“Tiny Tim’s Holiday Message”

For those of us who may not be familiar with Charles Dickens’ classic work A Christmas Carol, the last words on the last page read, “God Bless Us Every One,” spoken by  young Tiny Tim, a crippled boy, who is the heart and soul of Dickens’ Christmas message.  If you are not familiar with A Christmas Carol, you may be familiar with the expression, “Bah, Humbug!” spoken often by the mean and miserly  Ebenezer Scrooge.  Suffice it to say that no matter how awful Scrooge is to everyone, especially Tiny Tim’s father, who works for Scrooge, Tiny Tim remains a cheerful, loving child.  Scrooge does, of course,  get his due, in the form of the ghost of his dead partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Transformed by those visions, Scrooge comes to embody the spirit of Christmas generosity. That is what most folks feel is Dickens’ message.  Yet, let us not forget that Dickens chose to end his masterpiece with this essential holiday message to every one of every faith:   “God Bless Us Everyone!”   The Board of Trustees and the Staff of the Public Library of Catasauqua wish everyone a joyous Holiday Season and  a very, very Happy New Year.

Speaking of the New Year, here at the Library we will be hosting Hartzell’s Pharmacy’s  newest “Health Talks” on “Understanding Your Medications,” January 24th at 6pm.  Dr. Vincent Hartzell, Pharmacist and President of Hartzell’s Pharmacy, will discuss the important role medication plays  in managing disease, as well as how to organize your medications and how to recognize medication side effects and allergies.  As always, Hartzell’s will offer free blood pressure screenings, and the Library will provide healthy refreshments. Registration is appreciated, but not required: 610-264-4151.

The New Year brings two new programs to the Library.  Beginning January 2nd  and every first Tuesday to follow, children aged 2-5 are invited to a  “Block Party!”  Yes, literally, a Block Party featuring dozens and dozens of blocks in all shapes and sizes waiting to be put together to become whatever a child sees in his or her imagination.  Along with the blocks we have a huge assortment of  figures of animals as well as people of all nationalities, cars and trucks and just about everything you can think of to create a child’s dream universe. Bring your young children to the Library for an hour of creative play  from 10:30 to 11:30 every first Tuesday of the month.  Just when you thought the Library programming was wonderful enough, beginning January  27th and every last Saturday of the month at 10:30 am, the Library will be showing a family friendly movie in our auditorium.  So, keep in mind the first Tuesdays and the  last Saturdays of each month for family friendly programs to delight the very young as well as the whole family.  Oh yes, you can bring a friend!


Adult Fiction:
“Promise Not to Tell,” Jayne Ann Krentz;
“Little Fires Everywhere,” Celeste Ng
“Dark in Death,” J.D. Robb
“Fall From Grace,” Danielle Steel
“Unbound,” Stuart Woods

Adult Non-Fiction:
Guinness World Records 2018,” Guinness World Records
“The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018,” Sarah Janssen, Editor
“Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency,” Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
“All-American Murder,” James Patterson
Home Sweet Murder,” James Patterson
“Murder, Interrupted,” James Patterson
“Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” Pete Souza

Children’s Fiction: “The Magic Misfits,” Neil Patrick Harris
“Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” Oliver Jeffers
“We’re All Wonders,” R.J. Palacio

“A Dog’s Purpose,”
“Apollo 13,”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,”
“Heaven Is For Real,”
“Hidden Figures,”
“The Shack,”
“The Zookeeper’s Wife.”