th at noon in the Cooper-Clark meeting room. Bunco is a popular dice game that is often played at parties or with family. Refreshment will be served.
  • Game Time for Kids
    We will also have a Game Time for Kids on Thursday at 4 p.m. Kids will earn prizes and enjoy refreshments.

New Computers

The library is in the process of getting new laptops and power companions. Patrons can use the power companions to charge their own devices via usb, one of the library’s laptops, or possibly the patron’s own laptop if it is a model similar to one of the library laptops. The new laptops and power companions will be available for checkout for in-library usage for adult and teen patrons (with parental consent).

Valentine’s Day – New Romance Novels

We have set up a book display of new romance novels in honor of Valentine’s Day. For those of us who enjoy being swept away by a good romance, here are a few of our best and newest.

ladys guide to ruinA lady’s guide to ruin
by Kathleen Kimmel

Book Description
Joan Price is a wanted woman. A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, she’s now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side – just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne.

Lord Fenbrook has no intention of marrying, and certainly doesn’t consider his notoriously scatterbrained cousin a prospect. But her flighty persona seems to hide something far more intriguing – a secret self she trusts with no one. And Martin is determined to earn that trust……

All the stars in the heavens : a novelall stars in heavens
by Adriana Trigiani

Book Description
The movie business is booming in 1935 when twenty-one-year-old Loretta Young meets thirty-four-year old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Though he’s already married, Gable falls for the stunning and vivacious young actress, and she returns his feelings.

Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta. Becoming Miss Young’s secretary, the innocent and pious young Alda must navigate the wild terrain of Hollywood with fierce determination and a moral code that derives from her Italian roots. Over the course of decades, Alda and Loretta encounter scandal and adventure, choose love and passion, and forge an enduring bond of loyalty that will be put to the test when they face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

Who do you lovewho do you love
by Jennifer Weiner

Book Description
An unforgettable story about true love, real life, and second changes…
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.

Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again – linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both of their lives.