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Friday, 5 December 2014


Now that I'm back from studies with my certificate in hand
and have happily regained online access,
I'm doing a bit of catchup blog reading.

I'm delighted to find the host of my usual Monday's post, Sheila, of
It's Monday! What are you Reading at Book Journey
has thrown down the gauntlet for a 
2015 Library Reading Challenge
promoting support of our local libraries.

As a lifelong library fan and supporter,
Sheila's 2015 Library Reading Challenge is welcomed!
I'm in and Going Pro at 28+
[getting my reading list ready for online selecting with a
January 2015 pick up]!!
I've added my participation at my Goodreads profile.
Love Library Reading Challenge
1. Christmas Every Morning by Lisa T Bergren
  2. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
3. Christmas Past by Debra White Smith
4. Barcelona Calling by Jane Kirkpatrick
5. Be My Companion by M Jean Stairs
6. Snow Angel by Jamie Carie
7. I Only Want to Be With You by Lisa Norato [dnf]
8. Wish You Were Here by Victoria Connelly
9. The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
10. Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
11. London Dawn by Murray Pura
12. The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene
13. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
14. All Together Now by Monica McInerney
15. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie [audio]
16. Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot
17. Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
18. Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson
19. The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
20. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
21. Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma
22. Taking the Leap by Pema Chodron
23. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
24. Sweet Dreams by Carla Stewart
25. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
26. Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
27. The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
28. Evan and Elle by Rhys Bowen
29. Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
30. The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
31. Death at Buckingham Palace by CC Benison
32. A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
33. A Summer to Remember by Victoria Connelly
34. A Stranger's Secret by Laurie A Eakes
35. The Prime Minister's Secret Agent 
by Susan Elia MacNeal
36. Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
37. Death of  a Liar by MC Beaton  
38. Evanly Bodies by Rhys Bowen
39. The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn
40. An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey
41. After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
42. Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta
43. Boundaries by Drs Townsend and CLoud
44.Death of a Chimney Sweep by MC Beaton
45. City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen
46. Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham
47.Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland 
48. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
49. Family Guide France by DK Publishing
50.I'll Never Be French by Mark Greenside
51. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
52. Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
53. The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
54. Pemberley by EmmaTennant
55. First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
56. The Watsons by Jane Austen
57. Sanditon by Jane Austen
58. All the Tea in China by 
Jane Orcutt
59. Suspicion at Sanditon by Carrie Bebris
60. At Home with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson
61. Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson
62. Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn
63. Chasing Mona Lisa by Mike Yorkey/Tricia Goyer
64. Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate by MC Beaton
65. Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
66. In the Company of Sherlock Holmes by various
67. Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon 
68. At Home with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson
69. Wycliffe and the Last Rites by WJ Burley
70. The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell / Xe Sands
71. Death of a Gentle Lady by MC Beaton
72. Quiet by Susan Cain
73. Not By Sight by Kate Breslin
74. 50 Ways to Pray by Teresa BLythe
75. The Handmaid and the Carpenter - Elizabeth Berg
76. Lost Heiress - Roseanne White
77.The Nightingale Before Christmas - Donna Andrews
78. Altar in the World - Barbara Brown Taylor
79. All is Calm - Colleen Coble
80. All is Bright - Colleen Coble
81. Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge - Charlie Lovett
82. Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante - Susan Elia MacNeal

82/28+ books


As Sheila says, "basically this challenge will be for you to get to know your local library in 2015. . . would be thrilled if you went the extra mile and found out what else your library has to offer and shared it on your websites (if you blog).
of course.. there are fun levels of commitment:
 1-5 check outs in 2015 - NOVICE
6-11 check outs in 2015 - ROOKIE
12- 16 check outs in 2015 - INTERMEDIATE
17 - 22 check outs in 2015 - SEASONED
23 - 27 check outs in 2015 - EXPERIENCED
28 + check outs in 2015 - GOING PRO!
 Check outs count for anything bookish - books, audio, even e-reader book check outs (yes, libraries have these now!).  Go... meet your library again and fall in love.  :)
And a shameless plug for the Friends Of The Library.  If your library has this group, consider signing up.  It is usually quite inexpensive to be a member and your membership supports your local library.  As book lovers, we are a huge community asset and by sharing our love of books with others we are breathing life into the written word and into our libraries."

