Reading Over the Holidays


By: Beth von Behren on December 14, 2015 Print This Post

December is a busy month for most American families.  Between shopping, planning, wrapping, cooking, and cleaning for guests and friends, who has time to actually read? However, doing some things for yourself, such as eating healthy, getting exercise, seeing a good movie, and…READING, will help reduce your stress levels so you can not only survive the month but also actually enjoy it.

Just this past weekend, I hosted an out-of-town family holiday party for about 50 relatives. That meant cooking, organizing, setting up, and cleaning up – and of course socializing with and enjoying my family. At the end of the day on Saturday, I collapsed in my hotel room, took some Ibuprofen, and opened the book I had been reading (a JoJo Moyes book).  It helps me to sleep better, but I was also really enthralled in the story.  It was a great way to end a hectic and busy day, even if I did only get about four pages read before sleep descended.

You may have noticed Kirkwood Public Library has been undergoing some major changes the past couple of months, including a whole new catalog, moving some rooms around, updating online catalog access – but they are still focused on you and your reading needs.  They have a bunch of new books in the library, including Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (which I just finished – it’s a fun read, and Grisham may have found his new anti-hero protagonist!), Tricky Twenty Two (Janet Evanovich), The Guilty (David Baldacci), and a bunch of books that became hot movies this year, such as Concussion, Big Stone Gap, A Walk in the Woods, and Room.

They also have a bunch of recently released DVDs that you might want to check out if you will be spending some time at home with the kids over the next few weeks, including Inside Out, American Sniper, Martian, and Jurassic World. And of course they have a large selection of holiday movies, including It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (probably several versions), and Elf.

Lisa Henry writes:  “Spread throughout the Library you will discover displays intended to help make choosing a good book much easier.  New holiday books, such as Richard Paul Evans’ The Mistletoe Inn, Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow and Jennifer Chiaverini’s Christmas Bells  will help make your holidays a little brighter.  Children’s holiday books are especially fun and beautiful this year – look for titles such as Rudy the Reindeer (Sylviane Grangloff), Michael Fry’s The Naughty List, Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You.  Don’t forget the Library has a great collection of audio books.  Brand new audio can now be found at the front of the Library with the new books. We also have the most current magazines, holiday CDs from the biggest artists, and  a third floor of nonfiction where you will find cookbooks to make the perfect holiday meal or craft books with gift ideas galore. This holiday season be sure to make Kirkwood Public Library your destination for discovery!”

Thank you, Lisa! (Lisa is Director of Operations at Kirkwood Public Library and is currently reading Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving.)  For more library information, visit their Website at, or visit them in person at 140 E. Jefferson Avenue in downtown Kirkwood. You can call with questions:  314-821-5770. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.




Written by Beth

Beth von Behren is the Public Information Officer for the City of Kirkwood. She manages the City Website ( and writes/edits both the monthly "Eye on Kirkwood" (published on the last Friday of the month inside the "Webster-Kirkwood Times") and the every-other-weekly e-newsletter "Kirkwood Happenings." To sign up for the e-newsletter, send an email to