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Youth Book Recommendations for Holiday Gifts December 10, 2014

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As I look through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Kirkus Review and the American Library Association’s picks for best children’s books of 2014, ready to order what’s missing from our library collection, I realize that the books from these lists can be great for Holiday gift giving. When my kids were growing up, above all else, a new book was always ready for them to open on Christmas morning, and I love the idea from Amy Dickinson, now adopted by the Family Reading Partnership, of a book on every bed on Christmas morning. What a great holiday tradition to start, the idea being that a book will be the first thing opened up by a child on Christmas morning, with adventures and stories waiting to be discovered! So, taking from these great list compilations, I recommend the following books, all available at a CCLD library:

For younger readers:

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

Here Comes Destructosaurus by Aaron Reynolds

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Little Santa by Jon Agee

Gravity by Jason Chin

For middle readers:

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalvan

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

Happy Holiday Reading Everyone!

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift? December 19, 2011

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CCLD CardGive your child a gift that never needs batteries, doesn’t need assembly, doesn’t need to be fed or taken for a walk. Our gift idea lasts forever, never wears out, and is constantly exciting. And to make it even more special, it gives greater joy the more it’s used. And to make it really, really special (especially for the giver), it doesn’t cost a lot.

It’s the perfect gift, suitable for everyone on your list. It can take you places you’ve only dreamed of- far off lands, distant planets, ancient times, or even the to the future. It can help you become a better golfer, better parent, or a better person. It can provide you access to everything you’ve ever dreamed of. You can you use it whenever you want, exchange what you get with it, and is a gift your someone special will never grow tired of. And to make it really, really, really special- you can even give it to yourself.

By now you’re probably wondering “Where can I get one of these?” Well, it’s very simple. First, come down to the library and fill out a library card application and we’ll give you a library card. I’ve even got a great way for you to give it to someone. Check out three of four books and wrap the card and the books and set them under the tree. Save this very special package for last. When your special someone opens it up you can tell them the library card will get them presents all year long.

It doesn’t matter if you get the card for yourself, or get it for your kids (we require that they at least be able to print their name to get their own). And we offer a guarantee, if you aren’t fully satisfied with your library card after a lifetime of use, we’ll refund your money. Now I know I’m not going out on a limb here, seeing a library card is free and at that price, who would complain? Besides, I know it will be the best gift you will ever give and the best card you will ever receive.

Holiday Reading December 1, 2010

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ScroogenomicsThe commercialization of the holidays makes me cringe into withdrawal from the whole idea.  When I thought about what to read to get me in a mood of anticipation and pleasure, I first thought about fiction; I was pleasantly surprised by how many nonfiction books we have that would help.  So here are a few (listed below) and if you go to our catalog and just put in the word for the holiday that you are considering (such as Christmas or Hanukkah) and do an “everything” search, you will find many more.  Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year!

A simple Christmas : twelve stories that celebrate the true holiday spirit Huckabee, Mike, 1955- 2009 808.803 H882

Scroogenomics : why you shouldn’t buy presents for the holidays Waldfogel, Joel, 1962- 2009 339.47 W163

Christmas with Paula Deen : recipes and stories from my favorite holiday Deen, Paula H., 1947- 2007
641.5686 D311

300 ways to make the best Christmas ever : decorations, carols, crafts & recipes for every kind of Christmas tradition 2004
745.594 T531

The art of Jewish living : Hanukkah Wolfson, Ron. 1990
296.435 W861

Kwanzaa crafts : gifts and decorations for a meaningful and festive celebration McNair, Marcia Odle. 1998

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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