The Curry Coastal Pilot

The Chetco Community Public Library extends a warm thank you to the community for another successful Friends of the Library Book Sale last month.

Thank you to all those who donated books and those who bought them. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped set up for the sale, those who worked during the sale and those who helped clean up after the sale. A special thank you to Brenda Jacques who, even though she has retired, came back to "captain the team."

The next big Friends of the Library book sale will be in May 2014. In the meantime, check out the great deals available at the Friends Book Store located in the library annex across from the main library. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discussing books

The Book Discussion Group meets at 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the meeting room in the annex. Books for discussion on Dec. 19, are "Made In America" by Bill Bryson, or "I'm A Stranger Here Myself" by the same author. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Children's activities

Dori Blodgett's special December message to all children and parents follows:

As the end of 2013 marches quickly upon us, we would like to express our appreciation to all of our families attending the many youth programs this year.

Our final program will be Christmas Stories Night to be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 20. This will be a traditional "jammies night" and everyone is encouraged to bring a blankie and favorite stuffed animal.

Miss Dori and friends will share stories, poems and songs followed by yummy treats. We welcome everyone to our annual holiday tradition.

We are very excited to announce that Santa is coming from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. Santa will visit with each child and gladly hear all of their Christmas wishes. Be sure to bring a camera!

Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays is shortened for the holidays. December 11 our theme is "Santa's Sleigh."

After-school crafts will be on Tuesdays, Dec. 10 and 17, at 4 p.m. On Dec. 10, we will make Curled Paper Trees and on Dec. 17, we will have our annual Gingerbread House Day. Children must be in grades 1-6 to attend crafts programs and seating is limited, so please be on time.

We will not have programs the last two weeks in December. Both Storytimes and after school crafts programs return in January. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

New books

Among new books added to the fiction collection are:

andbull;"Takedown Twenty" by Janet Evanovich. The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a mobster on the lam.

andbull;"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham. A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

andbull;"The First Phone Call From Heaven" by Mitch Albom. A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.

andbull;"The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan. The author of "The Joy Luck Club" follows mother and daughter courtesans over four decades.

andbull;"Mirage" by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon probe the disappearance of an American destroyer in 1943.

New non-fiction books among others added to the collection are:

andbull;"George Washington's Secret Six" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. The story of the Culper spy ring which aided the American cause during the Revolution.

andbull;"The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The relationships between Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the muckraking press.

andbull;"Five Days in November" by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin. Recollections from the Secret Service agent who tried to protect President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, including 150 photographs.

andbull;"The Death of Santini" by Pat Conroy. In this memoir, Conroy mourns the abusive father on whom "The Great Santini" was based.

For additional new books, check "New Titles" on the library's online catalog at

On display

For December the lobby display case will have a collection of "Creches from Around the World." In the Gallery will be paintings by Vi and Len Burton of Brookings.

Holiday hours

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 24. It will be closed Christmas Day and will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, it will be open from 10 2 p.m., and closed New Year's Day. The library reopens at 10 a.m. Jan. 2.