Letter from the Director: Something to Warm the Cockles

Dear Greene County Public Library friends and family,

I love this time of the year. Getting to spend time with my family during the holidays warms my soul and reminds me of what matters in life—keeping myself surrounded by people who bring me joy. Bringing in the new year is always exciting for me, because I love thinking of ways our library can be better for our patrons. Each new year brings more beneficial changes to our libraries and nothing makes me happier than our libraries helping our communities.

Something to look forward to in the upcoming year is our new bookmobile. Yes, it’s time for our beloved Bertha, whom we welcomed into our family in 2001, to be replaced. Keep looking out for updates in our Library Links and website about our new bookmobile; our library patrons can plan on seeing our new bookmobile in action in late 2020, early 2021. Until that happens, Bertha will still be taking literacy on the road to schools and events.

In non-library-related news, if you’re looking for something delicious during this cold season, I’ve recently found a great recipe for hot chocolate. (My favorite winter drink!)


Take three big squares of your favorite dark or milk chocolate, and combine with 1 cup of milk. Then add:

  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • A couple drops of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

That’s all you need to make it! Whisk it together and set it on your stove on medium-high heat and make sure it doesn’t boil. If you want to add some spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper into it while it’s heating up.


Whether or not you make hot chocolate this winter, I hope that each and every one of you have a great holiday season and may your new year bring happiness.

As always, let us know how Greene County Public Library can help you.

Karl Colón, Director

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