The Woods Hole Public Library continues its series, Story Hour for Grownups, on Sunday, December 16, at 3 pm. This month’s readings will take place in the smaller Ratcliffe Room at the Library because for the entire month of December the larger Community Room is devoted to the Library’s giant holiday Book Sale.
Jeannette Fullerton will open the program with a holiday story recommended by Jericho Knight, a West Coast librarian from Vancouver Community Library in Washington, where readings similar to the Woods Hole Library’s are presented. Irish author Clare Boylan’s “The Spirit of the Tree” follows three little girls who create their own Christmas magic after their father, laid off work for the past six months, announces that their Christmas has been cancelled.
Lydia Sargent will follow with Ray Bradbury’s “Exchange,” from In the Stacks, a collection of short stories about libraries and librarians. In this tender and nostalgic tale a man takes a break from a train trip between New York and Los Angeles, detouring to a small Midwest town where he grew up. Disappointed that nothing seems inviting or familiar, he stops by the library, where he is welcomed by the elderly librarian and gratified to revisit the books that once filled his time and imagination.
December’s program on December 16 at the Woods Hole Public Library is, as usual, free and open to the public. Doors will open at 2:30 for the 3 pm readings.