December 2022 Newsletter: Marion County Public Library (WV)

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Middle school students can level up their reading game with our monthly book box! This free service is exclusively for MCPL ‘tweens in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades who have a library card. Each box will contain a book (which you can keep!) along with other goodies on a different theme each month. The boxes can be picked up from any of our branches!

This subscription is a limited series of 3 boxes that will run from December 2022 to February 2023. Keep an eye open for registration! Quantities are limited and will be decided on a first come, first serve basis. Even if the registrations are full, please sign up for the waiting list just in case someone chooses not to get their box for the month!

Registration: December 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Boxes available: December 12

The end of the year is a time of reflection and change. That’s also true of your financial life. Here are some things that you can do before the clock strikes midnight on December 31.

Evaluate and create a budget for the new year

Make a plan for paying down debt

Work on a retirement plan strategy

Compare your auto insurance to other companies

Put your savings on autopilot

Weiss Financial Ratings can help. Weiss Financial Ratings is a website gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances. With Weiss, you can:

Check the values and ratings of stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds

Check ratings of banks, credit unions, and insurance companies

Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

Download financial literacy & planning eBooks (PDF files to keep forever)

Learn more at



NightShiftby Robin Cook Sharpe’sCommand by Bernard Cornwell WithoutaTraceby Danielle Steel ADangerousBusiness by Jane Smiley IntotheWest by Mercedes Lackey TomClancy:RedWinter by Marc Cameron

TheLoveofaGoodAmish Womanby Rosalind Lauer OneLastChanceby Kat Martin BlueMoonHavenby Janet Dailey WickedDreamsby Lisa Jackson StellaMarisby Cormac McCarthy Preacher’sPurge by William W. Johnstone


TheLovefromaGoodAmish Womanby Rosalind Lauer ChristmasattheAmishMarket by Shelley Shepard Gray ComingHome by Shelley Shepard Gray TheSistersofSeaView by Julie Klassen

Misc. Fiction

NeverCrossaHighlander by Lisa Rayne WellTravelledby Jen Deluca CityofFortune by Victoria Thompson Devil’sDelightby M.C. Beaton ThePrisonerby B.A. Paris KillerCupidby Lauren Berenson PosterGirlby Veronica Roth WhenWeHadWings by Ariel Lawhorn DeathinTokyo by Keigo Higashino Judas62by Charles Cumming DeathintheMargins by Victoria Gilbert AHardDayforaHangover by Darynda Jones

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WithoutaTraceby Danielle Steel TomClancy:RedWinter by Marc Cameron

NightShiftby Robin Cook

WyomingHomecoming by Diana Palmer

AChristmasMemory by Richard Paul Sharpe’sCommand by Bernard Cornwell

ADangerousBusiness by Jane Smiley HopeCreekby Janet Dailey VoiceofFearby Heather Graham TheChoiceby Nora Roberts AChristmasDeliverance by Anne Perry

AWorldofCuriosities by Louise Penny




MyHyggeHomeby Meik Wiking

TheStoriesWeTell by Joanna Gaines

DeliberateCruelty by Roseanne Montillo NumberOneisWalking by Steve Martine TheLegoStoryby Jens Andersen

SilentSpringRevolution by Douglas Brinkley Dr.Kellyann’sBoneBroth Breakthrough by Kellyann Petrucci Boardsby Elle Simone Scott CompleteNationalParksofthe UnitedStates

DanielleWalker’sHealthyinaHurry by Danielle Walker

TheLastCampaignby H.W. Brands WhyWeMeditate by Daniel Goleman

SummertimeRendering1 by Yasuki Tanaka

SummertimeRendering2 by Yasuki Tanaka

Cat+GamerVol.2 by Wataru Nadatani

OnePiece101by Eiichiro Oda

AMidsummerNight’sDream by William Shakespeare StarWarsObi-WanKenobi by Christopher Cantwell

