Monday, December 27, 2010

New Years' Resolutions

Whether your New Years' resolution is to lose weight, get in shape, or to get more organized, the library has just the ticket for you.

Books about losing weight and getting in shape abound and you're sure to find one that suits your goals and your lifestyle. And don't forget to look for DVDs to help you on your journey to becoming fit.

If organization is your goal for the new year, look no further. We have what it takes to help you get the clutter under control.

Or if your resolution is something totally different, be sure to check with the reference librarians to see what books, e-books, DVDs or audiobooks the library might have to keep you on track all year long.

Have a safe and prosperous New Year.

Dawn @ Warrenton

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mary Higgins Clark Read-Alikes

Having sold more than 80 million copies of her suspense novels, Mary Higgins Clark could be considered the queen of intrigue. If her books are your cup of tea, you might try novels by the following authors too.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Stories

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and I've always enjoyed listening to holiday music for weeks before the big day, especially while baking or wrapping gifts.

Last year I tried something different, and started a new tradition for myself. While busily preparing packages for under the tree, I listened to recorded Christmas stories and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Last season I listened to David Sedaris' Holidays on Ice. Not exactly your traditional feel good heart warming holiday stories, but hilarious none the less.

So this year I'm in search of another good "listen" for the holidays. As I generally prefer silly over sappy, on the top of the list is A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd, on which the iconic movie is based. Read by Dick Cavett, I feel sure this will provide quite a bit of entertainment.

Runners up on the list include the following:

Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

A Christmas Guest by Anne Perry

If none of these titles appeal to you, check out the library catalog under Christmas Stories for a list of audiobooks to put you in the holiday mood.

Seasons Readings!

Dawn @ Warrenton

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Holidays are Here!

It's hard to believe that the holiday season is here! And with it comes the joy, the fun, (and let's just go ahead and, admit it, the stress) of holiday decorating, gift selecting, cooking, beating the deadlines for mailing packages, and the balancing acts of visits to family and friends.

If you need some help finding new and exciting recipes, want to decorate your house in a special way, or learn how to celebrate in a simpler, greener way, check out these titles at the library.

When my children were younger we often made inexpensive gifts for friends and family members. If part of your holiday tradition is to do the same, or you're interested in making this part of your children's holiday, you might go to these titles for inspiration.

Have a joyous holiday season, however you choose to celebrate!

Dawn @ Warrenton

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wreath Making

I have always loved making wreaths, especially at Christmas. My favorite type of holiday wreath to make is boxwood ... the earthy scent and the boxwood's tendancy to stay green when left in the cool December air make it an ideal medium for me.

But there are lots of other materials you can use to create that one-of-a-kind wreath for your door, your mantel or as a gift for someone special. Here in Virginia, magnolia is often used to make holiday wreaths. Whether left green or painted, magnolia leaves are lovely in wreaths. Of course, pine garlands and wreaths are traditional and provide wonderful aroma.

While I've never attempted to make a wreath entirely of fruit, these wreaths, decked with apples, oranges, pomegranates, and cloves, harken back to days gone by and also can provide lovely aroma for the season. And of course, wreaths of dried flowers and herbs are always popular and can provide year-round pleasure.

The library has a whole collection of books with ideas, instructions, and inspiration for wreath making year round. So give it a try; you may find a new outlet for your creative bent.
Dawn @ Warrenton