Monday, December 24, 2007

Primary Election registration

February 5 is the primary election date in Illinois. If you are not yet registered, you must do so by January 9. You can register at any public library, including the Homer Library. In Homer, the registration must be done by 2 p.m. in order to get your registration to county clerk by the deadline.

A Christmas Special from Suzanne Beecher

"'Twas The Night Before Christmas at the Book Clubs"

'Twas the night before Christmas and in every house
all good book club readers were clicking their mouse.

They'd hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
And now it was time to sit down and see
What their email had brought them on this Christmas Eve.

A five-minute break to read a good book
Was just what they needed, but oh my--look...

When they opened their email, no read could be found.
"Oh no, we're afraid Suzanne went out of town.
Could she have forgotten to send us our read?
How could she do this in our time of need?"

The readers all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their emails and settled in for the night.

"Could we have misplaced them? Did we hit the wrong key?
Did it go in our deleted files?" Oh such misery.
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key,
One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and they smiled
And they settled into their chairs to read for awhile.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids,
But it's still such a mystery where that email had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn't see?
Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good boys and girls are on Santa's list
And good book club readers he vows never to miss.

It's been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their

But in the quiet of night, before things came to an end,
They heard, "Thanks for reading with me,
It's so good to read with friends."

I wish you peace and joy,

Suzanne is the brains behind the online chapter-a-day book club. To subscribe or for more information, go to and click on the box at the upper left. Then choose Book Clubs.

Friday, December 21, 2007

December Library News


What’s new in the Homer Library today? We received our first shipment of music CDs. These are titles and artists that people have requested. Come in and see what we got! There’s some country, some classic rock, some instrumentals, some vocalists. What’s your preference?

The library will be hosting an After Christmas Party on December 27 at 1 p.m. Children ages 5 through 10 are invited to a fun hour of games, crafts, food and fun. Don’t miss it!

Do you need last-minute ideas for Christmas? We got cookbooks, craft books, books that combine the two. We’ve got Christmas CDs and DVDs. Our magazines are full of Christmas ideas.

Our new adult fiction includes The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz, T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton, Whole New Light by Sandra Brown, Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury, and Double Cross by James Patterson.

Others include Hanni and Beth, Safe and Sound by Beth Finke (a book about a seeing eye dog and its master), and Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, the wife of Jerry Seinfeld. She tells how to hide veggies in food in a way that will appeal to fussy eaters. It sounds like something I could have used when my kids were little. We also have three very nice, new knitting books.

Since May of this year, we have added almost 300 books, videos and audio books to the collection. Many, if not most of those items were donated. We appreciate your donations. If the library is closed when you bring in donated items, please bring them to the back of the hall. That is where they will be stored until we can process them.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year of reading!