Welcome to winter. Well, not actually; it’s been windy (really windy), and unseasonably warm. But even on those warmish days, we sense the imminent presence of the cold, just around the corner.

And Covid-19. Still Covid-19. Our new state mandate, effective December 13, requires masks again to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccine status. Thank you to everyone who makes our jobs easier by willingly complying. We appreciate you!

Our holiday season is underway with story times, cookie decorating giveaways, winter reading challenges, as well as a visit in our parking lot with Santa and Mr. Grinch. Life goes on. And in the midst of a pandemic, the sweet nostalgia of this season is all the more real. Regardless of whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another holiday, this time of year pulls us back to family, love, and peace on earth, goodwill toward men.

And then there’s beauty. Even if you don’t like winter, there’s no denying its pretty darn pretty. The deep, silent snow and the dormancy of nature turn us inward for warmth and comfort. We make resolutions (as we nibble cookies), and vow to be better people, in whatever form that may take.

In the midst of every season, your library is here for you. We are smack-dab in the middle of this little town, with the sole purpose of helping you live your best life. Maybe it’s curling up with the new James Patterson on a stormy afternoon, or finding a resource to help you get more organized, navigate the Keto diet, or learn how you can more easily tackle your taxes; your library is here for you. We invite you to drop by this winter for a visit as you make your own snow tracks around town.

With the very best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday and New Year,

Deborah