KittySweetToothMakesaMovie by Abby Denson

Mission:YozakuraFamilyVol.1 by Hitsuji Gondaira

December New Releases Find more new releases, complete with links, at DVDs ClerksII Burial BetterCallSaulSeason6 FlowersintheAttic:TheOrigin Children’s DVDS PawPatrolBigTruckPups TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles: CompleteSeries Minions2:MovieCollection PokémontheMovie:Secretsof theJungle PokémonWinterCelebration Movies You May Have Missed Mack&Rita ThePawsofFury Nope TheInvitation Breaking Fall EasterSunday BulletTrain BodiesBodiesBodies Beast Book on CD NightShiftby Robin Cook WickedDreamsby Lisa Jackson TomClancy:RedWinter by Marc Cameron TheChristmasSpirit by Debbi Macomber TalkSantatoMeby Linda Urban ItStartswithUs by Colleen Hoover DashingThroughtheSnowbirds by Donna Andrews TotalPowerby Vince Flynn Lividby Patricia Daniels Cornwell Video Games TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles (Switch) Quarry(PS5) Miitopia(Switch) EquestrianTraining(Switch)
Graphic Novels


MilesMorales:StrangerTides by Justin A. Reynolds

Teen/Young Adult

ScatteredShowers by Rainbow Rowell

AWildernessofStars by Shea Ernshaw

AThousandHeartbeats by Kiera Cass NineLiarsby Maureen Johnson Lightlarkby Alex Asler Cursedby Marissa Meyer StayGoldby Tobly McSmith Whiteout:ANovel by Dhonielle Clayton

DreamsBiggerthanHeartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders AHouseUnsettled by Trynne Delaney PrinceofSong&Sea by Linsey Miller

TheDarkestLegacy by Alexandra Bracken

TheDragon’sPromise by Elizabeth Lim FuneralGirlby Emma K. Ohland StarWars:Padawan by Kiersten White


TheChristmasBookFlood by Emily Kligore

ReindeerHelper by Amy Drouse Rosenthal

TheChristmasPrincess by Mariah Carey CatKidComicBookClub by Dav Pilkey

TheWalkintheDarkandOther ScaryStories by Max Brailler

LovefromLlamaLlama by Anne Dewdney

InterruptingCowandtheHorse ofaDifferentColor by Jane Yolen

TheBabySittersClub13 by Ann M. Martin

AVeryHungryCaterpillarEats Snacksby Eric Carle PretzelandthePuppies by Margret Rey EvaintheBandby Rebeca Elliot Rocker’sSecretValentine by Tad Hills LoveStinks!by Diana Murray WingsofFire6by Tui Sutherland TheSonisLateandSoisthe Farmerby Philip C. Stead

ALeopardDiaryby Suzi Eszlerhas

TheUniverseisYouby Jason Chin ArtemistheHeroby Joan Holub

ILoveMyHair:SesameStreet by Sesame Street

CatCrewby Chris Grabenstein

TheWinterPrincess by Debbie Dadey


LlamaLlamaRedPajama by Anna Dewdney

WhatWillYouBe by Yamile Saied Mendez

Hello,MandarinDuckby Bao Phi ThePout-PoutFishandthe Bully-BullyShark by Deborah Diesen

Joey:TheStoryofJoeBiden by Jill Biden

Board Books

YogaBunny:SimplePosesfor LittleOnes by Sarah Jane Hinder

ILoveMyHair(SesameStreet) by Random House

TheThankYouBook by Danna Smith OverintheOcean by Marianne Berkes



Fairmont Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursdays | 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Saturdays | December 3 & 17 | 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

The Book Cave is Open! The Friends of the Marion County Public Library (Fairmont) will be taking walk-ins to browse the book sale room.

Academy of the Arts Kid-Prov Improv Holiday Show (All Ages)

Saturday, December 10 | 2:00 p.m.

