Backyard Birding

Backyard birding : using natural gardening to attract birds by Julie Zickefoose ; and the editors of Bird watcher's digest — Watching birds in your yard can be a great way to relax and learn more about native creatures. Having birds in your garden can also benefit you in other ways: many feed on insects, which can help your garden flourish and make your yard a more pleasant place for people, too. Many of the plants that attract birds also attract butterflies - a double bonus!

Closely Knit

Closely knit : handmade gifts for the ones you love by Hannah Fettig — Are you looking for ideas for quick-to-make holiday gifts? There are a number of them in this book, as well as projects for speedier knitters or those whose gift-giving occasion is further in the future. Hats, scarves, bags, sweaters, and a few special unique items are included here.

Christmas Reads

Check out some easy Christmas reads during the month of December to get in the holiday spirit. Below are some suggested titles from the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy reading!

Alvin and the Chipmunks: a Chipmunk family Christmas by based upon the characters Alvin and the Chipmunks created by Ross Bagdasarian ; story by Jon Vitti ; screenplay by Jon Vitti and Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi ; adapted by Susan Hill

Minnie and Moo: the night before Christmas by Denys Cazet

Marvin's best Christmas present ever by story by Katherine Paterson ; pictures by Jane Clark Brown

Santa's short suit shrunk and other Christmas tongue twisters by Nola Buck ; pictures by Sue Truesdell

Murder Will Out: Alexander McCall Smith

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith — Fans of Alexander McCall Smith, author of several series, including The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, 44 Scotland Street, and Isabel Dalhousie's novels will enjoy this recent interview by Connie Fletcher in BookList Online (12/01/2011).

What We're Listening to: December 2011

It's that time of the year again. Some of our holiday favorite sounds:

A Hawaiian Christmas [sound recording] by Amy Hanaiali'i

A midwinter night's dream [sound recording] by Loreena McKennitt

Barenaked For the Holidays [sound recording] by Barenaked Ladies

Noël [sound recording] by Josh Groban

Christmas caravan [sound recording] by Squirrel Nut Zippers

A very cool Christmas [sound recording] by Dean Martin

December [sound recording] by the Moody Blues

Christmas songs [sound recording] by Diana Krall featuring the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

J700 to 799

Do you love to draw? Are you learning how to play an instrument? Looking for your favorite sports team or sporting activity? How about that special craft for that special someone? Well, look no further, this is all in the J700 to 799 collection! We have a wonderful selection of art, music, sports, crafts, games, and so much more. Be sure to check out our books and DVDs. Have fun!


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