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A Paris Apartment
by Michelle Gable

Discovering a horde of treasure in a Paris apartment that had been shuttered for decades, Sotheby's furniture specialist April Vogt finds a cache of letters and journals by a renowned Belle Époque courtesan whose sophisticated life compels April to reevaluate her own.

"An auctioneer discovers old journals in an apartment that's been sealed for years." - Crystal

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The Demon-Haunted World
by Carl Sagan

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs.

"One of Sagan's last books; the message of healthy skepticism is as pertinent today as ever." - Evan

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I Will Find You:solving killer cases from my life of fighting crime
by Detective Lt. Joe Kenda

Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards. Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases. Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away.

"If you are a fan of The Homicide Hunter series on the Investigation Discovery channel, these are the cases too graphic for the television show. Warning: NOT for the faint of heart! - Jessie

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Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
by Richard Cahan, Michael Williams

Photographs and interviews attempt to put Vivian Maier's work in context and create a portrait of her as an artist. She created more than 10,000 negatives during her lifetime, but only a few of them were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen Chicago photographs were shown online. Word of her work spread quickly, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography.

"Hauntingly beautiful collection of photographs, deserving of recognition Myer never sought."  - Kate

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Those Across the River
by Christopher Buehlman

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his "wife," Eudora, arrive in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate, the Savoyard Plantation, and the horrors that occurred there. In a letter delivered after her death, his aunt warns Frank not to live in the house—a warning Frank ignores. As tensions mount, readers will find themselves on the edge of their seats anticipating the spine-tingling conclusion to this stunning novel.

"Atmospheric horror story. Manages to use modern language while keeping classic themes." - Kaitlin

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The "Wish" Series
by Lori Evert

New York Times bestseller Lori Evert created the Wish books along with her family. The series includes The  The Christmas WishThe Tiny WishThe Reindeer Wish and The Brave Puppy.

"Beautiful, creative and charming children's series." - Katie

 
 
Sundays at 2 is a winter program sponsored and organized by the Friends of the Palmer Public Library to connect with the community and spread awareness of library services provided by the Palmer Library.

December was a rip roaring month of outstanding performances supporting the library!

December 17 brought the Mat-Su Orchestra to the Palmer Depot for a lovely family friendly performance. The Mat-Su Orchestra also donates their many wonderful talents to support the library each year. The hour and a half performance was enjoyed by all!  Many thanks to our local Starbucks for donating the coffee for this event. Find out more about the Mat-Su Orchestra at matsuorchestra.org/
 
 
Santa Claus stopped by to visit during our 0-5 year old Storytime programs on December 12 & 14. Parents were thoroughly excited to snap photos with the jolly old elf. The kids were, well, both thrilled and terrified...depending on the kid. Everyone enjoyed holiday snacks, stories, and crafts along with our special guest.
 
 
Sundays at 2 is a winter program sponsored and organized by the Friends of the Palmer Public Library to connect with the community and spread awareness of library services provided by the Palmer Library.

December was a rip roaring month of outstanding performances supporting the library!

December 10 featured Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums = Gettin' Loud at the Library! This phenomenal group generously donates their amazing talents to enrich the community and support the library each year. Be sure to catch them next time they're here! Find out more about Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums at alaskacelticpipesdrums.org/

Photos courtesy of Richard Christiensen
 
 

Palmer's sister city liaison group, Saroma Kai, hosted an origami crane folding open house at the Palmer Library as part of Colony Christmas celebrations. 303 enthusiastic participants came through our doors to warm up, get crafty, and take home an international symbol of peace to hang on their Christmas tree. Find out more about Saroma Kai here.