Alicia King from Piedmont Regional Library, is shown with princesses from the Boys & Girls Club.

Commerce Public Library staff member Carolyn Cook has announced that the library has extended its Tuesday and Thursday hours to 6 p.m.

"We hope this will better accommodate working parents, students and teachers," she states. "The library continues to place safety as a top priority by encouraging masks, social distancing and regularly deep cleaning throughout the day."

The library has a cookbook display and offers pick up Take & Make bags containing a packet of active dry yeast and directions to make a starter for Amish Friendship Bread and the recipe to make the bread. A video will be posted on the library's Facebook page demonstrating how to make the starter and the bread as well.

"This is a perfect recipe to make and share with children, family, or friends just in time for the holiday season," leaders state. "Cookbooks are displayed in this area,too, for easy browsing."


November is Military Family Month. Staff member Kelley Nicholson encourages patrons to "submit a picture of their military family to the library's Facebook page or email one to so that we can help celebrate military families all month long." There is also a military family display with an assortment of books and information about Veterans programs and resources.


The children's library has a display of Thanksgiving books right in the entrance. There is also a new story walk, "Grandma's Tiny House" by JaNay Brown-Wood, for a no-touch story; and there is a take and make turkey craft available for families to take home.


New adult fiction now available include: "Moonflower Murders" by Anthony Horowitz, "Have You Seen Me" by Kate White and "Magic Lessons" by Alice Hoffman. Horowitz' book is the second in the Magpie Murders series and is said to be vintage English crime fiction. Hoffman's is the prequel to her "Practical Magic."

New nonfiction now available include: "Acres of Diamonds: Discovering God's Best Right Where You Are" by Jentzyn Franklin; "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants" by Robin Kimmerer; "Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life" by Marie Kondo; "Food Babe Kitchen" by Vani Hari; "Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day" by Jay Shetty; and "Battle of Brothers: William & Harry" by Robert Lacey.

Of special interest in the children's section is "Heroes wear Masks," an Elmo's super adventure that might help children be more comfortable wearing masks outside the home. In the juvenile section, "Girls Who Build: Inspiring Curiosity and Confidence to Make Anything Possible" shows how girls can wield a hammer and build everything from a bookshelf to a playhouse.

Programming in the Memorial Garden includes the following:

Tuesday, Korean Culture: Holidays 11 am

•Wednesday, Kidsercise, 10:30 a.m.

•Friday, Baby & Me, 10:30 a.m.

•Friday, Book Vine, 1 p.m.


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