Library News: Cozying up to winter at the Abington Community Library

Library News - Laura Gardoski

Families went for a magical ride on the Polar Express last week here at the Abington Community Library. This annual tradition takes place after hours on a Sunday in December each year, and is sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee. Teen volunteers read the book by Chris Van Allsburg, led holiday songs complete with bells and showed children how to make paper snowflakes.

Stay tuned for more family events coming in 2018.

All ages are invited to participate in a Winter Challenge from Jan. 8 through Feb. 23. Complete a BINGO sheet full of fun wintry activities for the chance to win prizes. Beat cabin fever by trying something new.

Check out magical Harry Potter-themed activities in February to accompany the 2018 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice: Wizarding World of Ice. Join an inter-generational book club, make your own wand and learn about fantastic beasts.

Do you consider yourself a Harry Potter expert? Join us for a movie viewing and trivia event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. View Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and then test your memory with trivia taken from all seven books. This program is for adults ages 18-34.

Winter reads

Cozy winter reads are available here at the Abington Community Library. Check out some holiday stories and de-stress by curling up with a good book:

• “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind; she spends the winter nights listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. But are they only fairy tales or does magic lurk beyond the trees?

• “Blackberry Winter” by Sarah Jio

Vera Ray kisses her 3-year-old son good night and reluctantly leaves for work on the night shift. In the morning, a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes home to wake her son, but his bed is empty.

• “Murder for Christmas” by Francis Duncan

When midnight strikes, party-goers at a country retreat discover that presents aren’t the only things nestled under the tree – there’s a dead body, too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.

• “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham

Luther and Nora Krank decide to opt out of Christmas, choosing instead to set sail on a Caribbean cruise on Dec. 25, but they learn there are consequences to pay for trying to ignore the holiday frenzy.

• “Twelve Days of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber

Bubbly Julia is determined to break through her neighbor’s Scrooge-like exterior by killing him with kindness, tracking her efforts on a blog which quickly goes viral.

• “Winter Stroll” by Elin Hilderbrand

While preparing for Christmas at the Winter Street Inn, Kelley Quinn and his family find the holiday season thrown into chaos when three of their exes show up.

Library News

Laura Gardoski

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