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The Post-Holiday Season

The holidays are over and that means one thing: the sun’s coming back! Hooray! Our glad tidings and gamboling have pleased the powers. Now’s the time to get happy again. Let some light in. Have some fun!

To this end, I’ve asked several people around the library what they consider worth doing during these cold winter months and what books they’d recommend to those ends. Here are their answers.

Anna

Reference Department

1635446I play a lot of Minecraft. If you’re under 15, you are already familiar with the novelizations. However, did you know that you could learn to program Python with Minecraft, too? It’s true! You can play a highly addicting game and become a master programmer at the same time. Because winter is for geeky pursuits.

 

 

 

Tatjana

Reference Department

1533085.jpgTatjana knows how to make the days merry and bright! A hearty winter cocktail will warm your winter in style. We’re not talking about your average appletini or margherita, either. If you’ve never had hot mulled cider, then it’s time to grab your mug and fuzzy socks.

 

 

 

Kathleen

Reference Department

1660151So you got a million sweaters during the holiday, but not one of them is in any way attractive or aesthetically appealing. Time to break out that dusty old sewing kit! Stitch your things up whimsically and revel in your victory over the gift-giving season.

 

 

 

 

Gladys

Reader Services Department

1573321Sure, you’ve heard of this book, but have you taken it to heart? Tidying up really can change your life. Not only will you experience the bliss of a clean space, but you’ll have an extra few hundred dollars from all the change you’ll have found in your couch cushions.

 

 

 

Kathy

Children’s Department

862950Obviously, librarians are going to recommend that you catch up on your reading list. But if you’re all read out, to the extent that you can’t imagine a book that you haven’t read, what can you possibly do to continue reading? Librarian action figure Nancy Pearl has you covered, lustfully.

 

 

 

Amy

Teens Department

bingeLibrarians are not just about books. No, not by a long mile. Librarians are also about movies! But wait, librarian friend, I hear you say. I have no Netflix password, nor Hulu access. Alas, my life is a misery. I respond thusly: you haven’t been reading our blog. Binge away.

 

 

 

Tracy

Reader Services Department

puzzleDid you know that the Nevins Library has an active jigsaw puzzle going in our fireplace room? It’s true! So now, in addition to books and movies and cleaning up and other snuggly winter pursuits, you can stop by and help us do our puzzle. And the next one too. And the one after that.

Aren’t the post-holidays wonderful?

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Let’s Do The Time Warp

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Theoretically, time travel is within the reach of modern technology. All you need is a pretty fast spaceship and some luck! Failing that, you could fall through the years loosey-goosey as a result of a family curse, a set of magic standing stones, or a genetic condition. Get your time travel groove on with these once and future classics!

 

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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

In 1940, a bomb exploded a Victorian travesty of art and taste called the bishop’s bird stump (don’t ask.) Though most people might consider this piece of history rightly lost, unfortunate temporal historian Ned Henry is tasked with traveling through time to study it for a historical restoration of Coventry Cathedral. But when one of his colleagues accidentally changes history, Ned has to keep two would-be star-crossed lovers apart…for the sake of the future! A comedy of manners with a science fiction twist, this is a great pick for fans of Downton Abbey.

 

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

What would this list be without Outlander? In 1945, nurse Claire Randall walks through a set of standing stones in Scotland and emerges in the year 1743. There, a young laird steals her heart and challenges her fidelity to her husband. Meanwhile, her modern-era medical skills may yet brand her a witch…and she may not be the only time traveler in 18th-century Scotland. Fans of the TV show will adore this sweeping, epic love story in its original format!

 

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

If you could change one thing about history, what would it be? Would you kill Hitler? Save the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand? What about the life of John F. Kennedy? When modern-day Jake Epping finds himself in 1958, he realizes that, in a decade, he’ll have the chance to stop the death of a President. But time resists change…

 

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Like most of us, Clare lives her life from the past into the future. But her husband, Michael, is displaced in time and randomly disappears and reappears at moments of emotional import. Though this strains their relationship, their love transcends time. This isn’t as much of a science fiction book as it is a drama with a clever theme. In other words, it’s perfect for the non-scifi fan!

 

 

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Kindred by Octavia Butler

The year is 1973. Dana has just turned 26 when she is wrenched from California back to antebellum Maryland, where she saves a white slaveholder from drowning. Then, just before she is captured and enslaved herself, she returns abruptly to her own present. Time and time again, Dana finds herself back in Maryland, trapped in a land of slavery and pain, often forced into servitude, compelled to rescue the man who would become her great-great-grandfather. Butler herself called this “grim fantasy.” It’s heavy and thought-provoking, but it easily ranks among the great science fiction – and historical fiction – books of all time.

 

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

An alien abduction leaves Billy Pilgrim unstuck in time, traveling back and forth through his life to experience and re-experience, again and again, its most significant and mundane events. But Pilgrim is trapped within the events of his own life: Dresden, where he’s a prisoner of war during World War II; his time of the alien planet Tralfamadore; the death of his wife. The book is a powerful statement about war and what people do when they’re at the mercy of forces more powerful than they are.