You may not have noticed that with each visit to the library your receipt that tells when your books are due will also tell how much money you saved on that visit and your year-to-date total savings. One popular library quote proclaims, “Why buy happiness when the library shares it.”

As of this week, the library has shared happiness with its users to the tune of $1 million dollars. That is how much library patrons have saved by using their local public library instead of purchasing books, movies or audiobooks. We are proud to provide this service to the community.

The holiday season is in full swing, and there are some great book options to boost your holiday spirit.

Author Richard Paul Evans, whose Noel collection has made him synonymous with Christmas, brings us his fourth book in the series entitled “Noel Street.” Christmas 1975 is the setting, and a recently returned Vietnam POW is not only fighting demons from his past, but may also have the answer to someone else’s own secret pain. With a revelation that culminates in a remarkable act of love and forgiveness, Evans shares a story of heart, loyalty and hope as he explores the deeper meaning of the holiday season and asks what it truly means to love and forgive.

As part of the Elm Creek Quilt Series, “The Christmas Boutique” by Jennifer Chiaverini has been called captivating and heartwarming. Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique—an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. In the spirit of the season, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters begin setting up market booths in the Elm Creek Manor ballroom and decking the halls with beautiful handmade holiday quilts. It may take a holiday miracle or two to make it the smashing success they want it to be.

Lauded as a festive holiday adventure filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts comes the new release, “Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella. ’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, while trying to hang on to her favorite Christmas traditions. As the countdown to Christmas begins and her bighearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky wonders if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.

The latest addition to the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is offered up in “The 19th Christmas.” A fearsome criminal known only as “Loman” seizes control of the headlines just when the Club was dreaming of a quiet Christmas. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club.

Christmas is the perfect time for unexpected friendships and maybe even love. “Let It Snow” by Nancy Thayer finds Christina Antonioni preparing for the holidays at her Nantucket toy shop, unpacking last-minute shipments, and decorating for her loyal Christmas shoppers. But when her Scrooge of a landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent, it seems nearly impossible for Christina to continue business on the wharf. This story is guaranteed to warm the coldest of hearts.

If you dream of Christmas decorations, “A Cowboy Christmas” by Shanna Hatfield is a dream come true. A visually stunning holiday collection of décor, traditions, delicious food and the unique lifestyle of cowboys are all included. Infused with the stories of real-life ranch families and rodeo cowboys, this non-fiction book is filled with the joy of the season and brimming with love, making it a true celebration of the holidays.

The holidays are also a great time to watch some of your favorite movies with family and friends. The library has a good selection of classic titles and new releases to help you share the happiness. In between all the hustle and bustle, make sure to put a trip to the library on your list.