Off the Shelf: Putting the Pieces Together at the Library

By Sharon Saye on October 25, 2017 from Off the Shelf via

The library has a large collection of over 200 jigsaw puzzles.  They check out just like books for two weeks; we are restricting puzzle checkouts to one at a time because of the possibility of mixing up different puzzle pieces.  The collection is designed for adults since most of the puzzles are over 1,000 pieces although we do have some floor puzzles for children.
The puzzles range from 300 pieces all the way up to 3,000.  Some are fairly easy and some will be extremely hard.  The companies range from Ravensburger to Eurographics to Clementoni to Spingbok.
We add new puzzles regularly; just recently we added several  puzzles designed to help those with dementia and Alzheimers.  They have 35 pieces and encourage active minds.  The titles are: “Winter Snow,” Spring Stream,” “Seaside Nostalgia,” and “Seaview.”
There are fine art reproduction puzzles including Monet’s “Woman with Umbrella,” Edgar Degas’ “Ballerina,” Renoir’s “The Luncheon,” Van Gogh’s “Wheat Field and Mountains,” and M. C. Escher’s “Up and Down.”
There are scenic puzzles including “Autumn Hills,” “Cinque Terre, Italy,” “Rock Creek Crossing,” “Exotic Harbor,” “Neuschwanstein Castle in Autumn,” “Tuscan Flair,” “Yosemite Valley,” “Bear Lake,” and “In The Still Night of Dawn.”
Animal lovers will want to try assembling the beautiful owl in “Owls and Chicks,” or the horses in “Taking Flight.”  Or they can watch the animals come together in “Northwood’s Moose,” “Autumn Lady,” or “Everything’s Ducky.”
You can enjoy puzzles depicting “Star Trek: The Original Cast,” “Dinosaurs,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Red Rose,” “Quilting Bees,” “Durango Express,” or “White Tiger Face.”  Educational puzzles range from “Famous Writers” to “Flags of the World” to “History of Aviation,” to “Vintage Fire Engines.”    We also have some 3D puzzles such as “Tower Bridge,” “Saint Peter’s Basilica,” “Big Ben” and “Victorian House.” 
The collection is kept in the conference room so please ask at the circulation desk if you wish to see it.  There are a lot of choices to keep you occupied as fall weather slowly shifts to winter.  Our only caveat is that you are responsible for returning all the puzzle pieces in the zip lock bag provided.  The library staff does not have the time to count the 3,000 pieces of “Antique Map of the World.”   If a puzzle is missing pieces when you assemble it, please let us know when it is returned.

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