Once There Was a Giving Tree

As the Holidays approach, the Schmaling Memorial (Fulton) Public Library is asking you to give the gift of reading to the community. There are three Holiday Giving Trees in the Library –one is located at the 5th Street entrance, one in the Children’s Room, and one on the main floor. On each tree, you will find a variety of hand-crafted ornaments, each featuring a reproduction of a different book or audiobook cover. The Library is asking its generous patrons to choose books to sponsor. Your sponsorship will help the Library to purchase the books on the trees.
When you sponsor a book, Library staff will affix a book plate inside the book to let everyone know that it was your generosity which made the purchase of the book possible AND, best of all, you will receive the book first once it arrives at the library! Many of the books have not yet been published and each of the ornaments for those titles also have the title’s release date on it (you may have to be patient for some of those). If there is no date listed on the ornament, then the book has already been published but the Library has not yet purchased it.


There is a sliding scale of sponsorship rates for different types of books. These rates are based on the average price that the Library pays for each type of book. Audio-book sponsorships are $25.00; hardcover adult large print and juvenile nonfiction sponsorships are $20.00; adult hardcover fiction and nonfiction sponsorships are $15.00; young adult and juvenile hardcover as well as adult trade paperback sponsorships are $10.00; juvenile paperback and adult mass market paperback sponsorships are $5.00; and children’s paperback easy readers are $3.00. So, you can choose to sponsor a book at a level that is comfortable for you.


As author Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” When you sponsor a library book, you’ll be giving a gift that you and everyone else in the community has an opportunity to open again and again.

Crisp and Cool YA Titles

Some of the exciting new Young Adult titles on the shelves at Schmaling include:
TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY (Companion book to The Mortal Instruments series), by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
THE WEIGHT OF SWORDS (The Sword Bearer Chronicles: Book 1), by Lance Conrad
MAXIMUM RIDE: Volumes 7 and 8, by Lee NaRae and James Patterson
HEARTLESS, by Marissa Meyer

Highlight: Thanksgiving Encouragement

Let Schmaling assist in your Thanksgiving preparations through many lovely, instructional books of food preparation.  Be inspired to finally make homemade bread, or to create a new side-dish to impress and please at your Thanksgiving gathering.

Also, may this week encourage us to reflect upon the miraculous beginnings of our nation, and the many fascinating stories from the lives of those whose courage and ideals give us much to be thankful for.

“Partakers of Plentie”

thanksgiving letterThe simplicity and stress-less-ness of Thanksgiving — as compared to Christmas, at least — must account for its great appeal, outside of the obvious food factor.  Its association with and historical memorial to the Pilgrims of 1621 cannot be wholly denied, and can serve to remind us of the great stresses that were once endured in order to further simple truths, convictions, ideals, and most importantly: freedoms.   There is a wealth of sources available that speak directly from these folks themselves.  It seems the first Thanksgiving was, in a way, just a traditional harvest feast, complete with beer and plenty of meat (venison and game foul primarily — including wild turkeys).  The causes for lasting relevance could be accounted to the presence of more native Americans than pilgrims in attendance, and the hope that the abundance of the harvest, and other naturally occurring food resources, instilled in them for their future success (and therefore, ours) in this new land of liberty. Continue reading “Partakers of Plentie”