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Episode 111: Holidays

Ariel, Mary, and Angie

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Welcome, everyone, to Books and Beverages! This week we are discussing Holidays! We love to celebrate, and take any opportunity to do so; and in this episode we look at all kinds of holidays and an associated book or two. We will all learn about new holidays and some new books – exploration and celebration is always fun!

We are the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange, and we support all types of libraries. This is our book group podcast, where we discuss different genres of books each week, while we all sit in our comfy chairs and drink our beverages. And you are, of course, an important part of this book group. So if you do not already have a nice beverage please go get one, so you can join the experience.

Who is joining our reading group this week? This week we welcome back frequent book group guest Ariel Kirst, from Great River Library System!

Reading about holidays is a great way to explore new cultures, to add to your current celebrations, and to just enjoy yourself with the fun of holidays! (Not all the holidays are positive and fun; but all are times to set aside your daily routine and to focus on some new ideas.)

We are going to share a book suggestion for each of these holidays, with a variety of genres and age ranges represented, and all will be on our website in case you cannot take notes right now. We love to celebrate, and we love to read books; and this was so fun to assemble to this week’s discussion!

Check out our full information page for all the holidays and books!

Day Forty One of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

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If you might like to celebrate Christmas in July, this page from the site Library Thing could inspire you! (It really happens in December, but if you want to start a Secret Santa program in your library – we support you!)

Secret Santa for Book Lovers

SantaThing is LibraryThing’s Secret Santa for book lovers. This is our TENTH annual SantaThing!

Join LibraryThing

Join LibraryThing to participate in SantaThing!

How it works

  1. Become a Secret Santa. Choose your gift level ($15–50) and bookstore, such as Powell’s, Amazon, and others.LibraryThing takes no “cut.” If you pay $30, you get $30 worth of books (plus shipping at some sellers).You can sign up for yourself, or make this a gift for a friend on or off LibraryThing.
  2. We choose a LibraryThing member to be your “Santee,” the person you’ll be buying for. We try to match up members with similar tastes in books.
  3. You pick books for your Santee.
  4. LibraryThing elves order the books and the books are shipped directly to your Santee. Only LibraryThing and the bookseller see your address.
  5. You receive a package with the books from your Secret Santa—and rejoice!

Even if you don’t want to be a Santa, you can help by suggesting books for others. Click on a member’s name to leave a suggestion.


Check out the SantaThing Help page, join the discussion on Talk, or email lorannelibrarything.com. See the blog post for more information.

Crucial dates

Sunday, December 4th at 5pm Eastern. Sign-up ends. Secret Santas are chosen, profile messages are sent to the Secret Santa, and you can then enter your gift choices.

Monday, December 12th at 1pm EST (18:00 GMT). After the weekend, gift picking ends. LibraryThing sends the order via eight tiny ponies to the bookstore you chose.

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