December Lost in the Stacks

December 2022 Lost in the Stacks

Colorful lights. Delicious things to smell and taste. Time spent with loved ones and friends we may not see except once a year. December brings all these things and more! It also marks one of our favorite times at the library. Lots of fun new books for all ages find their way to our shelves, and the library staff enjoys decorating the library and coming up with fun and creative new programs. This year the library looks to aid those in need in our community. We have a front row seat to the problems that people encounter and while recommending a book, organization, or website that could help them is the go-to solution for a library, we often feel that we could do more. Consequently, this December the library is holding a winter coat/hat/scarf/gloves drive. Throughout the month of December, we’ll be collecting clean coats, hats, scarves, and gloves that are in good condition. These items will be placed on racks at the entrance to the library and will be available during the winter months for those in need. We urge the community to help us give back to our patrons by providing them much needed items to keep them warm both in body and, hopefully, in soul.

The librarians also have in-person programming planned for the month of December. Adults can look forward to yoga on Saturday’s, visiting with Adult Services Librarian Mia about library services at Urban Bru locations on Friday’s, a Make-Your-Own ornament Crafterwork on December 12th (they’d make great gifts!), and talking about everything books at our Texas County Literary Society meeting on December 5. And since we always love seeing Guymon kids having fun, Children’s Librarian Brandon has planned Cookie Decorating with Ashley Ming from the OSU Extension Office on December 12 and Santa will be here to read to the kids and for pictures on December 15. Lastly, during those cold and dreary days, stop by the library with your family and/or friends to get out of the cold and put together a puzzle or play a board game. Or, better yet, check out a puzzle to enjoy at home with your family! 

Our featured service this week is Brainfuse’s VetNow. VetNow supports veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy and providing academic tutoring and employment transition assistance. Features of the service include a live veteran navigator, an expert who can help veterans learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources; live job coaching to transition your resume from military to civilian careers including translating military skills, key words, and more; and a resume lab. Questions can be sent outside of live hours and a veteran expert will respond with information to help you reach your goals. VetNow also features unemployment assistance including expert assistance with completing unemployment benefits forms. VetNow is made possible with assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and is free to all Guymon Public Library card holders. Call us to get started today!

Need a book recommendation this December? These are just some of the awesome books arriving in the library this month! For kids we have a new version of The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore and illustrated by New York Times bestselling #1 artist Charles Santore. Carry on a family tradition or start one of your own with this new version of the classic Christmas book for children and families. Initially published anonymously as A Visit from Saint Nicholas, and credited as a work by Clement Clark Moore, this timeless tale has been lovingly preserved in this classic edition. Bring the family together for a read-aloud and as children prepare for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. Teens will be excited to see the second book in the Gilded Duology, Cursed by Marissa Meyer. The retelling of the Rumplestiltskin story continues! Adalheid Castle is in chaos. Following a shocking turn of events, Serilda finds herself ensnared in a deadly game of make-believe with the Erlking, who is determined to propel her deeper into the castle’s lies. Meanwhile, Serilda is determined to work with Gild to help him solve the mystery of his forgotten name and past. But soon it becomes clear that the Erlking doesn’t only want to use Serilda to bring back his one true love. He also seeks vengeance against the seven gods who have long trapped the Dark Ones behind the veil. If the Erlking succeeds, it could change the mortal realm forever. Can Serilda find a way to use her storytelling gifts for good—once and for all? And can Serilda and Gild break the spells that tether their spirits to the castle before the Endless Moon finds them truly cursed? Romance and adventure collide in this stunning finale to the Rumpelstilskin-inspired fairy tale. Finally, for adults we have Digital Nomads for Dummies by Kristin M. Wilson. Not all who wander are lost! Digital Nomads For Dummies answers all your questions about living and working away from home, short term or long term. Become a globetrotter or just trot around your home country, with the help of experienced digital nomad Kristin Wilson. Millions of people have already embraced the lifestyle, moving around as the spirit takes them, exploring new places while holding down a job and building a fantastic career. Learn the tricks of building a nomad mindset, keeping your income flowing, creating a relocation plan, and enjoying the wonders of the world around you. Check out these new books and all the new books hitting our shelves this December! Join us and get “Lost in the Stacks!”