Now that Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas season is upon us with a vengeance. If you’re like me and find the traffic jams, the holiday music in every store, the mammoth “Toys R Us” flyers a little annoying try a different take on the season. Here’s how the library can help…and you don’t need to spend another Christmas dime. Just remember to bring your library card.
- Save money by making your own gifts…fast:
Visit the Art Room on the 2nd floor and check out Christmas in Minutes: Festive Crafts in Less Than an Hour. Or how about Last-Minute Christmas Gifts: Crafting Quick and Classy Presents for Everyone on Your List.
- Watch a Christmas movie:
How about checking out some of our favorites like Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Alvin and the Chipmunks etc.
- Get Inspired with Christmas Entertaining books:
You may not be Martha Stewart but you can get a few good ideas on baking perfect cookies or decorating that bare-looking mantle. Christmas with Southern Living will show you how to dress for dinner, make gifts from your kitchen and bake mudslide brownies. Country Living: Merry and Bright–301 Festive Ideas for Celebrating Christmas will even show you how to make “Spitzbuebe”.
- Attend a Holiday Program:
Come to the main library’s rotunda at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 19 and enjoy the soothing, nostalgic sounds of Holiday Music with harpist Lisa Washington Calvo.
- Dance, sing, reminisce to our Holiday Music CDs:
Are you fond of traditional classics like Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song or would you prefer Simple Gifts-A Windham Hill Collection or how about the not-so-traditional Christmas Rap Music?
- Compare brand ratings before you buy your Christmas gifts:
Don’t know which Flat Screen TV or GPS system is the best buy? Be an enlightened shopper and read “Consumer Reports” (magazine or buying guide) at the Periodical Desk or search our online databases here or at home for many product comparisons and ratings.
- Keep the kids entertained while you cook, clean, wrap etc. with one of our Video Games:
Check out a “PlayStation” or “XBOX” game at the Main Library or a Wii game at the West Branch.
- Listen to one of our Books-on-CD, Books-on-Tape or Audio Downloadable Books as you bake, drive, decorate, etc.:
Instead of watching this holiday film why not listen to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? MCL owns both the audiocassette and the CD version.
- Escape the hustle and bustle by spending some time at a local museum:
With your library card you can check out a museum pass to the Currier Museum of Art or the Millyard Museum. Both the Main and West Branch libraries have passes that will get you into a number of museums for free or for reduced rates.
- Investigate winter holiday traditions in other countries and cultures:
This time of year is celebrated in many other cultures. Our books, films, music CDs etc. will help you broaden your horizons.