On Display in YA – Winter Reads

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December 2023 All book descriptions are from the publisher unless otherwise indicated. Whiteout: a novel by Dhonielle Clayton, et al. In Atlanta, just before Christmas, twelve teens band together to help a friend pull off the most epic apology of her life during the storm of the century, which results in a magical moment that changes everything.   The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.   Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban Fifteen-year-old Frankincense (Frankie) Wood tries to pull off the Christmas of her dreams as she juggles trying to keep in touch with her best friend, family dynamics at the family’s Holiday shop, and recovering from world’s worst first kiss.   All I Want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia Everything is lining up for a perfect Christmas, if only Santa will grant Bailey’s one wish–sharing a kiss under the mistletoe with someone who really appreciates her. Bailey Briggs lives for Christmas music, baking cookies, snowy sleigh rides, and wearing her light-up reindeer ears to work at Winslow’s bookstore. And this year, she’s wishing for someone to kiss under the mistletoe. She’s certain it isn’t athlete Jacob Marley; Charlie and his British accent is the romantic lead of her dreams. Will Bailey stay on Santa’s nice list, so that her wish will come true? Here The Whole Time by Vitor Martins When Felipe, who is very insecure about his weight, is forced to spend winter break with his long-term crush, Caio, he must face his unresolved issues head-on.   Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds Sixteen-year-old Shira is on a mission to find the perfect boyfriend over Hanukkah, but after getting snowed in on Nantucket with her nemesis-slash-former-crush her plans begin to go off the rails.   The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick Penny’s skepticism about ghosts, love, and family change when her ghost-hunting mother sends her to a “friend’s” inn in Maine for Christmas, where Penny confronts her own supernatural gift, an alluring boy, and staggering family secrets.   It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames Shy high school junior Riley Kowalski is spending her winter break on a research trip to Antarctica, sponsored by one of the world’s biggest tech companies. She joins five student volunteers, a company-approved chaperone, and an impartial scientist to prove that environmental plastic pollution has reached all the way to Antarctica, but what they find is something much worse … something that looks human. Riley has anxiety–ostracized by the kids at school because of panic attacks–so when she starts to feel like something’s wrong with their expedition leader, Greta, she writes it off. But when Greta snaps and tries to kill Riley, she can’t chalk it up to an overactive imagination anymore. Worse, after watching Greta disintegrate, only to find another student with the same affliction, she realizes they haven’t been infected, they’ve been infiltrated–by something that can change its shape. And if the group isn’t careful, that something could quickly replace any of them.   A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos Plain-spoken, headstrong Ophelia cares little about appearances. Her ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and, what’s more, she possesses the ability to travel through mirrors, a skill passed down to her from previous generations. Her idyllic life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan. Ophelia must leave all she knows behind and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the capital of a cold, icy ark known as the Pole, where danger lurks around every corner and nobody can be trusted. There, in the presence of her inscrutable future husband, Ophelia slowly realizes that she is a pawn in a political game that will have far-reaching ramifications not only for her but for her entire world.   How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Arlow Snowy weather and fish fossils help bring together two Jewish college freshmen spending winter break in Washington, D.C.   So This is Love by Tracy Andreen Trying to figure out their relationship status when they return to boarding school after one magical Christmas Eve kiss, Finley and Arthur are faced with old enemies who add to the confusion, putting what could be love in jeopardy.   Love In Winter Wonderland by A. Bello Seventeen-year-olds Trey and Ariel embark on a hate-to-love journey when they band together to save Trey’s family’s business, the longest-running Black-owned bookshop in London.   Finding My Elf by David Valdes Greenwood While home for winter break, Cameron takes a job as a Christmas elf and finally finds his “people” and possibly “the one” in the fakest consumerist nightmare place on Earth where he least expected it.   This Winter by Alice Oseman A very special Heartstopper story set over a challenging holiday season… Reuniting Tori Spring, her little brother Charlie, and Charlie’s boyfriend Nick, this novella sees the Spring siblings brave a particularly difficult festive season.   The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park Chloe Kwon can’t stand Peter Li. It’s always been that way. Their families don’t get along either: their parents operate rival restaurants in the Riverwood Mall food court–Korean food for the Kwons and Chinese food for the Lis. Now it’s the holiday season and Chloe’s the photographer at the mall’s Santa Land, and Peter works at the virtual reality North Pole experience right across the atrium. It’s all Chloe can do to avoid Peter’s smug, incredibly photogenic face. But it turns out the mall is about to be sold to a developer and demolished for condos. Eviction notices are being handed out right before Christmas. Their parents don’t know what to do, and soon Chloe and Peter realize that the two of them need to join efforts to try to save the mall. Just when it seems like they can

New Year’s Craft

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Get ready for 2024, by making a Take & Make New Year’s Craft.  Stop by the Youth Services Desk starting on Monday December 26th  to pick one up while supplies last. Here are some New Year’s stories to enjoy: Felize New Year, Ava Gabriela! Squirrel’s New Year Resolution It’s New Year’s Day New Year’s Day : A First Look   -Amanda Winter, Youth Services

