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One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays

During this exciting and sometimes overwhelming time of the year, the Douglas County Library can help make your holidays jollier and less stressful.

First, Christmas and holiday-themed DVDs are available in both the children's and adult areas. There are the traditional titles — Charlie Brown, the Grinch, and Rudolph to "Christmas with the Kranks," "Christmas Vacation," or one of the "Home Alone" flicks. For a more serious side, try the Hallmark holiday specials or "It's a Wonderful Life." The library loans out at least a dozen versions of Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol," from Muppets to Mickey Mouse to Smurfs, Mr. Magoo to Jim Carrey to George C. Scott. There is something to please everyone. Be sure to get your name in early on waiting lists for the most popular titles.

While the movies are playing, what is more delicious than Christmas cookies to nibble upon? Multitudes of holiday cookbooks cover sweets, breads, cookies, candy, and everything else to make the season tasty. Library books can help with entertaining, selecting the perfect wine, grilling, roasting, folding the perfect napkin, providing inspiration for a memorable celebration with friends or family as the year comes to a close.

Next, time to create the perfect tree, the ideal room, or beautiful ornaments, quilts, and crafts. For everyone from kids to Martha Stewart wannabes, there are resources for creating a festive home-made holiday. Two of the many titles include: "Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Christmas Crafts, Recipes, and Activities" as well as "In a Weekend: 50 Festive & Fabulous Holiday Projects."

Finally, time to kick back and relax with a new holiday-themed book — Debbie Macomber's "Merry & Bright," "Christmas with my Cowboy" by Diana Palmer or Elin Hilderbrand's newest — "Winter Solstice." Historical fiction includes "Mr. Dickens and his Carol" by Samantha Silva, and "Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once & Future Nutcracker" by Gregory Maguire (author of "Wicked"). In mystery, we see the return of Anne Perry's annual holiday murder, "A Christmas Return." There is a deluge of more holiday romances, cozy mysteries, dog stories, cat stories, and Amish experiences. Don't delay, you will find these and more in regular print, large print, audiobooks as well as in eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Happy reading!

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Card Exchange

Sending out Christmas cards is not as popular as it once was, but there is always someone special who deserves a printed holiday greeting. The Douglas County Library can help you with that challenge. For the third year, the library will host a holiday card exchange which starts after Thanksgiving and runs through the end of year. If you need a card, you can pick one up at the library. If you have unused cards and envelopes in good condition you would like to donate, you can drop them off at the front desk whenever the library is open. The basket containing cards will be on a table at the front of the library.

For more information, visit douglascountylibrary.org, call 320-762-3014, email library@douglascounty.lib.mn.us, or follow the library on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Woizeschke is a librarian at the Douglas County Library.

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