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Spending the holidays with people I want to punch in the throat: yuletide yahoos, ho-ho-humblebraggers, and other seasonal scourges

Absurd Christmas Reads

...because what's more absurd than the holidays?

I love Christmas. Last year I made a Christmas list (pun intended) called Scary Christmas to All which covered holiday ghosts, murder and, um, werewolves. I decided to do another reading list this year, but to focus on the funny and/or absurd side of the holidays instead. Family can be stressful. Escape, and come with me to the dark side.

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Celebrate the Holidays

Holiday planning? We got you covered, from cookbooks to entertaining, Christmas cookies and decorating, holiday DVDs and seasonal fiction, cardmaking and other craft guides.

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Be the Message Maker

DIY Button and Book Marker Making

Want to wear your message to the world on your shoulder?  Don't wait until February to make your mark.  Come to a special post-Kwanzaa/Get-Ready-for-Black-History-Month DIY craft for teens at the Parklands-Turner Library. Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m., teens will immortalize powerful, meaningful images and words as they design their own buttons and book markers to wear during Black History Month and beyond.  

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Book to Screen

In late 1843, Charles Dickens was desperate. Sales of his published works were dwindling and his creditors were demanding payment. He had to do something--fast!  What happened after a public speaking event would revive Dickens's career and a holiday season.

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Learn to Bake - Book Display

Do you love cookies, cakes, pies and other baked goods? If you want to learn how to bake or if you just want to explore new recipes, visit the specially assembled display of baking books behind the library's main desk, and check out an assortment of books on baking.   The books selected by the staff of the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library will be available throughout the month of November. Your library has a great collection of cookbooks of all kinds to help you in your culinary adventures.  

Mystery for Christmas

Scary Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

Holiday Ghost Stories

Ghosts and Christmas go together like figgy and pudding. Don’t believe me?  A Christmas Carol, one of the most famous Christmas stories of all time, has four ghosts. There is also a BBC series called A Ghost Story for Christmas where for several years, the BBC aired a spooky story either just before or on Christmas. Here are five spooky Christmas books for adults and two for the little ones. Enjoy!  

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Silly Sweater and Pajama Party!

Let's recreate the fun of a slumber party . . . without the overnight stay. Pair your silliest winter sweater with you comfiest pajamas and wear them to our Silly Sweater & Pajama Party!  We will enjoy a group ice breaker game, winter crafts and a family film, “Zootopia”! (Please Note: Pajama Storytime will be cancelled for the evening)    

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Hot Cocoa Literacy Lounge

A Winter Reading Program

Keep your child's early literacy skills sharp this winter break! Register online for DC Public Library's Winter Reading Program and bring your eager and reluctant readers in kindergarten,1st and 2nd grade to the library on Wednesday, December 28 at 11 a.m. for some yummy hot cocoa (with marshmallows!) as they read aloud from some of our most popular Easy Readers (at levels that are most appropriate for each children).

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Get A Clue: A Winter Scavenger Hunt

Back by popular demand for our oh-so-clever 8 -12 year old Petworth pals!  On Tuesday, December 27 at 2:30 p.m., we are recruiting all super sleuths for our winter scavenger hunt! Your mission is to complete several physical challenges and solve our series of clues to win the final prize. You and your friends have 70 minutes to finish! This program information will self-destruct in 5 . . .4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .

The White Wolf, by Franklin Gregory

Snowy Novellas

Stories that will stay with you long after the snow has gone.

That blizzard we got in January was a great start to making up for the first half of winter 2015-2016 being downright balmy with occasional wintry weather. I know it’s late in the game, but I’m not ready to give up on the idea of more snow.

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