Well. Another year is all-but gone. We stand here on the 29th of December, the antepenultimate day before the year 2024 begins and can see almost the entire year of 2023 behind us, and are close enough to the start of 2024 to almost see it if we squint really hard. It’s only three days, 72 hours, 4,320 minutes until we get a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to get it right this time, a new chapter, the dawn of a new day. When you think about it, it’s quite a remarkable thing. Someone had a really good idea about turning this rather mathematical / astronomical event of the year changing, into a celebration. A celebration where we can turn our backs on the past and face that first day of the new year with hope in our hearts about the things we have resolved to do (or not do in the coming year). Isn’t it wonderful that we can look at the past year and say, “I’m so glad it’s over. Or “It was a wonderful year”. And then we can look ahead to the next year and say, “I hope next year is better.” Or “I hope next year is even better.” We humans are, at times, remarkably optimistic. When you think about it, looking at the past year and looking forward to the New Year is like reading a book. You finished that last book and you can say “Boy, am I glad that one’s done. It should have ended at page 200, not dragged on for another 400 pages.” Or “Wow! That book was so good I hope it’s a series and the next book is immediately available.” Then, when you get the book you reserved in the series or you pick out a new book (Based on its cover. Admit it. We all do it.) and you open the book, with hope in your heart and start to read. It’s a new book, a new dawn, another chance, a fresh start, a new beginning, the next chapter! Below you will find some of the new titles which recently arrived at the library. I hope they inspire hope in your heart and that this New Year is your best one ever.
The library will be closed all day on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, and all day Monday, New Year’s Day, January 1st.