Load tablets at Maple Ridge library with free e-books, audiobooks, and magazines. (files)

Good Reads: Help for the holidays at library

Something for all to make the season more fun and relaxing.

Christmas is coming and the Maple Ridge Public library is here for you during this busy, festive time.

Whether it is shopping, decorating, cooking, relaxing, or getting into the mood, the library has something to offer and help you make the season more fun and relaxing (and less expensive).

You can use our accessible online version of Consumer Reports Magazine to do your research before you spend oodles on presents for family and friends.

If you end up with a new tablet, e-reader or smartphone as a gift, you can save yourself tons of money by loading it with free e-books, audiobooks, and magazines.

Rather than buying seasonal magazines about cooking and decorating, come and check out our huge selection of Christmas magazines and take some home to inspire your crafting and cooking.

Do you have book lovers on your gift list, but aren’t sure what to get them? Visit the library and talk to our library staff – we can help narrow down the choices.

Alternatively, try our online Reader’s Advisory service accessible from our website. My Reading Adviser offers personalized recommendations – online and delivered straight to your email inbox. Just answer a few questions to tell us what you like to read.

A trained FVRL staff member will respond with some great book options chosen just for you. We can also help you with movies, TV shows, music and more. We have something for every age, taste and interest.

For kids, we have storytimes going into December. Storytimes run on Dec. 4, 6, and 8 at 10:15 a.m.

We have a Babytime on Dec. 3 at 10:15 a.m. and a Pajama storytime on Dec. 5 at 6:45 p.m. All these free programs will have a festive theme.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, we will also have a holiday craft and a chance for you to try our green screen to take snowy day pictures.

For adults, we have our annual Evening Christmas program on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Join the Silvertones and other special guests for our traditional evening of community Christmas stories, songs and celebration. Refreshments will be served.

Finally, when you get tired of the mall or the kitchen, stop by the library to unwind in our lovely and calm space. Enjoy a coffee and read a magazine or pick out some movies to take home to watch with the family and books to read throughout the holidays.

The library is open for most of the season, closed only on Dec. 25, 26, and Jan. 1 and closing at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Jan. 31.

To learn more about Maple Ridge Public Library programs and services, come by, call us at 604-467-7417 or check out our website at www.fvrl.bc.ca.

Jessica Armstrong is a

librarian at Maple Ridge

Public Library.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

World War II veteran, and former POW, Hans Andersen is seen at his home in Maple Ridge Oct. 21, 2020. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
WWII veteran Hans Andersen recalls his time fighting in Europe

99-year-old Maple Ridge resident places a wreath at Cloverdale Cenotaph each year

This Halloween display by a Maple Ridge family, seen here Oct. 31 in the 23600 block of 119th Avenue, has been the target of social media complaints that it is racially insensitive. (Black Press Media)
One-and-a-half-year-old Josephine Jordan and sister Amelia, four, search for the perfect pumpkin beneath Golden Ears Mountain in Maple Ridge’s Laity Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 26. During a tour of the field, the siblings searched for just the perfect pumpkin. (Malin Jordan/Black Press Media)
Jack O’lantern fun in the fields

Please consider sharing your favour pumpkin patch or carving photos

Ridge Meadows RCMP Supt. Jennifer Hyland (middle) with Inspectors Wendy Mehat and Allison Good get in the spirit for a Halloween message. (Facebook)
Limit Halloween gatherings and don’t play with fireworks

Ridge Meadows RCMP and local fire chiefs with messages for Oct. 31

Maple Ridge's Darlene Phillips shared a few pictures of some bears frolicking at Kanaka Creek Regional Park, then heading off into the sunset. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Silhouetted by the sunset

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

Over the years, Janice Blackie-Goodine’s home in Summerland has featured elaborate Halloween displays and decorations each October. (File photo)
QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct. 31 is a night of frights. How much do you know about Halloween customs and traditions?

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie “The Name of the Rose” at a news conference in London. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)
Actor Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

Oscar-winner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000

A Mercedes SUV is covered at a gas station in the Clayton area following a deadly shooting there on Sept. 28, 2019. (File photo)
Hay bales can be donated to Critter Care Wildlife Society. (Critter Care/Special to The Star)
Straw bales used for Halloween decor can be donated to Critter Care Wildlife Society

Langley animal facility said they are always need in of fresh bedding

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

This house at 414 Royal Ave. became notorious for its residents’ and visitors’ penchant for attracting police. It was also the site of a gruesome torture in August 2018. It was demolished in 2019. KTW
6-year sentence for Kamloops man who helped carve ‘rat’ into flesh of fellow gang member

Ricky Dennis was one of three men involved in the August 2018 attack

Among the pumpkin carvings created this year by Rick Chong of Abbotsford is this tribute to fallen officer Cont. Allan Young.
Abbotsford pumpkin carver’s creations include fallen police officer

Rick Chong carves and displays 30 pumpkins every year

An online fundraising campaign in support of the six-year-old boy, Edgar Colby, who was hit by a car on Range Road Oct. 25 has raised more than $62,000 in a day. (Submitted)
$62K raised in 1 day for boy in coma at BC Children’s after being hit by vehicle in Yukon

The boy’s aunt says the family is “very grateful” for the support they’ve received from the community

Most Read