BY VIRGINIA ROBERTS
Rhinelander District Library Director
Here it comes—the full blown Holiday Season. And somehow, I simply do not feel even remotely ready. It may be the beautiful, extended autumn we enjoyed. It might be because we only recently have snow on the ground. And there are deer. I see dozens daily. It seems like deer hunting season should have been for months already. With all that going on, the Northwoods is also running headlong into Christmas—holiday concerts, community banquets, craft fairs, and plays. Rhinelander District Library is no different. On Dec. 1, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., the RDL Friends of the Library are decorating the main floor. Join the Friends and have a great time sprucing up and preparing (pun intended) your library for the Season of Light. Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12, RDL is hosting a Christmas Tea, with music provided by Jan Baer, and hosted by Friends of the Library—who may have a surprise gift drawing (another great reason to join)!
If you haven’t completed your holiday shopping—and with everything else, who has—looking for a meaningful gift for your favorite library lover has never been easier! Rhinelander District Library, Friends of the Library, and Foundation have a variety of items available this holiday season. All proceeds will go toward the Rhinelander District Library’s programs, collections and services. RDL Friends of the Library has some excellent t-shirts in all sizes through XXL. There are also thumb drives, lanyards and beautiful gift books, fine bindings, and classics, as well as gently used bestsellers and vintage children’s books in the front foyer—all for $5 or less. They make lovely gifts. There are also used CDs and a few movies for that could easily land in a stocking.
Also, if we don’t have it to sell, the library staff gives really great recommendations for a perfect gift for reader or non-reader alike. Want to make and take a gift? Crafternoons are the third Wednesday of every month. If you missed arm knitting in November, instructions will be available in the library and on the library’s Facebook page. December’s Crafternoon on the 21st is gift tag creation and decoration with Louise Perrault from Old School Art Center. There may be pop-up crafts in December in both adult and children’s departments thanks to the ongoing generosity of the Northern Arts Council.
Donating to causes rather than gifting this year? Consider your library. The RDL Foundation’s annual Ced Vig Holiday Book Fund makes a great charitable gift and provides a significant amount to enhance the collection of children’s and adult books. Individual donations may be made in someone’s name for any kind of library item, needed technology or furnishings, or to the building fund, a plate of recognition placed on the item purchased or in the library.
And while you’re shopping, check out a few items, use a computer or ask a question or three. Your library is always here for you, providing activities, books, music, DVDs, and computers, to stay connected, inform, and entertain you, your family, and visitors during the long winter’s nights. In the meantime—take this opportunity to help out Rhinelander District Library. Give a gift that reminds your friends and family to visit our wonderful libraries!