It can be challenging to find holiday music that isn't merely cheery, kitschy, or weirdly dark, leading many including myself to steer clear of it (while enjoying when certain renditions come up on the radio). Of course, it's hard to go wrong with jazz, but sometimes a person needs variety. This album just might fit the ticket.
Canadian musician and self-made record label owner Loreena McKennitt, best known for her 1997 song "The Mummer's Dance," has continued to produce great things, including this unique and wonderful collection of traditional old world holiday music, Midwinter Night's Dream (2008). It sometimes sounds as if it could be the original soundtrack to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, such as what you might imagine the elves of Mirkwood or the hobbits to play on rustic instruments during feasts.
An interesting twist on a classic tale about a boy and his dog fighting for survival during a zombie outbreak at Christmas. After witnessing his mother attacking Santa on Christmas Eve, Johnny knows just what to do. With a little prep and the right supplies, Johnny, his dog Fido, and...
Give yourself a break during the hectic holiday season, or any other time of the year, by listening to David Sedaris read his Holidays on Ice, a collection of Christmas (and other holiday) stories including "The Santaland Diaries," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" and "The Dunbar Family Christmas Letter." If you don't...
The holidays are almost upon us, and here at Denver Public Library the Children's Librarians have been hard at work, gathering the very best books published in 2013 to help you give the gift of reading to the children and teens in your life.
Books for the Very Youngest
Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo. Alphablock is a lift-the-letter-as-the-flap book with the die-cut letter on top and the pictorial representation underneath. This beautiful book will be read again and again.
This Christmastime romance contains three novellas: Home for Christmas, All I Want for Christmas, and Gabriel's Angel. In Home for Christmas, globe-trotting reporter Jason returns to his small-town home with the hopes of winning back the heart of his high school sweetheart. All I Want for Christmas is the story of a special...
If the temptations of holiday snacking are too much for you, be a game changer and make some healthy, tasty party mix to munch on.
Oscar Wilde wrote, "I can resist anything except temptation."
True enough, especially this time of year. Those of you who know me know that I'm a big guy. I always reach for crunchy carbs when I want to snack, so I decided to try and make a party mix that I can eat without guilt and without popping buttons. Yesterday's snow was a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen and experiment. Here's my first two versions:
Holiday Survival Party Mix Version 1 (super simple)
If your wish list for December includes getting out amongst 'em and enjoying some of the season -- we've got you covered!
Celebrating the best of the holiday season, as well as commemorating the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, our golden girls, Reveille 3, are hosting their annual Christmas concert and cookie party here at the Denver Public Library.