Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: December (and a Sneak Peek for Next Year!)

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

For December, our poem is Barbara Crooker’s “Ode to Chocolate.” We’ve been sharing poems this year to highlight our poetry collection, and we want to encourage you to continue to check out our poetry resources in the library system. If you need some regular poetry in your life, definitely check out the digital poem of the day from Poetry Foundation and/or

I want to wrap up the year by thanking all of you for reading and following the blog and providing a teaser of our plans for next year. They involve food. 😀

You’ll get more information when we debut our theme for the year next week, but for 2022, we really wanted to highlight our cookbooks. We have a fantastic selection of cookbooks available for check out at the library. (I used to shelf read them–trust me when I say we literally have shelves of them.)

It’s not something I ordinarily get to write about on here because when I profile nonfiction I usually select narrative nonfiction, but we think they deserve a wider platform. So, as a recurring feature next year, we’ll be highlighting a different topic monthly via our cookbooks.

You’ll get to travel the world through food, and even better, each month at the library, we’ll have a little something you can pick up and try in your own kitchen.

Excited? We are too! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to reading, watching, and cooking with you in 2022.

P.S. We’re ending the year with some exciting news about the Berryville Library Building Project. We hit $1,000,000 in fundraising after just 9 months, which means we’re already 40% of our way to what we need for a new library. And the It’s A Wonderful Life Cheer Challenge has been a big hit. Over the weekend, we reached our goal of 10,000 bits of cheer, which means we’ll be getting a $10,000 donation from our Secret Santas. But you can continue to participate in the challenge through New Year’s Eve. Keep recording cheer, and let’s see how high we can go!

What was your favorite poem from this year? Do you like to cook? What are your reading plans for 2022? Tell us in the comments!

Author: berryvillelibrary

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