Most of the new books that the library adds to our collection are recently published. We like to make sure that our patrons have the latest and most popular titles. But we also have a lot of classics for all ages. Sometimes our copies get damaged or just plain worn out and we replace them.

This week we received some beautiful new copies of a couple of classic series.

Many will remember the award-winning Little House on the Prairie children’s books. The nine books in this series chronicle the life of the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura was truly an American pioneer who traveled with her family during the late 1800s. The first book, Little House in the Big Woods, tells of her early childhood living in a cabin in the Wisconsin forest. From there the next few books follow the Ingalls family as they move into Indian Territory in Kansas, a small town in Minnesota, and finally to South Dakota, where they settle down and are involved in creating a new town. The final book in the series, The First Four Years, tells of the start of Laura’s married life and the challenges she faced. The books are recommended for ages 8-12.

Readers of Fantasy fiction will all be familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings series. We received new paperback copies of the trilogy plus the prequel, The Hobbit. Full of wizards, trolls, dwarves, elves, and even dragons, these epic stories are considered by some to be the greatest fantasy series of all time and have been made into blockbuster movies. The trilogy contains: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. These stories take place in the imaginary lands of the Shire and Middle-earth, where characters such as Frodo Baggins and the wizard Gandolf follow the fight for the One Ring that will bring great power to its possessor.

Whether you remember these classics and want to read them again, or you have heard of them but never got around to reading them, this is your chance. They are new and just waiting to be checked out!