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Fairy Tale Winter

Each season of the year has its own unique qualities. But, it's winter, more than any other season, that feels filled with magic. Maybe it's the quietude, the way an uncommon hush from a snowfall can feel like awe; or maybe just the way we still when  spending more time indoors, more time at home. Magic creeps into my reading taste this time of year, but I like to read things that feel fresh, too, in a way. Below are some books that aren't fully fantasy, but that have it creeping at the edges, like ivy on a wintry house.

Winter Reading Tree

Winter Reading Tree

We encourage you to read at least 20 minutes all Winter long.  Come into Palisades Library and add a favorite book title to the Winter Reading Tree in the Children's Room.  Reading will keep you warm inside.

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Book Bingo

Winter Reading Challenge

Snuggle up with a good book (or two) this winter break and complete our children's book bingo! Bingo boards will be available at the children's desk from Dec. 15 - Jan, 4. Come join in the fun!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Wintery Picture Books

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I have a confession: I love snow. Okay, so I prefer to be inside while it's happening, but I love the way snow looks as it descends on the city. Here are some picture books that reflect and showcase the childlike joy snow can bring.   Walking in a Winter Wonderland illustrated by Tim Hopgood

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.

Paper Christmas Trees

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.

Image of Black History Buttons

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.  

Man Who Invented Christmas cover

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.

Cake

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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