The countdown to Christmas continues…

Portobello Library’s Chatterbooks group for younger readers celebrated their last meeting of the year in their unique style. If you are the kind of person who enjoys dressing your pet up in festive attire there’s still time to enter Leith Library’s Festive Furballs competition. Entrants so far include a dead badger and an axolotl. Beat that!

Continue the yuletide pets theme maybe with a viewing of The Christmas Bunny or one of our other seasonal DVD picks.

Get rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the best in festive music from the absolutely enormous selection of Christmas sheet music available from the music library. There are seasonal CDs aplenty as well –  everything from indie hero Sufjan Stevens’ 5 disc box set of Christmas songs to Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band’s Carols and Capers – a very up tempo English folk treatment full of boars heads, mummers and sweet mulled wine. Christmas Star by the Cambridge Singers and Orchestra is a fascinating mix of standards and more unusual songs from all over the world, or there are of course always the old favourites.

Alternatively you can of course retreat from it all and escape with the help of a good book. There’s an avalanche of ‘Best of..’ book lists around this time of year so we’re especially grateful to our chums at the Scottish Book trust who put together this very helpful Best of the ‘best of’ lists.

Finally, another reminder of when libraries are closed and open over the next couple of weeks. Merry Christmas everyone!


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