“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” ~ Garrison Keillor

GiftGift

I always look forward to NPR's holiday guide to book-giving. In the Best Books of 2009 there is certain to be something marvelous for almost everyone on my list (and yours too).

There are the "lush and elaborately illustrated titles" on the Big And Beautiful: Best Gift Books that a kindle just won't do.

For the adventurous literati, there are the Best Foreign Fiction picks. Or, like Susan Stamberg, you place your trust in Indie Booksellers' top picks. Alan Cheuse and Glen Weldon also share their season's favorites.

For families young and old, Sally and Stephen Kern have a simple and inexpensive way to bring families together in A Holiday Reading Tradition For The Whole Family, where they keep a box of special books about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the winter solstice just for this time of year. (Available as a podcast).

For the music lovers on your list, you can rely on Best Music Of 2009.; or David Dye's (of World Cafe) The Top 10 Albums Of 2009; as well as the 2009 Best Music For Kids.

For the younger readers on your list, I like the New York Times' Notable Children’s Books and graphic novels.

Alright, if only toys will do (Oh, I do understand!) - at least make it eco-friendly. The Parents' Choice Foundation's annual holiday gift guide is indispensable for parents and grandparents alike. Buy if you must, but first check out the parents' guide in making sound media choices for the family.

Happy Holidays and please, make it a safe one.

Holiday events at Kerrytown!

Midnight Madness and Kerryfest have come and gone, but there are still events happening in the Kerrytown market area during weekends in December if you’re looking for more than just usual Sparrow Market and Farmer’s Market happenings.

Every Saturday in December Santa will be visiting at the Kerrytown Market and Shops. There will also be Festive music every Saturday in December from 11am -2pm.

Plenty of food events will be going on as well, some involve free tasting at Spice Merchants. Check out the full calendar for times, days and information!

kerrytownkerrytown

Live from Ann Arbor, It's . . . Santa Claus!

santasanta

That's right, Santa himself will be taking questions and wishes LIVE from the North Pole on CTN Channel 17 on Thursday, Dec. 10, 6 - 8 p.m. He'll be ready for your questions and your wish lists, so set you speed dial to 734.794.6155 and talk directly to Mr. Claus. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Winter Adventures -- Youth Magazine Update

winterwinter

There's no denying it, winter has definitely arrived -- and with snow predicted for some time this week, it's time to plan how to keep yourself entertained when the weather turns icy.

If you're an outdoorsy type, Boy's Life Magazine has all the information you will ever need, with articles on ice fishing, making emergency shelters out of snow, and ice climbing -- on frozen grain silos. (Strange, but true.)

For those of us who prefer to stay indoors with a hot cup of cocoa, Nintendo Power Magazine provides the latest information on the best new games -- like Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks, the first Legend of Zelda game where Zelda gets to go adventuring herself! My personal favorite, for the name alone, is Zombie Panic in Wonderland in which your favorite fairy tale characters fight...you guessed it ...zombies.

Bridging the gap between outdoor adventure and vegging out is National Geographic Kids, with an article on the return of the lynx to Colorado, and a review of upcoming Disney original The Princess and the Frog.Owl Magazine and its sister publication ChickaDee get in on the act with articles on arctic animals, gifts you can make yourself, and, in ChickaDee, an up-close look at Quebec's Hotel de Glace, a hotel made entirely of ice.

Christmas in Vienna at The Hill

Christmas carols have arrived, whether we want them to or not. A different way to experience Christmas music, and perhaps more moving, is live with the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir. The choir will be performing Christmas in Vienna at the Hill Auditorium on Sunday, November 29 at 4 pm. (See here for ticket information.) To get yourself ready, check out some of their CDs.

The Vienna Boys’ choir, one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world, has been around since the 13th century but was officially founded in 1924. For touring purposes the choir is divided into four sub-groups, each named after a famous Austrian composer, and all with equal standing.

Prior to the concert will be Caroling on the Steps of Hill, from 3-4 pm, where local choral groups will perform on the steps of the Hill Auditorium and then invite the public to join them. Joy!

