Public Library of Catasauqua: Peace on Earth and goodwill to all during this holiday season
During this very special time of year, the three great faith traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa follow one another and fill our days. Among the many faith-based messages of the holiday season, peace is a common theme.
One of the greatest is found in the Gospel of Luke — “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
I’d like to pass along some contemporary messages of peace:
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, “Peace is our gift to each other.”
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate the Dalai Lama tells us, “World peace begins with inner peace.”
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta believed, “Peace begins with a smile.”
An African proverb says, “There can be no peace without understanding.”
Sometimes, important messages are found in unexpected places. I can think of two. John Lennon said, “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.” And acclaimed author David Baldacci said, “Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”
On behalf of the trustees of the Public Library of Catasauqua and the library staff (Sandra, Kathy and Phil), we wish everyone a spirit-filled holiday season and a very happy New Year.
Our good wishes would not be complete without mentioning the many individuals and agencies that have kept the library connected to the communities we serve. We thank our friends in health education including The Center for Vision Loss, Hartzell’s Pharmacy and Penn State Extension Division. We also thank our friends in community services including Blondie’s owner Rebecca Zukowski-Gillespie, Catasauqua Community Partnerships, Catasauqua Emergency Services, Catasauqua Garden Club, Catasauqua Main Streets, Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association, Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, North Penn Legal Services, Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services, the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua women and Vacation Bible School program, Dr. Stephen Sell, Suburban North Family YMCA, Harry C. Trexler Trust trustees, Officer John Wiseman and K-9 Zora and Women’s Club of Catasauqua.
Heartfelt thanks go to all our many friends who have remembered the library in their charitable giving and for the specific gifts from Patti Danko, Kevin Fraser and Adrianne Kiesbar and those who wish to remain anonymous.
Fiction: “The New Iberia Blues,” James Lee Burke; “Pandemic,” Robin Cook; “Sea of Greed,” Clive Cussler; “The Boy,” Tami Hoag; “Before We Were Strangers,” Brenda Novak; “The House Next Door,” James Patterson; “Liar, Liar,” James Patterson and Candice Fox; “Verses for the Dead,” Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; “The Other Wife,” Michael Robotham; “Turning Point,” Danielle Steel; “A Delicate Touch,” Stuart Woods
Nonfiction: “Good Housekeeping Air Fryer Cookbook: 70 Delicious Recipes,” Good Housekeeping and Susan Westmoreland; “Good Housekeeping Instant Pot Cookbook: 60 Delicious Foolproof Recipes,” Good Housekeeping and Susan Westmoreland; “The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II,” Winston Groom; “Guinness World Records 2019,” Guinness World Records; “The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2019,” Sarah Janssen (editor); “The Library Book,” Susan Orlean; “Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” Andrew Roberts; “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” Sarah Smarsh; “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents,” Pete Souza
Young adult: “Two Can Keep a Secret,” Karen M. McManus; “The Fork, the Witch and the Worm: Tales from Alagaesia (Volume 1: Eragon),” Christopher Paolini
Juvenile fiction: “The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,” Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco
Children’s picture books: “The Snowy Nap,” Jan Brett; “Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas,” James Dean and Kimberly Dean; “How to Catch a Mermaid,” Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton