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As the new year arrived, we ran the numbers to find out which books were checked out the most by Washington County readers in 2018. Deep Freeze by John Sandford topped the adult fiction list, followed closely by The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger. 

On the nonfiction side, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance continued its run of popularity, followed closely by one of 2018’s most lauded memoirs, Educated by Tara Westover, and another 2017 blockbuster, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. 

Check out the full lists of adult fiction, nonfiction, and kids and teen fiction on our blog! 

Keep reading to check out some of our programming highlights for the month of January!

Winter Reads: Read. Share. Repeat.

Winter goes a whole lot faster with a book, and everything is better with prizes! Visit any Washington County Library branch and look for the Winter Reads display to see book recommendations from our librarians and fellow readers. Submit reviews of your favorite books, share your current reads with us on social media (#WinterReads), and get entered to win some great bookish prizes! Learn more on our website.  

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Nintendo Switch games added

Our video game collection is expanding! We've added Nintendo Switch games, including popular titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We also have extra copies of this year's big titles like Red Dead Redemption II for PS4. And, you can now browse the video game collection on the shelves at all branches. Stop in at your local branch (or place a hold in the catalog) to find a great new game to play.  

First-ever Fix-It Clinic in Woodbury

Want to learn how to repair basic household items like lamps or small electronics? Stop by our Fix-It Clinic at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury on January 12! You can bring up to three items (small enough to carry into the building) and work alongside a volunteer fixer to learn how to disassemble, troubleshoot, and repair the piece. Learn more on our website!    

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New public calendar launches

We're excited to be starting the new year with a new online events calendar! It's clean, pretty, and much easier to use (especially on mobile devices). You can filter programs to find just what you want, easily add events to your personal calendar, and more. Learn about the calendar on our blog or check it out for yourself at  

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Spotlight On... Creativity

The start of a new year is the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing! Washington County Library has the tools, materials, programs, and resources that can help you tap into your creative right brain. Whether it’s trying your hand (literally!) at some of our yarn craft groups, making a DIY masterpiece at a “Let’s Make Stuff” program, dabbling in a little creative writing, or using your artistic talents to fill in a coloring book page or two from our digital collection, we’ve got you covered. Learn more on our website

Library Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All Washington County Library locations will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hours for associate libraries in Stillwater and Bayport may be different, so be sure to check our calendar. Even though our buildings are closed, you can still access your library account on our website,, and check out ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through our online catalog.

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