Hot Holiday Meals for the Hungry

thanksgiving dinnerthanksgiving dinner

St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor will serve its daily hot breakfast on Thanksgiving from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. as it does every day of the year. The Original Cottage Inn will offer its annual Thanksgiving meal for the needy and homeless, a tradition that dates back almost 30 years. The dinner is served on Thanksgiving between 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vineyard Church will have hourly shuttles from Liberty Plaza to its Thanksgiving Meal, the first one leaves downtown at 11:00 am. There are also two churches in Ypsi providing meals: Holy Trinity Church, 511 W. Forest will serve food from 11:00 am till the food is gone & New Testament Church will serve a meal from noon-1:00, 1230 West Michigan Ave.

Preparing Your Thanksgiving Feast

It's that time again. Are you ready for another winter holiday season? Here at the AADL we have MANY cookbooks to help make your Thanksgiving preparations run smoothly. Here's a sampling of the numerous titles we offer:

Betty Crocker Complete Thanksgiving Cookbook : All you need to cook a foolproof dinner
The title says it all. Hooray for "foolproof"!

How to cook a turkey : and all the other trimmings
From the editors of Fine cooking magazine. When you have no clue how to deal with that bird.

Thanksgiving 101 : Celebrate America's favorite holiday with America's Thanksgiving expert
Rick Rodgers, the "expert", is a cooking teacher, food writer, cookbook author, freelance cookbook editor, and radio and television guest chef. He even has his own website with lots more recipes - http://www.rickrodgers.com.

The Thanksgiving Table : Recipes and ideas to create your own holiday tradition
This was published by Chronicle Books, so it's nice to look at as well as helpful.

What Can I Bring?
The perfect cookbook for when you are visiting someone else's house.

Paula Deen Celebrates! : Best dishes and best wishes for the best times of your life
Let Paula make your decisions for you.

The Healthy Hedonist Holidays : A year of multicultural, vegetarian-friendly holiday feast
An alternative to turkey with all the trimmings.

Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates : Festive meals for holidays and special occasions
Another good book for holidays with vegetarians. And the Moosewood always has yummy ideas.

Veganomicon : The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
Need ideas for cooking for those vegan family-members? Look no further.

The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods : More than 200 recipes for creating old favorites with new flours
In case you, or someone you love, need to avoid gluten.
rockwellrockwell
Happy Holidays From the Diva of Do-Ahead : A year of feasts to celebrate with family and friends
Diane Phillips, the self-proclaimed Diva of Do-Ahead, says she is "the coach to help you get the dinner prepared ahead of time so you can enjoy your family and friends".

Ancient Food and Extreme Science -- Youth Magazine Update

Eric GuilbertEric Guilbert

From history to travel, interviews to fiction -- this month's youth magazines sure have a lot of interesting stories to share!

Dig Magazine starts the party with an issue focusing entirely on the history of food. Learn about Ancient Egyptian bread baking and the history of the tortilla, as well as how to roast a whole pig. Even more fun than McDonald's!

Jack and Jill travels the world, with a look at winter holiday celebrations and life in Mongolia's Gobi Desert, as well as an interview with 16-year-old figure skater and Olympic hopeful Mirai Nagasu.

Ever heard of scientists who brave dense jungles and hang from trees to study rare insects? Ranger Rick Magazine has the whole story, along with cool pictures of animal sculptures made entirely from tin cans.

If this makes you feel like exploring the world, come on down! The library is always the best place to start.

Looking for a family Halloween movie?

If you and your family are looking for something not too scary to check out this weekend, try one of these:

Monsters Inc.
Monsters need to scare kids in order to power their city.

The Halloweentown movies
A thirteen year old girl finds out that she is a witch and that her grandmother lives in a magical city called Halloweentown.

Casper
A girl and her father move into a haunted house and find that one of the ghosts in their house is friendly.

The Black Cauldron
Taran the pig keeper has to find the Black Cauldron before the evil Horned King does (based on the works of Lloyd Alexander).

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Three orphans and an apprentice witch have adventures in a magic bed.

Dance Performance for Day of the Dead

MoyocoyaniMoyocoyani

The Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel will perform at the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 2:00-2:45pm in celebration of Day of the Dead. The exciting dances and authentic costumes will be a thrill to see! The performance is in celebration of The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), a holiday that commemorates the wonderful memories of our lost loved ones. The holiday is often observed with bright colors, memorial displays for those we have lost, and yummy confections. Similar holidays are celebrated throughout the world.

SPECIAL NOTE: DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND - AN ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN ADDED AND WILL OCCUR FROM 3:30 - 4:15 PM ON SUNDAY.

Syndicate content