By Whitney Archer
The holiday season is often a time of rushing around, gift shopping, and school events. Sooner or later, though, there comes a day when you look around and it’s quiet. The presents are unwrapped, and the kids are still out of school. Now what?
If your family has some extra downtime this holiday season, why not deep dive into a great story? Either on the page or screen, now is a great time to introduce the whole family to one of your childhood favorites or discover a new world together.
Have a movie marathon! The Prince William Public Library System has a large selection of DVDs (and here’s a hint: request the titles online so you don’t miss one you want). Or, access movies from your computer, tablet, or phone: Hoopla Digital offers downloadable movies and television shows (as well as eBooks and audiobooks) to patrons 24/7.
Here are some marathon suggestions:
- Star Wars (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides, Dead Men Tell No Tales)
- Movies Starring Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Hook, Night at the Museum, Awakenings)
- Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
- Disney in the 90s (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Mighty Ducks, Cool Runnings, Mulan, Aladdin, Hercules, Newsies)
- Classic Christmas Movies (White Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas)
- Night at the Museum (Night at the Museum, Battle of the Smithsonian, Secret of the Tomb)
Learn a New Skill
Want to finger knit? What about baking that amazing-looking cake in that cookbook you’ve been eyeing at the library, but never checked out? Long gray winter days are an excellent time to try something new, and the whole family can get involved. The library has many instruction books on any kind of craft, including cookbooks, remodeling, and quilting.
Some New Skills to Consider:
- Candlemaking (Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Candles, Soap, Balms, Salves and Home Décor from the Hive by Petra Ahnert)
- Balloon Animals (Balloonology by Jeremy Telford)
- Knitting (Knitting: Learn to Knit Six Great Projects by Anne Akers Johnson)
- Fingernail Design (Cool Nail Art by Hannah Lee)
- A Hamilton-Inspired Piano Piece (Hamilton, An American Musical – Printed Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda)
- Slime (The Slime Workshop by Selina Zhang)
Holidays at Your Fingertips
Even when the library is closed or you simply don’t want to change out of your pajamas, you can still get great audiobooks and eBooks for the whole family on Hoopla Digital and Libby. Here are some holiday themed suggestions:
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews
- A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray
- Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
- The Diva Cooks A Goose by Krista Davis
So enjoy some downtime with your family and Happy Holidays from all of us at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library!