Make reading a part of your holiday!


Yes, the library is closed on Thanskgiving Day, but you can still make reading together or watching movies together a special part of your holiday celebrations.Try these ideas:

  • Having children as guests? Choose favorite books from your own shelves or check out some picture books from the Kids Library to share with them.
  • Need some background music to set the scene? Check out Holiday music CDs and start your own rotation on the stereo — you can check out 10 CDs on your library card.
  • Read a picture book aloud to your gathering- my daughter calls it “circle time” – so that everyone can enjoy the same story. Bonus – the younger children will see that the adults value reading and stories too!
  • Many people stock up on books and movies when they will have a day off to relax – the library has thousands to choose from. Take home an big armful of choices and then snuggle in to enjoy them!
  • Are you looking to add some reflection to your celebration? Consider reading a poem aloud as a blessing for your gathering and your meal – At the Common Table: Poems for Thanksgiving from the Academy of American Poets provides excellent background and full text for poems like “The Pumpkin” by Whittier, Langston Hughes’ “Let America be America Again” or “The Thanksgivings” a translation of a traditional Iroquois prayer. Or browse the poetry collections in the 810’s for more ideas.
  • Are the kids acting shy around relatives they haven’t seen in a while? Use reading books together to bridge the gap until everyone warms up. Reading is magical like that!
  • Don’t rely on television to be showing the perfect movie at the perfect time – take home some family friendly DVDs for everyone to enjoy together. In the Kids Library, try the Feature and Disney sections, and in the Media Center, browse the Family section for crowd-pleasing choices. Plus, grab a few new releases or video games from the DVD Dispenser for an extra treat!
  • Houseguests feeling housebound? Are you already tired of shopping? The library is open again on Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-9pm. For younger guests, show them the saltwater aquarium and huge murals in the Kids Library, then let them play in the Family Zone and Story Zone with engaging toys and activities. Adults are sure to be interested in the World War II exhibit in the Sabatini Gallery. And while your guests from outside the library’s service area can’t check out materials (unless you check them out on your own library card) they are eligible for a 2 hour pass for the public computers!

Have a safe and joyful holiday. We are thankful for you, however and whenever you use the library!

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.