Reviews and Blog Posts: Christmas


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.

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Books for the Very Youngest:

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas past

by Sharyn McCrumb

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It seems like at some point all fiction authors write a holiday themed novella. This one is by Sharyn McCrumb who is known for her Ballad mysteries which are based in Appalachia.  This tale has two stories running concurrently– one about Nora Bonesteel who has the “Sight” and her neighbors,...

A Midwinter Night's Dream

A Midwinter Night's Dream

It can be challenging to find holiday music that isn't merely cheery, kitschy, or weirdly dark, leading many including myself to steer clear of it (while enjoying when certain renditions come up on the radio). Of course, it's hard to go wrong with jazz, but sometimes a person needs variety. This album just might fit the ticket.

Canadian musician and self-made record label owner Loreena McKennitt, best known for her 1997 song "The Mummer's Dance," has continued to produce great things, including this unique and wonderful collection of traditional old world holiday music, Midwinter Night's Dream (2008). It sometimes sounds as if it could be the original soundtrack to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, such as what you might imagine the elves of Mirkwood or the hobbits to play on rustic instruments during feasts.

I saw mommy biting Santa Claus : a zombie Christmas parody

by Matt Mogk

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An interesting twist on a classic tale about a boy and his dog fighting for survival during a zombie outbreak at Christmas. After witnessing his mother attacking Santa on Christmas Eve, Johnny knows just what to do. With a little prep and the right supplies, Johnny, his dog Fido, and...

Holidays on ice

by David Sedaris

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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...

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

That Is NOT a Good Idea!

The holidays are almost upon us, and here at Denver Public Library the Children's Librarians have been hard at work, gathering the very best books published in 2013 to help you give the gift of reading to the children and teens in your life. 

Books for the Very Youngest

Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo.  Alphablock is a lift-the-letter-as-the-flap book with the die-cut letter on top and the pictorial representation underneath. This beautiful book will be read again and again.

The gift

by Nora Roberts

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This Christmastime romance contains three novellas: Home for Christmas, All I Want for Christmas, and Gabriel's Angel.  In Home for Christmas, globe-trotting reporter Jason returns to his small-town home with the hopes of winning back the heart of his high school sweetheart.   All I Want for Christmas is the story of a special...

NOS4A2 : a novel

by Joe Hill

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“Every man loves a hot girl with a history of making mistakes. Because it’s always possible she’ll make one with you.” -- Lou Carmody, NOS4A2

Holiday Magic

Cee Lo's Magic Moment

Amp up any holiday party with new tunes or remakes of Christmas classics. Whether you prefer R&B, country or jazz music, there is much to choose from in 2012 to complement your favorites.

Hold lists are started for new Christmas albums by these artists. Place your holds online or give us a call. We are happy to help!


A Christmas story

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Am I the only person who hasn't seen this heartwarming and hilarious Christmas flick? 

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