Each week a staff member will share a glimpse into their reading shelf in hopes that you will discover that next great read.
It’s a new month, a new year, with Winter and the long months of January and February providing a time to either snuggle in for contemplation and calm, or to go outdoors for a chilly adventure. Either way, here are a few books, tips, and links that can guide your journey.
If you want to stay in and stay warm, you can get through the Winter by cooking: bake a pie, sip a hot toddy, roast some vegetables or make a pot of soup. There’s a resurgence of fondue recipes – who can resist dipping things into a big pot of cheese?
What about crafting, putting together food for the birds, learning knitting, or making paper snowflakes?Wouldn’t it be fun to make homemade valentines this year? RealSimple has some punny ideas for adults.
Self-care is essential right now: burn some scented candles, enjoy a bubble bath, drink tea and read (always recommended), try a few puzzles (come and get one at the library) or word games. You just need a blanket, and some fuzzy slippers. It’s also time for some resolutions – they don’t need to be about change, but can just be about learning – taking on a new hobby, signing up for an online class, participating in a book club, or starting seeds from scratch.
The next time it snows, go take a look at snowflakes up close. Then return inside, snug with a cup of hot chocolate, and read the book Snowflake Bentley, a lovely book about the man who first photographed snowflakes.
The Winter might be long, but there is so much to do!
Who better than the experts in the RRPL Children’s Department to guest host our blog sharing holiday gift ideas! Below you’ll find new book titles, Christmas titles, and a few non-book items as well. Enjoy!
NEW 2020 RELEASES:
If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall
Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman
The Little Mermaid by Jerry Pinkney
Natalie Portman’s Fables by Natalie Portman
The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman
The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling
The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Biography Book for New Readers by Susan B. Katz
How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco
Up to My Knees by Grace Lin (and other board books in the Storytelling Math series)
See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle
Christmas is Joy by Emma Dodd
5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas by Jimmy Fallon and Rich Deas
Jingle Jangle: The Invention of Jeronicus by Lyn Sisson-Talbert and David E. Talbert
Here are a few gift ideas as well!
Happy Holidays from RRPL!
~ Dori & the RRPL Children’s Department