BALDWIN — Join the festivities at Pathfinder Library for the annual Christmas party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. There will be crafts, movies and refreshments for the kids. Bring the camera to take pictures with Santa.

Volunteers are welcome to make it all happen. See Bonnie at the front desk. Children’s stuffed animals and wrapping paper also are needed.

Quote of the week: “The most important asset of any library goes home at night - the library staff.” - Timothy Healy.

Book of the week: “The Christmas Star” by Donna VanLiere (fiction). Thirty-two-year-old Amy Denison volunteers at Glory’s Place, an after school program where she meets seven-year-old Maddie, a precocious young girl who has spent her childhood in foster care.

Unbeknownst to Amy, Maddie is a mini-matchmaker, with her eye on just the right man for Amy at Grandon Elementary School, where she is a student. Amy is hesitant – she’s been hurt before, and isn’t sure she’s ready to lose her heart again – but an unexpected surprise makes her reconsider her lonely lifestyle. (

New fiction: “Winter Street,” by Elin Hilderbrand; “Love Comes Softly,” by Janette Oke; “Plain Pursuit,” by Beth Wiseman; “Nine Perfect Strangers,” by Liane Moriarty; “The Poet X,” by Elizabeth Acevedo; “The Things We Knew,” by Catherine West; “The Wedding Shop,” by Rachel Hauck; “The Goodbye Bride,” by Denise Hunter; and “The Saddle Maker’s Son,” by Kelly Irwin.

New mystery: “The Moonshine War,” by Elmore Leonard; “Miss Julia Takes Over,” “Miss Julia Throws a Wedding,” “Miss Julia Speaks her Mind,” “Miss Julia’s School of Beauty,” “Miss Julia Meets Her Match” and “Miss Julia Hits the Road,” all by Ann B. Ross; “Past Tense,” by Lee Child; “Dark Sacred Night,” by Michael Connelly; “Under My Skin,” by Lisa Unger; “Look Alive,” by Janet Evanovich; and “Daughters of the Lake,” by Wendy Webb.