Some of the recent additions to the Dallas County Library collection include the following:

• “Christmas From the Heart” from Better Homes & Gardens — Make this Christmas the best ever with handmade gifts, one-of-a-kind crafts, easy holiday decorating ideas and delicious goodies from the kitchen. Celebrate the season by making it a Christmas everyone will always remember.

• “The One-Minute Money Mentor for Women: 21 Strategies for Financial Empowerment” — Deborah Smith Pegues, a certified public accountant and best-selling author, wants to give readers the financial know-how and insider secrets that will set them free. No matter the readers’ stage of life — single or married, young or not-so-young and no matter how much they make — they will find useful tips and answers to their difficult questions.

• “The Aging Brain” by Timothy R. Jennings, MD — While growing older is inevitable, many of the troubles associated with aging are not. Filled with simple, everyday actions people can take to avoid disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late onset Alzheimer's, this is an easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout lives. Based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, the interventions explained in this book offer a hopeful, healthy way forward.

• “Riding the Elephant” by Craig Ferguson — From the comedian, actor and former host of “The Late Late Show” comes an irreverent, lyrical memoir in essays featuring his signature wit, with a look into the mind and recollections of the unique and twisted Scottish-American. Some stories were too graphic for television, too politically incorrect for social media or too meditative for a stand-up comedy performance. 

• “The Girls Guide to Conquering Life” by Erica and Jonathan Catherman — This practical guide helps readers gain confidence and develop life skills, such as how to ace an interview, change a tire, dating, creating a budget, handling peer pressure and 97 other skills readers need to thrive.

• “Unleashed” by Diana Palmer — Clancey Lang knows how to run. She's been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother's lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else, especially a man. Although, she's tempted — mighty tempted — to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. 

• “The Summer Guest” by Mary Alice Monroe — Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast; a perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But it's also peak hurricane season. When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends in North Carolina, bringing only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn't what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it's what they'll take with them once they leave.

The Dallas County Library, 219 W. Main St., Buffalo, is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Friends of the Library, 211 W. Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The library offers faxing services, copies and public computers. For more information, call (417) 345-2647, visit the library online at dallascountylibrary.missouri.org or follow the library Facebook page.

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