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Before I begin to update you on activities at our library, I want to give a huge shout out to our volunteer fire department. During Hurricane Sandy they worked round the clock with not only the usual after a big storm emergencies (downed trees which destroyed electrical wires), but also with extraordinary care for all of us. They checked our homes (not just in Dalton, but also in Glenburn, West Abington, LaPlume, North Abington and Waverly) to make sure residents were OK, especially those who needed electricity to run medical equipment. And for any of us lucky enough to have generators, they made sure we were operating them correctly. In addition, they used the fire hall as a warming station with the support of the Red Cross and other agencies. When you see one of these volunteers, please thank them; they epitomize the dedication of volunteers and we are most fortunate to have such selfless local citizens serving us.

Now to December and what's in store for you at our library. The children's fall programs are winding down this month, with the promise of a renewal of these activities come January. Janet Geeza has hosted her last story hour until January and Kreative Kids activities will continue until Christmas week. On Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., Girls and Grownups will be discussing their reader's choice book. Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. will find the Journal Making group completing their journals, and the craft lovers will create a holiday craft Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. The LEGO Builders will have to wait until January to challenge their architectural skills as the library will be closed Dec. 24.

If your little ones are missing story hour, you might want to take advantage of a program offered Dec. 15 at the Scranton Cultural Center. It's a musical presentation based on Judy Schachner's book Skippyjon Jones, who's a cat who wants to be anything but a cat. Tickets are available at the Scranton Cultural Center – and there's even a craft workshop that you can attend prior to the show. For more information, contact Rachael Fronduti at the Scranton Cultural Center ( 346.7369 ext.138).

We may all be busy getting ready for the many holiday celebrations this month, but the usual adult programs will continue. Eastern Mah Jong continues Mondays at 10 a.m., bridge Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and American Mah Jong Thursdays at 10 a.m. Memoir Writers will meet again at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Our newest offering, Knitting, will meet on the second Thursday each month, and that will be Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. I'll bet the needles will be moving furiously on that day as knitters try to finish presents for family and friends.

Saturday Special, our library's very active book discussion group will meet Dec. 15 and we'll be discussing Jeannette Walls' novel, Half Brook Horses, a work based on the numerous stories her family told about her grandmother's life, a grandmother who died when Jeannette Walls was a young child. Ms. Walls decided to write this work in an effort to better understand her own mother.

This book discussion group has decided to focus on Doris Kearns Goodwin's study of Lincoln, A Team of Rivals for both its Jan. 26 and Feb. 23 meetings. The January meeting will be facilitated by Celeste Cali.

Steven Spielberg's current film Lincoln has been the impetus for this book selection and Civil War buffs should find both the film and the book intriguing. And even if you're not that compelled by the historical significance of Goodwin's book, you may find the interaction among the various individuals in Lincoln's cabinet fascinating. So why not join us?

As we approach the end of 2012 , the library staff is considering program offerings for 2013. If you have any suggestions for programs for children or adults you'd like to the library offer, please call Janet Geeza ( 563.2014 ) or Shu, our librarian (same phone number).

By the time I write the next article, Hanukkah and Christmas will have been celebrated. So, both the library staff and this writer wish you joy and peace as you celebrate these special days with your family and friends.

Mary Keenan Hart is chairperson of the Friends of the Dalton Community Library. Reach her or the library staff with questions at 570.563.2014 or visit www.lclshome.org/dalton.

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