Holidays Online

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Holidays Online

eBooks, Audio, Video and Music

Woman wearing headphonesEven if you're far away from your DC Public Library this holiday season, you can still use our digital collections to help you with recipes, stories for the children and music to give you the holiday spirit. Our digital collection has a plethora of eBooks, Audiobooks, Video and Musical titles not only for the holidays but for your general listening and reading pleasure. To get started just hover over the Books, Movies and Music tab and then click Downloadable Media. If you're new to the world of digital downloads, please be sure to read through this handy guide to get started with downloadable media.

Here are a few holiday favorites from our digital collection.

Cover of Christmas 101Christmas 101 (e-book)
By Rick Rodgers

Everyone knows that the holidays are hectic—but Rick Rodgers, cooking teacher and bestselling cookbook author, knows that they don't have to be. Christmas 101 offers the busy cook carefree ways to entertain with surefire recipes of old favorites, menus, timetables, make-ahead tips and more. Rodgers will help you throw fabulous cocktail parties and traditional buffets, cook a perfect roast and spice up your favorite recipes with a contemporary twist.

You'll also learn how to make classic breads, candies and desserts that are the tokens of this special time of year. With patience, kindness and humor, Rodgers will help you to cook up the very best holiday season yet.

cover of pearl harbor christmasPearl Harbor Christmas (e-audiobook)
By Stanley Weintraub (Author), Malcom Hillgartner (Narrator)

Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock—in some cases overseas, elation—was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody's mind. United States troops on Wake Island were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon. In Japan, the Pearl Harbor strike force returned to Hiroshima Bay and toasted its sweeping success. Across the Atlantic, much of Europe was frozen under grim Nazi occupation.

Just three days before Christmas, Churchill surprised Roosevelt with an unprecedented trip to Washington, where they jointly lit the White House Christmas tree. As the two Allied leaders met to map out a winning wartime strategy, the most remarkable Christmas of the century played out across the globe.

Pearl Harbor Christmas is a deeply moving and inspiring story about what it was like to live through a holiday season few would ever forget.

cover of twas the night before christmasThe Night Before Christmas (e-book) *Child Friendly*
By Clement C. Moore (Author) and Bill Bell (Illustrator)

Since it first appeared in 1823 as "A Visit from St. Nicholas," The Night Before Christmas has been a classic holiday story, read and enjoyed by children and adults during the holiday season.

Image of Nutcracker albumTCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Christmas Eve (e-audio)
By Pyotr II’yich Tchaikovsky (Composer)
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Composer)
Michael Halasz (Performer)
Igor Golovshin (Performer)
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (Performer)
Prunella Scales (Performer)

Digital Audio Download includes:
01 Overture
02 March
03 Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
04 Russian Dance
05 Arabian Dance
06 Chinese Dance
07 Dance of the Toy Trumpets
08 Waltz of the Flowers
09 Finale
10 Introduction
11 Procession of the Comet
12 Devil's Dance
13 Vakula woos Oksana
14 Polonaise