Get ready for Christmas by reading some Christmas themed books! We have picture books, including Counting Christmas, by Karen Katz; The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg; and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss. We also have many versions of classic Christmas stories, such as The Nutcracker, by John Cech; The Nutcracker, by Susan Jeffers; and Clement C. Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Kat Whelan. For chapter books about Christmas, check out the books Christmas in Camelot, by Mary Pope Osborne; Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday, by Megan McDonald; The Last Holiday Concert, by Andrew Clements. If you’re interested in learning more about the holiday, check out the nonfiction titles Celebrate Christmas, by Joanne Mattern; Christmas Around the World, by Emily Kelley; and The Story of Christmas, by Barbara Cooney; plus many more.
Kwanzaa begins on December 26, so read some books about the holiday to celebrate. If you’re looking for a picture book, check out the titles My First Kwanzaa, by Karen Katz; Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, by Donna L. Washington; or Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story, by Angela Shelf Medearis. For children interested in learning more about the holiday, we also have nonfiction books, such as Kwanzaa, by Trudi Strain Trueit; Celebrate Kwanzaa, by Carolyn Otto; K is for Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book, by Juwanda G. Ford; Crafts for Kwanzaa, by Kathy Ross; Celebrating Kwanzaa, by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith; Seven Candles for Kwanzaa, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; and others.
New Book-Club-in-a Bag Titles
The Library is adding six new Book Club in a Bag titles to its collection. If you’ve always wanted to start a book club or if your existing book club is looking for an easier way to select books, then the Library’s Book Club in a Bag may be just what you need. The Book Club in a Bag contains everything you need to run a book-discussion group.
Each canvas tote bag checks out for six weeks and contains 10 copies of a discussible title, usually a large type, audio material, and an information package with a summary, book reviews, biographical information, discussion questions, an author interview, and suggestions for further reading. The bag also includes a sign-up sheet for the leader to keep track of who has which book. The Library is adding Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes; The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman; Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian; The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri; The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty; and The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown to the collection.
If the title your book club selects is not available in the Book Club in a Bag collection, you can also ask the Reference Librarians if multiple copies of your selection can be interloaned for your group. The Librarians will provide background information and discussion questions for your group if available.
Academic Quiz Bowl
Test your knowledge at the "Academic Quiz Bowl," which has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 30 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Using a buzzer system, students in grades 6-9 will compete in a quiz bowl. Questions will be age appropriate and cover various subjects, including: current events, women in history, science and math, sports, pop culture, and literature.
Registration begins online on October 23 on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 16 young adults.