Give the gift that keeps on giving—November 18, 2011
Traditions abound at this time of year. The countdown of remaining shopping days (36) and the annual Celebration of Lights-Downtown on the Thursday before Thanksgiving are good examples. So are you making a gift list? Are you checking it twice? This year why not let the folks at Hastings Public Library help you shorten that list with a stop at their annual Christmas gift table, a tradition here at the library. Prepare to delight Great Aunt Edna by choosing a special library book in her honor. Memorialize a loved one or give the gift of reading with a beautiful picture book children will want to check out.
Here’s how it works. Make your selection from the gift table which has books that will appeal to all ages. Fill out the enclosed donation sheet. Each book donated to the library will have inside a gift plate with the honoree and donor as specified. This plate will serve as a reminder for years to come. Pay for the book and an attractive card will be mailed to the honoree. Or you may choose to pick up the card and check out the book yourself to wrap for package opening festivities.
The table is packed with new and appealing titles such as “Grandma’s Wedding Album” by Harriet Ziefert. Turn the pages of this beautiful children’s picture book to see a wedding of long ago come to life. “Cars galore” by Peter Stein contains action-packed artwork that is sure to thrill all small fans of things that go. “There’s No Place Like School: Classroom Poems” selected by Jack Prelutsky would be perfect for that favorite teacher. From suspicious hot lunches to pop quizzes, everything you love and love to hate about school is featured in eighteen poems by thirteen celebrated poets.
In honor of the aspiring young musician in your family, “Four Seasons” by Jane Breskin Zalben is the fictional story of 13 year old Allegra Katz, a student at Juilliard School. Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl and “Sidekicks” by Jack Ferraiolo has our hero and storyteller, Scott, an ordinary dude by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night.
“The Time of our Lives: a Conversation about America” is a new title by Tom Brokaw, New York Times bestselling author of “The Greatest Generation.” Brokaw turns his attention to where we are now and the challenges that America faces in the new millennium. “Entice with Spice: Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People” by Shubhra Ramineni is an easy-to-follow cookbook. Ramineni has developed a no-fuss cooking style that recreates authentic Indian flavors using fresh and readily available ingredients. All titles on the gift table will be available for checkout after the holidays.