Christmas wishes, holiday closings, winter reads

First Posted: 12/10/2014

Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Abington Community Library. We are so thankful for our wonderful community.

The library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25, as well as from 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 through New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Remember, when a winter storm blows in, call the library at 570-587-3440 or check our website at for delays or closings. Follow us on Twitter @abingtoncomlib for updates.

When the excitement of the holidays is over and the dreariness of cold weather sets in, your library has the answer to the winter blues: Winter Reading Clubs.

Adults and children may participate by reading and entering to win prizes. From Jan. 12 through Feb. 27, challenge yourself through reading. When colder temperatures keep you inside, use your time to learn. Try a new book series or author, test out recipes from a cookbook, memorize poetry or improve your knowledge in a subject. Read together with your children.

Get cozy over the holidays with some comforting reads. Check out the list below for some ideas from the staff of the Abington Community Library.

“Esther’s Gift” and “The Mitford Snowmen” by Jan Karon: Enjoy two cozy short stories by “At Home in Mitford” author Jan Karon about Christmas in a small town.

“The Gift” by Cecilia Ahern: This tale of second chances follows the story of Lou Suffern, a workaholic who might finally learn to be generous.

“He Sees You When You’re Sleeping” by Carol Higgins Clark and Mary Higgins Clark: Sterling Brooks has been sent from outside the gates of heaven to Marissa, a young girl who needs help.

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott: This classic novel begins at Christmas and continues by describing the story of the four March sisters and their journey of family, friendship and love.

“Mr. Miracle” by Debbie Macomber: This author is known for her Christmas novels. Try this one and many more.

“Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham: Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas this year. What’s the worst that could happen?

“The Christmas Train” by David Baldacci: Journalist Tom Langdon sets off on a train journey during the holiday season that turns into an adventure he never anticipated.

Also, try some of our staff’s favorite holiday reads for children (and the young at heart):

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss

“The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore

“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

“The Twelve Days of Christmas in Pennsylvania” by Martha Peaslee Levine

“Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by Francis Pharcellus Church

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