With Christmas once again fast approaching, which camp do you stand in? Are you in the vicinity of “I’ve done all my shopping and most of my baking” or “Good grief, I’d better get moving”! Wherever you are in the stages of planning and preparing, perhaps we can be of some help.

If you enjoy all manner of crafts, home-made gifts, and decorating your home, but need some new inspiration, you can find a wealth of ideas here at the library. Head for the adult non-fiction section and look for 745.594 – and there we have 84 books of Christmas crafts and gifts that you can make.

For the bakers the section for you is 641.568 and there we have eleven cookbooks that are specifically for Christmas. However if you check out the entire 641 section you will find many, many more cookbooks for tasty treats and meals.

To inspire and encourage your soul check the titles in the 200’s and 300s and in the 800’s section, are books of readings, poems, and short stories dedicated to Christmas.

You can peruse the collection from the comfort of home if you go to our website www.jakeepplibrary.com and click on the button Search Catalogue. Beside the word Search select Keyword, then choose Any Match and type in the word Christmas. The next line is Sort Results by – if you select Call No. the items will be order so that all the cookbooks are listed one after another, the craft books will be listed on after the other, etc. The last line is Collection Type – here you want to select Adult non-fiction. That will narrow things down – but still give you 159 matches. Below there is a picture demonstrating these selections. You can also perform this search at the library on our search stations.

For those who love reading Christmas themed fiction during the holiday season, then simply change the Sort Results by to Author, and for Collection Type, you can choose Adult Fiction, Christian Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Easy, or YA Fiction. And, don’t forget the CD audio books, and DVDs to see what we have for your listening and viewing pleasure.

In the busy-ness of preparing for your Christmas, plan to spend some time with a cup of warm apple cider and a good book (or two).

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off.

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