Posted by: HOUCV | 12/09/2011

Holiday Books at Centerville Public Library

Trying to find some holiday spirit?  Try one of these holiday selections at the Centerville Public Library!

Looking for some wonderful and creative Christmas ideas? Try “Victoria 500 Christmas Ideas” by Kimberly Meisner, one of our book in the adult nonfiction collection.

If you are wanting to have a Christmas to remember this book is perfect for you. There are fabulous suggestions for decorating, baking, wrapping, and all things holiday!  Brimming with beautiful color photographs, Victoria 500 Christmas Ideas provides the inspiration and instruction needed to surround yourself and your family with the beauty of the season.  Create a winter wonderland in your front yard or an intimate table setting that sparkles. Bake delicious cookies good enough to leave for Santa himself. Load the Christmas tree with lovely decorations and uniquely wrapped gifts boxes. Display a handmade wreath on the door to welcome your guests. Many projects take only moments, while others need a little more time and attention. Either way, Victoria will bring the best of Christmas to your home.

You can also try one of our fiction books like “The Christmas Wedding” by James Patterson.

In this story the tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married–and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day–she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise–she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.
 
 
Or you can snuggle up with your favorite children’s Christmas book like “The Christmas Candle” by Richard Paul Evans.
 
This book is about Thomas on his way home for Christmas, he needs a light for his lantern. He stops in an old candlemaker’s shop and is dismissive of all of the old man’s intricate and beautiful candles, buying an inexpensive one. However, as he continues his journey, this simple candle takes on some unbelievable power. By the light of the candle, he mistakes a beggar woman for his mother and gives her his cloak and he thinks a man lying in the streets with no place to go is his brother and gives everything he has to put him in an inn for the night. Though he loses all his material items, he finally arrives home with a new-found sense of what family can be. 
 

There is also Bubbie and Zadie Come to My House: A Story for Hanukkah by Daniel Halevi Bloom. This Hanukkah tale features the magical grandma and grandpa that comes and bring with the spirit of Hanukkah on the first night of the holiday. Bubbie and Zadie tell the children wonderful stories, play the dreidel game with them, and offer them sound words of wisdom.

For a multimedia experience, try viewing the informational children’s DVD  Kwanzaa (Call number J394.26 KWA). Traditional West African drums, spirited dances, colorful candles and traditional clothes introduce young viewers to the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa. This program explores the seven principles of the Kwanzaa festival: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work, Cooperation, Purpose, Creativity and Faith in Self.

This DVD is part of the multivolume Holidays for Children DVD Series, which included discs on Christmas and Hanukkah.

For more information about Holiday books and resources, call your local branch.

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