Uh-oh. It’s that time of year again… the time of year when the 2000+ books in our Easy Holiday (E HOL) collection are challenged to meet the demand for the several end-of-year holidays.
But that’s okay! Because we have seasonal books stashed away in other sections of the library as well. With just a little detective work and the expert tips below, you can find a holiday book to take home.
You’re always welcome to simply browse the shelves – serendipity is one of the joys of a library. However, with a quick search of the catalog, you can browse the collection virtually from the comfort of the closest computer.
First stop, the Beginning Reader collection.
This collection is the closest substitute for the picture books. So, if you have toddlers and preschoolers, it might be your best bet.
From the Frisco Public Library catalog, choose the “Advanced Search” option.
(1) Enter your holiday of choice in the “keyword(s)” search box and (2) choose the “Children’s Beginner Reader – 2nd Floor” option as the “collection location.”
(3) Click “Search” and browse through the resulting list of books.
[Another perk of using the catalog? If the title you want is checked out, you're in the right place to put it on hold!]
Second stop, the Nonfiction collection.
If your kids are interested in learning more about the holiday — or you’d like to find some crafts to keep them busy while they’re out of school — this is the collection for you.
Follow the directions above but substitute “Juvenile Nonfiction – 2nd Floor” in the “collection location” field.
OR, use the main search page. Enter your holiday of choice.
Once the results come up, “Narrow your results” by clicking on “Non-fiction” under “Genre” and “Youth Reading Level” under “Audience.”
This method has the benefit of showing you nonfiction books in both the Beginning Reader and Juvenile collections with a single search.
(Expert tip: Different spellings will return different results, so try both “Hanukkah” and “Chanukah”)
Finally, don’t forget Chapter Books!
Who doesn’t want a holiday with more quality family time and less commercialism? So, why not start a tradition of reading a holiday book aloud as a family? The time spent reading one chapter a night might become everyone’s favorite part of the celebration.
Finding just the right chapter book for your family may take a little effort, but will be well worth it!
To start, go to the “Advanced Search.”
Enter your holiday of choice in the “keyword(s)” search box and then choose one of the following options for the “collection location”:
Juvenile Fiction – 2nd Floor
Juvenile Mystery & Suspense – 2nd Floor
Juvenile Series – 2nd Floor
Juvenile Science Fiction & Fantasy – 2nd Floor
Still having trouble? Just…
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Whether humorous, adventurous, historical, or touching, you’re sure to find a new holiday favorite for your family somewhere in the library.
Happy Holidays Reading!
P.S. If your family already has a favorite holiday book, tell us about it in the comments . ‘Tis the season for sharing — especially good books!