Library Column for December 6, 2017

@ Your Library

    This Saturday, December 6th at 10:15 am the library will host a reenactor of the early travelers through this area, the voyageurs. Experience the wilderness through reenactment of the 1800’s with French Canadian voyageur Jacques La Christian. See Indian bead work, flintlock rifles and pistols, along with furs of various types used in the fur trade in the US and Canada. Jacques expertise in balancing humor, history, and meaning brings a program you won’t forget.  This program made possible with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

    Take a look at the two newest holiday decoration and cooking books for ideas and inspiration. Christmas from the Heart, volume 25 of the popular Better Homes and Garden Series and Taste of Home Christmas, 2017. Both have great recipe ideas, beautiful decorations and more. If the current year’s edition is checked out we have many older years that might include the inspiration you need to get excited about the holiday season. And of course don’t forget magazines for wonderful ideas. Try ‘Family Circle,’ ‘Good Housekeeping,’ ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Redbook,’ or ‘Taste of Home.’

    Holiday titles are often light and fluffy pieces that an author can write quickly. They can give you a sense of the familiar and relieve stress during the holiday season. Check out these or other holiday titles for your reading pleasure this month. Fern Michael has a new title called Holly and Ivy about an airline heiress facing another festive season alone. Diana Palmer has a new tale in Wyoming Winter. Or borrow Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber or Just a Little Christmas by Janet Dailey.

    Elin Hilderbrand continues her Winter Street series with a fourth book called Winter Solstice. The Quinn family is looking forward to celebrating the holidays under the same roof for the first time in a while. But it wouldn’t be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly. Be sure and read the first three books as well, Winter Street, Winter Stroll, and Winter Storms.

    And for the kids laugh together over Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, ponder gift-giving with The Lost Gift by Kallie George or The biggest Smallest Christmas Present by Harriet Muncaster. Have your kids heard the classic Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban or Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss or The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson? Any or all would make a great family read-aloud then watch the movie together as a family. Create a new family tradition and read a story then watch the movie! Pick a new story each year or find a favorite that must be watched each year. A regional tale that is a beautiful Christmas story is The Christmas Tree Ship by Jeanette Winter.

    Do you have to travel this holiday season? Try A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig on cd for great family listening.