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Holiday Reads

December 10, 2010

Wile away the winter weather with a cheery fire, hot mug of cider and a holiday book, music or movie  from your local library. 

Still hot gluing and stitching  home made presents?  Tidings & Trimmings by Cathy Pendleton contains traceable patterns for adorable angels, bunnies and skaters. If it's a new decorating theme you're after, you're sure to find one in O Christmas Tree (A Leisure Arts Publication) using your old family photos (A Holiday Heritage), patriotic angels or a tree based on your childhood memories.

Undecided about your holiday menus? Tired of the same old baked ham? Holiday Cooking with America's Top Chefs will inspire you with new ways to prepare and present holiday feasts using menus from Food Network Kitchens and Chefs of The Today Show; holiday potluck ideas from Emeril Lagasse and suggestions for "semi-homemade desserts" by Sandra Lee.

If you're exhausted from baking and decorating,  relax with a holiday-themed novel. In The Gift, Cecelia Ahern spins a witty, warm and wise modern-day fable of love, regret, hope and second chances.  Through three insightful stories, Jane Green's This Christmas presents   three very different women who face questions of the heart that could change all their Christmases to come.

In Christmas in New York, a non-fiction,  Daniel Pool takes the reader on a present-day tour of New York Christmas attractions as he reveals little-known stories to be found in its past.  In The Oxford Illustrated Dickens Christmas Stories, you'll find a good bedside book whose tone reflects  changes in its author -  from young and  high spirited  to darker, more sinister themes.  The 19th Century engravings are reproduced from his original editions. 

On December 22 at 6:30 p.m. we'll show a  1945 holiday classic (free) movie starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet - a humorous tale of Christmas antics  from Manhattan to Connecticut.

No matter where your holiday preparations, plans or interests lie, your library has many engaging books, music and DVDs to enhance your December celebrations.  Happy Holidays!

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