This is a busy week for Christmas concerts at the library. 

The T-3 Glee students from the Playhouse will perform at noon Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Carol Darling Reading Room. 

The Cumberland County Community Chorus will perform a cappella from the balconies in the same room at noon Monday, Dec. 10.

This is followed by the Plateau Brass group of the Cumberland County Orchestra performing at noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Cumberland Meeting Room. 

Finally, the Three Good-Looking Guys Quartet will perform a special concert at noon  Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Carol Darling Reading Room. 

What a week! Come and enjoy the spirit of the season.

What’s Happening

Thursday, Dec. 6 — Friends of the Library membership meeting; guest speaker Kathy Nelson  will discuss “My Life as a New York City Rockette,” Cumberland Meeting Room, 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 7 — Christmas Ornament Origami Craft Class, Cumberland Meeting Room, 9 a.m.

• Plateau Origami Group, Obed River Room [112],

  1 p.m.

• “The Polar Express [G]” movie, Cumberland Meeting

                           Room, 4 p.m.    

Saturday, Dec. 8 — Guitar Lessons [Beginning], Children’s Library Carousel, 10 a.m. 

• Guitar Lessons [Intermediate], Children’s Library Carousel, 11 a.m. 

• T-3 Glee Show Choir presented by the Cumberland County Playhouse, Carol Darling Reading Room, noon. 

Monday, Dec. 10 — Holiday greeting card workshop, Cumberland Meeting Room, 9 a.m.

• Cumberland County Community Chorus’ Christmas A Capella from the Balconies, Carol Darling Reading Room, noon.

• Learn Tai Chi [Intermediate], Cumberland Meeting

 Room A, 2 p.m.

• Learn Tai Chi [Beginning], Cumberland Meeting

 Room A, 3 p.m.

• Family Games Night, Cumberland Meeting Room, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 — Kidbits Preschool Story Time, Children’s Library Carousel, 10 a.m. 

• Tuesday @ the Movies, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” [PG13], Cumberland Meeting Room A, 2 p.m. 

Wednesday, Dec. 5 — Ewe Can Knit needle workers group, Plateau

Conference Room, 10 a.m.

• Noon Concert, Plateau Brass, Cumberland Meeting Room

• Holiday greeting card workshop, Cumberland Meeting Room, 2 p.m.

Great New Books

Oath of Office by Tom Clancy. The Ayatollah’s power in Iran is subsiding, a Persian Spring blossoms brightly, and the Campus casts its eye on an international arms dealer stepping into the power vacuum. So goes Cameron’s second contribution to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan franchise.

Trump’s Enemies by Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie. This book reveals the heart of the hostile bureaucratic network that has been operating in the shadows until the American people voted Trump into office. Trump’s determination to transform the government, wipe out the swamp and reduce the power of the bureaucratic machine has set him on a collision course with agencies populated by a workforce resistant to the American people’s agenda.

Where We Go from Here by Bernie Sanders. For Sanders, things didn’t end with the election of Donald Trump; they’re just getting started. The U.S. Senator from Vermont offers further directives on pursuing a progressive agenda today.

Homeward Bound by Rita Mae Brown. This is a mystery full of colorful characters (both two and four-legged), gorgeous country landscapes, timeless traditions, and the breathtaking thrill of the fox hunt. As always, the gang must untangle the complex web of clues laid before them. They will not rest until the truth is laid bare.

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. This is the 14th book in this popular series. A strange letter results in a snowbound meeting that leads to Gamache, bookstore owner Myrna, and an eccentric young builder being named executors of the will of a woman they barely knew. There are two stories winding back and forth in this blend of the modern evils affecting the big city and the hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. This is a narrative that will keep you intrigued until the last page.


The new culinary curfew is 6 p.m. for those who want to stay heart healthy according to a new Columbia University study. 

Results showed that eating 30 percent of a day’s calories after 6 p.m. increased the risk of high blood pressure and prediabetes. 

The reason behind the deadline has to do with our circadian rhythm, an internal clock of sorts that tells our bodies when to sleep, when to wake and when to eat.

Stingy Schobel Says

Clever ways to make travel easier: 

• Use pill containers to organize jewelry, an eyeglass case for chargers and cords, and a binder clip to protect the heads of razors. 

• When booking flights and hotels online, always use private browsing: Sites track visitors, and some will raise prices when you return simply because you have been there before. 

• To keep pairs of earrings together, put one through each hole of a two-hole button.

Library Laugh

What’s the proper plural of beer? Six pack.