Get in the holiday spirit with some great books

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MANISTEE – The Manistee County Library celebrates the winter holidays with books.

One of the ways the library does this is by sharing new titles and revisiting old favorites, creating new traditions, or learning about other cultures.

• The title “My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories” is an audiobook that shares romantic stories over the winter
solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas.

• “Holiday Pastry: New and Traditional Recipes for the Winter Holidays from Leigh Beisch offers delicious treats for these holidays. Children can explore festivals and celebrations by reading Dan Gutman’s “Miss Holly is Too Jolly”.


Chanukah was celebrated from November 28 to December 6 this year. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish holiday celebrates the victory of a small group known as the Maccabees, who succeeded in defeating the much larger Syrian army.

To celebrate, a menorah was lit using a day’s supply of oil. A miracle happened when the menorah lasted for eight days.

• “The Hanukkah Mice” by Kevin Kroll finds a family of mice enjoying the gift of Hanukkah received by a young girl. The little gifts that appear each night make the holidays more festive until the eighth night when a surprise for the mouse family allows them to celebrate Chanukah.

• “The Magic of Chanukah by Nate Gadol” by Arthur A. Levine combines the generous spirit of Chanukah and Christmas with a holiday champion that allows families to share what little they can have during festival season.

• Adults can enjoy “The Matzah Ball” by Jean Meltzer featuring a young Jewish girl who secretly loves Christmas. After having managed to hide his career as a writer of Christmas romance novels from his family, his publisher asks him to write a Hanukkah novel. Unable to find inspiration for this mission, Rachel decides to attend the Matzah Ball on the last night of Chanukah and discovers more than she had planned.

Kwanzaa will be celebrated from December 26 to January 1. This holiday festival celebrates African American families, their history, unity and creativity. Each day of the festival focuses on a different principle. On the last day of the celebration, a party is organized.

• “Kwanzaa Kids” by Joan Holub teaches children the importance of this holiday.

• “Kwanzaa: Everyday Vacation: A Complete Guide to Making Kwanzaa Part of Your Life” by Maitefa Angaza introduces the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, shares planning tips and recipes, and presents popular songs.

Christmas will be celebrated on December 25. The Manistee County Library has new titles and some old favorites for kids.

• “The Night Before Christmas” by Rosie Butcher features the beloved poem and beautiful illustrations.

• “What the dinosaurs did the night before Christmas” by Refe Tuma is a hilarious variation on this story.

• “Santa’s Year” by Rik Peters follows the cheerful old soul throughout the year as he relaxes and then gets ready for his big night.

• Meika Hashimoto’s Wish Tree finds a boy trying to help his town rediscover the joy of Christmas.

New adult titles include:

• “A Christmas Courtship” by Shelley Shepard Gray, third volume in the “Berlin Bookmobile” series, in which a librarian uses the power of the written word to create Christmas romance.

• “The Christmas Promise” by Paul Richard Evans discovers that the magic of Christmas heals a lost soul after an accident robs him of his last chance to keep a promise on his deathbed.

• “The Guest at the Christmas Wedding” by Susan Mallery begins the “The Wishing Tree” series. Her parents’ vow renewal ceremony sparked something in Reggie, who didn’t believe she would find her alone. Dena chose to be a single mother until a writer came to stay at her hostel and fell in love with her. Can he win it?

New titles are also available in audio.

• “The Christmas House” by Victoria James (Playaway), in which a dysfunctional family reunites with the intention of healing the past. However, the opposite is true and the family is forced to confront their story. As Christmas approaches, will this family meet again?

• Jenny Colgan’s “The Christmas Bookstore” (CD book) features an unemployed woman with little prospect except turning to her sister, which is the last thing she wants to do. When her sister finds her a job at an outdated bookstore, Carmen thinks that maybe that’s what she’s looking for. Will she be able to revive the little shop for the holidays and reunite with her family?

Holiday titles for books and films abound at the Manistee County Library. The online catalog is available at manisteelibrary.org. Additional titles can be found on digital media platforms, Up North Digital and Hoopla. Check the opening hours during the holidays.

The staff at the Manistee County Library wish everyone a Happy New Year.


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