Susan, from our Adult Services team, shares her secrets of how to rest and relax during this busy season. This was printed in the December 15, 2021 edition of the O’Fallon Weekly.

I hear from folks every day who feel it’s nearly impossible to carve out personal time during the inevitable end-of-year deadline-fest. I love wrapping up and giving that perfect gift, but how many do we need to
display to prove our love and appreciation? Instead of buying things for people in your life, bring home experiences to share with the ones you love.

One recipe for relaxation calls for starting with festive music. Just admit it. You get all tingly with anticipation when you hear Alvin sing, “Christmas Don’t Be Late.” [Hint, you can borrow our copy of Merry Christmas from the Chipmunks.] Then cook up something sweet, and top it all off with a heart-warming movie.

Look under the very bookish Snowman for our large sampling of holiday CDs, DVDs, cookbooks, novels movies, and even piano/ vocal music scores. Grab one of our new picture books, cuddle up with
the kids and read. May we suggest The 12 days of Christmas by Margaret Wang, based on the popular
LEGO version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

And that’s not all! We also have another display in the 1st Floor Marketplace: The Uplifting Feel-Good
Collection. Lovers of romance books and movies can come out of the closet. Hello, my name is Susan, and I’m a Hallmark-a-holic. The condition is not complex. Cheesy-Romance-Land is populated by equally nice people with equally nice homes, cars, and kids. There is minimal pain, never any disrespect, and no reason
for grievous anguish in Cheesy-Romance-Land.

But if this is just a little frou-frou for you, Sean in circulation highly recommended Free Guy; a PG13
action-adventure comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Sean Levy. A bank teller (Reynolds)
discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the
hero of his own story. In a world with no limits, he is determined to save his world his way before it’s too late.

Secrets by Ghanaian, Bisi Adjapon on the Adult Services desk and said it is getting a lot of attention. This
“funny, fresh, and fiercely original” tale is about a feisty Nigerian-Ghanaian girl who knows about her
father’s adultery as well as her half-sisters’ secrets during the upheaval of the 1960s.

And finally, The Hub is OPEN! Teens 12-18 are invited to celebrate The Hub’s Grand Re-Opening, Tuesday, Dec 21, 2-8 PM. There will be snacks, games, art supplies, a craft you can take with you, and a drawing for
prizes. Someone will win a Kindle Fire HD8!
In the meantime, happy reading!

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