Ah, the Midwest winter, with its cold winds and snowy skies. Many people have favorite ways to enjoy -- or cope with -- this frosty season.
And for scores of you, that means cozying up with a good book or relaxing with a movie.
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If that sounds like you, the Schaumburg Township District Library has just what you need and, even better, will give you prizes for doing either one. Whether you are an adult, teen or child, the library has winter reading programs that include gifts and chances to win prizes. For adults, there is also a Winter Viewing Program titled "From Page to Screen."
Reading/Viewing programs began Dec. 1 and will continue through Feb. 28. How does it work? Let's begin with adults. Simply sign up at the Fiction Desk (first floor) or the branch libraries in Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates for the reading program "To Read or Not to Read …"
You can also register online at www.schaumburglibrary.org/read.
Participants must read six books of their choice to receive a gift. For those who prefer reading selections suggested by an expert, librarian Helen Stewart has provided the following recommendations.
If you like to get chills from your books instead of the weather, look no further. Since the book "Gone Girl" hit our reading radar, the search has been on for a book of equally thrilling proportions. So if tense psychological novels are your cup of tea, we highly recommend "The Silent Wife" by A.S.A. Harrison and "Before I go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson. Both are being made into movies.
So spine-tinglers are not your favorite type of book? Then go with an aptly named "cozy" read. We simply love culinary cozies like the Hannah Swensen Mystery Series by Joanne Fluke, with titles such as "Plum Pudding Murder" and "Gingerbread Cookie Murder," featuring recipes and frothy frolics.
Librarians love choosing holiday-themed cozies that are so much fun, like "Fleece Navidad" by Maggie Sefton, a cute murder mystery set in a knitting shop. For this time of year there's also "Holiday Buzz" by Cleo Coyle, a Coffee House mystery.
Why not get some extra warmth from a sizzling romance this season? The Goodreads Choice Awards just awarded paranormal romance "Lover at Last" by J.R. Ward best romance of 2013. "Walking Disaster" by Jamie McGuire came in a close second.
Turn even further away from the cold by choosing a tale set in warmer climes. Transport yourself to sunny Italy in 1962 with "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter. You'll find this tale lavish, warm, dazzling and deeply human.
STDL librarians would love to help you find some novel escapism this winter. Give them a call at (847) 923-3140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will hook you up with your next great read.
Prefer movies? Register for "From Page to Screen," the Winter Viewing Program for adults. Simply watch 10 movies before Feb. 28, with at least one that was made from a book, and receive prizes.
Those who complete the program will be entered into a drawing or a grand prize. Register at the Audiovisual Desk, either branch, or online at www.schaumburglibrary.org/read.
Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to sign up for "Snowtime Terror," the teen Winter Reading Program. Participants will read books and fill out book review forms to "buy" prizes and enter drawings for Target gift cards. Interested teens may sign up at the Teen Desk, either branch, or online at teen.schaumburglibrary.org.
Our youngest patrons are welcome to "Dig into Reading" this winter by filling out a whimsical reading log available from the Central Library's kidsZone or either branch. When the reading log is complete, turn it in at one of our library locations to receive a prize. Call (847) 923-3439 with questions.
If you're watching the mercury plummet and singing "Baby, It's Cold Outside," warm up with good books or movies. We'll be happy to help you find some.