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Santa’s stopping at the Osage Public Library. Stop in from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 to tell Santa your Christmas wishes. Everyone is welcome. Remember to bring your camera, as a photographer will not be available.

Amid all of the holiday hubbub – shopping, cooking, visiting – it’s easy to forget a central element of Christmas: the retelling of cherished stories handed down from generation to generation.

Using Christmas stories as starting points, why not turn the holidays back into a season of stories? The nights are long and cold, the kids are home from school and reading together can be a great way to get back that feeling of family closeness and holiday magic.

Since the holidays are a time for making memories with your children, adding reading to family traditions associates the activity with pleasure, private time and relaxation. You can reinforce this connection by giving books to your children as holiday gifts. They will develop a collection of books that have wonderful memories attached to them.

The holidays may be the perfect time to begin reading aloud together, but you can continue the tradition all year long. The joy of sharing a story can carry over into a regular bedtime story time for younger kids, while older ones can turn holiday memories and treasured gifts into a lifelong pastime.

Here’s a great selection of read-aloud storybooks from the Osage Library:

“Llama, Llama Holiday Drama,” by Anna Dewdney; “Auntie Claus,” by Elise Primavera; “Welcome Comfort,” by Patricia Polacco; “Christmas Wombat,” by Jack French; “Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect,” by Dick Schneider; “Muddypaw’s First Christmas,” by Paul Bright; “Charlie and the Christmas Kitty,” by Ree Drummand; “The Legend of the Candy Cane,” by Lori Walburg; “Humphrey’s Christmas,” by Sally Hunter; It’s Christmas, David by David Shannon; “Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad,” by Mercer Mayer; “God Gave Us Christmas,” by Lisa Bergren; “I’m Not Santa,” by Jonathan Allen; “Hurry Santa,” by Julie Sykes; “Room For a Little One,” by Martin Waddell; “Christmas Won’t Wait,” by Eve Tharlet; “Albert’s Christmas,” by Leslie Tryon; “Snowden,” by Nancy Carlson; “Christmas for the Snowmen,” by Wolfram Hanel; “The Wild Christmas Reindeer,” by Jan Brett; and everyone’s favorite, “The Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Moore.

New books for holiday reading for Mom and Dad:

“The Cutting Edge,” by J. Deaver…Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City to confront a killer terrorizing couples at their happiest and most vulnerable. Also on audiobook.

“The Fallen,” by D. Baldacci…The Memory Man, Amos Decker, is back. He’s visiting his sister and her family when a killer hits sickeningly close to home. Decker may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. Also on audiobook.

“Shattered Mirror,” by I. Johansen…forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is once again thrown into a deadly game of intrigue when she receives a cryptic package containing a skull and a two-sided mirror.

“Shoot First,” by S. Woods…Stone Barrington must defend a woman whose business and life are under threat.

“Twisted Prey,” by J. Sandford…Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now a U.S. senator and more powerful than ever. But they have unfinished business, Lucas and Taren Grant. It’s time to put an end to it, one way or another.

The Osage Public Library is open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You may contact us by phone (732-3323) or by e-mail at

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