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Celebrate the Season at the Library

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November 17, 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season! And whether you’re trimming the tree, planning your Hanukkah menu, seeking a book about Kwanzaa, or frantically searching for the perfect gift, the Library is here to help make the holidays the most magical time of year!

Here are just a few ways MCPL can help you celebrate the season:

  1. Plan an epic holiday feast straight out of a magazine.

Impress your guests with the latest and greatest recipes from top culinary magazines. Access digital copies of such popular publications as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Better Homes and Gardens, and more through RBdigital Magazines and Flipster on MCPL’s website.

  1. Download holiday music for free through Freegal Music.

Get in the spirit with your favorite seasonal songs! Stream your tunes, and download and keep up to five songs a week through Freegal Music.

  1. Research gifts before you buy with Consumer Reports.

Before you spend your hard-earned money, use Consumer Reports to make sure that you’re getting a quality item at a fair price. This trusted online resource offers reliable reviews on everything from tech to toothbrushes!

  1. Give a gift from the heart!

From knitting and soap-making to painting and scrapbooking, turn a labor of love into the perfect present with the Arts, Crafts, & Hobbies courses in Universal Class, an online resource available with your Library card. Looking for another unique gift idea for the family? Research your ancestral history for free at the Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Mo., and use those newly honed scrapbooking skills to share your findings with your loved ones!

  1. Watch classic (or not-so-classic!) holiday films at home.

Check out classic holiday films such as It’s a Wonderful Life, or not-so-classic ones (for all those Die Hard fans), on DVD from your local MCPL branch or online through the Library’s free video streaming services such as OverDrive Video.

  1. Enjoy a free program at the Library.

Find fun, seasonal programs for the whole family at your local MCPL branch—from Christmas Carol performances and storytimes with Santa and Mrs. Claus to holiday crafting and decorating. See the full list of Library holiday programs and register.

If the wallet won’t allow a purchase of tickets to see it in person, stream a performance of Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday classic, The Nutcracker through medici.tv which also includes concerts, operas, and art-related documentaries.

  1. Purchase the perfect gift for the book lover in your life.

An MCPL Library Lovers membership offers many benefits, including access to exclusive, members-only events and special, library-branded swag. Learn more: mymcpl.org/LibraryLovers

And don’t forget—all the Library’s resources are free! Maybe the best gift of all is the one that keeps giving year-round: your Library card! Get yours at mymcpl.org/NewCard.

-MCPL Marketing & Communications

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