Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a peaceful and joyous celebration planned. The library is closed today for Christmas Day and will be closed this Saturday for New Year's Eve, plus a week from today for New Year's Day observed. We’ll reopen at our regular hours for the new year next week on Tuesday.
If you still have some of the holiday spirit you’d like to indulge after December 25th, I have a shorter novel you can fit in to your busy end-of-year schedule. This one starts off as a tearjerker, designed to end on a happy note with a Christmas flair. Abby, Belinda, Louisa, Cassidy, and Grace are members of a tight-knit book club that has been meeting for over 15 years. Right before Thanksgiving though, the unthinkable happens. Abby passes away from a brain aneurysm. The other ladies are crushed. Abby was the cheerful and empathetic glue that held most of the group together. However, before she died Abby had just finished Christmas presents for each of her friends – delicate homemade angels, customized for her friends. In an effort to move through their grief the book club becomes an angel club, dedicated to helping in their community like Abby did for their small circle of friends. Belinda owns a thrift shop, Louisa is a semi-retired artist, Grace an over-busy interior decorator, and Cassidy a veterinarian’s assistant. In the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas each woman learns what it truly means to be an angel in their own community and among their little angel club.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson, 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!”