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Hanukkah Is Here!

Hanukkah Is Here!

December 13, 2020

The Festival of Lights has begun! This year, Hanukkah began the evening of Thursday, December 10. The eight days and nights commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem—which is celebrated in the Jewish faith with the exchange of gifts, nightly lighting of the menorah, playing dreidel, and enjoying traditional foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot—will end the evening of Friday, December 18.

Although the holidays might look a little different in 2020, with smaller and virtual celebrations rather than large gatherings, there are still many ways to make the season special, and MCPL is here to help! If you’re planning your Hanukkah menu, there are a wide variety of Jewish cookbooks in the Library’s collection that can help you get started, including several by the popular Joan Nathan.

For books to share with the littlest members of the family, explore the Library’s collection of children’s Hanukkah materials, including Hanukkah Baby by Ekaterina Trukhan and Peppa Pig: Happy Hanukkah by Cala Spinner. In addition, check out this video of Hanukkah reading recommendations from MCPL’s Reading Rocket team.

To set the tone for your festivities, the Library offers many online resources that you can use to stream movies and music as you enjoy time with loved ones.

And as always, Wi-Fi is available outside the Library’s branches 24/7! So, you can FaceTime the family if you aren’t able to celebrate in person.
Happy Hanukkah!

Emily B.


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