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Read something new this season
The Book Nook
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Have you considered reading a new book, or a new type of book, recently? There is technically a month designated as “Read a New Book Month,” but there is disagreement among people about whether that month is September, when school is back in session, or whether it is in December, when curling up with a book seems like the perfect activity. Regardless of what the “official” designation is, I think any excuse to read more during the winter months is a bonus. I have already begun celebrating by reading a book about World War 1, which I don’t know much about, and a Tom Clancy book, who is a new author for me. Both have been great so far, and I don’t regret trying something new!


 If you want to make the most of your reading this month, here are some ideas:

• Try reading a type of book that you usually don’t read: for example, pick up a Western, a travel book, or a biography

• If you want to read non-fiction, give yourself the challenge of reading on a subject you don’t know much about

• If you know a child, try introducing them to one of your favorite books or authors from when you were younger

• Check out our new book display for inspiration, or look at our new books list online and put a popular title on hold


It is very easy to find the most recent new books lists online using our library catalog. Go to our main library website and click the “Pathfinder Central” icon on the right-hand side of the page. You can also go directly to catalog.ckls.bywatersolutions.com, which will take you to the Pathfinder Central catalog website. Across the top of the screen you will see several links you can click; click on “Lists” to see the most recent lists created by local libraries. Near the top of the list you should see “GBPL November” or “December” lists of books and movies. If you want to see older lists, click on “View All” and search by the month for which you want to see new items. 


These lists are arranged by title, and you can also place a hold on an item directly from the list by logging in to your library account. Please give us a call or send us an email if you need help logging in to your online account. May your winter hours be full of reading, learning, imagination, and adventure!


The library will be closed December 24-25 for the holiday, as well as December 31 and January 1. For more detailed information on any library events, programs, or resources, check out our website (www.greatbendpl.info), send us an email (gbcirc@greatbendpl.info), or call the circ desk (620-792-2409). You can also “like” and follow GBPL on Facebook. 


 Michael Adamyk is the Marketing and Technical Services Manager at the Great Bend Public Library. He can be reached by email at gbcirc@gmail.com.


Great Bend Public Library Schedule


Two-Week Schedule

Monday, December 17

6 p.m.: Crochet Club


Tuesday, December 18

6:30 p.m.: Storytime Theater: “Arnie the Doughnut”

7 p.m.: Open Book Club & Book Exchange


Thursday, December 20

12:15 p.m.: Great Bend High School Madrigal Pops Concert

3:30 p.m.: Read to Luna/Pet Partners

(Please register online)


Monday & Tuesday, December 24-25

Library closed for Christmas holiday