The Fairmont State University Academy of the Arts KidProv improv team will present a short form show during the Feast of the Seven Fishes event. Much like the show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", the teens will present a family-friendly improv show. Join us for some laughs as everything is made up on the spot! We’ll make it holiday-themed to join in on the celebration of the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Holiday Family Fun Event (All Ages)

Saturday, December 17 | 2:00 p.m.

Come celebrate this festive time of year with a fun-filled afternoon of holiday delights! We’ll have crafts, activities, treats, and more! Find all of the hidden elves in our special elf scavenger hunt to earn a holiday surprise! The Holiday Hijinks puppet show returns with whimsical charm! Puppet show performance times will be at 2:30 p.m. and a second showing at 3:00 p.m. Arrive early to grab your seat!

Teen Hangout: After Hours

Wednesday, December 7 & 21 | 5:45 p.m. Come to the Fairmont location for an after-hours hangout! We have lots of activities, such as watching anime, playing games, and more! Bring your friends, socialize, and maybe find a new favorite game or show!

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Sewing: Wine Bottle Gift Bag (Adult)

Thursday, December 15 | 4:00 p.m.

Join Liz as she helps you create a reusable and reversible wine bottle gift bags! Please be sure to register each participant individually.

These bags can be used for any gift but will perfectly fit a wine bottle also. Each attendee will need two Fat Quarters of material. We recommend cotton quilting fabric. Some festive fabric and all other supplies including the sewing machines will be provided.

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Girls Who Code (Teen)

Wednesday, December 14 | 6:00 p.m.


Robotics: Lego WeDo (Children, Tween)

Tuesday, December 27 | 4:00 p.m.

Join us to experiment with using Lego robotics. Suitable for children in grades 3 through 8, or for families to do together. We will be using Lego WeDo's! This is a great introductory lesson for those who have not done Lego Robotics before, but may be a repeat class for those who have.

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This program works to inspire, educate, and equip 6-12 graders with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Learn to code, improve your problem solving and critical thinking skills, and build a community at the Marion County Public Library Girls Who Code Club! All genders welcome! This is the FINAL meeting for this program series.

Learn more and sign up at

Spice of Life Cookbook Club (Adult)

Thursday, December 1 | 4:30 p.m.

Do you enjoy chatting about cooking or baking and sharing recipes? Join us at the Spice of Life Cookbook Club, a monthly discussion club that meets the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. It's a place to come together to chat about all things food, explore tasty cookbooks, and share recipes. All experience and interest levels are welcomed!

Each month cookbook club members will get a Take-Home Spice Kit that will include a sample of the Spice of the Month and recipes. Please bring a favorite cookbook or recipe. Sponsored by Friends of the Marion County Public Library.

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Craftastic: Holiday Melt & Pour Soap (Teen & Adult)

Monday, December 5 | 4:30 p.m. Join Liz for an afternoon of holiday-scented soaps! Keep them for yourself, or give them as a gift! This program is suitable for teens and adults.

All supplies will be provided to create this craft, but feel free to bring any additional supplies that you might like to use.

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Crafty Connections (Adult)

Thursday, December 8 & 22 | 3:30 p.m.

Do you knit, crochet, sew, paint, sketch, embroider, cross-stitch, or do any other craft? Want to meet some new people and have conversations while crafting? If that sounds great to you, bring your current project to the library!

Make sure to bring everything you think you'll need such as scissors, thread, pencils, etc. We may have some supplies available, but they will be limited.

If you have questions, please let us know by calling the library at 304-366-1210 and ask for Liz.

Tabletop Game Group (Teen & Adult)

Wednesdays | December 7, 14, 21, & 28 | 5:00 p.m.

Alternative, advanced and imaginative games will be featured. Browse our collection of over 150 games, or bring your own to share! This event is open to adults and mature teens.

Refreshments will be provided! Contact Dan Ward at 304-366-1210 extension 128 for more information.

Libby on Kindle Fire!

