New Year’s Day

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.'” — Alfred Lord Tennyson

The new year is on the horizon. Take a look back at 2017 and get ready to plunge into 2018 with our page of links.

New Year’s Eve

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s almost time to ring in the new year. New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world on December 31st with a variety of traditions and events. In the United States there are parties with family and friends, fireworks at midnight and many public events ranging from the iconic Ball Drop in New York’s Times Square to Boston’s First Night celebration, which has inspired similar events across the country. For many, New Year’s Eve is also a time for reflection and making resolutions for the coming year.

Find ideas for celebrating the start of 2018 on our page of links.

Christmas Will Soon Be Here!

Christmas, celebrated around the world on December 25th, commemorates the birth of Christ and is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar. Though is it a religious observance, Christmas also has many familiar traditions include decorating of Christmas trees, singing carols, exchanging gifts, and welcoming Santa Claus.

See our page of links featuring Christmas activities, recipes and book lists.

Hanukkah is near

Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, is a Jewish holiday sometimes known as the Festival of Lights. It’s an eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. This year, Hanukkah is observed from sunset, December 12th to nightfall December 20th.

Hanukkah marks the victory of the Jews over the forces of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and the rededication of the desecrated Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day, but the lights burned for eight days. The festival is observed by lighting candles of the Menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.

Learn more about Hanukkah on our page of holiday links.

Meet Libby, the New OverDrive App

New Libby AppHave you tried using the NOBLE OverDrive collection with the new Libby app? It really streamlines the process! One tap to check out a book, one tap to see your bookshelf with all your checkouts, one tap to open or return a book, and one tap to view the library collection to find more books!

You can even switch back and forth between two library collections — this is handy because everyone who lives, works or owns property in Massachusetts is entitled to a card from the Boston Public Library which lets you use their OverDrive collection as well as ours. You don’t even have to go to Boston to sign up for a card: Boston Public Library Online Registration and eCard FAQ.

If you haven’t tried checking out ebooks and e-audiobooks from OverDrive, this is a great way to start!

Download the app for your device: Apple iOS | Android |Windows

Meet the Libby App — Learn more about Libby

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