If You Love It, Gift It

The holidays are upon us! A time for celebration, good cheer, being together with friends and family, and giving and receiving gifts. Now, my mom is the best person to shop for. She told me that she appreciates everything she gets because it means someone took the time to think about her and what she would like. I think that’s the key – something that brings enjoyment and interest, that says “I remembered”. (And thank you mom. You are a great gift giver too.)

Books, movies, and music are an integral part of our lives. They can entertain and engage us time and again, becoming favorites, and then we want to share the titles, films, and songs we love with others. There are tons of new items to choose from, but I tend to pick things I can personally recommend from experience to give as gifts. Not sure if it’s as good as you remember? Check out a copy from the library to preview! ~Leigh K. Mauer, Readers’ Advisory Librarian

While everyone has different tastes, these are some of my “best bet” suggestions with wide appeal:

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. Historical non-fiction paperback.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. Biography audiobook, CD, Unabridged. The book is great, the audiobook is even better! Read by the author.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fiction. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Fiction.

Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve. Jazz music, CD.

Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Rock music, CD.

Singing in the Rain. DVD.

2001: A Space Odyssey. DVD.

This blog post was written by Leigh Mauer, the Reader’s Advisory Librarian at Erlanger. You can find her online at the Literarileigh Blog.

Seasons Readings

All the children in my life know I will give them books every year for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite books from 2013 that I would be proud to give any child. I know that for my own children, books are the gifts that keep on giving as we pass them down and reread treasured favorites for years.  Can’t afford all of these gems? Click on the covers and you can borrow them from the library. Season’s readings!  ~Amy Schardein

Image of itemBattle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.  Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2013.  $14.99

When Alex receives a sentimental birthday bunny book he turns it into a book he might actually enjoy using his pencil and formidable imagination.  A hysterical, empowering choice for young readers (and writers) ages 5-9.

 

 

 

Image of itemThe Real Boy by Anne Ursu. Walden Pond, 2013. $16.99

Oscar, an orphaned shop boy, spends his days helping Caleb, the last magician in the city.  When the children around him fall ill Oscar must leave his small world so save the greater one. This is beautifully written magical storytelling for ages 8-12.

 

 





Image of itemFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young.  HarperCollins, 2013.  $14.99

Father leaves to get milk and takes him ever so long to return. Why? Aliens, time travel dinosaurs and adventure are all part of a hilarious, witty story sure to be enjoyed by readers ages 8-12.







Image of itemFlora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K. G. Campbell.  Candlewick, 2013. $17.99

Master storyteller Kate DiCamillo will win your heart again with the story of Flora and the newly super-empowered squirrel Ulysses. Ages 7-11







Image of itemJourney by Aaron Becker. Candlewick, 2013. $15.99

This wordless picture book tale of a magical journey to friendship is told in stunning, luminous illustrations. Readers of all ages will be lost in this beautiful world.




Image of item The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney. Little, Brown & Co, 2013.  $18.00

This wordless version of the classic fable teaches the same timeless lesson while giving readers of all ages intricately detailed illustrations to explore and enjoy.




Image of itemMr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. Little Brown & Co, 2013. $18.00

Mr. Tiger is tired of being prim and proper – so he goes wild! What will happen when he’s tired of going wild?  Children yearning to be wild will find a kindred spirit (and a compromise) with the charming Mr. Tiger. Ages 3-6




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Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. Greenwillow, 2013.  $15.99

Children tap, shake and even blow kisses to help a tree through the seasons in this cleverly interactive book that will leave children asking “again!” Ages 3-7.




Image of itemDeneux, Xavier. Opposites. Chronicle, 2013. $14.99

Ingeniously nested pages use both texture and color to illustrate opposites for the youngest of readers in this boldly designed concept book that will please parents as much as it will please babies.  Ages 0-3.

Four Weeks of Giveaways

Yes, you read that right; The Library will have four weeks of giveaways! This week we are starting off with an awesome tote bag filled with books, a library card holder, a Kenton County Public Library coffee mug, $5 Starbucks gift card and $5 off any purchase at Joseph Beth. The books are: “Make a Gingerbread Man” by Conni Medina, an advance copy of “The Bell Bandit” by Jacqueline Davies, a great read for boys and girls 9 and older, an advanced copy of “The Last PoliceMan” by Ben Winters, an adult fiction murder mystery story, an advance reader’s copy of “Laugh With the Moon” by Shana Burg, a young adult book about a teen dealing with loss and finding her way, “Hey, That’s Not Trash” by Renee Jablow, a great book for young readers about recycling, and “Drawing and Learning about Fashion” by Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt, a fabulous how to book for tweens and teens interested in fashion. There really is a book for everyone in this prize pack. The winner can keep them for the family or give them as gifts. Details on how to enter are below.

