News from the Library
December 18, 2020
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Jolabokaflod: Make Your Own Holiday Reading Tradition!
Countries around the world have unique and interesting Christmas customs, but one of the most charming is Iceland's Jolabokaflod, which translates as "Christmas book flood." Most book publishing in Iceland occurs in the fall, and it has become the custom to exchange books as gifts on Christmas Eve, change into comfy pajamas, break out the chocolate, and settle down to read.. Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate, doesn't it? If you're interested in getting a little more of the background, NPR did a short piece on this a few years back. If you agree that books and Christmas go together, you can contact your favorite bookstore, or take a look at some of our suggestions for holiday reading. Jennifer Chiaverini's Christmas Bells, inspired by Longfellow's poem, is a dual-timeline story that celebrates Christmas past and present. Alexandra Brown's The Great Christmas Knit-Off follows a young woman fleeing work and love life woes whose arrival a small English village sets in motion a series of lovely Christmas surprises. Of course there is always Charles Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol; readers might also be interested in Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past and Les Standiford's nonfiction The Man Who Invented Christmas on how Dickens came to write the beloved story. If you're missing performances of The Nutcracker take a look at Gregory Maguire's Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future NutcrackerAnd readers will find a lovely collection of short stories and poems in A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories.

Happy holidays, and happy reading!
Holiday Cheer With Our Online Resources
Did you know you can also access books, movies and music digitally from home using your library card? Many of our resources have themed book lists and playlists including many recommendations for holiday cheer! 

Find seasonal favorite movies and documentaries on Kanopy! Including a holiday TV classic, a Yule log fireplace - perfect for the cozy, snowy days indoors ahead.

Check out hoopla for festive music and more! Listen to contemporary holiday music from artists like Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Blake Shelton and more or stick to  the classics with their "Best Of: Holiday Music" playlist. You can also find digital comics and eBooks such as this Offbeat Christmas Comics list or Holiday Classics eBooks and audiobooks list.

Learn more about all of our online resources on our website here.
NRPL Holiday Closures
The New Rochelle Public Libraries will close at 12 pm on Thursday, December 24th. The libraries will be closed on Friday, December 25th.
Access to Freegal Ends December 31
Freegal is going away! Download or transfer songs that you want to keep to a computer before the contract is over on 12/31/2020. If you have streaming playlists, logging in on a computer, and downloading each song is the easiest way to complete the process.

And what about 2021? Try HOOPLA - your resource to borrow and stream movies, movies, audiobooks and eBooks.
Learn More About Medicare & Senior Benefits
While SBIC sites are closed you can still receive unbiased Medicare counseling by calling our helpline at 914-231-3260 or emailing SBICS@wlsmail.org with your name, question, and preferred method of contact. Volunteer counselors will get back to you within two days, weekends included.
Need Health Insurance?
If you need health insurance you can get personal assistance from one of the Westchester County Department of Health Navigators. You can apply whether you've lost a job that provided insurance or weren't previously insured. Call 914-995-6350 or email
hnav
@westchestergov.com. To learn more visit their website here