Gift-giving Library Style

As Christmas approaches, the final mad dash to the mall commences.  For those individuals short on funds but full of creative ideas, there are ways to give thoughtful gifts using your local library.  Borrow one of Guelph Public Library’s many holiday magazines, write out your favourite cookie recipe, and give it to a friend.  Samples are appreciated!christmas_recipe_card_postcard-p239529316956169140envli_400Bestseller lists for the year 2012 have been published by many journals and newspapers.  Print out a list of “best books” in the genre type that appeals to a friend, purchase or borrow one of the books, and you have an inventive gift.  Here are some of the recent “best books of the year” lists:

New York Times 10 Best Books of 201213507212

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012

Globe and Mail – Margaret Cannon’s Top 10 Crime Fiction Books Of the Year

Library Journal’s Best Books and Media 2012 (lists for all genre types are included, as well as Non-fiction categories)

If you need a gift for a mother with small children, compose a list of your family’s favourite children’s books.  Include a copy of a book like Harry The Dirty Dog or Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and you have an awesome gift.  I know that some of my family’s most cherished books were recommendations from friends (who often happened to be librarians)!  If you would like to discover some new treasures, check out a recent article in the New York Times called Notable Children’s Books of 2012.

Another idea involves typing a list of your favourite reads of the year, with a short description of each, to share with a friend.  If you purchased one of these books during the year, arrange a Christmas book swap…

A patron recently came to the Information Desk asking to place holds on several Matt Damon movies for a movie night.  If you substitute Christmas movies, you could make a “gift voucher” promising a friend a movie night at your home.  Consider borrowing some of these popular seasonal movies from the library: Christmas Miracle, Christmas Lodge, One Special Night (Julie Andrews & James Garner), It’s A Wonderful Life, or Noel.

When the presents are wrapped consider treating yourself to some rest and relaxation, curled up with one of the library’s inspirational Christmas books:

The Christmas Box  by Richard Paul EvansThe-Christmas-Box-by-Richard-Paul-Evans

The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere

The Thirteenth Day Of Christmas by Jason Wright

Twas The Night Before: A Love Story by Jerry Jenkins

If you are looking to give a gift to the community, you might consider volunteering for Guelph Public Library in some capacity.  If you have a car, you might want to deliver library material to someone who is housebound.  Visit our website for a full list of volunteer opportunities and an online application form

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About gplmarcia

Hello book aficionados! I am a librarian at GPL’s Main Library. Most of my time at work is spent on the Information Desk helping people with their information needs and, of course, finding a great book to read. I order the fiction books for the Main Library, so I have the inside track on what’s new, and what’s hot. In my spare time, I love to read (no surprise), walk my dogs (an English Setter and an Irish Red & White Setter) in the forest, visit the gym, and plan my next vacation (however humble that may be…I’m happy to go to the Blue Jays game).
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