The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to celebrate. We have just the ingredients here at the library to help you during this fun, family time.

Family food and traditions are always important during this busy season, but if you are open to trying something new, many of our cookbooks have innovative suggestions for preparing your family feasts. Taste of Home magazine, as well as Good Housekeeping, Diabetic Living, Midwest Living, Family Circle, Better Homes and Garden and Real Simple also have yummy-sounding recipes. Most of these, along with This Old House, American Patchwork and Quilting and Craft Ideas, have great ideas for decorating or redoing your home in preparation for your guests’ arrival.

If you are into making your own gifts for your favorite few, we have plenty of books and magazines with fresh, new ideas for great presents. “DIY T-shirtCrafts: From Braided Bracelets to Floor Pillows: 50 Unexpected Ways to Recycle Your Old T-shirts,” “From Trash to Treasure: Holiday Crafts,” “Super Simple Pine Cone Projects” and “T-shirt Quilts Made Easy” are newer books to help you get started. “Half Yard Christmas: Easy sewing Projects Using Left-over Pieces of Fabric” and “Half Yard Home” provide more crafting ideas. “Fun Things to Do with Cardboard Tubes” is a good book to help keep the younger set busy when they have gotten bored.

We always add new Christmas fiction each year. Some of our newer titles include “Winter Stroll” by Elin Hildebrand, “A Knight’s Bridge Christmas” by Carla Neggers, “A Quilt for Christmas” by Sandra Dallas, “Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue” by Victoria Thompson, “Deck the Halls” by Mary Higgins Clark and “Carol Higgins Clark, The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge” by Charlie Lovett and “Dashing through the Snow” by Debbie Macomber.

If these books and magazines don’t provide enough inspiration, check out the e-books from http://nebraska.lib.overdrive.com/ or the Zinio digital magazines link from the library webpage at http://libraries.ne.gov/schuyler/.

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