Getting ready for the holidays? You’ll need festive decorations, delicious food, good cheer and great books to create the right atmosphere. Just to get you started in the right direction, we’ve selected a few books for the family. Whether you need tips for planning a party or just a heart-warming story, stop by the Fuquay-Varina Community Library for all your reading needs.
Start with an inspiring story, then move on to cooking a great meal – the books are ready and waiting for you.
- “Prayers of a Stranger: a Christmas Journey” by Davis Bunn
Last year, Amanda and her husband planned a special Christmas, carefully preparing a nursery and the keepsake ornaments for their newborn. Now that room stands as empty as her heart. When a neighbor’s mishap turns into a last-minute chance for Amanda to take a much-needed vacation to tour the Holy Land, she discovers anew the miracle of the Christ child.
- “The Christmas Pony” by Melody Carlson
It is 1937, and Lucy knows better than to wish for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for the moon. Then an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, and Lucy’s world changes forever.
- “A Winter Dream” by Richard Paul Evans
A holiday tale inspired by the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors follows the modern story of Joe, who after being forced out of the family business by jealous siblings becomes the chief advisor to the CEO of another company and his own family’s savior in the face of a troubled economy.
- “A Season of Angels” by Thomas Kincaid
Christmas evokes heartfelt songs of joy and devotion. Yet so often we hold back and fail to express our feelings of love and joy to the ones we hold dear. This year, the residents of Cape Light and Angel Island will learn to speak what’s in their hearts…
- “Angels at the Table: a Shirley, Goodness and Mercy Christmas Story” by Debbie Macomber
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy return delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. When Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.
- “Fix It and Forget It Christmas Cookbook: 600 Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes” by Phyllis P. Good (641.5 GOOD)
These are 600 manageable, slow-cooker recipes - from cooks who want to feast with their loved ones without being exhausted and frazzled. In addition, this cookbook offers “Ideas for Meaningful Holidays” and “Happy Hosting Tips.” These recipes work at any time of the year! Don’t restrict them to your holiday table.
- “Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook” by Debbie Macomber (641.568 MACOM)
Some call Debbie Macomber the “Official Storyteller of Christmas.” Now she shares more than 100 of her favorite recipes to help you enjoy this most joyous of seasons. You’ll also find easy-to-follow instructions for crafts, decorations and gift wrapping—everything you need to create a beautiful and festive holiday. What makes this cookbook unique is Debbie’s personal memories and observations.
- “The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook: Down Home Meals for Every Occasion” by Pat Neely and Gina Neely (642.4 NEELY)
The Neely’s share 120 recipes and secrets for entertaining year-round, dishing up new spins on seasonal classics, and suggesting occasions to celebrate that most of us haven’t thought of ourselves. Along with menus for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter Sunday, and every known holiday in between, here are all the fixings for a year of down home celebrating.
- “Country Living: Merry & Bright” by the editors of Country Living (745.594 COUNT)
The editors of “Country Living” present more than 300 enchanting ideas for celebrating. Includes entertaining and tabletop decorating, crafts, and baking.
- “In the Dark Streets Shineth: a 1941 Christmas Eve Story” by David McCullough (940.53 MCCUL)
Days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met at the White House. It was Christmas Eve, 1941. As war raged throughout the world, the two leaders delivered a powerful message that still resonates today.
NOW HEAR THIS! ADULT AUDIO BOOKS
We’re driving over the river and through the woods … while listening to a great audiobook.
- “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
- “Finding Noel” by Richard Paul Evans
- “Gingerbread Cookie Murder” by Joanne Fluke
- “Sarah’s Song” by Karen Kingsbury
- “The Best Christmas Gift” by Tim Lahaye
Our full schedule of Storytimes and School Age Programs start again on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Ask for the new program schedule at the front desk.
Santa reads a story and listens to each child’s wish.
- For children of all ages – remember, bring your camera!
- Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.
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- For children of all ages
- Dec. 1 - 31
YOUTH MAIN DISPLAY
Enjoy these “Holiday Family Stories” while you cuddle together.
- “Happy Hanukkah, Curious George” by Emily F. Meyer (E Board)
Curious George and the man in the yellow hat travel to a friend’s house to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, where they light the menorah, play dreidel games, and eat potato latkes.
Easy Books (E)
- “Who Built the Stable?: a Nativity Poem” by Ashley Bryan
A shepherd boy apprenticed to his carpenter father builds a stable and then welcomes two weary travelers from Nazareth.
- “The Birds of Bethlehem” by Tomie DePaola
On the morning of the first Christmas, the colorful birds of Bethlehem gather to talk about the exciting events they have witnessed, from the long line of people approaching the town to the stable where a newborn baby lies.
- “Eight Winter Nights: a Family Hanukkah” by Laura K. Melmed
Short verses describe symbols, foods, and family fun associated with the festival of Hanukkah. Includes facts about the history and traditions.
- “Turkey Claus” by Wendi Silvano
Santa Claus finds a way to help Turkey avoid becoming Christmas dinner.
- “A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas” by Philip Yates
A brave cabin boy receives marvelously mysterious gifts for each of the 12 days he is left alone to guard the pirate ship.
- “How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?” by Jane Yolen
Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways a well-behaved dinosaur can celebrate the eight days and nights of Chanukah.
- “How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?” by Jane Yolen
Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways a well-behaved dinosaur can celebrate Christmas - from decorating the tree to wrapping presents.