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Holiday favorites from the library

Published 9:23am Friday, December 7, 2012 Updated 11:24am Friday, December 7, 2012

This week at the Fergus Falls Public Library, we would like to spread the holiday cheer by sharing some of our favorite holiday books and movies with you.


How the Grinch stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss

This book is silly and crazy, but it’s also a wonderful story with a message we can’t hear enough.

“He puzzled and puzzled til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “Doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And yes, I like the “old” movie version better.

— Peggy Brause,

Library Assistant


Christmas music

CD collection

Each Christmas brings music, decorations crafts and food to help make this a very special and festive season. I have been using the library’s Christmas collection of magazines and music CDs to prepare.

— Myra Domes,

Reference Librarian


Home Alone (movie)

Watching “Home Alone” is a must for me during the winter holiday season. Eight-year-old Kevin, accidentally left behind while his family goes on vacation, must outwit burglars while his mom tries to return home to him in time for the holidays. Songs like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” will get you in the holiday spirit.

— Katelyn Edds,

Adult Services Librarian


Three holiday

must-see favorites

When Christmas comes around with all the new movies, there are also three favorites I must see: 1) The Best Christmas Pagent Ever, (1983) based on the junior fiction book by Barbara Robinson. 2) A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim, (1951), and 3) White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

— Mary Jo Igelstad,

Library Assistant


Christmas Day in the Morning, by Pearl S. Buck

What special gift could a poor country boy give his father, a farmer, for Christmas? Find out in this classic story (originally published in 1955) that illustrates the true meaning of Christmas (and never leaves me with a dry eye).

A picture book to share with the whole family-young and old alike.

— Arielle Krohn,

Youth Librarian


Favorite books and movies

The Nightmare Before Christmas (movie) is a stop-motion musical about what happens when the master of Halloween tries to venture into a different holiday’s domain. I can watch this movie around Halloween and Christmas and anytime in between.

Santa Mouse is a sweet children’s story about a lonely, nameless mouse who is unselfish gift catches the notice of Santa Claus who, in turn, takes the mouse on as a helper and gives him a name. Emily Millard, Library Assistant.

‘Twas the Night before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore or, maybe, Major Henry Livingston Jr. This popular poem embodies the spirit of Christmas for me and my family. It is not truly Christmas in the Smith house until this poem has been read around the Christmas tree.

Likewise, our holiday family tradition also includes at least one viewing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (movie).

I can quote most of the movie by heart now, but it still elicits belly laughs from me each and every year.

— Erin Smith, Library Director


Happy Holidays. Stop by the library this holiday season and share your favorite stories and movies with us; we’d love to hear them.


Erin Smith is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.

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