Monthly Archives: December 2013





Tomorrow is the start of Kwanzza (Dec 26th- Jan 1st) so I thought I would use this post to let you know what Kwanzza is and showcase some of the great materials the library has on this Holiday.
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration in the United States and Western African Diaspora and in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26th to January 1st. Kwanzaa has seven core principles or Nguzo Saba. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
Kwanzaa by A. P. Porter
The children’s book of Kwanzaa: a guide to celebrating the holiday by Dolores Johnson
A plentiful harvest: creating balance and harmony through the seven living virtues by Terrie Williams
Holidays for children. 6
Kwanzaa by Rebecca Rissman

Books to read with your children on Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve is one of the best times to cuddle up beside the fire and read with your kids.
The night before Christmas
An Otis Christmas by Loren Long
The twelve days of Christmas
The Christmas cat by Maryann MacDonald
Holly’s Christmas eve by Wendy Watson
Babar and the Christmas house by Laurent de Brunhoff
Scaredy Squirrel prepares for Chrsitmas: (a safety guide for Scaredies) by Melanie Watt
Sally’s Christmas play by Charles M. Schulz
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
The Christmas pi-nata
The nightmare before Christmas  by Tim Burton
Not until Christmas, Walter! by Eileen Christelow

Winter planters and gardens


This year I’m going to try making some winter planter boxes to put out front of my garage. I use to make live wreaths and arrange planter boxes with my dad when I was a kid and I’m really excited to be able to do this at my house now.
The library has some great books on gardening and winter gardening in particular.
Helpful books
The garden in winter: plant for beauty and interest in the quiet season by Suzanne Frutig Bales
Wonders of the winter landscape: shrubs and trees to brighten the cold-weather garden by Vincent A. Simeone
Encyclopedia of hardy plants: annuals, bulbs, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, fruit and nuts by Derek Fell

Getting baby to sleep


We’ve had a small baby boom here at the library so I thought I would do a post on all the great resources we have to help get your baby sleeping.
I make no claims that any of the theories or practices in these books work because I don’t have kids, but they keep going out so they must work in some way.
Helping baby sleep: the science and practice of gentle bedtime parenting by Anni Gethin
The 90-minute baby sleep program: follow your child’s natural sleep rhythms for better nights and naps by Polly Moore
Itsy bitsy yoga: poses to help your baby sleep longer, digest better, and grow stronger by Helen Garabedian
12 hours’ sleep by 12 weeks old: a step-by-step plan for baby sleep success by Suzy Giordano
the no-cry sleep solution: gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night by Elizabeth Pantley
The baby sleep book: the complete guide to a good nights rest for the whole family