Top Ten Ways to Make KCLS a Part of Your Holiday Celebrations

Note: Gary Wasdin, the former director of King County Library System, left KCLS in March of 2017.

King County Library System is a tremendous resource all year round. From the Summer Reading Program to robotics classes to an armful of good books to keep you company on a long weekend, amazing adventures often begin at your public library!

As the year comes to a close, we have even more things in store to help you and your family celebrate the holidays. Here is my Top Ten list of new and exciting ways KCLS can make your holiday season even better:

Smart Shopping – Shopping for someone special this year? Use the library’s subscription to Consumer Reports Online to get great advice for your gift-giving plans. Log in to consumer information subscription servicesopens a new window.

Holiday Cookbooks – Whether you’re looking for a favorite old recipe or a new holiday classic, KCLS has a great collection of cookbooks. From Gluten-free and Vegan Holidaysopens a new window to the Barefoot Contessa’s Cooking for Jeffreyopens a new window, there’s something for all tastes. Browse all holiday cookbooksopens a new window.

Sounds of the Season – Visit Freegal to download a few seasonal tunes to get you into the holiday mood. From classic to contemporary, you’ll likely find a sentimental favorite. Explore musicopens a new window.

eBooks Galore – Giving someone an eReader for Christmas? Include a note to remind them about the library’s great collection of eBooks. They can download titles and start reading Christmas morning, and it won’t cost them a thing! See what's new and recommended or just browse eBooksopens a new window.

Make Your Own Gifts – Impress your family and friends with a personal gift you make yourself in a workshop on handmade chocolates. Pastry chef Laurie Pfalzer will teach you simple techniques to create beautiful candies and truffles that will delight everyone on your list! Check out our events calendar for details and be sure to register! Get event details and reserve your seatopens a new window.

Gifts for Readers – Have someone on your list that’s hard to buy for? How about two tickets to meet keynote author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket!) at the 2017 Literary Lions Gala on March 11. But hurry...tickets will go fast! Buy tickets nowopens a new window.

Escape to a Quiet Place – The holidays can get a bit chaotic, so find a great new book or an old favorite and take time to curl up with a warm blanket. It’s the best cure when things start to get out of hand. And if home is too noisy, escape to a cozy reading nook at one of KCLS’ beautiful libraries. Find a library near youopens a new window.

Plan a Trip – And speaking of escape, if you’re planning a trip to escape the rain this year, visit KCLS first. From Fodor’s to Frommer’s, there’s a destination guide that can help you expertly plan your next excursion. Be sure to fill your eReader with good books before you go! Start exploring with travel guidebooksopens a new window.

Season of Stories and Songs – Your local community library will be buzzing during our annual Season of Stories and Songs events throughout the month of December. Musical performances, craft programs and holiday-themed story times are free and offer something for all ages! Stop by and join the funopens a new window.

Explore the Diversity of the Season – During this important season of remembrance and cultural celebrations, visit KCLS to learn about holidays and traditions that are new to you! In addition to Christmas and Hanukkah, many celebrate Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice. Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) is commemorates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad and Bodhi Day is a significant Buddhist holiday. Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Mexico) and Boxing Day (Canada) are also observed in December. Learn about holidays with books, movies, and moreopens a new window.

Whatever traditions you observe, all of us at King County Library System wish you and yours the very best. And may your New Year be filled with great adventures that begin at the library!

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