The countdown is on, with just 10 days to go until Christmas.
If you're looking for craft books to make a last-minute gift, or even cookbooks for special holiday treat, visit the library and look through our large collection.
We also have hundreds of Christmas books for children, some of which are listed below.
The staff at Huntington Memorial Library wish all of you and yours a peaceful holiday season.
Toot & Puddle are well known to children. Puddle is getting ready for Christmas and is going to make paper chains, bake fruitcakes and decorate. Toot though, is stranded far away from home. Will he be able to make it back on time? Find out in "Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas," by Holly Hobbie.
Last year, Santa and his reindeer weren't able to do their Christmas deliveries because they all came down with a mysterious rash. You never knew this because Mrs. Santa Claus invented her own flying machine and made the deliveries herself. You'll be able to follow Mrs. Claus' journey in Penny Ives' "Mrs. Santa Claus."
Christmas Tree receives some cookies from his friends Angel and Elf. They smell so good someone else wants to eat them. Not only that, but this other someone accidentally takes Christmas Tree's star. Angel and Elf need to help find the star so Tree will have it in time for Christmas in "Angel's Christmas Cookies," by Sam Williams.
Have you ever wondered what Santa Claus was like as a baby, then a boy? "Young Santa," by Dan Greenburg, will let you learn about Santa from the time he was a baby until he was a teenager. You'll find out why red is his favorite color, how he got his sleigh, and even how the reindeer got their names. You'll also learn how he got started delivering presents to kids. Get the inside scoop on Santa.
In "Blue's 12 Days of Christmas," by Catherine Lukas, you'll find out all the gifts Blue receives from his friends for Christmas. It starts with a star for the top of the tree, continues with two purple doves, and continues until the 12th day. There are lots of interesting gifts and this different take on the traditional song will have you singing the new lyrics.
"The Little Drummer Mouse," by Mercer Mayer, features a shy little drummer mouse and tells how he finds his way to the manger. He has a gift for the baby Jesus and he is as welcome as everyone else. This beautifully illustrated book will have you looking at the pictures over and over to see all the sumptuous details.
Ivan Gantschev tells a true story from his childhood in "The Christmas Train." When his aunt was a little girl, she was at home decorating the tree when she heard a loud crash outdoors. She ran outside, only to find that a huge rock had fallen on the tracks. The station master was not available and she had to think quickly before the express train came through and had a crash. Read what happened in this exciting story.
The library owns many copies of Clement C. Moore's traditional "The Night Before Christmas." Each of the books is illustrated by a different person. It's fun to see how each artist interprets the tale for children. Many of us know this rhyme by heart, and it wouldn't be Christmas without reading this aloud to our families. Choose from one of the many versions we have available.
The library will be closed Dec. 24 to 26.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.
The countdown is on, with just 10 days to go until Christmas.
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Saying 'thank you' to our library staff
National Library Week is the week of April 13-19 and Tuesday April 15 is National Library Workers Day. The Friends of the Huntington Memorial Library will recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians this week and encourage library patrons to do the same.
Huntington's 2013 by the numbers
Every year, libraries chartered with New York must submit a lengthy list of statistical measures to the Department of Education. In addition, libraries submit a report to the community. The Huntington Memorial Library's Report to the Community can be found on our website, www.hmloneonta.org, or in print at the library. All statistics are reported for the 2013 year.
Poetry, dance to be focus at Huntington
Don't miss the next Friends of the Library program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7.
Poetry reading, writing planned at library
Join us for an engaging program sponsored by the Friends of the Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the third floor community room!
Get lost or get away in a good book
Spring may be coming this week but I predict we're in for more days of tucking in with a good book in our most comfortable chair while covered in warm blankets. Read while you can before the good weather calls you outside.
Spring classes set at Huntington
It's time for our free spring classes in genealogy in the NY Room and for learning how to download our ebooks and audiobooks to your electronic devices. Genealogy classes are computer-based, and the library will provide laptops for your use. Don't forget that the library subscribes to Ancestry.com Library Edition. This database can be accessed on any of our public Internet computers. You can call the library to reserve computer time up to two days in advance. Don't miss out on using this great free research tool that we offer. Registration for the classes is required, so please call 432-1980 or stop by the library to sign up.
Professor to discuss 'The Politics of Porcelain'
Join us for a fascinating look at how porcelain played an important part of the politics and currency of the late 18th century. Stephanie Rozene, artist, potter and assistant professor of Art at Hartwick College will discuss tableware and politics and how French kings and queens used porcelain to demonstrate their wealth and power.
Help librarians fight to restore state aid
Library work is just another brick in the wall
Our gracious old library is struggling through this cold winter. We're having old home blues like many of you that live in the city of Oneonta.
Love your library by showing support
February is Library Lover's Month, and it's a great time to tell your legislators that you support libraries.
Books translated to movies make splash as Oscar picks
Academy Awards night is Sunday, March 2, and we invite you to participate by entering our Oscar contest. The person who selects the most winners across all categories will win two movie tickets donated by the Southside Mall Cinema (for use Mondays through Thursdays and not for 3D movies). T
The results are in
Recently, the Huntington Memorial Library conducted a survey to better understand how our community uses and benefits from free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The library staff would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback.
An appreciated Christmas gift
We received a lovely Christmas present on Christmas Eve when a few devoted patrons helped with our overloaded book return.
Thanks for responding to our community impact survey
Thank you to all who participated in the Impact Survey. With your help the library will formulate a technology plan that will help improve our services across the community. A final report will be posted on our website by mid-January
Last days to make an impact through survey
As of last Monday, 202 people have completed the Impact Survey. Thank you for helping the library meet the technology needs of the community.
Huntington Memorial Library reaches out to the community
So far about 60 people have completed the Impact Survey online and in print form. We are grateful for your participation, especially in this season of giving, but we're greedy for more!
Books lists abound this time of year
'Tis the season for the Best Book Lists of 2013. There are Favorite Poetry Books, Best Business Books, Best Mysteries, Best Children's Books, 100 Best Books to Give as Gifts, Best Audiobooks for Teens and Tweens and much more. If you're interested in exploring the more than 75 lists, go to www.readersadvisoronline.com. You'll find lists generated by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Hispanic Business, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Omnivoracious and Indigo to name a few.
Communication is key for library patrons
The Huntington Library is continuing to improve the mechanisms for communicating with our patrons.
The complicated world of ebooks
It was a real pleasure to serve on a panel at Hartwick College this week for the Rasmussen President's Lecture.
'Buy It Now' to benefit library
There's a new feature on the library's online catalog called "Buy It Now."
- Saying 'thank you' to our library staff