A North wind is hammering out a raucous melody on the wind chimes outside my bedroom window, yard work is pretty much done for the season, the winter tires are on the car, and my husband and I have pretty much mined Netflix for any of the shows we want to watch. Time for some serious winter reading!

Washington County Library has an Adult Winter Reading program called Winter Jackets that starts on January 2 and runs through the end of February. It’s meant to encourage reading at a time when the winter doldrums set in. Now is the time to tackle that 400-page biography you’ve always wanted to read. Or find that long-ago bestseller you couldn’t get your hands on when reading it was the rage.

If you’re not sure what to read, the Library has an excellent e-resource – the NoveList Plus database. If you have enjoyed a book by a particular author, use it to find more books by that author or consult a list of Author read-alikes. If you like books about World War II, search for titles by subject. Click right from the database to the Library’s catalog to see if Washington County Library owns the title.

Another idea, consult the Library’s READ page. A link to Bookletters on that page will put you in touch with lists of new materials at Washington County Library. In addition, find reading lists and a list of Staff Suggestions, new each month.

Finally don’t forget to talk to friends, or your local librarian. It’s a good bet that one of the books librarians will be recommending is the Library’s One County, One Book pick for 2014 – “The World’s Strongest Librarian” by Josh Hanagarne, the inspiring story of a Mormon kid with Tourette’s who overcame his disability with books and weight-lifting. Hanagarne will speak at WCL on March 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Winter Jackets reading is really simple. Pick up some review forms and a list of suggested titles…read…and then submit your reviews at your local library for a chance to have your name picked in a prize drawing. Enjoy!

Library Woman is Joey Halbach, Community Relations Librarian for Washington County Library. Contact her at: