‘Chicks with Sticks’ free knitting class starts soon

A free, beginning knitting class with the enticing title of “Chicks with Sticks,” for students in the fifth through eighth grades, starts at the library Jan. 9 and continues every Friday afternoon for four weeks from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Knitting needles and yarn will be provided.

Space is limited, so if you want to be part of this fun group call the library at 264-2208 to reserve your place.

This knitting group is just one of several creative classes that Stephanie Graveson, our youth services librarian, has planned for 2009. During the first three months of the year, for example, she’s planning card making, geology and model making, all for students in the fourth through eighth grades. Watch for notices in the library and in future library columns for these and other events for youngsters and teens in the weeks and months ahead.

How-to and self-help

“The Seven Principles of Public Speaking” by Richard Zeoli describes proven methods to help you pitch an idea, sell a product or present a program.

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell looks at why some people succeed far more than others.

“You Being Beautiful” by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz, both medical doctors, bills itself as “the owner’s manual to inner and outer beauty.”

Christian fiction

We have two new novels by the highly popular Christian fiction writer Gilbert Morris — “The Yellow Rose” and “The Eyes of Texas.”

Current affairs

“The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” by ex-CIA operative Robert Baer provides details of why the author believes Iran is every bit as capable of altering America’s destiny as traditional superpowers Russia and China.

“Kill Bin Laden” by Dalton Fury is a Delta Force commander’s account of the hunt for the world’s most wanted man.

“Moyers on Democracy” is a collection of statements by TV journalist Bill Moyers, known for his deep understanding of both American history and Christian tradition.

Poetry

“Time and materials: Poems 1997-2005” is a collection of the recent poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass — the first collection to be published in a decade.

Biographies

“John Lennon” by Philip Norman is a comprehensive look at the Beatle for whom belonging to the world’s most beloved pop group was never enough.

“Here’s the Story” is a memoir by Maureen McCormick, famous as Marcia of the Brady Bunch.

“The Duchess” by Amanda Foreman is the biography of Lady Georgiana Spencer, great-great-great-great aunt of Princess Diana.

“American Lion” by Jon Meacham is the story of Andrew Jackson in the White House.

“Call me Ted” is an autobiography by Ted Turner with Bill Burke.

Books on CD

We have a number of new bestselling novels on CD — David Baldacci’s “Divine Justice,” Danielle Steel’s “A Good Woman,” Robert B. Parker’s “Rough Weather” and Jonathan Kellerman’s “Bones.”

In the nonfiction arena, we have “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Brass Verdict” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the LAPD Detective Harry Bosch series.

“Cross Country” by James Patterson is the latest in the Detective Alex Cross series.

“The Bodies Left Behind” by Jeffery Deaver is a thriller set in Wisconsin.

“The Private Patient” by P.D. James is the latest mystery in the Commander Adam Dalgliesh series.

“Coyote’s Wife” by Aimee and David Thurlo is the latest Ella Clah mystery set on the Navajo Reservation.

“Divine Justice” by David Baldacci is another thriller in the Camel Club series.

Fiction for teens

“At Face Value” by Emily Franklin tells of 17-year-old friends falling for the same guy. “Babylonne” by Catherine Jinks is a fantasy set in the early 13th century.

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is set in the future in the ruins of a place once known as North America.

Reading to kids

We have a wide selection of new books for parents and grandparents to read to their children. Recently added to the library’s shelves are “19 Girls and Me” by Darcy Pattison, “Snow” by Cynthia Rylant, “Too Many Toys” by David Shannon, “Bear Feels Sick” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, “I’m Not Cute” by Jonathan Allen, “The Night Pirates” by Peter Harris and”“Pirate’s Quest for his Family Heirloom Peg Leg” by Laura and Robert Sams. All these books have wonderful illustrations to keep your children’s interest.

Adult fiction

“The Hour I First Believed” by Wally Lamb tells of the trauma after a school nurse lives through the Columbine tragedy.

“A Mercy” by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is set in the 1680s when the slave trade was still in its infancy.

“Midnight” is the latest story about Midnight by Sister Souljah, the hip-hop generation’s number one author.

“Reservation Blues” by Sherman Alexie tells of a rock band formed on a Spokane Indian reservation.

Large print books

“Cruel Intent” by J.A. Jance is a murder mystery.

“Scarpetta” by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the series featuring Kay Scarpetta, forensic pathologist.

Thanks to our donors

For generous donations we thank Medora Bass, Jennifer Hedrick, Elaine Lundergan and Merilyn Moorhead. For books and materials this week we thank Caroleen Arbuthnot, Bennett Bailey, Norm and Theresa Frazier, Don Geiger, Kay Grams, Gayle Hawkins, Bob Howard, Casey Ketchum, Kim Laverty, Barbara Lindley, Jane Lomasney, Gail Shepherd, Ed Snyder, Cordell Vanhart and Bill Wetzel.