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In addition to setting you up with a fabulous bag of books, the Library can help with the holidays in so many other ways. Let’s start with shopping. Are you looking for an e-reader, a computer, a car, TV or other item that has many choices and you aren’t sure what to buy? We have staff who can teach you how to use Consumer Reports Online and it’s free. You can even access this online service from your home. We also have staff who can explain the difference between e-readers and teach you how to download books for free. Did you buy someone an iPod and want to load it with a few songs? Check out Freegal where you can download three free songs per week.

Interested in making gifts this year? The Library has you covered! We have knitting, scrapbooking and craft programs for adults and teens. Are all the gifts bought but you don’t know how you are going to wrap them without prying eyes? No worries! Come to the Holiday Workshop at the Durr Branch and wrap  presents. Bring your own supplies.

Whether you are looking for new recipes, craft ideas, holiday music or fun holiday traditions, the Kenton County Public Library has a book, magazine, movie or music for you. Check out the catalog and put items on hold. You can pick your materials up at the drive-thru or inside at any of the three branches. And be sure to check this list if you are looking to buy books, music or movies as gifts.

Are you ready to enter the Week 1 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Tell us your favorite holiday book or Kenton County Public Library program.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did (we will also receive a confirmation email).
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right?  Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick their prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

This post was written by Gina Holt, Public Relations Coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Holiday Gift

By Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian                                                                              Contributed by Several Kenton County Library Staff Members

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the children in your life? Books are always the right size and can be enjoyed over and over again. You might even win a Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a book as a gift (see below). But first, here are a few of our top picks for gift giving in 2012. 

2012 Picture Books                                                                                                                                                 Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills                                                                                             Rocket the dog loves reading stories so much that he wants to create his own.  He searches for words until he is inspired by a new friend.  A perfect choice for growing readers and writers!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems                                                       Three hungry dinosaurs insist they are not conveniently leaving a tidy house prepared to capture a little girl with gold locks.  A funny twist on an old favorite sure to tickle both children and parents.

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen                                                                                             A minnow has taken a hat – it fits him perfectly and was entirely too small for its former owner, but the owner wants it back!

Oh No!  by Candace Fleming                                                                                                  One after another animals fall into a deep hole as a tiger plots their demise. At the last moment, an elephant appears to save the day!  This tale is just suspenseful enough and features lush illustrations by Eric Rohman.

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost                                                                                        Luminous photographs paired with a lyrical poem turn backyard insects into beautiful works of art.  A perfect choice for the nature-loving child.

 2012 Chapter Books                                                                                                        Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney                                                             Fans of Greg Heffley rejoice! The latest book is finally here.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio                                                                                                            Auggie was born with severe facial deformities. When he enters school at 5th grade after years of home schooling everyone knew there would be obstacles to face.  No one knew that Auggie would change everyone around him. This is a moving & beautifully written story.

The Lego Book by Daniel Lipowitz                                                                                       This 2012 update will delight and inspire Lego fans.

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey     Time travel, haunted pants and school pranks abound in this penultimate volume of the beloved Captain Underpants series.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate                                                                  Ivan the Gorilla only remembers life in a dilapidated circus-themed mall. When Ruby, a baby elephant, is added to the exhibits Ivan knows that he must find a better life for her. 

New Holiday Picture Books                                                                                               Santa from Cincinnati by Judi Barrett                                                                                         Did you know that Santa was born in Cincinnati?

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin                                                                             Pete fills in for a sick Santa as only Pete the Cat can.

How do Dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? By Jane Yolen                                                   The dinosaurs are back and they are celebrating Chanukah.

Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea                                                                                  Dinosaur (who has previously defeated bedtime ) conquers a series of challenges, including being very very good, and receives Christmas presents from Santa in this sweetly funny Christmas story.

Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli                                                                                               

Baby is so excited to explore Christmas. Leslie Patricelli’s bright and witty illustrations make this a perfect choice for the youngest readers.

Modern Classics                                                                                                                   Ages 0-6

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Ages 7-12

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik

Chasing Vermeer  by Blue Balliett

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

There is no better gift than a book.

You might want to borrow a few books from the Library that you are interested in before choosing to buy. You can also find great book, movie and music gift ideas for the adults and teens in your life by checking out this list. You can also check us out on Pinterest. What books are you giving your family and friends this year?

                                  

Joseph Beth Gift Card Giveaway                                                                                         Would you like to win a $25 Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a child in your life the perfect book? Here’s your chance! Well actually, you have several chances. Number one is required and the others are optional for more chances to win. Library employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Entries are due by noon on Monday, Nov. 26.

  1. Tell us what your favorite children’s book is by commenting here (required to enter).
  2. Click on “Following” in the upper left hand corner of our blog and comment that you did (I will receive a confirmation email as well).
  3. Share the link to our blog, telling your friends about the contest, on your Facebook page and comment here that you did.
  4.  Check us out on Pinterest and mention here that you did.
  5. Post a picture of a child in your life with a book to our Facebook page and mention here that you did.