First month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. Named for the Roman God Janus, the god of beginnings. January flowers are the carnation and the snowdrop. Garnet is the birthstone. “Blasts of January would blow you through and through.” William Shakespeare.
Now that I have given you all that irrelevant info I will start the beginning of my column with a delightful juvenile biography “Vinnie and Abraham” by Dawn Fitzgerald. This book tells the story of Vennie Ream an aspiring artist living in D.C. during the Civil War.
She gained a reputation as a sculptor and succeeded in persuading President Abe to sit for her. There is more to the story but you will want to read it for yourself and maybe to your children.
New Fiction: “Zero Day” by David Baldacci, this new thriller has a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent John Puller. He is taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation.
“Hotel Vendome” by Danielle Steel, this dazzling new novel is about a glamorous five star New York Hotel. The story of the man who built it, the girl who grow up in it and the colorful guests and staff who make its magic complete.
“The Sixes” by Kate White, this is a terrifying psychological thriller. This story is set in a college town where a student’s death sends one woman on a search for the truth and into the clutches of a frightening secret society.
New Non-Fiction: “Nearing Home” by Billy Graham, this is his reflections on life and what God had in store for him. Growing old is not something to be dreaded. He shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well.
“Seriously…I’m Kidding” by Ellen Degeneres, this is a book of wonderful and amusing things.
“Southern Living 2011 Annual Recipes” this book has over 750 recipes, menus, and kitchen tested secrets.
New Audio Books: “Goddess of Vengeance” by Jackie Collins, and “Broken Gun” by Louis L’Amour.
New CDs: “Songs That Inspire” by Karen Kingsbury, and “Letter to Heaven” by Dolly Parton.
New DVDs: “2011 Dining with the Dearly Departed,” “The Conspirator,” “Cars 2,” and “Sands of Iwo Jima.”
New Display: We have an Eggciting display this month. Hand painted eggs. These wonderful eggs are the masterpieces of Shirley Wallen. These eggs are so unique. My favorite? It’s a draw between the palm trees, Snoopy and the Ham Festival one. Stop by and pick your favorite.
Computer Classes for January: Basic Computer, how to turn on the computer, parts of the computer, how to use the mouse. Classes are Jan. 23 & 30 at 10 a.m. Call the library to sign up, 270-522-6301.
We will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Happy Reading!
The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Director Pam Metts.