Volume 24 | December 2021
We are proud to be a Five Star Library!
Books, events, classes and more...

  • Photos with Santa & the Grinch 10am - 12pm
  • Norman Rockwell "Home For the Holidays" art exhibit
  • Live presentation of the play "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" - 12:30pm - free, donations appreciated
  • Live Christmas music on the piano and guitar from the "Dynamic Duo"
  • Meet Mabel Wagnalls Jones - our library historian Carol will be dressed as Mabel and answer your questions and provide mini-tours
  • Adult craft - make your own Grinch ornament
  • Christmas stories and Grinch Bingo in the Children's Library
  • Children's Christmas games and crafts
  • Hot Dog Lunch - get a hot dog, chips, cookie and drink - suggested donation $3/meal - 11am - 1pm
  • Oculus VR Demos - Ride a roller coaster with Santa or explore current day Bethlehem
  • Christmas storybook character walk in the garden (weather permitting)

If you are considering giving a Christmas or end of the year gift to The Wagnalls Memorial Library, make your calendar to participate in this year's 32-Hour Give, which will help to make your year-end charitable donations go even further. All online donations received between 8am on November 30 and 4pm on December 1 are eligible for a match from the Fairfield County Foundation. Don't miss this great opportunity to support The Wagnalls Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.
We are pleased to be able to offer free member-for-a-day passes to allow free admission to the Works, Dawes Arboretum, Columbus Museum of Art and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Please see our website for details.
The library now offers circulating hot spots! Hot Spots allow patrons to connect their devices (Computer/Tablet/Game Devices) wirelessly to the internet without using a home Internet connection. Please visit our website for borrowing rules.


Here, you’ll find behind-the-scenes information about past and upcoming programs, book recommendations, Wagnalls trivia, and the unique perspectives of our staff members as they take turns writing weekly blog entries. Visit our website to read our blog.
Job Opening - Patron Services Librarian

We have an opening for a part-time Patron Services Librarian. This position is for 16-18 hours a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please see our website for more information.

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For more information about any children's program, email Erin at evaughan@wagnalls.org or call 614-837-4765 ext 118.
December Meeting:

Saturday December 4
10:00am - 11:30am
We will learn how to paint a poinsettia with artist Patty Sykes.
December Class:

Thursday December 2
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Artist Patty Sykes will lead you step-by-step through painting a poinsettia on canvas. Snacks will be provided and you are welcome to BYOB. The cost is $25.
Adult Writing Workshop
Four Saturday Workshops
January 15 - February 5
10am - 12pm

Want to learn how to write? Using the writing process, together we will explore and develop your writing. Whether you are interested in writing family history, memoir or fiction, this workshop is for you! You'll discuss writing process and evolving drafts, use short readings, write works-in-progress and receive feedback. In the series, you'll gain feedback through partners, small groups and individually with the instructor. People have stories hidden in their lives. Come learn how to create and produce your best writing of your story. Limited to 12 for maximum writing seminar.

About the instructor
Mary Danahey currently teaches English classes at the Ohio University Lancaster campus. Her graduate fellowship at Boston College included teaching writing and she fell in love with creating writing workshops. She is a published writer of articles, poems and fiction and is presently working on a short story collection. Mary has many years of teaching writing workshops and is eager to help aspiring writers tell their story.

Cash or check only. Register in the library.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm in the Loft
Librarian Carol Gaal invites you to join her for a new book club to be held one afternoon each month.

At our December meeting we will discuss Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans.

Email Carol at cgaal@wagnalls.org for more information.
The year is 1975. Elle Sheen—a single mother who is supporting herself and her six-year-old, African-American son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner—isn’t sure what to make of William Smith when his appearance creates a stir in the small town of Mistletoe, Utah. As their lives unexpectedly entwine, Elle learns that William, a recently returned Vietnam POW, is not only fighting demons from his past, but may also have the answer to her own secret pain—a revelation that culminates in a remarkable act of love and forgiveness.
Tuesday, December 14th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We read books written by local authors and then meet and discuss them with the local author themselves. Authors will provide free books for you to read and keep (while supplies last).

