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If you haven’t called yet, you’ve missed terrific books read by our library staff who love nothing more than sharing stories with people. With Dial-a-Story, your favorite librarians are only a phone call away. Our library staff add 10 new stories every month: 5 for younger readers, and 5 for adults!

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For Youth:

  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. Universal in its appeal, this story beautifully depicts a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The quiet fun and sweetness of Peter’s small adventures in the deep, deep snow is perfect for reading together on a cozy winter day.

  Don’t You Feel Well, Sam? by Amy Hest

In the little white house, Mrs. Bear is putting Sam to bed, when suddenly — HCK HCK! coughs Sam. Mrs. Bear gets some syrup. But the syrup tastes bad, and there’s too much of it on a too-big spoon, and it’s too hard to swallow. What will make Sam feel better? Acclaimed picture-book creators Amy Hest and Anita Jeram revisit Sam and Mrs. Bear as they share a quiet moment of comfort that is enough to conquer the coldest night.

Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Mr. Larch is not a very neighborly neighbor. He never has any visitors. His gray, gloomy house never has any decorations. He avoids everyone and everyone avoids him. But now Mr. Larch has a new neighbor. Willow and her family have moved into the bright yellow house directly across the street. Willow loves her new house and neighborhood. She loves the summer and planting her garden. She loves the fall and sharing vegetables with her neighbors. And when winter arrives, she loves that, too. She can’t wait for the first snowfall because she has found the perfect hill for sledding. And it’s right behind Mr. Larch’s house. Can Willow melt his cold heart in time to enjoy a Snow Day?

Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell

Waking up to a snow-covered world, children dash outdoors: “We’re silly-willy laughy, feeling slightly daffy, leaping through the snow—Snow Happy!”

Follow along as they playfully romp through the freshly-fallen snow: sledding, shoveling, making snow angels, and throwing snowballs. Even the woodland animals are taking part in the winter fun! At the end of a satisfying day, the children go home to shed wet clothes and enjoy hot cocoa by the fire, tired yet exhilarated. It’s what every snowy day should be!



All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

One small snowflake fluttering down–
That’s all you need for a snowman.
Or is it? In these pages, an exuberant crew is summoned to create a snowman of heroic proportions.

For Adults:

  • • “How to be Seventy” by Mark Twain
  • • “Horsey Name” by Anton Chekov
  • • “Cry of the Children” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • • “We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong, Hardly” by Roger Kuykendall
  • • “Facing West From California’s Shores and I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman
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