3 Resources for the Holiday Season

Alexis Millar is the former Digital Marketing Specialist at the Edmonton Public Library.

Looking to add a little ho-ho-ho to the holidays. We have some great resources to get you in the festive spirit and keep you entertained well into the new year!

1. Stream Holiday Classics

While you may know that you can sign out DVDs, opens a new window and Blu-rays, opens a new window from EPL, did you know that you can also stream movies and other videos?

Easily access popular holiday movies through Kanopy, such as A Christmas Past, Christmas Lights, A Big Lego Christmas, The Christmas Toy, Black Christmas and The Nutcracker Ballet. We also have Kanopy Kids so the whole family can enjoy a night of age-appropriate flicks. While you can watch on a computer, tablet or mobile device, both services also have Apple TV apps. 

You can also stream a crackling holiday yule log through hoopla or stream a festive audiobook such as Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas by Meg Nordmann or Falling Stars by Fern Michaels. 

Who needs Netflix, when you’ve got a library card?

2. Make a New Dish

Take a trip around the world through food this holiday season. Take your taste buds to Puerto Rico and try making Arroz con Gandules or to the Philippines and enjoy Bibingka (Filipino rice cake). You can also make other holiday staples like Bûche de Noël (Yule Log), Christmas Trifle or Latkes (Potato Pancakes). Take a culinary journey with AtoZ World Food!, opens a new window

Check out our huge selection of cookbooks, opens a new window. Many are available in both physical and eBook formats. We also created a holiday baking video to help those avid bakers out there.

3. Listen to some Festive Music

Stream more than 125,000 albums or 1.9 million tracks with Naxos Music Library. They also have a wide variety of classics such as O Holy Night, Christmas!, Christmas Carols, My First Christmas Album and Christmas Around the World

Looking for some more classical music scores? Music Online: Classical Scores Library can help. You can stream Messiah, Marche Des Trois Rois Mages, Psallite (Vieux Noël) and Cantate pour le temps de Noël. We also have a variety of tracks you can stream through Music Online: Listening including Verve, Unmixed. Christmas, Jewish holiday songs for children by Rachel Buchman, Christmas at the Movies, Twelve Days of Christmas and Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits.

hoopla also has some amazing holiday tracks to get you moving such as Christmas by Michael Bublé, A Very Backstreet Christmas by Backstreet Boys and A Holly Dolly Christmas by Dolly Parton.

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