Articles tagged "entertaining"

2017 Holiday Giveaway

The holidays are here! Books make great gifts and while we know you’re all professional recommenders, the book suggestions in our Holiday Gift Guide may be helpful to you.

In the spirit of the season, we’re giving away big bundles of these holiday books to THREE lucky librarians!

To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: 2017 Holiday Giveaway) by Sunday, December 10, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print.

UPDATE 12/15/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison WI
Catherine Healey, College of Staten Island Library/CUNY, Staten Island NY
Angela Romano, Oak Lawn Public Library, Oak Lawn IL

New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz reinvents a classic tale in this gender-swapped version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a holiday twist. “De la Cruz’s Christmas romance is quick, witty, and a must for fans of Austen retellings.” — Publishers Weekly

A November 2017 Indie Next pick! Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this debut novel set as Charles Dickens writes his beloved classic. “With the wit and sprightly tone of a classic storyteller, Silva presents a heartwarming tale of friendship and renewal that’s imbued with the true Christmas spirit.” — Booklist

A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge’s in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life. “Hughes has romance readers’ mouths watering and hearts melting with this food- and holiday-themed novel.” — Booklist

Reeling from divorce, Sydney moves back to her hometown with her daughter, but doesn’t expect to fall for Santa (single dad and local high school history teacher Kevin). “Naigle’s wonderfully heart-warming holiday story will appeal to romance and women’s fiction readers.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Stitch, Cook, Build…Repeat

The holidays are coming! Prepare your patrons (and yourself) with these craft books full of projects to stitch, cook, and build:

CROCHET SNOWFLAKES STEP-BY-STEP: A Delightful Flurry of 40 Patterns for Beginners by Caitlin Sainio
No experience is necessary to crochet sensational snowflakes! Clear, easy-to-follow photo sequences linked to charts will teach readers how to crochet as they go along.

CROCHET STYLE: Over 30 Trendy, Classic and Sporty Accessories for All Ages by Jennifer Dougherty
This intermediate-level book includes stylish patterns for winter weather essentials, such as Texture Weave Beanie with matching mittens and the Powder Puff Slouch with matching boot cuffs. Plus, each pattern includes directions for sizes baby, toddler, child, teenager, small adult or large adult.

A TOUCH OF FARMHOUSE CHARM: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room by Liz Fourez
Get the trendy and wildly popular rustic country look at home with 70+ beginner-friendly, one-of-a-kind decorations and furniture projects, including: Vintage Breadboards and an Herb Planter Box in the kitchen, Fabric-Covered Books in the office, Hanging Crate Storage or Pressed Fern Art in the bathroom, Vintage Map in the kids’ playroom or a Wood Toy Crate in the kids’ bedroom, and more.

EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING COOKBOOK: 80 Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests Without Stress by Meredith Steele
Stress-free cooking for a party?! It’s possible with Meredith Steele’s ingenious recipes for easy-to-cook meals that have a large wow factor. Recipes include a Shaved Asparagus Salad that tastes like it has a pantry full of ingredients, when really it only has a handful; Bourbon Vanilla Peaches that seem like they have been cooked for hours when really it’s only minutes; and Easy Duck Confit that takes the guesswork out of this once difficult task and turns it into a technique to use at any occasion with ease.

MAGICAL MINIATURE GARDENS & HOMES: Create Tiny Worlds of Fairy Magic & Delight with Natural, Handmade Décor by Donni Webber
The playful and imaginative trend of miniature & fairy gardening caught fire in the craft world several years ago, and it has only grown in popularity. Webber shares ideas and tutorials to easily create seven one-of-a-kind mini gardens full of tiny plants and 70+ DIY decorations sourced from low-cost/low-care/long-lasting plants, natural materials, and commonly found craft supplies.