My public library [with all its branches]
has amazing check out opps that allow me to reserve
and check out ebooks and audiobooks wherever I am -
even when I'm out of town.
I can view the entire library catalogue of all branches wherever
I have online access.
It also allows me to forward books, dvds, and audios to my
local branch, rather than driving out of my locale to pick up.
I can place holds for new books, dvds, and audios on order
or in cataloguing which also allows me to get in queue for popular requested items.
Books are available in quantity for book clubs, storytimes for children, lunch hour live music at our downtown location, along with a coffee and tea shop, a writer in residence for aspiring writer consultations, book sales by the bag and individually - a great way to pick up copies of new releases and wishlist books/audios/dvds, opps to offer item recommendations, free wifi for enjoying the quiet library ambience I value, great music cds available for year-round and as now, for Christmas, and much more!

Then there's my university library amalgamation allowing me to borrow from all member libraries.  They will interloan and send my requests to the local choice, provide a postage paid envelope for returns, and online searches and holds for selections.  Another reason for me to dearly love libraries!

My church library is another fav book source, having been librarian and assistant there when still a teenager.  A large catalogue available online for searching during midweek allows me to arrive knowing which choices are available.  And if I'm in a hurry, the library opens Wednesday evening as a service to all attending
midweek programs for adults, youth and children.
I was able to connect the library this autumn with a program offering pcs for libraries so the library now has onsite computers for patrons use.
The library also provides audios of guest speakers, a huge dvd collection for children, youth and adults, audiobooks, and cds.
Another library I love to support!

As a lifelong library fan and supporter,
Sheila's 2015 Library Reading Challenge is welcomed!
I'm in and Going Pro at 28+
[getting my reading list ready for online selecting with a
January 2015 pick up]!!
I've added my participation at my Goodreads profile.

How about you?  Are you a library patron?
What do you love about your library?  
Any special features offered?

Head over to Book Journey and let your voice be heard
then get your library card activated!

HapPy Library Visiting ~ See you there...?





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* Homemaking Party @ Sarah's *


Vicki said...

I was going to do Going Pro, but I thought I'd play it safe by going for Seasoned. Hopefully I'll do more

Good luck with the challenge!!

Lucy said...

Congratulations on getting your certificate! and welcome home! Especially delighted to see your lovely online presence again. Thanks for the photos and light-filled thoughts especially now at Christmas, and looking forward to 2015, as in this challenge. I love my local library too! It is part of a county network, with daily deliveries and sharing among them, so we get a wonderful selection of new and old books. It also has book sales overflowing with people's donations twice a year. Truly an abundance of blessings. Thanks for the news of this challenge, and good luck!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Woo hoo love your post and the sound of a fun and active library!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Vicki - way to go for more! glad you're participating!

Lucy - lovely to see you here with your always inspiriting presence and kind words! TY!! hoping to find you participating at your excellent library along with me in this challenge! ;)

Sheila - thanks for initiating this library challenge FuN!

Kama said...

Hello, I joined the challenge too.
Since 2013 I've been a regular at my library after years of not attending when I just bought books. So far this year 85% of the books I read were from the library. And I'm getting close to my 52 books in a year. So I went pro, shouldn't be a problem. I wrote a post about libraries in Warsaw here:

I see we are/were participating in the same challenges. You also participated in the world literature challenges, so maybe you would be interested in my challenge. It's Around the World: A to Z (sorted by author's country name in their official language). It's stickied on the start page. ;)

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