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Holiday Book Bingo

Did you know the library has extended its hours from 12-6 Monday through Friday? Now that there's more time to visit, we invite members to participate in our Holiday Book Bingo -- a literary challenge guaranteed to lift your spirits. Just mention that you are reading your way through the Holiday Book Bingo at the library service desks on both the second and third floors and we'll give you a special treat. 

Let's begin by reading a book that has a four-letter word title. A few of our staff picks include Emma by Jane Austen, Dune by Frank Herbert, Mort by Terry Pratchett, Jaws by Peter Benchley, and Dust by Yvonne Owuor. 

Next, read a book that features an indigenous main character. We liked The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich, There There by Tommy Orange, The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, and The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline but feel free to unearth a title of your choice. 

Feeling hungry? Find a book that includes a recipe. Here are a few staff favorites from our fiction collection: The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. You'll want to devour them all but you only have to read one to complete the challenge.  

This month, let's read a book that was published in November. A few of our favorites include: Becoming by Michelle Obama, The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly, Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdich, and if you are a true crime fan, Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. You will find more suggestions here

With December around the corner, let's find a book published in December. Our staff loved listening to The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. We also adored Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, Eight Flavors: the untold story of American cuisine by Sarah Lohman, and The Wives by Tarryn Fisher. .  

For a wild card read, we had fun searching for titles that feature red-headed characters. A few of our staff picks include Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Wives of Henry the VIII by Antonia Fraser, Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, Cover Her Face by P.D. James, and The Pesthouse by Jim Crace

Since the holidays are nearly upon us, we wanted to enjoy a seasonal selection. Our staff loved The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, The Ice Storm by Rick Moody, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We hope you'll choose one of these titles or discover one of yourself at the library.


Posted on Nov. 15, 2021 by Celeste Steward