Watch, Listen, Read your way to a happy holiday season!

Posted Nov 24, 2015

The busy holiday season is under way. We've got some recommendations to help you stay sane!


Make the entire family happy* with movies and TV shows. Stressed about time? Relax! All our DVDs can come home with you for at least six days (new movies: three day loan plus three day grace period), and most for seven days. You can even renew most DVDs if your family decides to stay longer...


Set the mood for your gatherings with music. All Shorewood CDs can be checked out for 7 days, and renewed if needed. We just updated our holiday music collection including new releases from Brian Setzer Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir (featuring Sesame Street characters), and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. You can browse all the newly added CDs via CountyCat. Not into holiday tunes? You can find solid choices for dining music in just about any genre, depending on your crowd's tastes.


Whether you're flying, driving, or staying home, e-books are convenient. Long car ride? E-audiobooks go with you whether you want to listen alone or through the sound system. Looking for more recipes or decorating tips? Digital magazines to the rescue with high-resolution, embedded videos, and easy bookmarking! Go ahead, load up your phone or tablet so you can sneak away and pretend you're doing work but really you're just having some precious alone time with a good read.

If you're planning to buy a tablet or e-reader for someone on your list, and already have one yourself, we recommend test-driving the library e-book process in advance. That way, you can help them get using their tablet/e-reader quickly and to good effect: free books have a way of getting even techno-phobes excited. Perhaps best of all: you don't have to remember to renew or return them. You can visit the E-Reading page on our site to learn more.

Books, obviously.

Yep, plain old books make excellent holiday companions and we suspect many of you already know this! Explore our blog, booklists, and new materials stream to find recommendations. Book expert Daniel Goldin will also be here on Saturday, December 5 at 11:00AM to share his favorite books of the year, so you can plan your wish list or check people off your gift list.

A concern we hear frequently around this time of year: what if my books are due while I'm out of state? Got you covered: if you're travelling, it's easy to renew online or over the phone (847-2670). Did you know you can even request to check out three week books for six weeks at a time? Just ask at the desk when you check out. Overdue fines do not need to be part of your holiday spending budget!

*Results not guaranteed. Sorry! Happy holidays!

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