Even though the days can be shorter and chillier in February, you can always find a cozy spot to read at the Fuquay-Varina Community Library. Stop by for a fun program, work on a school project or pick up a few books to pass a long winter’s night. We’ve got the right books and stories for the whole family.
“Follow Your Heart” this month! Enjoy these heartfelt fiction books and these heart-healthy non-fiction books.
- “A Town Called Valentine” by Emma Cane
Welcome to Valentine Valley - where broken hearts come home to mend, and true love may lie just across the range … Emily Murphy never thought she’d return to her mom’s rustic hometown in the Colorado Mountains. But after her marriage in San Francisco falls apart, leaving her penniless and heartsick, she returns to her old family home to find a new direction for her life. On her first night back, though, an encounter with handsome rancher Nate Thalberg is not the fresh start she had in mind.
- “Another Piece of My Heart” by Jane Green
This is a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family, and the true meaning of motherhood. Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at 37, she’s finally found him. Ethan - divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia. Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family and motherhood - leaving both women standing at a crossroad in their lives, and in their hearts.
- “Heartbreak Hotel” by Jill Marie Landis
A supportive wife and mother, Tracy Potter always played by the rules and maintained a perfect home. But after her husband’s sudden death, she learns the devastating truth: all she believed in - from their wealth to their marriage vows was a perfect lie. Forced to start over, Tracy puts everything into resurrecting the Heartbreak Hotel, a long-abandoned turn-of-the-century inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. She’s determined to never again believe in anyone but herself - until the night mysterious loner Wade MacAllister checks in.
- “Hearts Divided” by Debbie Macomber
The author presents three stories that center around grandmothers who were all married to soldiers and who pass on advice about love, separation and wartime experience to their granddaughters.
- “Heart of Honor” by Kat Martin
When Krista Hart speaks out on a variety of social reform issues, she becomes the target of angry opposition, and Leif Draugr, a handsome, fierce Nordic chieftain whom Krista freed from a sideshow attraction, tries to protect her from unseen enemies. She can’t deny being attracted to Leif, especially after her father transforms him into a “proper” English gentleman.
- “Heart 411: the Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need” by Marc Gillinov and Steven Nissen (616.1 GILLI)
This is the definitive guide to heart health from two of America’s most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the top hospital for heart health in America. In this book, two renowned experts, heart surgeon Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Steven Nissen, tackle the questions their patients have raised over their decades of practice. Can the stress of my job really lead to a heart attack? How does exercise help my heart, and what is the right amount and type of exercise? What are the most important tests for my heart, and when do I need them? How do symptoms and treatments differ among men, women and children?
- “Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas: a Five Week Program for Living a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle” by Jennifer Mieres and Terri Ann Parnell (616.1 MIERE)
This groundbreaking book is the first to take into consideration the heart health of women of color and provide an action plan to overcome the unique cultural and genetic challenges they face in staying heart healthy. It doesn’t merely present generic information on diet, exercise and eliminating stress, but highlights the importance of community, culture and lifestyle. This complete five week program includes ways to eat a heart-healthy diet by learning what to eat and how much as well as how to modify traditional recipes so they still taste the same.
- “The Road to a Healthy Heart Runs Through the Kitchen” by Joseph C. Piscatella (616.1 PISCA)
This book is the cardiac patient’s step-by-step guide to cooking and eating in the real world. Born out of Joe Piscatella’s own experience of coming back from emergency bypass surgery - and his wife’s determination to gather the recipes and prepare the foods that would keep her husband alive.
- “Heal Your Heart with Wine and Chocolate: and 99 Other Ways Women Can Protect Their Hearts” by Debora Yost (616.1 YOST)
Less than 40 percent of American women realize that heart disease is their leading health threat, killing twice as many women a year as all cancers combined. Even fewer realize that it is almost totally preventable. In fact, women can reduce their risk of getting heart disease by as much as 84 percent by making simple lifestyle changes-like eating a little chocolate and having a glass of wine each day.
- “Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque before It’s Too Late” by Stephen T. Sinatra (616.12 SINAT)
While most books focus solely on the role of cholesterol in heart disease, this book draws on new research that points to the surprising other causes. Two leading cardiologists draw on their collective 50 years of clinical cardiology research to show you how to combine the benefits of modern medicine, over-the-counter vitamins and supplements and simple lifestyle changes to have a healthy heart.
NOW HEAR THIS! ADULT AUDIO BOOKS
Enjoy these stories of love and hope – while you’re on the go!
- “Love in a Nutshell” by Janet Evanovich
- “The Least Likely Bride” by Jane Feather
- “A Scandalous Marriage” by Cathy Maxwell
- “A Bend in the Road” by Nicholas Sparks
- “Hope for the Troubled Heart” by Billy Graham (248.8 GRAHA)
YOUTH PROGRAMS – Toddlers, Preschool, and School Age
At the Fuquay-Varina Community Library this month, there are great programs to celebrate the great February holidays. Join us!
- Twenty minute lap time program for moms and babies
- Wednesdays at 10 a.m. throughout February
- For Toddlers ages 1-3
- Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout February
- For Preschoolers ages 3-5
- Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. throughout February
- For Preschoolers ages 3-5
- Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. throughout February
K – 5th ADVENTURES
The Art of the Chinese Tangram
- We will read a story, learn about the history of the tangram puzzle and use the seven puzzle pieces to make our own puzzle picture.
- Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Craft for Valentine’s Day!
- We will read a valentine’s story, learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and make an old fashioned pinprick valentine to take home.
- Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Explore President’s Day
- We will read a story about one of our presidents, answer trivia questions and make a simple hat like George Washington wore.
- Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Read Dr. Seuss!
- With the help of the Fuquay-Varina Juniorettes, celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday early! We will read a Dr. Seuss story and have games and activities.
- Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m.
YOUTH MAIN DISPLAY
Some of the best stories start with “Once Upon a Time…” Here are a few you’ll enjoy.
Easy Books (E)
- “When My Baby Dreams of Fairytales” by Adele Enersen
This book features a new mom’s photographic journey through her baby daughter’s adventures as she sleeps. Based on classic fairy tales.
- “The Kiss that Missed” by David Melling
When the King’s goodnight kiss misses the Little Prince, a knight is ordered to go find it in the forest among the bears, owls, wolves and even a big dragon.
- “The King’s Taster” by Kenneth Oppel
The royal chef takes Max the dog, the royal taster, on several international journeys to find a dish for the land’s pickiest king.
- “King Hugo’s Huge Ego” by Chris Van Dusen
When haughty King Hugo tangles with a sorceress, she causes him to see himself in a more realistic light.