Happy New Year from the Hartsville Memorial Library! Quite possibly, one of the best ways to begin your New Year is to visit the Hartsville Library. Sure, you can actually go to the gym you joined last year (or this year) and adjust any chosen life style habits, but incorporate the library with your well-being.

It is so easy to make a New Year’s resolution but much more difficult to keep it. Let us help. The library has it all — think of all the books, magazines, papers, public computers and free downloads as your support staff — to see you through to a better you this year.

Whether your goal is acquiring new muscles, less “middle mass” or just leaving off the bread and potatoes in your meal, we have the resources that can encourage, motivate and give you the know-how to see your new year’s resolutions turn to throughout-the-year accomplishments.

Using one of our 16 public computers can make all the difference in composing your résumé and applying for rewarding jobs. Our website even has links to assist in searching for employment with the state, county or all over the country and our staff can point computer users in the right direction.

Recently, I spotted this quote: “If you only read the books everyone else is reading, you will only know what everyone else knows.” Unfortunately, I do not know who said it but wanted to share it. Sometimes literally and more often figuratively, we must find our own path. The same title doesn’t appeal to all readers, nor does the same genre. Join us at the Hartsville Library and find your special interest(s) either with others in kind or to a different tune.

The library is a place without prejudice, without judgment, where members of the community can gather to read the paper or latest periodical, knit with friends, discover a world of books whether downloadable, audible or print copies, make crafts or just sit and exist. Begin the new year with us at the Hartsville Library. We will be waiting for you.

The library is expecting limited federal tax forms around the first of February. Many tax forms can be obtained through use of our free public computers. Just bring your library card to log in to your account. Keep apprised of tax season information by going to www.darlington-lib.org.

See what’s happening at the Hartsville Library. Join Mrs. Kristi for Preschool Story Time Tuesday mornings at 10 to hear stories, sing songs and enjoy a fun craft. Brain Booster classes are in full force for homeschooled students. Ages 12-18 meet the third Friday morning of every month at 10. Ages 5-11 meet the first Friday morning of every month at 10.

Passport Club (registration required) meets Thursday afternoons at 3:30. Crafts for Adults meet each month on the first Wednesday afternoon at 3. The book discussion group meets at noon, the fourth Tuesday of the month at Hartsville Country Club and is currently reading “Rush” by Lisa Patton. Call 843-332-5115, check our website www.darlington-lib.org or drop by for more information about this group, to reserve your copy of the current title or just get details about what is going on at the Hartsville Memorial Library. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Check out these new titles:

Animalkind by Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone. This earnest volume from Newkirk, cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Stone (“Eat for the Planet,” coauthor) is a fascinating look at animal behavior, as well as a treatise against cruelty toward animals.

Divided into two halves, it begins by focusing on “who animals are--their many talents, languages, and complex cultures.” Ants, for example, have strong collective instincts; each has “a specific role within a group, and each group has a distinct purpose.” The coauthors also discuss how birds navigate and hone a sense of direction that would “put even the most-deft human explorers to shame.”

The second half focuses on how humans can improve animals’ lives--not least by abstaining from cruelty. Descriptions of the experiments done on animals including mice, rabbits, monkeys and dogs in order “to study toxic chemicals, drugs, or diseases” get graphic quickly. As do discussions about animals “routinely killed and skinned for their fur” or crocodiles and alligators “slaughtered for leather.” Newkirk and Stone’s informative survey effectively nudges readers to think twice about their own use of products sourced, perhaps less than ethically, from the animal kingdom.

I’ve Seen the End of You by W. Lee Warren, MD. Brain surgeon and Iraq War veteran Warren delivers a powerful memoir of his experiences — inside the operating room and out — that test his faith.

Recipe for A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown. In this captivating dual narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife.

As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband--and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.

When Alice Hale leaves a career in publicity to become a writer and follows her husband to the New York suburbs, she is unaccustomed to filling her days alone in a big, empty house. But when she finds a vintage cookbook buried in a box in the old home’s basement, she becomes captivated by the cookbook’s previous owner--1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch.

As Alice cooks her way through the past, she realizes that within the cookbook’s pages Nellie left clues about her life--including a mysterious series of unsent letters penned to her mother. Soon Alice learns that while baked Alaska and meatloaf five ways may seem harmless, Nellie’s secrets may have been anything but. When Alice uncovers a more sinister--even dangerous--side to Nellie’s marriage, and has become increasingly dissatisfied with the mounting pressures in her own relationship, she begins to take control of her life and protect herself with a few secrets of her own.

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