As we all know, Overdrive has been undergoing many changes in the last couple of years. They are now discontinuing the Overdrive app for Kindle Fire Tablet Devices. We weren’t able to offer Libby to our Kindle Fire users in the past, but now there is a workaround! While connected to WiFi, Kindle Fire Users can visit from Silk web browser Kindle Fire users can sideload Libby onto their device manually. Once the APK is installed, the Libby app will appear and function like any other app on your Fire tablet.

In early 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. We encourage you to make the switch to Libby, the newer reading app. Libby is made by the same p eople, with the same goal of connecting you to the library and to your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines. Download Libby or visit to get started.
Don’t forget to make the switch to Libby!


Fairview Book Sale

Stop in daily during regular business hours to shop our book sale. Books and DVDs are available for all ages. Buy one item or fill a whole bag for only $3.00! New donations coming in all the time. Stop in for some great reads and fantastic movies!

Happy Holiday Whobilation (All Ages)

Saturday, December 3 | 10:00 a.m. It's a Holiday Whobilation! Join us in Fairview for Seussical good fun! There will be creative crafts, delicious treats, fun games, and grinchy shenanigans! Sip cocoa while you watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Everyone is welcome for


Happy Hot Cocoa Holiday (All Ages)

Saturday, December 10 | 11:00 a.m.

Hot Chocolate? We got it! Join us at the Mannington Library for some holiday fun! We will enjoy a story, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa with special surprises!

Holiday Caroling (All Ages)

Monday, December 5 | 5:00 p.m.

Join the Mannington Public Library in spreading holiday joy throughout the area! Grab your hat and coat, and come enjoy some traditional caroling fun as we walk through the neighborhood. All ages are welcome! Music and hot cocoa will be provided.

Shapeshifters 3D Printing (All Ages)

Thursday, December 8 | 3:00 p.m.

Learn about 3D Printing while creating an object that you will get to keep. Join Collins to hype up your holiday swag with a personalized Nutcracker or Tree ornament.

This program is designed for children aged 8 and up. All of the participants will be contacted to pick up their 3D-printed objects following this program.

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Crafty Kid’s Club

Tuesday, December 13 | 3:00 p.m.

Join us for Crafty Kid's Club, a child's size version of Crafty Creations. Carol will teach you to make new and exciting art and craft projects each month. Recommended for ages 6 to 11.

Create a treat container out of a terra-cotta pot. Perfect for a gift or just for yourself! All materials will be provided by the Mannington Public Library.

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Novel Ideas (Teen)

Tuesday, December 20 | 3:00 p.m.

Let us gather together and play some fun New Year-inspired party games! One last Novel Ideas get-together before the holiday break.

Refreshments will be provided.

Geared towards ages 11-17. Sign up at

Carol's Crafty Creations: Snowman Bunting (Adult)

Monday, December 12 | 5:00 p.m.

A craft class for beginners and experts alike! This month we will create snowman bunting with Jenga pieces, burlap, and paint! Perfect for Christmas and winter decorating. All needed supplies will be provided by the library.

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Book Club: The


Thursday, December 15 | 1:00 p.m.

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, New York, the novel depicts narrator Nick Carraway's interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby's obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan.

Pick up a copy of The Great Gatsby and register to join us to discuss the book. Participants must register to attend.

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Bookmobile Schedule



410 Cleveland Ave., Fairmont

Tuesday 2:30 – 3:30 PM

December 6

Barrackville Dollar Store

210 Pike St., Barrackville

Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 PM

December 14

Baxter Fire Hall

2741 Paw Paw Creek Rd.

Tuesday 10:30-11:30 AM December 6


33 Main St., Carolina

Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 PM

December 13

Colfax Community

1735 Colfax Rd., Colfax

Friday 2:30 – 3:30 PM

December 2, 16

DisabilityAction Center

448 Leonard Ave., Fairmont

Tuesday 2:30 – 3:30 PM

December 13

Eastview UnityApts.

200 Jefferson St., Fairmont

Friday 11:30 – 12:30 PM

December 2, 16

Farmington Fire Dept. Railroad St., Farmington Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30 PM

December 7

Howard Center

612 Madison St.

Friday 4:00-5:00 PM

December 2, 16

Middletown Commons

2600 Middletown Rd.

Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 PM December 8

Miller SchoolApts.

