I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday! The library will be open today from 10 am – 2 pm, and regular hours again next week. Next Friday night the library is starting off the Christmas holiday season with our annual Aisle of Lites from 5-8 pm on December 2nd. Come stroll through the library lit only with Christmas lights, and pick up some cookies and cider in the Schafer Room.
If you need an escape in between holiday planning and house cleaning, this week’s Port Pick promises to whisk you away, at least for short periods of time. Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip is a collection of seven fantasy stories, all set in different places, times, and with wildly different characters. As with all short stories some characters may never be named or fully fleshed out, but the reader is left with an impactful plot point in a very short time. This genre of high fantasy is usually set in the 15th century with wizards, dragons, princesses, elves and such, but this collection breaks those rules. In the first one a contemporary couple are telling stories to each other while lying on towels on the floor inside a sealed bathroom. A storm rages outside, which is finally connected to the subject of the narration at the end of the story. In the second a very sleepy witch is wakened too early and tries to seek refuge inside a mermaid figurehead on a ship with mixed success. This story starts in the ancient past and ends up somewhere near the present century. Five of the seven stories can be read in 30 minutes or less.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip, and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”