New beginnings at the library

Published 12:10 am Friday, January 13, 2012

January is the time for new beginnings and resolutions, so don’t let the post-holiday blues stand in your way.

Vowed to lose a few pounds this year? Stop by the library and check out a healthful cookbook or research the newest diet craze. Want to redecorate a room for spring? The library has plenty of interior-design books to help you. Whether it’s planting a garden, starting a new hobby or promising to read more classics this year, Brown Library can help you find the perfect book to get you going.

It’s finally here: The Friends of the Brown Library annual winter book sale. Every year, that organization hosts one of the biggest and best book sales in North Carolina. All proceeds help support the library, bringing you new materials and programs throughout the year. If you’re not a member already, there’s still some time left to sign up. As always, you can sign up at the door during the sale. Becoming a member of the group allows you access to the members’ exclusive sale night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The sale is open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. On Jan. 22, from noon to 3 p.m., books will be sold by the bag.

Jan. 23 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and this year is the Year of the Dragon. To celebrate, our teen section will be hosting a display featuring information about Chinese New Year and offer books with dragons as central characters to all ages. Whether you love the classic “Dragonriders of Pern” or the young-adult sensation “Eragon,” there’s sure to be a beastly tale suited for everyone.

The teen section’s lounge area has a new, colorful rug, thanks to the Friends of the Brown Library.

We welcome a new employee, Pamela Johnson, to the library family.

Brown Library will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It reopens Tuesday under normal operating hours.

Brown Library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

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If you haven’t already done so, make sure you come by and get the smartest card you’ll ever have: a library card.

Elizabeth Tankard is a part-time library assistant at the Brown Library —