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North Shore Library News: Dec. 15

Two Harbors Public Library

Library phone issue continues

It has been brought to our attention that when people with landlines try to contact the library, they are routed to an older, inactive voicemail to which the library no longer has access. The phone companies are addressing the problem. The library will keep the public updated.

All experience levels invited to 'Chess Time'

The library has also added 10 chess sets to the collection. Six are standard chess sets, while the other four contain regulation analog chess clocks. All of them contain 34 triple-weighted chess pieces, a vinyl chess board and a bag.

The library's event "Chess Time" – the second Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. – is a great opportunity to exercise your chess skills with other players from a wide range of levels. People of all ages are encouraged to check out the chess sets and if possible, bring them to "Chess Time" to share their love of chess with others.

We also have added a variety of new chess books to the collection for all ages and levels.

Silver Bay Public Library

Christmas Tea steeped in merriment

The Friends of the Library would like to say a very special "thank you" to all who helped make the sixth-annual Christmas Tea and Basket Raffle a merry success. This year's tea had a return of four guests who have attended all of the teas so far. In addition, there were nearly a dozen first-time tea attendees.

With St. Mary's Catholic Church being a first-time venue, there was more room for the tea this year. The tea was sold-out with 80 guests. Tables were set with festive holiday centerpieces arranged by local artists and groups. Historical societies, businesses, agencies and individuals were all involved in making the tables bright.

With wonderful music, enthusiastic service and a delicious menu, a pleasurable atmosphere of conversation, laughter and high spirits brightened the afternoon.

We look forward to another Christmas tea in 2018. Have a wonderful holiday season.

New books

• "Artemis" by Andy Weir

• "Casualty of War" by Charles Todd

• "Column of Fire" by Ken Follett

• "Enchantress in Numbers" by Jennifer Chiaverini

• "House of Shadows" by Nicola Cornick

• "House of Spies" by Daniel Silva

• "Kill the Heroes" by David Thurlo

• "Stone in the Skull" by Elizabeth Bear