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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
by Stephanie Barron
Discussion: Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:30pm
Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted.
Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane’s fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?
Art in the Argenta Library!
Tuesday, December 8
Local artist Jan Von Bokel will be giving a workshop at the Argenta Library on how to get creative and make beautiful cards for the holiday season! Come learn how to make your own handmade Christmas or greeting cards to send to your loved ones! Attendees will get to make their own card to take home with them.
This is a free event. There is no cost to attendees. Please sign up at the front desk if you wish to attend. Sign up early, before we’re all filled up!
Kindles and iPads and Nooks, Oh My!
Monday, November 16
Have questions about your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Nook, or Windows tablet?
Want to learn how to use it to check out library e-books and e-audiobooks?
Come to our monthly e-reader and tablet workshop! We'll do our best to answer any questions you have about your device and show you how to use our online libraries, like Library on the Go! Bring any usernames and passwords that might be associated with your device.
Modern Technology Support Group/Computer Class
Tuesday, December 15
For late-bloomers, technophobes, Luddites, and the kicking and screaming, we are having a meeting to commiserate, complain, compare experiences, and find solutions to our many technological woes (besides the ever-popular “hitting it with a baseball bat”).
This meeting will focus on computer issues, but we can also talk about phones, tablets, or printers if people prefer that.
Bring your laptop, phone, tablet, or gadget, or use the library’s laptop computers. We’ll provide sage advice and coffee to facilitate the learning process.
Store your library barcode in your phone with CardStar
CardStar is an app that allows you to store your library barcode, as well as barcodes for other membership and loyalty cards, in your smartphone.
See our CardStar instructions for more help.
We can also accept pictures of your library card barcode. Or you can memorize your number. Or you can bring a driver's license or other government-issued ID with you into the library.
Zinio downloadable magazines
Download magazines (and save them!) onto your iPad, Kindle, PC/laptop, or other mobile device. You get the full magazine in full color, with all the articles intact. We have more than 100 subscriptions currently available. See our Zinio help page for more information.
Pay with a Credit/Debit card
You can use E-Pay Illinois to use a credit or debit card to pay for overdue fines or replacement costs, or to make a donation to the library. At the moment, you cannot use it for copying or faxing costs. Learn more