At our December meeting we will discuss CRISPR by Lincoln Cole.

Full details available at on our website or email Sarah at smayzum@wagnalls.org for more information.

Kate Allison and Lyle Goldman are corporate mercenaries. They work for high paying clients to handle the messy work corporations would rather keep out of the public eye. After a stretch of bad jobs, they finally get a lucky break:

It is the easiest job they've had in months: a simple object recovery mission with payment that is almost too good to be true. About time the get an easy payday, right?


Things go sideways almost immediately and they find themselves fighting to stay one step ahead of the company chasing them. They are hunted, betrayed, and protecting one of the most important assets they've ever come into contact with. The truth they uncover represents not only a billion dollar investment for the company, but the key to a dangerous genetic future for humanity.
Thursday, December 9, 7:00-8:00pm in the Loft.
We will be reading Jingle all the Way by Debbie Macomber.

Trapped in the middle of five siblings, Everly Lancaster always had big dreams. Now a top real-estate executive, Everly finds her work is her life, leaving no space for anything (or anyone) else. Sensing her stress, Everly’s boss insists she take December off. At first, a month away seems crazy—how will the company survive without her? But Everly’s mother convinces her otherwise. She deserves a vacation—plus, when she returns, she’ll have no excuse to skip family Christmas like she did last year.

But after her vengeful assistant books a guided cruise in the Amazon instead of the luxury beach vacation she expected, Everly is horrified to realize that she’s about to spend the next two weeks trapped—with no Wi-Fi!—in the rain forest. Not even Asher Adams, the ship’s charming naturalist, can convince Everly that the trip will be unforgettable. Slowly but surely, she realizes he is right: the sights are spectacular. And with each passing day, Everly’s relationship with Asher deepens, forcing her to take a long, hard look at her priorities.

Everly and Asher begin to see magic in the possibility of a life together. But as the cruise nears its end, and Everly’s family Christmas approaches, both must decide if love is worth the risk. A merry surprise may be in store in Debbie Macomber’s newest holiday delight.

Thursday, December 16 6:30-7:45pm in the Loft.

We meet monthly on the third Thursday of every month in the upper level of the Wagnalls Memorial Library.

This Writers Group is for current and future writers, and also for other interested persons.

For more information, contact Bill Sykes at bill.sykes@sbcglobal.net.

Experience the Oculus Quest 2 at our Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec 11th.
Take a roller coaster ride with Santa at the North Pole or wander through the birthplace of Jesus in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. You choose the Christmas adventure!


Northstar Digital Literacy

Are you interested in learning basic computer skills needed to work, learn, and participate fully in daily life? There will be a variety of options, try one or complete them all!

Classes include:
Computer Basics
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Google Docs
Social Media
Career Search Skills
Your Digital Footprint
If you need some assistance with your laptop, smart phone, tablet, Zoom or other application, our technology tutor can meet with you for free at a safe social distance.

Please call to make an appointment with Paula at 614-837-4765 x112.
Welcome The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation's new Executive Director Deb Silvia!

A message from Deb:
My dream has been to lead a community organization and the Wagnalls Memorial has always held a special place in my heart. I truly feel I’ve come home. There’s a quote of Mabel Wagnalls above the fireplace in the original library built in 1925 that reads, “Dreams long dwelt on amount to prayers, and prayers wrought in faith come true.” This I believe captures this time for me.
This is an exciting time for the Wagnalls Memorial. The Board of Directors is pursing historic designation with the opportunity to attract a grant through a capital campaign to do much needed repairs to the facilities. The Foundation is also in contract working on a five-year strategic plan, and the Library is doing the same with assistance of the Ohio Library Council. The Foundation, Library, and Community Theater of the Wagnalls Memorial have many fantastic programs upcoming that will certainly enliven our community. It is my distinct honor and pleasure to serve Lithopolis, Bloom Township, and our surrounding communities as Executive Director of the Wagnalls Memorial.

The Wagnalls Memorial Library
150 E. Columbus Street
Lithopolis, Ohio 43136
(614) 837-4765