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Celebrate Christmas with help from the Truckee Library

Teri Andrews RinneTruckee Children's Services Librarian

Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit faster than Christmas-themed storytimes! I just finished my first Christmas storytelling session with wide-eyed preschoolers, sharing classics such as the andamp;#8220;Night Before Christmas,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;How the Grinch Stole Christmasandamp;#8221; and the andamp;#8220;Twelve Days of Christmas.andamp;#8221; The walk back to the library only added to the seasonal splendor, with crunchy snow underfoot, frigid temperatures and the postcard-perfect winter wonderland scenes, courtesy of our last snowstorm. As the famous song proclaims, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…If you need any help getting into the Christmas spirit, there are books, movies and music at the Truckee Library to help move you in that direction. You can find fictional classics such as andamp;#8220;A Christmas Carol,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;The Nutcrackerandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Gift of the Magi,andamp;#8221; as well more recent offerings such as Nicolaus Evans’ andamp;#8220;The Christmas Boxandamp;#8221; or the irreverent David Sedaris’ andamp;#8220;Holidays On Ice.andamp;#8221; Christmas decorating and cookbooks abound. FamilyFun offerings include andamp;#8220;Cookies for Christmasandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Homemade Holidays.andamp;#8221; There are books devoted just to Christmas entertaining, such as andamp;#8220;Holiday-Themed Parties: Entertaining Ideas,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Decorations and Recipes for Nine Unique Parties.andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Simply Christmasandamp;#8221; offers 201 easy crafts, food and decorating ideas. For those who prefer elegant over easy, check out andamp;#8220;Christmas With Martha Stewart Living: Decorating for the Holidays.andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Instant Gratification Ornaments: Fast andamp; Fabulous Projectsandamp;#8221; is more my style. One of my favorite little books in the entire library is called andamp;#8220;Snowmen: Snow Creatures, Crafts and Other Winter Projects.andamp;#8221; There are 30 andamp;#8220;recipesandamp;#8221; for making actual snowmen and creatures such as andamp;#8220;Snowby Dickandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Stega-snow-rus,andamp;#8221; because as the book claims, andamp;#8220;No matter what shape or size they come in, snowmen are very, very cool.andamp;#8221;While you are decorating or baking, you may want to listen to something from our holiday music section. We have an eclectic selection including classic, pop, rock, country and jazz options: Handel, Enya, Windham Hill, Linda Ronstadt, Jose Carreras, BJ Thomas, Christina Aguilara, Fourplay, 98 Degrees, Michael Crawford and All-4-One.After all that decorating, baking and wrapping of gifts, you may just want to relax in front of the TV with a DVD or video from our Christmas collection. The old classics include movies such as andamp;#8220;It’s a Wonderful Life,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Holiday Inn,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;The Miracle on 34th Streetandamp;#8221; and cartoons andamp;#8220;How the Grinch Stole Christmas,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Santa Claus is Coming to Town,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Frosty the Snowman, Little Drummer Boy,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,andamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;A Charlie Brown Christmas.andamp;#8221; Newer classics include the hilarious andamp;#8220;A Christmas Story,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Santa Clauseandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Shrek the Halls.andamp;#8221; Be sure to stop by the Truckee Library for no-cost ways to help make your holidays even merrier!

Library Hours Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.StorytimesTuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. (2 to 3 year olds) Babes in Bookland Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (6 months to 2 years) Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (3 years and up)Pajama Time, First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (all ages)Storytimes take a Christmas/New Year’s break: no storytimes during the weeks of Dec. 21 and 28. Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the LibraryMeets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome. Now on display at the libraryPortraits by Truckee artist Raphael JollyAbove the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole