2018-01-11 / Editorial

Library has much to offer in New Year

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By Brooke Faulkner

As 2018 kicks off, we at McArthur Library are excited to support people in our community to make this year their happiest and most fulfilling yet. While we have many literacy programs for all ages year round – including our weekly children’s story times at 10 a.m. (Baby & Me on Tuesdays, Toddler Time on Wednesdays, Preschool Story Time on Thursdays and a new Yoga Play program on Fridays that integrates stories, yoga and play), our adult book club (which meets Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m.), and our teen book group, the Book Ninjas (which meets Friday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m.) – there are many additional special events we are offering in January to pique your interest and complement some of the common goals we often hear being set around the new year.

On Tuesday Jan. 16, Lisa Luken, founder of Simple Joy LLC, will be at McArthur at 6:30 p.m. to share her top 10 tips for getting organized and living with joy in 2018. This free and engaging program is just the ticket for those looking for ways to simplify and organize.

On Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., don’t miss a free concert with talented folk music performer Monica Grabin. What better remedy for the cabin fever that can set in this time of year than an afternoon with a musician who “with lots of instruments, stories, enthusiasm and always a few jokes, shares her musical passions and insights into the stranger than fiction stories behind the songs.”

And on Monday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m., please join us for a new group called Healthy Reading – Healthy Eating, which will bring people together who are interested in finding new ways to eat healthfully and sustainably. Come look at a variety of plant-based, vegetarian and limited meat cookbooks and help select one title as the focus for the next meeting (to be held in March), for which each attendee will be invited to choose and prepare a recipe to share.

If 2018 is the year you’d like to explore your creative side, make sure to check out the library’s regular Adult Crafting program, which meets this month on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. to make papier mache hearts – or our weekly Knitting Time, which is a social knitting and crocheting group at which beginners are welcome, each Friday morning at 10 a.m.

For teens and tweens who are video gamers, we’ve got a new Thursday evening Video Game Lounge, which will be on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Come play games on the library’s Wii or laptop computers – or feel free to bring your own device. And for those teens that can’t get enough anime, also make sure to join us for our monthly Anime Club, to be held on Friday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. this month, to geek out over your favorite series and to make and enjoy anime and manga inspired crafts and snacks.

As we begin the New Year, whatever your interest, we’re here to help you find the information you need about it, so don’t hesitate to stop in or be in touch!

Brooke Faulkner is teen services librarian at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford.

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