2 Pennsylvania Ave.

Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM December 9

Monongah Dollar Store

539 Camden Ave., Monongah

Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 AM December 13

PACE / Big Lots

1224 Country Club Rd. Wednesday 12:30 – 1:30 PM December 7

Rock Lake Rock Lake Rd., Fairmont Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30 PM December 14

Sagebrush Round-Up

2580 Bunner Ridge Rd. Thursday 2:30 – 3:30 PM December 1, 15


609 Bellview Blvd., Fairmont

Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 PM December 6

WoodlandsAsst. Living

211 Care St., Worthington

Friday 10:00 – 11:00 AM December 9

more information on our homebound and outreach services or bookmobiles, contact MCPLS Outreach Services Manager Eva Bragonje
at 304-366-1210,
129, or

Staff Picks

Here are just a few recommendations by MCPLS staff members! For more recommendations, feel free to ask staff what they suggest.

also available on Hoopla or Libby as e-book and/or e-audiobook, as well as our physical collection

West Virginia LibShare is a library consortium in North Central West Virginia featuring the Marion County Public Library System, Bridgeport Public Library, and the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library. A library consortium is a group of libraries who partner to combine resources, share expertise, and broaden the amount of materials available to their patrons.

Marion County Public Library wants to highlight some of the events that are being hosted by the Bridgeport Public Library and the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library to encourage patrons to attend events at the other LibShare locations.

Family Matinee (All Ages)

Friday, December 2 | 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy watching The Polar Express with your family! Feel free to come in your favorite winter pajamas! Hot chocolate, popcorn, and cookies provided! Register at

Santa at the Library (All Ages)

Friday, December 9 | 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Come visit Santa at the library! All ages birth to 18 are welcome! Pictures are permitted! Register at

Reading to Dogs (All Ages)

Tuesday, December 27 | 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

The Mountaineer Therapy Dogs will be at the library! Come read with these wonderful teams! Register at

The Midwife of Hope River: A Conversation with Patricia Harman (Adult)

Thursday, December 1 | 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

On December 1, 2022, 5-7 pm, Bridgeport Public Library, will open its holiday season by hosting Patricia Harman, local Midwife and Author. Patricia will read from her historical fiction series, The Midwife of Hope River, and discuss her path to becoming a best selling author. She will also discuss the various ways individuals can get published and answer questions for people who have thought of writing a book. Afterwards she will be available to sell and sign her books and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Register at

Evergreen Garland (Adult)

Thursday, December 15 | 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Come make a festive evergreen garland out of yarn and other materials. All supplies provided. Register at

Gift Wrapping Workshop (Adult)

Monday, December 19 | 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Do you need to get some last minute gift wrapping done? Bring your gifts to the library and wrap with us! Limited quantities of gift wrap will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. In addition, we will be teaching attendees how to make bows, tags, and other decorations out of recycled materials. Drop by for 10 minutes or stay the entire time! Attendees are responsible for bringing and wrapping their own gifts. No registration necessary.

The Unread (Adult)

Wednesday, December 7 | 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. The book club where you are not assigned a book. This book club is no-pressure: meaning, you read what YOU want! Join librarians Amy and Emily to talk about what you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, and what you’re reading next. New members are always welcome. Register at

Hobby Hunters: Stained Glass (Adult)

Tuesday, December 13 | 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Join local artist Amy from Amy’s Art Glass as she shows you how to make a beautiful stained glass art. Register at

Art with Emily: Abstract Art! (Adult)

Tuesday, December 20 | 6:00 p.m 8:00p.m.

Abstract art is more than just slinging random paint on a canvas, and it can be more challenging than it appears, but don’t let that stop you from having fun with it! Join Emily for a fun evening of learning the basics on the different kinds of abstract art and how to create your very own abstract painting. All skill levels welcome! Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own materials if you choose. Register at


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