Did you know that the library has lots of movies and music to get you into the holiday spirit? Just to your left as you walk in the door, we’ve got a prodigious display of books, CDs and DVDs to help you get in the mood for a cozy winter’s evening, whether you’re baking cookies, gathering with friends, or just relaxing.
Here are just a couple of our favorites:
The Bishop’s Wife - starring Cary Grant and Loretta Young This classic Christmas-time tale is full of fun – and a little romance. You’ll get to see Cary Grant ice skate like a pro and play the harp like a virtuoso (now there’s some movie magic for you). Margy Spansky in our Technical Services Department turned us on to this great film. Thanks, Margy!
The Thin Man - with William Powell and Myrna Loy Another black-and-white gem set at Christmastime, this witty mystery features the key to mixing the perfect martini (hint: it’s all in the timing). Snappy Nick-and-Nora banter and great costumes complete this feast for the eyes.
What I really want for Christmas, by Brian Wilson Yes, that Brian Wilson – though his Beach Boy days are behind him, this album does feature the favorite, “Little Saint Nick.” Wilson was always a genius, but his sound has matured over the years and the harmonies on classics like O Holy Night and Auld Lange Syne are just gorgeous.
Christmas Music from Medieval and Renaissance Europe, by The Sixteen - Harry Christophers, director The choral singing of The Sixteen is just amazing –Their rendition of The Coventry Carol on this album is especially fine. If you haven’t heard them yet, treat yourself and have a quick listen here.
Get in fast to grab your holiday loot, though! The library will be closed on December 24, 25 and 26 in observance of Christmas. In the meantime, here are links to cheer you:
A very fun re-telling of the Hanukkah story by the Maccabeats (by way of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite")
Are you worried about how your gifts may go over with friends and loved ones? Beware Present Face ...
If you're more traditionally inclined, check out Frank & Bing singing Jingle Bells around the punchbowl.
From all of us at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, to all of you: May your Christmas be merry, your Hanukkah be bright, and your New Year be filled with every good thing!