Books can bolster Christmas spirit—December 18, 2009
It is sometimes hard to determine what event or experience makes the Christmas spirit come alive in each of us. It may be a children’s pageant, beautiful music or a favorite movie seen on television for the “umpteenth” time. If you are in need of something to read, listen to or view to bolster your Christmas spirit, check out all the holiday resources at the Hastings Public Library.
A lot of holiday fiction is just what one needs this time of year - short and fun or full of meaning. If you haven’t already tried a Christmas story by your favorite bestselling author, check out “Visions of Sugar Plums” by Janet Evanovich, “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham or “He sees You When You’re Sleeping” by Mary Higgins Clark.
If you prefer historical fiction, try “Miracle in the Wilderness” by Paul Gallico, a sweet, short story set in the woods of colonial America. Jeanne Dams has created a Hilda Johansson mystery with a Christmas twist in “Indigo Christmas” a seasonal tale that highlights the early Swedish and Irish settlers of Indiana. For a little longer story, try “Daniel Plainway or the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League” by Van Reid. Set in Maine in 1896, Daniel Plainway is the story of an orphaned child, a country lawyer, a baseball player and the series of misadventures that brings them all together.
Christmas is a time of new beginnings and three titles bring this message to their pages: “The Christmas Promise” by Donna VanLiere, “The Christmas Kite” by Gail Gaymer Martin and “Fannie Flagg’s “A Redbird Christmas.” All three of these offer a message of hope and forgiveness that is fitting for the Christmas season.
Whether you want a seasonal story to warm the heart or something light to while away vacation time, come in and investigate the Christmas reads at the Hastings Public Library. The library also has a wide selection of holiday music on compact disc and movies on DVD and VHS for check out. The library will close at 1:00 PM on December 24th and be closed all day on December 25th with 24/7 access to the catalog, research databases and more from the Internet.