Tag: holidays

Makerspace Monday: Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve
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Makerspace Monday: Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the last week of this unbelievable year by making the holidays at home a little brighter with Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve crafts. 2021 New Year’s Party Glasses      Using an old pair of sunglasses as a template, make 2021 New Year’s Party Glasses with drawing paper, a pencil, scissors, cardboard or poster paper, […]

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Staff Self-Care Bags: Bringing Joy During Times When Joy Is Scarce
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Staff Self-Care Bags: Bringing Joy During Times When Joy Is Scarce

I think everyone can agree that the past nine months have been exceedingly challenging—in different ways for each of us. Those of us who work in libraries are no exception. We have had to shift our perspective on what our jobs entail to account for health-care precautions. As I personally wrestled with the pandemic’s challenges, […]

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And Since We’ve No Place to Go: Three YA Reads for after LET IT SNOW
By December 20, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

And Since We’ve No Place to Go: Three YA Reads for after LET IT SNOW

Grab your corn for popping and get those lights turned down low—though not so low you can’t read. Christmas is less than a week away, which means we’re in prime holiday movie territory. Hopefully you’ve seen Netflix’s adaption of the YA collection Let It Snow. If not, I’ll wait. If you’re looking for something to […]

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Do You Read What I Read? 14 Romance Novels for the Holidays
By September 26, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Do You Read What I Read? 14 Romance Novels for the Holidays

It might only be September, but for romance readers it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas—or Hanukkah! Every year the number of holiday romance titles with which publishers gift readers increases exponentially, and 2019 is no exception. The good news is that with such a bounty of choices, there truly is a holiday […]

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Happy Holidays from Bookends!

Happy Holidays from Bookends!

Cindy: If you work in a public library and have a Pinterest account, chances are you’ve built a Christmas tree out of books for a holiday display—we certainly did. This year, fireplaces are all the Pinterest rage. I put our Something About the Author series (pictured) to use in one library, and our recently withdrawn New […]

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The Night Before Thanksgiving

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite Thanksgiving books is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving spin on the Clement Clarke Moore* poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (published in 1990, still in print 26 years later) looks at the holiday from the perspective of children on a school field trip to a farm. […]

More Winter or Less? Picture Books for Groundhog’s Day

More Winter or Less? Picture Books for Groundhog’s Day

Lynn: Funny how things change! The last two years have brought record-breaking winters here in Michigan and all that we snowbound people wanted last year was an early spring. As I write this year, it’s 45 degrees with dense fog and misty rain. Ugh—I think I prefer snow! Will the groundhog help me out? That question […]

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving
By December 4, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving

If there’s one thing we know about holiday gift-giving, it’s that one size never fits all. Even those white cotton tube socks your Uncle Buzz gave you each year—in the hope that you’d spend less time composing poetry and more time trying out for the basketball team—always fit funny, their lack of a fitted heel strangely symbolic of how […]

Bone-Rattling Fun: Picture Books for Día de los Muertos

Bone-Rattling Fun: Picture Books for Día de los Muertos

Cindy: One of my favorite research projects my middle school did last year was for Día de los Muertos, or, the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on the first and second day of November—right around the corner! Senorã Dykstra, one of our Spanish teachers, asked her students to research deceased Hispanic artists and […]

An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

Cindy: Waiting for Christmas has never been so delightful! Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole (2014), by Bob Raczka, has a haiku for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. Santa wears many hats, and one of them is that of a poet. On the first day a blizzard of letters to Santa […]