‘Owhwhe (I’m Reading)
By Kristin Freeman, Kim Yerton Memorial Library
How wonderful it is to see that high mountain snow beginning to collect for our watersheds this coming year. We have seen some pretty hefty rainfall some days down by the rivers and a few slides, but mostly we’ve been able to get around and have time for trips to the coast and for some holiday gatherings and preparations for more celebrations. Remember to check out the collection of holiday books for cooking, crafting and decorating as well as a wonderful selection of picture books for children to enjoy reading with the adults in their life here at Kim Yerton Memorial Library.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the Friends of the Kim Yerton Library will have a table at the annual holiday bazaar at the Neighborhood Facility. Members have been busy selling raffle tickets and you may pick some up at the bazaar if they have not yet sold one or more to you. There are many wonderful gift baskets with different themes created by members of the FOKYL that will be displayed at the event and raffled in the early afternoon. This is a great opportunity to get a holiday gift for someone on your list or for yourself. Stop by the table, visit with one of the Friends and consider becoming part of their fine support group for the library.
On Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 6-7 pm will be the monthly program for young children and their families, Share A Story. Bonny Roberts has some wonderful stories to read, some songs to share, a craft project and a free book “Biggest, Best Snowman” by M. Cuyler for every participating family. Be sure to set aside time to bring your young ones to this special program provided by First 5 Humboldt, KEET-TV Ready to Learn and the Humboldt County Library System.
Did you hear some great stories while sharing a holiday meal last month? Are there elders in your family or even folks not yet elders, who have stories about coming to these river valleys, growing up in these places or events in the life of their family? Monique Sonoquie is scheduling recording sessions for December and January and looks forward to including your stories in this second year of our participation in the state-wide Digital Story Project. Please call the library at (530) 625-5082 to schedule and appointment with Monique, or you may schedule your appointment when she visits the Senior Nutrition Program on Thursdays. This special project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the California State Librarian. Technical Services are provided by Media Arts Center San Diego.
My wintery days have offered many cozy reading sessions by the fire. This winter I am focusing my reading on authors who are new to me so that I can expand my reading base and see what I have been missing. My first read was “The Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez who is an instructor of creative writing at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. This work of fiction is based on research into a resort that was used by southern plantation owners and their black concubines and is so well crafted that it was hard to find a good place to end my reading and do something else, like sleep. After thoroughly enjoying this, her first novel, I will look for more work by Perkins-Valdez. My second book which is now keeping me awake late each evening is the second book written by Tana French; Her first novel was “In the Woods”. This work of fiction is a wonderful mystery set in Ireland that involves undercover work by a police officer. An unusual story line with history as well as current technology running in and through the text has me ready to order that first work of Tana French. How is your reading progressing this winter? If you are still looking for something new and different to explore, come to KYML and see all the wonderful selections we have for you. So after you are finished reading the paper why don’t you crack open a book and READ, READ, READ!