Check out this information in the December issue of Consumer Reports:
Smart Online Shopping
More and more people prefer to do their holiday shopping online rather than fight the crowds in stores and malls. This month’s cover article, “Shop Online With Confidence,” discusses how to get a good deal (lowest prices, free shipping), return policies, how to avoid scams and more. It also includes shopping tips for those procrastinators out there! (more…)
With the winter season being officially underway, there’s no better time to break out my favorite new and not-so-new books about winter:
It’s always a happy day in Warrenton Youth Services when a new April Pulley Sayre book is on the shelf. Her magnificent photo-rich picture books have made her a favorite in our team (her non-photo books are also fantastic!). Best in Snow celebrates the wonder and beauty (and science!) of a winter wonderland, from birds resting on branches, the winter water cycle and more. Her most recent book, Full of Fall, was a patron and staff favorite (fans will be delighted to know that she has TWO photo-illustrated books coming out in 2018!) (more…)
The cold is setting in… stay warm with these hot new titles for young adult readers.
Light years by Emily Ziff Griffin
As a mysterious virus infects the world’s population, Luisa embarks on a quest to find a cure in this intense debut novel. Her extraordinary coding skills have landed her a fellowship but Lu’s life is thrust into chaos as a deadly virus sweeps across the globe, killing thousands. When she receives a cryptic message from someone who might hold the key to stopping the epidemic, she knows she must do something to save her family–and the world. Fans of the “Maze Runner” and “Virals” series will enjoy this gripping survival story. (more…)
Winter is upon us, the season of cold, bleak days and long nights. What could be better than to settling into a comfy chair by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a cozy mystery? But just what is a cozy mystery? Cozy mysteries are light, gentle crime stories, meaning no graphic violence or sexual situations. (more…)
For Star Wars fans like myself, Christmas started a little early this year with the arrival of “The Last Jedi” this past weekend! Whether or not you’ve seen “The Last Jedi,” or have to wait a bit to see it, we have plenty of new Star Wars books to keep fans of all ages entertained and occupied while waiting to see it for the first time, or for anyone looking for any Star Wars books to give to young fans this holiday season. (more…)
Strap yourself in. It’s time for my “new and favorite Christmas/Hanukkah books” post. Christmas and Hanukkah books are my favorite type of holiday books, and every year brings terrific new titles.
When I look for new Hanukkah books, I’m drawn to stories that place Hanukkah within the story, rather than a “this is what we do during Hanukkah” book. We have many excellent books that show families preparing for and enjoying the holiday so I’m more apt to buy a Hanukkah book if it offers something different. (more…)
Fairy tales are no longer just for children. From the Brothers Grimm dark and gruesome plots to Disney movies featuring evil spells, many of these tales also appeal to older readers. Here are some tales from the young adult collection that have gotten a makeover. (more…)
With the calendar turning to December, we are full-speed ahead for Christmas and Hanukkah. If pies are the quintessential treat for Thanksgiving, then cookies are probably the same for Christmas. To celebrate National Cookie Day (December 4), here are some tasty titles to devour while you’re waiting for the cookies to bake:
One of the universal aspects of Christmas is leaving treats for Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Babbo Natale/Ded Moroz/etc). A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World is a darling introduction to the various treats left for Santa in many countries. Santa may enjoy milk and cookies in the States, but he won’t turn down pudding in Denmark or mincemeat pie (and Guinness) in Ireland! (more…)