Storytime for Grownups: Making your holidays merry and bright

Winter is a magical time of year for people across the globe, even in tropical South Florida! It’s a time for celebrating old traditions and creating new ones with family, friends, and neighbors. Even though the temperature may barely reach below 70 degrees, a book (electronic or otherwise) can quickly kindle the spirit of the season. Here are some suggestions to get you in the mood:

  • The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer (or any of his other stories for adults and children alike). Singer is one of my favorite authors of all time. His stories of life in Eastern European shtetls connects me to my ancestors and are best read out loud and with loved ones.
  • For younger readers, the “Llama, Llama” series by Anna Dewdney can never go wrong. The Christmas version, Llama llama holiday drama is sure to entertain.
  • Did you know that the movie, “A Christmas Story” was actually based on the short stories of Jean Shepherd? Not a year goes by that I don’t get enjoyment out of the shenanigans of Ralphie and his family! 000000000000jaguar-unbraco-2
  • Staying on the humorous side of the holidays, be sure to pick up Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. Your best bet is to listen to the audio book version (you can either pick up the CDs or download the electronic version onto your device). Listening to Sedaris recount his time as a department store elf has become somewhat of a winter tradition for me!
  • David Sedaris’ sister, Amy Sedaris, is equally as funny and talented. Her book, Simple Times is a hilarious take on popular crafting. I would suggest listening to the e-audiobook with a hardback in hand so you get the full effect.
  • Start a new Chanukah tradition with Latke, the Lucky Dog. In addition to being able to listen to this fantastic children’s book on your electronic device, you can also borrow the book through Palm Beach County Library System’s subscription to Hoopla. The read-along version is great for both auditory and visual learners. In this cute tale, Chanukah is seen through the eyes of a recently-adopted dog, Latke!
  • Seven spools of thread by Angela Shelf Medearis is a folk tale that teaches the seven principles of Kwanzaa. This book is an essential primer for young ones, as it also includes a glossary, pronunciation guide, and craft activities.
  • The 2015 James Beard Award-winning cookbook Heritage by Sean Brock brings me back to my youth growing up in Tennessee. Luckily, you only have to travel as far as you local library branch to check out this book that boasts amazing photos and down-home delicious recipes.

Whatever your tastes are, and wherever you spend your winters, Palm Beach County Library System is happy to be a part of what makes this county shine. Have a happy and safe new year!

Palm Beach Happening wishes to thank Adam Davis, director of system services for the Palm Beach County Library System, for helping to provide our readers with these guides since June of this year, and look forward to sharing even more suggestions on how to expand your literary horizons in 2016!