It's Movie Night tonight at the Burlington library. Come to the library at 4:30 p.m. for a special Christmas movie. The library will be serving popcorn and beverages and the children can make a Grinch Christmas tree ornament.

By Connie Sutton
Mineral County Library
Events at the libraries this week include:
It’s Movie Night tonight at the Burlington library. Come to the library at 4:30 p.m. for a special Christmas movie. The library will be serving popcorn and beverages and the children can make a Grinch Christmas tree ornament.
The Home School Group meets at the Fort Ashby library today at 11 a.m. to celebrate Christmas.
Today at the Keyser Library story-time, the children will be making “Countdown to Christmas” clocks.  Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Fort Ashby library, the story-time and craft will feature “Gingerbread Baby” by Jan Brett.  
And don’t forget the Keyser Library Toddler story and play time every Monday at 11 a.m.
The Keyser Library will open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.  This is due to the staff meeting the library holds the first Wednesday of every month.
This Wednesday the library public computers will be out of service as new hard drives will be installed on all the public computers. Thank you to the US Wind Force Foundation, Inc for the grant funds used to purchase the hard drives.
The Fort Ashby Friends of the Library Raffle tickets are still available.  Tickets are one for $5 or three for $10. The seven raffle prizes are an Apple iPad, a $100 gift card for Wayne’s Country Fresh Meats, a $50 gift card for Dunhams, a $25 gift card for Gaines service Station, Grady’s One Stop, Wilma’s Diner, and 7-Eleven. The drawing for the raffle is Saturday December 9th at 10am.  
The Friends of the Fort Ashby Library are also sponsoring a silent auction.  Auction items are on display at the Fort Ashby Library.  The auction will close on Saturday, Dec. 9 at noon.
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A new movie is out in theaters this month - another version of “Murder on the Orient Express,” this time staring Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench.  
The movie is based on the classic book of the same name by Agatha Christie. If you would like to read the book before seeing the movie, it is available at the Keyser Library.
 Interesting fact:  Guinness World Records  lists Agatha Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time.
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New on the shelves for children in the middle grades is “Monster Nanny” by Tuutikki Tolonen.
“With their mom vacationing in Lapland and their dad stranded in an airport, the three Hellman children—Halley, 11, Koby, 9, and Mimi, 6—are unprepared for the monster who is sent to be their nanny. Whatever are they to do with a monster? How will it care for them, or must they care for it? A shroud of secrecy envelopes the situation, like the cloud of gray dust emanating from the monster’s fur. Add Mimi’s talking blue bathrobe to the mix, and the hilarious action begins. The kids, ever resourceful, make a library run and find Runar Kalli’s 80-year-old book about monsters, which proves the key to resolving their beastly situation. Within its pages, children outsmart adults, sense the vulnerable emotions of the monsters, and come to depend upon themselves and new friends.”  (Booklist)
New in non-fiction for children in the middle grades is “Creatures” by C.M. Johnson, which “traces the origins and reported sightings of the Sasquatch, Snallygaster, Ogopogo, and Jersey Devil. A hiker spots a large, ape-like creature walking through the woods. Neighbors discover hoof prints on their roofs. Swimmers see a dark, snake-like shadow moving under the water. Creatures………examines the origins and reported sightings of four mysterious creatures. Are they simply myths and legends, or could they be real? Many believe that some stories were invented to increase newspaper sales, while some people insist that they have seen and interacted with the creatures. Readers will explore the evidence for themselves to separate fact from fiction.” (Amazon)