Gather and Entertain: Inspiration from Books in Your Library

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Whether you are planning a slew of holiday parties, hosting an intimate evening for friends and family, or simply enjoying the coziest time of year, here are some recently published books available with your Livingston Library card, that will provide tips and inspiration for preparing and serving boards, platters and beverages, arranging the decor, setting the party table, in short, everything for hosting a smooth and enjoyable gathering (including pairing the right music with drinks). Boards and Platters Boards, Platters, Plates : Recipes for Entertaining, Sharing, and Snacking by Maria Zizka Whether it’s a gathering with a few friends for a casual dinner or hosting a crowd for the holidays, this book will help readers create the perfect platter for every occasion with recipes that can be incorporated into any meal.  Zizka gives readers a lesson on how to construct the most beautiful spreads; tips on how to select the best store-bought pairings, like crackers or fruits and veggies; and helpful information on each component that is created from scratch. Boards : Stylish Spreads For Casual Gatherings by America’s Test Kitchen Scott,  executive editor at America’s Test Kitchen, walks readers through the basics, advising them on how to choose a board type (charcuterie, crudités, DIY), use household items such as muffin tins and cake stands for displays, and “take things from simple to special” by adding flourishes such as smearing condiments with the back of a spoon. Most helpful is an informal set of board “rules” that emphasize the importance of having a unifying theme and a focal point, and balancing store-bought items with easy homemade dips. Butter Boards : 50+ Inventive Spreads for Entertaining by Alejandra Diaz-Imlah This cookbook expertly breaks down 50 butter board spreads. Each board features a number for each ingredient, so you can quickly find recipes and reconstruct these boards with ease. Just match the number on the board to the recipe in the book to arrange striking platters or put a new spin on your favorite recipes. That Cheese Plate Wants to Party : Festive Boards, Spreads, and Recipes with the Cheese by Numbers Method by Marissa Mullen Featuring forty new cheese boards for parties of all kinds, thoughtful drink pairings, color themes, floral arrangement tips, tablescape ideas, playlists, and cheesy party games, this is the ultimate party planning guide.  Cooking and Entertaining The Art of Tablescaping : Deck Out Your Table With the Queen of Theme by Bugsy Drake  With the help of some unconventional centerpieces, a few artfully folded napkins, well-placed lighting, and a generous sprinkling of décor, tablescaping is the art of transforming a meal into an adventure that your guests will never forget. Bugsy’s gorgeous, over-the-top themes have captivated guests and earned her legions of devoted fans. Now she’s ready to share her passion and talent for creating unforgettable dining experiences, honed during nearly a decade working on the world’s most exclusive yachts and private islands. Featuring step-by-step instructions for building your own enchanting events, this book is packed full of inventive ideas and design hacks, on-the-job stories and lessons learned. Christmas with Southern Living, 2023 : Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating  Ideas for entertaining, holiday decor and gifting. Includes recipes and ideas for table centerpieces. Company: The Radically Casual Art of Cooking for Others by Amy Thielen Company will have you rethinking the way you entertain, throwing dinner parties that are less formal, more frequent, and as fun for the cook as for the guests. Preaching leniency, not-guilty pleasures, and the art of making it in advance, Amy soothes the most common party anxieties one by one. Her reflections on writing menus, produce shopping, and how to time a meal are novel but timeless. Not afraid of meat (but obsessed with vegetables), these 125 loyal recipes are arranged in menu form—from intimate dinner parties to larger holiday feasts to parties that serve up to twenty. The Dinner Party Project: A No-Stress Guide to Food with Friends by Natasha Feldman A cooking show host and private chef shares the secrets to throwing fun, no-stress gatherings through recipes for every mood and cooking comfort level, menu suggestions, and tips and tricks for taking the pressure off of hosting. For the Table : Easy, Adaptable, Crowd-Pleasing Recipes by Anna Stockwell This book teaches you how to plan and prepare great-tasting and impressive-looking menus that are easy to pull off, as well as offers expert advice on toasts, prep-ahead strategies, and tips on handling guest lists and dietary restrictions. Gatherings : Casual-Fancy Meals to Share The cooks of America’s Test Kitchen share how they entertain at home, with 140 recipes from simple to show stopping and airtight planning strategies. Mastering the Art of Entertaining by Joseph Marini There is a vulnerability inherent in opening our home and inviting people in to see how we live–and that vulnerability, says home entertainer extraordinaire Marini, is something to embrace wholeheartedly. In this beautiful, accessible guide, Joseph shares his secrets for being a thoughtful and authentic host when entertaining at home, along with distinctive recipes, tasteful advice on etiquette appropriate for today’s lifestyles, and a multitude of ways to make your next gathering unforgettable. Entertaining, he says, is a learned skill that with a little bit of regular practice becomes second nature. Becoming a proficient host means that you are taking the time to nurture people–bringing them together in a space that is comfortable and welcoming while creating memories over food and drinks.  Tables & Spreads : a Go-to Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings and Inviting Feasts by Shelly Westerhausen This is a cooking and styling guide that shows you how to create beautiful, abundant spreads-for casual dinners or parties–with stunning photography and creative ideas for every occasion Cocktails and Drinks The Book of Cocktail Ratios : the Surprising Simplicity of Classic Cocktails by Michael Ruhlman A back-to-basics cocktail book–and an affable tribute to the pleasures of the cocktail–is organized around five best-known, beloved, classic families of cocktails, providing a simple ratio for

Youth Winter Reading Challenge

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The Livingston Public Library’s Youth Services Department is excited to announce our 3rd annual Winter Reading Challenge for children in grade 5 and under!  Our Winter Reading Challenge bingo game is a way for parents and caregivers to engage in meaningful activities with their young ones during the coldest months of the year and can encourage children to be excited about reading as they work towards their goal. Participation in the Winter Reading Challenge is fun and easy – pick up your bingo board at the Youth Services Desk or print it from this post.  As you read and complete activities, mark off the squares.  Some of the cozy winter themed activities include “Read under a blanket,”  “Write a poem about winter,” and “Read about baking or cooking.” Complete one line down, across, or diagonally to win a prize; complete the entire board to be entered into a raffle to win a grand prize!  The challenge ends on February 16th and prize winners will be announced later that month. Happy Reading! ~Gina Vaccaro, Head of Youth Services