The holidays are upon us, and by now that means all preparation is in place and the time has come to simply enjoy the long weekend. Ha, ha, ha.
It's a perfect time to stock up on good reads, curl up with a good book by the fireplace, read to a youngster, or pop in a Christmas classic DVD. But what book, what DVD? We asked local librarians to give us some suggestions on warm fuzzy holiday material.
"Dewy : The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World" by Vicki Moron.
Dewy became a library cat via the book return slot at the Spencer Public Library. A heartwarming story of survival, endurance, trust, and hope.
- Marline Leisure, library service specialist, Fraser Valley Library
An all-time favorite holiday story is "A Cup of Christmas Tea" by Tom Egg. For those caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, this Christmas poem helps you rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.
- Janet McQuade, branch manager, Fraser Valley Library
I love (author) Jan Brett. "Gingerbread Baby" is a favorite, but she has many good Christmas books. I was super excited when my now 3.5 year-old daughter discovered her books and wanted to read them over and over with me. Brett's illustrations are magical.
For a movie, I love watching "The Christmas Story" with my husband. I had never heard of this movie until I met him and he was aghast that I had never seen it. The movie is absolutely hilarious - you'll fall in love with Ralphie and his family throughout all of their wintry and Christmas shenanigans - Christmas tree shopping, meeting Santa, and, of course, figuring out how to ask for that most coveted item on the Christmas list.
- Emily Pedersen, library services specialist at the Kremmling Library
"Cross Roads" by Wm. Paul Young. Author of the international hit "The Shack," Young returns with the story of a self-made business man who is left comatose in the hospital by a cerebral hemorrhage. He "awakens" to find himself in a different, surreal world where is has to examine his choices prior to his coma. This is a great inspirational tale and a good choice for holiday reflection.
"Dancing Dog" by Jon Katz. Reading books about the remarkable bond between humans and animals is always entertaining and wonderful. Once again Jon Katz has put together a really enjoyable book of short stories that will stick with you for a long time. The book has 16 stories, with titles like "Puppy Commando" and "Barn Cat." Katz is a New York Times best selling author who has shared is adventures on Bedlam farm through his writing, blog and video journals. Animal lovers will enjoy the "warm fuzzy" these stories exude.
Every year many Christmas-themed novellas are released by publishers. This year is no different. Short and easy to read, these books are perfect for that quiet moment you have between holiday events: "The Christmas Wreath" by Liz Curtis Higgs; "Winter Dream" by Richard Paul Evans; "An Outlaws Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller; "Angels at the Table" by Debbie Macomber; "A Christmas Home" by Gregory Kincaid.
- Heidi McNinch and Julie Horne, library services specialists, Granby Library