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The Winter Solstice Challenge                                                                    Otis Library     December 2021

As the temperatures lower, the wind blows, and raindrops become snowflakes we face the reality that winter is coming!  The winter solstice is December 21, the shortest day of the year. I hear so many negative comments about winter, so I decided to put a warm challenge before you for the season.  Beginning with the Winter Solstice December 21 I challenge you to find the enjoyment of reading!  You begin by setting a goal of how many books you want to read.  This can be a personal goal or a family goal.  You may belong to a book club and set a book club goal, or you may join a group of friends and set a friends goal.  I invite you to share that goal with the library.  We will show you how to set up a reading list on CWMARS and you will finally start that list you always wanted.  We also invite you to share what you read.  Simply fill out our simple reading review stating the title, author, a brief review and your recommendation.  For every book review you submit you will receive a gift from the library.  Many of our patrons stick to one author, others choose the recent bestsellers, some choose the classics and several read books in a series.  I challenge you to expand your repertoire and chose an assortment of genre, authors, and time periods. Here is a list of suggestions:

  • Read a book that has been made into a movie
  • Read a memoir.
  • Read a historical novel that takes place anytime except during World War II.
  • Read a book recommended by the New York Times
  • Read a book recommended for you by a friend
  • Read a book that features a global pandemic.
  • Read a mystery
  • Read a short story
  • Read a book that is a classic
  • Read a book about antiracism
  • Read a book on global warming has


Hopefully you will enjoy winter more as you take time for yourself, sitting in a warm place, reading.  You will see different places, people, and things.  You will have more to talk about and to share with others.  Maybe you will come to the library more often and see all that we offer. It will be exciting to see what you do. The library has added over 70 new books and 40 new DVD’s.  You will have much to choose from.

You ask what will you do until December 21st?  We have displayed many holiday books, novels, short stories and some DVD’s.  So, you can enjoy these selections during this time of the year. If you would like to be more productive, we have displayed many Holiday cookbooks and several holiday craft books. You can make or bake!


Take our Winter Solstice Reading Challenge!  You can get a head start if you want.  We look forward to reading with you this winter. Let the snowflakes fall!


New Releases

The Afghanistan Papers    Craig Whitlock

Another kind of Eden James Lee Burke

State of Terror Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny

App Kid: how a child of Immigrants Grabbed A Piece of the American Dream

The Appalachian Trail: A Biography Phillip D’Anieri

Enemy at the Gates Vince Flynn

Apples Never Fall Liane Moriarty

Down the Hatch    M C Beaton

Autopsy: A Scarpetta Novel    Patricia Cornwell

Beautiful World Where are you Sally Rooney

The Burning Jonathan Kellerman

A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries     David Sedaris

Change Sings A children’s Anthem Amanda Gorman

The Christmas Pig J K Rowling

Construction Site You’re Just Right Sherri Dusker Rinker

Criminal Mischief Stuart Woods

The Dark Hours Michael Connelly

A Darker Reality: An Elena Standish Novel   Anne perry

The defense Lawyer, James Patterson

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet

Detective Matthew Venn Novel Series Books 1-8 by Ann Cleeves

Cork O’Connor Mystery Series By William Kent Kruger  Books 1- 18

And Many more..