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Catasauqua library: Tiny Tim’s holiday message

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by The Press in Columns

For those of us who may not be familiar with Charles Dickens’ classic work “A Christmas Carol,” the last words read, “God bless us every one.” This line is 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 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, an employee of Scrooge, Tiny Tim remains a cheerful and loving child.

Scrooge does, of course, get visited by 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 and the staff of the Public Library of Catasauqua want to wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a very happy New Year.

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Beginning Jan. 2, 2018, and every first Tuesday to follow, children ages 2 to 5 are invited to a block party featuring dozens of blocks in all shapes and sizes waiting to be put together. Along with the blocks, we have a huge assortment of animal figures, people of all nationalities, cars, 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 10:30-11:30 a.m. every first Tuesday of the month.

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Speaking of the New Year, here at the library, we will be hosting Hartzell’s Pharmacy’s newest “Health Talks” on “Understanding Your Medications,” 6 p.m. Jan. 24, 2018.

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.

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Just when you thought the library programming was wonderful enough, beginning 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27, 2018, and every last Saturday of the month, the library will be showing a family-friendly movie in our auditorium. Oh yes, you can bring a friend.

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NEW BOOKS

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

Nonfiction: “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

NEW DVDS

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