Library will keep you 'Booked For Winter'

Enjoy reading and discussing at least one book a month through April.

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Keep warm this winter with great books to read. Whether you're curled up beside the fireplace or the space heater, you can magically travel to places and entertain new ideas without the stress of packing or struggling to catch airline flights.

The Walla Walla Public Library presents it's annual "Booked for Winter" series, helping to inspire area residents to get busy and keep reading. Books have been selected around this year's theme: "Expression of Love," chosen because it's uplifting and cheerful. Booked For Winter consists of reading several suggested books and attending a program presented about each book.

The cheerful subject matter is important, according to Alexis Rodegerdts, public services specialist, coordinator of the program. "Winter can be such a dreary time, a sluggish time of year when you don't have much energy. We want people to come out and enjoy the library and enjoy each other's company. We will have four presentations, one a month from January through April."

These events will feature a discussion of a book in the series with time for questions and answers. Refreshments will be served, a fun night of sharing new ideas and meeting other people who love to read.

The first presentation is set for Jan. 21, featuring Brad LaFran from Walla Walla Community College discussing "About Love and Other Stories," a collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov.

The next Booked For Winter event is Feb. 11; Greg Schnorr from Walla Walla Community College will present "Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses," by Isabel Allende.

On March 25 the program will be presented by Matt Reynolds from Whitman College. He will discuss "Still Life With Oysters and Lemon," by Mark Doty.

Then on April 22, will be "A Zen Wave: Basho's, Haiku and Zen," by Robert Aitken presented by Jesse Burgess of Walla Walla Community College.

The program has been very popular in past years, so they are anticipating an enthusiastic response, with plenty of people reading and enjoying the presentations at the library. Rodegerdts said, "We're ordering multiple copies ahead of time and encouraging the community to read. The programs will have plenty of time for questions and discussion. The Friends of the Library are providing refreshments."

For more information, call 509-524-4609 or 509-527-4550.

Karlene Ponti can be reached by calling 509-526-8324 or by e-mail at karleneponti@wwub.com.

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