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It's a rainy, cold fall morning. The sky is grey in every direction and your well-intentioned plans of raking leaves and turning down garden beds becomes unrealistic. Instead, you find a comfortable chair near a warm fireplace and pick up a book.

This scenario might not play out in exactly this way for everyone, but there certainly seems to be a correlation between the weather turning cold and an increased desire to read. Circulation rates at Delta County Libraries tend to rise as the days get shorter and cooler. People are spending more time indoors looking for ways to pass the time. Therefore, this time of year is an ideal time to bring new materials into all of the libraries.

A large amount of materials recently came in to be cataloged and made available to library patrons throughout the county. "There is a great variety," says Kristi Lloyd, collections assistant for Delta County Libraries. "New books for the holidays, adult bestsellers from James Patterson, David Baldacci, Nora Roberts and more, interesting biographies on Albert Einstein, Ray and Joan Kroc and Casanova, and more, juvenile fiction and nonfiction, new movies and audiobooks."

Romance readers might find Nora Roberts' "A Christmas Wish" to be the perfect winter read this holiday season. Adventure seekers might be drawn to Clive Cussler's "Odessa Sea" and mystery lovers to the new Haley Dean mystery, "Murder in the Courthouse" by Nancy Grace.

There are plenty of new fiction options for the young reader as well. The popularity of J.K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, transcends all ages and her debut as a screenwriter, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," is now available for checkout at all five libraries. Or, for an even younger reader, "The Christmas Fox" by Anik McGrory could be the perfect bedtime story in the coming weeks.

Nonfiction readers will also find some new and interesting books on the shelves. "Einstein's Greatest Mistake," a biography by David Bodanis, follows the life of Albert Einstein from childhood to his early successes and later downfalls. In a similar vein, the story Lisa Napoli tells in "Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away" may spark interest for many readers.

In the same way that short days and cold nights encourage many people to spend more time reading, movie lovers are also likely to be looking for something new to watch. Among the DVDs that are new to Delta County Libraries, "Alice Through the Looking Glass" starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, is worth mentioning. Also, "Nerve," the major motion picture based on the New York Times bestseller is bound to be a popular choice. Children will be excited to join Thomas & Friends in "Tinsel on the Tracks," Bob the Builder in "Winter Build" and the Minions in the mini-movie collection.

As boxes of new materials arrive, Kristi Lloyd is tasked with the job of unpacking and preparing them for checkout. "I love opening those boxes of new books and DVDs," Lloyd says. "It's like Christmas every day! I am just not sure which ones to check out first!"

To search the availability of these titles and many more please visit http://www.deltalibraries.

org/ and click into "Catalog" under "Books, Movies, Downloadables and More."

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