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Sunday, December 8 “Christmas is a Funny Thing” will be presented by Colorado musicians “Bettman & Halpin” at 1:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church. Bettman & Halpin play original Folk/Americana and their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry. This Christmas concert features original songs as well as some of your favorites. Plan to attend!

Enroll Wyoming will be at the library on Wednesday, December 11 from Noon until 2 p.m. Healthcare navigators will be able to offer assistance with health insurance plans free-of-charge. Call 211 if you need help ahead of their visit to Lusk.

Friday afternoon films for December include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on December 6, “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” will be featured on December 13 and “Abominable” will be shown on December 20. All movies begin at 1:15 p.m. The library provides popcorn; please bring your own drinks.

A new holiday novel is “Coming Home for Christmas” by RaeAnne Thayne. A car accident stole away Elizabeth Hamilton’s memories and changed her life. Seven years later, her husband, Luke, finds her and takes her home to her family in time for Christmas. Being with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined, but can the hurt of the past be healed over the course of one Christmas? “Coming Home for Christmas” is also available in the Virtual Library, the apps Overdrive and Libby will get you started and your library card number and PIN are required to checkout.

Other new holiday books are “Christmas at White Pines” by Sherryl Woods, “Spirit of the Season” by Fern Michaels, “A Mrs. Miracle Christmas” by Debbie Macomber, “Christmas Home” by Marta Perry, “Dachshund Through the Snow” by David Rosenfelt, “An Alaskan Christmas” by Jennifer Snow, “Christmas Haven” by Cindy Woodsmall, “Snowfall on Cedar Trail” by Annie Rains, “Christmas From the Heart” by Sheila Roberts and “The 19th Christmas” by James Patterson. A new young adult title is “Dear Sweet Pea” by Julie Murphy.

“The Call of the Wild & Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education” by Ainsley Arment is among new non-fiction, along with “The United States of Trump” by Bill O’Reilly and “Bobby At Home” by Bobby Flay.

The Lennea Lewis Slagle Children’s Library has these new junior titles, “Santa’s Puppy” by Catherine Hapka, “Happy Howlidays” by James Patterson and “The Star Shepherd” by Dan Haring. Some of the new easy holiday titles are “Teeny, Tiny Santa” by Rachel Matson, “Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa” by Nick Bruel, “I Spy Christmas” by Jean Marzollo and “One Wild Christmas by Nicolas Oldland.

“Santa’s Little Helpers!” is the theme for Storyhour on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Storyhour is held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday throughout the year for preschool age children. Call 334-3274 anytime to hear a recorded story. Dial-A-Story is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The library has several digital libraries available for no charge! Check out “RB Digital” for audio books as well as magazines. Over 170 subscriptions are available. Use your library card number and PIN to set up an account with any of your mobile devices or computer. Visit for more information or call the library at 334-3940 or stop by. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.