Giving Tree, Christmas books and music for your holiday pleasure

Now that Thanksgiving is over and December is here, we wanted you to be aware of two special holiday items at the library.

The first is our annual Giving Tree. We hope you will stop by and sponsor an ornament, thereby donating a book to a child or teen. Your contribution – a book or money for the purchase of a book – can be an important factor in the literacy and reading pleasure of our local children.

The second treat is a special Christmas book cart in the library where you can find books and music to put you in the holiday mood.

• For children, we have all sorts of books including John Grogan’s new book “A Very Marley Christmas,” with wonderful illustrations by Richard Cowdrey about the first Christmas of a yellow puppy named Marley. This book is written for parents or grandparents to read to youngsters.

• For adults we have cookbooks, guides to crafts and novels such as New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s “A Cedar Cove Christmas,” a new contemporary romance printed in large type, and “A Wallflower Christmas” by Lisa Kleypas, set in London.

• We have holiday music CDs featuring performers such as Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Battle and instrumental groups.

• On CD, we also have “A Christmas Story” narrated by Jonathan Winters.

You can find this Christmas book cart next to the study carrels, which are right outside the children’s room by the public phone.

How-to and self-help

“A Blessing in Disguise” compiled by Andrea Joy Cohen offers 39 life lessons from some of today’s greatest teachers.

“Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy & Whole” is written by Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, America’s largest church.

“RV Living in the 21st Century” by Peggi McDonald bills itself as the essential reference guide for all RVers.

“The Small Business Start-up Kit/5th edition” is a step-by-step legal guide by Peri H. Pakroo.

“7 Minutes of Magic” by Lee Holden is an energy workout blending eastern and western fitness techniques.

“Backgammon for Dummies” by Chris Bray is a step-by-step guide to becoming a masterful backgammon player.

Cookbooks

“Savor Colorado: Mountains and Western Slope Cookbook” compiled by Chuck and Blanche Johnson offers recipes and tips from the chefs of come of Colorado’s finest restaurants, including a few in Durango.

“Rachael Ray’s Big Orange Cookbook” is her biggest collection ever of 30-minute meals plus vegetarian dinners, meals for one, Kosher meals and holiday treats.

“A Master Class” features more than 200 recipes from the celebrated chefs of the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, converted for home use.

Books on CD

“The Shack” is a book with family and religious themes by William P. Young.

“A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity” is a memoir by TV personality Bill O’Reilly (we also have this in hard cover).

“The Brass Verdict” by Michael Connelly is another in the Harry Bosch detective series.

“The Lucky One” is a love story by Nicholas Sparks.

“Hot Mahogany” is another of the Stone Barrington novels by Stuart Woods.

Non-fiction

“What Has God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848” was written by Daniel Walker Howe, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history.

“The Longest Trip Home” is a memoir by John Grogan, author of “Marley & Me,” a bestseller being made into a movie opening on Christmas Day.

“Homegrown Democrat” by Garrison Keillor provides “a few plain thoughts from the heart of America.”

“Against Medical Advice” is the true story of a family’s struggle with an agonizing medical mystery, written by James Patterson and the sick child’s father.

“A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity” is a memoir by TV personality Bill O’Reilly.

“Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out” is an autobiography of Vernon Jordan, Jr.

Sci-fi and fantasy

“A Lion Among Men” by Gregory Maguire is book three in the Wicked Years series.

“Millennium Falcon” is another of James Luceno’s Star Wars books.

Books for teens

Among the new non-fiction books we have for seventh-graders and older are “Picasso” from The World’s Greatest Art series, “Incredible Visual Illusions” about optical illusions, “The Kid Who Climbed Everest” by Bear Grylls, “Teen Knitting Club” by Jennifer Wemger and Carol Abrams, and “A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms” by Paul B. Janeczko.

New novels include “Inkdeath” by Cornelia Funke, “Lock and Key” by Sarah Dessen, “Feed” by M.T. Anderson, “Paranoid Park” by Blake Nelson, “Day of Tears” by Julius Lester, “No Shame, No Fear” by Ann Turneul,”“Love is a Many Trousered Thing” by Louise Rennison, “The Earth, My Butt and other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler and “Keeper” by Mal Peet, and “A Small White Scar” by K.A. Nuzum. New graphic novels include “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman and “Book One: Kin” from the Good Neighbors series by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh.

Books for babies

New board books on the library shelves include “Baby’s First Word Book,” “Baby’s First Animal Book,” “Things That Go!” and “My First Tractor.” Board books are created to help children develop vocabulary and early reading skills.

Large print books

“Salvation in Death” is a romantic suspense involving the death of a priest by J.D. Robb,

“Suite 606” is a collection of four short paranormal romances by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan and Mary Kay McCormas.

“Deadly Harvest” is also a paranormal romance, book two of the Flynn Brothers trilogy by Heather Graham.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Bones” by Jonathan Kellerman is another in the Alex Delaware psychological thriller series.

“Dark Summer” is a mystery by Iris Johansen.

“The Fire” by Katherine Neville is a mystery set in contemporary Colorado and Albania in the 1820s.

“Murder Inside the Beltway” by Margaret Truman is another mystery in the Capital Crimes series.

“Extreme Measures” by Vince Flynn is the latest of the author’s thrillers featuring Mitch Rapp.

Quotable quote

“Do give books — religious or otherwise — for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful and permanently personal.” — Lenore Hershey, former editor of McCall’s magazine and the Ladies Home Journal.

Thanks to our donors

For the donation of books and materials this week we thank Denny Bell, Barbara Blackburn, Karen Cook, Terry Fulco, Kayley Graham, Donna Geiger, Jeanne Hergenrother, Joan Jessen, Ray Laird, Carol Martin, Judy Reilly, Gail Shepherd and Beverly Warburton.


PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard
These are two of many books on the special Christmas book cart in the Sisson Library that include novels for adults, stories for kids, cookbooks and guides to crafts.  The cart also has holiday music CDs featuring performers such as Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Battle and instrumental groups.  While you are in the library during the holidays, please stop at the Giving Tree where you can sponsor an ornament, thereby donating a book to a child or teen.  Your contribution — a book or money for the purchase of a book — can be an important factor in the literacy of our local children.