Commerce Librarian Phillip Prescott is pictured with Denise Reed as she decorates the Valentine's tree with a Love your Library Heart.

The Book Vine continues to meet in the Memorial Garden at the Commerce Public Library the third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. This month's book being discussed is Elizabeth Berg's "The Year of Pleasures." Copies are still available at the library.

For those interested in joining the book club via Zoom, email aabounader@prlib.org for the link.

February is Love Your Library Month. Teen Services Librarian, Natalie Thompson, encourages patrons to "come in and tell us what you love about your local library."

"There are paper hearts in the lobby for you to leave us a message to hang on our Valentine's Tree and then as a thank you we'll give you a Blind Date with a Book," Thompson said. "A variety of books are wrapped in pink and red paper for teens and adults to take home and be surprised."


Plans are being made for the Friends of the library's plant swap in late March. Patrons interested in taking part in this longtime Commerce library program can begin gathering plants, cutting and seedlings to begin the Spring planting season.

New adult fiction include: Luanne Rice's "The Shadow Box", Dana Stabenow's "Spoils of the Dead,: Tana French's "The Scarecrow," Marissa Finch's "Anything for You," Fiona Valpy's "Sea of Memories," J.D. Robb's "Faithless in Death" and Walter Mosley's "Blood Grove."

New nonfiction titles now available include: "Jump Starting America, How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream" by Johathan Gruber; and "Veggie From the Start, Easy Vegan and Vegetarian Foods for Babies and Up - Perfect for Baby-Led Weaning Families" by Rachel Boyett. Also new is "Stand Up to the IRS" by Frederick W. Daily, "The Buy Nothing Get Everything Plan" by Liesl Clark, "Fortune's Children" by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, "Hope Matters" by Elin Kelsey, "Shelter in God" by Dr. David Jeremiah, and "Native Guard" by Natasha Trethewey.

"Fortune's Children" is about the fall of the House of Vanderbilt while "Native Guard" is reviewed as poems that explore the complex memory of the American South by a former U.S. Poet Laureate.


Programs coming up at the library include:

•Monday, Children's Zoom with Ms. Tami 6 p.m.

•Wednesday, Kidsercise, 10:30 a.m (in Memorial Garden)

•Friday, Baby & Me, 10:30 a.m. (in Memorial Garden)

•Friday, Book Vine, 1 p.m.


As a reminder, the library is open Mondays through Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Porch pick-up is also available for those who prefer to check out books without coming in. Due to Covid, returned books continue to be quarantined and fines are forgiven.


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