D.I.Y. Holiday? The Time to Start is…NOW!

Yes, yes, it’s two weeks before Thanksgiving, and for many of us it’s too early to think of the holidays. But for those who are among the ranks of making gifts for loved ones, the time to start is…NOW!  Check out these do-it-yourself books to help you make that special gift that will be cherished forever. Continue reading “D.I.Y. Holiday? The Time to Start is…NOW!”

Gift Books for Kids (Nonfiction is your friend!)

~posted by Selby G.

If you are reading this post to get ideas about what book to gift a child for the holidays you are probably envisioning a fiction book. Maybe a classic like Treasure Island or an award winner such as Brown Girl Dreaming. And although I fully support loading a kid’s life with fabulous fiction books, I ask you not to forget the nonfiction. Children’s nonfiction has exploded in recent years and there are some amazing books that will fascinate and enthrall. Below are just a few of what you will find when you wander into the ‘fact section’. Continue reading “Gift Books for Kids (Nonfiction is your friend!)”

Gift Giving Ideas

This is the time of the year when many people give gifts. Some people are easy to buy for and others are more challenging. We have both types on our lists! For inspiration, we took a look at books on gift giving in the library’s collection, did some internet searching and brainstorming, and came up with several ideas that we hope will help. Of course, it is all about who you are giving to, so we thought a variety of ideas could give the best assistance.

We can’t sell you our books, music, magazines or DVDs, but we can be a great source for ideas! You can even give them a “test drive.” Or, if you have a general idea of what your person likes to read, how about a suggestion from one of our booklists? There is a list of books suggested for booklovers on the Library Foundation’s page. If a magazine subscription is a possibility, come in to one of our locations and browse a variety of magazines. Continue reading “Gift Giving Ideas”

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Best Musicals

Need help finding a last-minute gift for Broadway-loving friends? Here are a few suggestions of recent original cast recordings that should brighten their holidays! Three of these shows were nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and the fourth one is in the running for a nomination for 2009.

In The Heights”, by 28 year-old Lin-Manuel Miranda, won the Tony Award for Best Musical earlier this year. Set in the melting pot of the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, In The Heights brings a multitude of musical styles together, including Continue reading “Last Minute Gift Ideas: Best Musicals”

Books for Giving: Board Books for Children

One of the best gifts you can give to a child is a lifelong love of reading, and it is never too early to start. Plant a reading seed and watch it grow! Here are some fun suggestions for the youngest “readers” on your gift list:

Tractor, Tractor by David Bedford
Hard-working farm tractors provide a fun introduction to the concept of opposites.

Moo! Moo! What Are You? by Begin Smart Books
Soft, touch-and-feel animals play peek-a-boo through dye-cut pages. Babies and toddlers will love this guessing game!

Baby! Baby! by Vicky Ceelen
This wordless board book pairs candid photographs of babies with surprising pictures of animals in similar poses.

Foodie Babies Wear Bibs by Michelle Colman
The creator of Urban Babies Wear Black is back with yet another fashionable volume featuring sophisticated, food-savvy babies.

Goal! My Soccer Book by David Diehl
Introduce your toddler to the world’s most popular game. Simple, action-packed soccer terms are interpreted through vibrant graphics.

Daddy Loves Me (from DK Publishing)
Photographs of fathers spending time with their children accompany a loving rhyme that describes the joy of baby-daddy relationships.

Red + Green / Rojo + verde
Colors + Flavors / Colores + sabores
Circle + Square / Circulo + cuadro
by Jill Hartley
Evocative photographs of Latin American foods, places, and things are used to express the concepts featured in the titles of these wordless books.

Choo Choo
Beep Beep

By Petr Horacek
Chug, chug, vroom, vroom… Take a rumbling train to the beach or a noisy car trip to Grandma’s as you page through these charming, brightly illustrated books.

Island Counting 1, 2, 3 by Frané Lessac
Learning numbers on a Caribbean island is so much fun that your entire family will want to read, sing, dance, and count this island rhyme together.

Chaat and Sweets by Amy Wilson Sanger
Amy Wilson Sanger uses her glorious talent for paper collage to introduce the vocabulary and diversity of Indian food. This book will make everyone’s mouth water!

More suggestions for Books for Giving: See our Children’s Classics, Irresistible Books for Children, Chapter Books, Multicultural Books, Picture Books and Nonfiction Books for Children lists.