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Try Something New in 2021

The new year is the perfect time to try something new. Whether you’re looking for a fun new experience or to embark on a new hobby, you can find books and resources at the Library to make the endeavor a success. Check out this list of books and upcoming events to get 2021 off to a great start.

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Delicious Fiction

Food plays a major role in these books, with settings in restaurants and bakeries, or with characters who have inherited or found special cookbooks and recipes. As we all look forward to the delicious treats of the holiday season, pick up a book that will get your mouth watering over secret family recipes, prize-winning bread starters, and forbidden sweets. Several of the books on this list even include recipes if you end up feeling some culinary inspiration. Also, don’t forget that the Library’s collection includes thousands of cookbooks to keep your oven full and your mixer busy!

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The Roaring Twenties: A Decade of Change

The era gave us flappers, some of the great Jazz musicians, prohibition, the 19th amendment, political upheaval and amazing technological advancements. From bootleggers to bright young things, and aviation to Art Deco, check out any of these titles to learn more about how this decade came to be known as the Roaring Twenties.

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For Fans of True Crime

If you’ve loved the recent surge in popularity of crime documentaries and podcasts like “The Staircase” and “Serial”, don’t forget to hit the books for even more true crime. 

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Fiction in the Garden

These books can be enjoyed whether or not you’ve got a green thumb for spring. Places where things grow, gardens and orchards, play a central role. Visit forgotten gardens, go behind the scenes at flourishing nurseries and greenhouses, and tag along with sleuthing landscapers. These books are best read on a park bench or near an open window.

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How to Win at Aging

As baby boomers age, big changes are in store for our communities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 one in five residents will be retirement age. Use the books on this list to get the most out of your retirement years by staying informed, healthy, and mentally sharp. Don’t forget about Library events like Memory Cafes or crafts and exercise programs at the Senior Socials at the Library Station and the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library. See Bookends or the Library's Programs website for details.

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Indoor Games

Winter weather may have everyone moving indoors but the games and puzzles on this list will make sure that the chill doesn’t stop the fun. Keep everyone entertained, from holiday visitors to kids with extra time on their hands during the school break.

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Hosting Gatherings at Your Home

'Tis the season for heading indoors for evenings with friends and family. This list of books will have your events running more smoothly and your guests having more fun. No matter if your invites go out by post, Facebook, or text message we’ve got you covered.

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Undersea Adventure: Ocean Archeology and Underwater Salvage

Add some adventure to your summer with these books about ocean archeology and underwater salvage taking you from World War II to the age of pirates, from solving the mysteries of the Titanic to finding an expedition lost during its mission of Arctic exploration in the Northwest Passage. Read about real expeditions that solved mysteries, advanced science, and pulled up historical items, entire shipwrecks, treasure and more. 

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Take Me to the Moon

The movie theaters have been flush with adventures in outer space these past few years, and that's not changing this summer with another Star Wars installment and Marvel's Avengers taking movie-goers into the vast unknown. We'll keep it closer to home with this list of books that take place on the moon. 

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Find Your Style

If re-working your wardrobe is one of your New Year's resolutions the Library has you covered. Stop by any branch to pick up a few books for inspiration or tips on finding your own personal style. More