'Christmas in the Sun'
Christmas at the National Library
6 December 2016
Christmas morning! And Jennifer woke to find the sun pouring in through her bedroom window and a magpie on the veranda rail quite near her bed singing so loudly that he must have known it was no ordinary day.
Christmas at the National Library is always a special time of year. We – staff, volunteers, our readers near and far – observe and celebrate the season, together and individually, in ways as richly varied as our community. It is a time of reflection and relaxation, of gratitude and joy, quietude and peace.
This year, we hope you can be part of our Christmas celebrations as we count down to Christmas Day.
Stories, Song - and a Picnic
Bring the children and enjoy some festive stories with our Christmas Storytime on Wednesday, 14 December, 11.30 am.
Join us as choir Igitur Nos present a lunchtime Christmas Concert.
Our always popular Wordplay family space reopens Saturday 17 December, and will be open daily throughout the school holidays (except for Christmas Day!).
Planning a Christmas lunch or dinner? Our award-winning Bookplate restaurant may be just the thing (take a look at their delicious Christmas menus). Or how about simply dropping in to PICNIC, Bookplate's outdoor venue, for an informal catch-up with friends? It’s one of the best open-air locations in Canberra…
A very Book-ish Christmas
If, like me, you believe the best Christmas gifts are books (and more books), our fabulous Bookshop is stocked to the brim with tomes for all tastes and ages. Here are our 'Christmas picks’ to help you out:
A beautifully written ode to a lost civilization, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.
Everywhere I Look includes Garner's wonderfully wry essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother, and extracts from her diaries. A book filled with the wisdom of life.
Remarkable stories of white people who were taken in by Indigenous communities of the Torres Strait islands and eastern Australia between the 1790s and the 1870s. This fascinating book provides fresh insights into encounters between Indigenous people and the white people who became part of their families.
The follow-up to Hetty McKinnon’s immensely popular cookbook Community – a great favourite of staff here at the Library and the perfect cookbook if you are feeding a crowd.
A Single Tree assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson’s award-winning The Bush. Comprising diary extracts, memoirs, journals, letters, histories, poems and fiction, this is an essential companion to its brilliant predecessor.
A quacking new classic from the best-selling team of Mem Fox and Judy Horacek.
A delightful, heart-warming story from NLA Publishing that will intrigue and captivate readers of all ages.
Give the Gift of Friendship
And, finally, for the family member or friend who has everything, why don’t you share your love for the National Library? A Friends Gift Membership supports the Library, and includes exclusive benefits (and a welcome gift, too!). For more information, visit the Friends online at: http://www.nla.gov.au/friends
The Library wishes you and your loved ones health and joy this Christmas . May you have an endless supply of good books to read – and plentiful time in which to do so! I leave you with some more favourite Christmas images from our collection. Happy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.