Reviews and Blog Posts: Holidays

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: BOOKS FOR KIDS & TEENS

Hug Machine

At the closing of every year, librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system collaborate on a list of their favorite children's and teen publications from that year. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just a good recommendation to read, here are our suggestions, the best and brightest of 2014.

Browse the titles in our catalog. 

Books for the Very Youngest:

Crafting with Engage!

Come see us this Saturday for loads of crafting fun. We have three different branches that are hosting easy, creative craft programs.

Holidays on ice

by David Sedaris

Reviewer Rating:
4

Give yourself a break during the hectic holiday season, or any other time of the year, by listening to David Sedaris read his Holidays on Ice, a collection of Christmas (and other holiday) stories including "The Santaland Diaries," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" and "The Dunbar Family Christmas Letter." If you don't...

Curiosities and Wonders

Thanksgiving Bread Basket

It's no secret the holidays can challenge even the most harmonious family relationships. Someone, somewhere, will be uttering "less is more" while dodging a dinner roll. Table conversations can escalate faster than a Facebook firestorm. Knowing how to navigate discussions around dueling politics or between divided sports fans is a prized holiday survival skill. 

So how can you keep the holiday sparkle alive and the goodwill flowing? Think trivia! Curiosities and wonders appeal to all ages. Ensure a harmonious (and educational) meal with the people you love most by taking one of these books to your next family gathering.

Thanksgivukkah! Huh?

Thanksgivukkah

Yes, Thanksgivukkah. For the first time since 1888, the all-American harvest celebration and the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights coincide, on Thursday, November 28. There's even a Facebook page about it, from which we've borrowed the Woodstock-ish image.

Jonathan Mizrahi, a graduate student in quantum physics (and no relation to the designer Isaac Mizrahi, as far as I know), has calculated that this convergence of the Gregorian (secular) and Jewish (religious) calendars won't happen again until the year 79811. The redoubtable Steve Morse (mentioned in a previous post about calendars) arrived at a date slightly different from Mizrahi's, but everyone agrees that this is an extremely rare event, not to be repeated in our lifetimes.

Holidays, Music, and Crafts!

Holidays

Celebrate the holidays with Fresh City Life My Branch--and look ahead to 2013!

2 of our branches are having Holiday Open House Celebrations on Saturday, December 15:

The Sam Gary Celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature  the Castle Rock Community Ringers Handbell Choir. Refreshments will be served. Join us!

Holiday Happenings with Fresh City Life My Branch

Holiday cookies

Whether you want to create something for the holidays or get away from the bustle, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this weekend!

Even if you haven't bought all your gifts yet, you know you'll have to wrap them! Take some time to do a relaxing craft that's also kind to the environment--Make a Cloth Gift Bag at Schlessman Family Branch Library  on Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. These reusable bags are perfect for any small item and will give any gift that extra personal touch. We'll have lots of great fabric for you to choose from, but feel free to bring your own!

When can you come over and pick up your holiday gifts?

Reveille 3

There's a big red sack full of holiday gifts for you at the library. Come and get 'em!

At Fresh City Life, we know this is a busy time of year for folks. And sometimes we'd all just like to slow down and enjoy the season. 

We've put together a couple concerts so you can do just that. Please join us for these special events:

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Holiday Concert with Reveille 3
Saturday, December 1, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Sign Up Now for December Classes! Plus, Holiday Music!

Microcrafts

Have you looked ahead to the great Fresh City Life My Branch events happening in December? Make sure to sign up NOW for these sure-to-be popular crafts!

To register, call the branch, or email us at fclmybrach@denverlibrary.org. Adults only, please.

Winter Stockings, Wednesday, November 28 6 p.m. at Smiley. 720-865-0260

Paper Flowers, Saturday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek. 720-865-0120

Get Ready for the Holidays with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Book wreath

The holidays are coming! Whether you need recipe (or healthy eating!) tips, something to decorate with, or an idea for a special gift, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you!

Plan on keeping your holidays healthy with Eating Healthy During the Holidays on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Traci Carpenter, MNT, is the Tamarac Whole Foods Market healthy eating specialist. She'll talk about eating well during the holidays, and you'll take home creative ideas and a stomach full of samples!

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