If I weren’t writing this column this morning, I’d be curled up on the couch under a blanket reading the latest book I checked out from our library. It’s almost as good as hibernating for the winter. You often hear about great beach reads to take on vacation. You see commercials where people lounge near the ocean, stretched out on a chair with their sunglasses, their hats and a cool drink. They always have a book in their hands. Well, you can approximate that picture this time of year. You just need to read a book that will carry you away to some southern locale to feel warmer during our current bitterly cold temperatures.

You don’t need to slather yourself in tanning lotion, and you don’t need to fly to some distant locale to imagine the sun’s warm rays. You just need a book that takes place somewhere warm and that holds your attention. We have lots of books like that in the library, so visit soon to get some suggestions. Instead of holding a book, you can keep your hands warm under a blanket by checking out an audio book. Then you can just listen and drift away to the tropics.

We also have quite a few DVDs that take place in warmer climes. You might consider checking out a few of those while waiting for Spring temperatures to arrive. We’ll pull together a selection of all of the above so you can choose one quickly before your car even cools down.

Be sure to visit before Thursday, Jan. 12, as we’ll be closed that day in order to attend staff training at our district library office. We’ll reopen Friday morning at 10 a.m.

If our cooler temperatures don’t bother you, come out the following Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear the next Music on Main! Jam Session. The warmth of the happy crowd and the hot licks of the musicians will heat up the room as soon as they begin to play. All are invited, and there is no charge!

We’re already thinking about warmer temperatures as we begin planning our Summer Reading Programs for the year. This year’s theme is, “Building a Better World.” We’ve scheduled a fun storyteller and have talked with the local extension office to provide some programs on “building” a backyard garden. Watch for more information over the next few months.

If you have any comments or suggestions about books, movies, programs or activities you’d like to see, please let us know. We don’t have a suggestion box, but keep a notebook near the desk to jot down comments from our visitors. We welcome those you care to share, and will consider each and every one. Stay warm, Pleasanton!