Most bibliophiles I know not only love books but feel compelled to share that love with those around them. Christmas and it’s tradition of gift-giving therefore presents the perfect opportunity for book lovers to gift with literacy in mind. Below is a guide for Christmas shopping bibliophile style!
Support your local library
Most libraries have at least a nook in their library, if not a whole room, dedicated to reselling books no longer in circulation. The books are usually in excellent condition and proceeds from sales go to support the library!
Who says you only have to buy books to share your love of reading? How about some Edgar Allen Poe socks or these super cute book earrings?
Totes and bags
Your bookish friends will appreciate a new book tote bag with this Jane Austen quote on it.
Combine books and coffee for a perfect gift. My favorite literary mug? This first lines literature mug from PBS.
Donation gift giving
For the friend who has it all, the minimalist, or the philanthropist, consider making a donation to the World Literacy Foundation. This global not-for-profit organization works to lift young people out of poverty through the power of literacy.
The gift that keeps on giving
For maximum impact, you might give a year long book subscription box. For as little as $5.58 a month, the lucky gift recipient will receive a monthly box with books! Subscription box programs vary greatly to tailor to different audiences and tastes. My favorite? Apostrophe Box Deluxe delivers one new hardcover book, one full-sized bag of coffee, one usable item, one small snack, plus Apostrophe Box swag once a month. Genre varies monthly and is announced via email/social media.
And because some people are on really tight budgets, there is always the non-gift Christmas book gift: a library book.
Who can pass up a free kindle read? I know I can’t. I recently downloaded Christmas in Time by authors Zoe Matthews and Jade Jenson to read in my spare time and was pleasantly surprised with a wholesome time-traveling romance.
The novel I read is actually the sixth book in their Time Travel Romance Series, but aside from a few references to stories prior, starting with book six was not an issue. Actually, the referencing made me want to go back and check out some of the other books in the series.
Christmas in Time, aside from being a light romance, is a coming of age story as main character Garrett-of-the-future-but-literally-living-in-the-past mans up and makes a life for himself. In the meantime, sweet Colleen, must go on her own voyage of courage as she loves and learns how to love herself. Through this character the authors are able to bring diversity to Christmas in Time and make some light social commentary about contemporary issues in America.
Well suited for young adults and older readers alike, A Christmas in Time is a good fiction read for this season. Check it out today!
The Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) is hosting it’s 46th Annual FAME Conference at the Orlando Hilton Lake Buena Vista- Disney Springs. As an advocacy group for school libraries at the local, state, and national level, FAME supports not just school libraries but the dedicated librarians and library professionals who man them. FAME provides top-notch professional development and keeps school library professionals abreast of emerging trends.
This years conference promises to be just as informative and inspiring as conferences years past. The opening keynote speaker is Elizabeth Acevedo, author of The Poet X. Dominican-American poet and author, she is the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature recipient. In addition to Acevedo, various other authors, including James Ponti, Neal Shusterman, and Bridgid Kemmerer will hold book signings and author sessions. Conference goers can attend numerous informative workshops and gather information regarding books, furniture, makerspaces, equipment, and new technology. Additionally, Jennifer Lagarde, popularly known on Twitter as, “Library Girl” will deliver the closing keynote.
For those not able to attend in person, there are still two ways to participate. FAME will be going LIVE on their website Friday. Those interested in this event may also keep informed by searching @FloridaMediaEd and #FAME18 on Twitter.
I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for holiday reading. While some people tune in to the Hallmark channel to watch Christmas movies, I check out books whose setting includes the holiday I am embarking upon. So, you can imagine my delight when I was selected to pick out this November’s book for the mom’s book club I’m a member of. I knew I wanted a book with Thanksgiving somewhere in it. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, first book in the Domestic Diva mystery series, by Krista Davis was just that book. This well-paced mystery with memorable characters all takes place on a Thanksgiving holiday weekend and was just the thing to read on national Turkey month.
The story begins when our main character, Sophie Winston, discovers a dead body in a dumpster and the police believe she is somehow linked to the murder. From there the reader takes on the role of detective as more and more of Sophie’s closest friends and neighbors become suspects to a string of murders and attempted murders.
The book is not all death and angst, however. Davis delivers with a sprinkle of humor, romance, and hostessing tips. Each chapter begins with tips from either Sophie’s or Natasha’s (her nemesis) advice column and the book ends with a couple of Thanksgiving day stuffing recipes. I haven’t tried out the recipes yet, but if they are anything like this book, they are sure to be a hit.
Are you thinking about going the Do-It-Yourself route this holiday season? If you are, you are not alone. Many people turn to diy projects as a way of curtailing holiday spending and adding a personal touch to the season.
For those living in New York’s Sullivan County, the Western Sullivan Public Library might be able to help with your home-made holiday aspirations. On the schedule this season are two 3D ornament design classes. Join the class and you’ll learn how to design and print your own 3D figurines using the library’s 3D printer.
Western Sullivan Public Library is not alone in their diy holiday craft class offerings. The New Ulm Public Library in Minnesota is offering a series of holiday classes to community patrons. Classes include gift wrapping, card making, and ornament making.
And if baking is more your thing, never fear, the Seymour Library in Auburn New York offers an array of bundt pans, cupcake tins, and even a castle cake pan for loan. Save the money you’d spend on specialty pans on baking a little extra to share with the neighbors this holiday season.
But no matter what classes your local library may be offering, remember there are sure to be a plethora of books filled with helpful diy tips too!
Additional information and links:
For more information on Western Sullivan’s Public Library 3D printing classes, view the calendar of events at wsplonline.org .
For more information on New Ulm’s holiday class series visit the library events page on the city of New Ulm’s website.
For more information on Seymour Public Library’s collection of baking tins click HERE.