It's that time of year when we show those we care about how much we appreciate them with gifts. In the spirit of the movement to give experiences rather than things, you can find lots of great gifts at the library. Here are a few to consider:
Gifts for a significant other
Plan a romantic night at home without spending a lot of money. How you say? Let the library help!
- Snuggle up to watch a movie (or stream oneopens a new window). Whether you're into romances, the latest TV shows or even disaster movies, you can find something to suit your tastes at the library. We provide the film, you provide the blanket!
- Remember that song you fell in love to, or that favorite concert you went to together? Relive it with music from the library. Check out a music CD, find a concert DVD or just stream some music to dance to. It's your call.
- Who wouldn't love a surprise, home-cooked meal? So grab a cookbook and some candles (possibly a fire extinguisher?) and get started! And if you're new to cooking, we've got you covered too!
Gifts for kids
The best gift you can give any child is the gift of your time.
- For younger kids you can create a fun storytime at home with a Storytime to Go Kit. Each kit includes books plus a learning toy or music CD to help you recreate all the joy of storytime without leaving the house.
- Feeling cooped up? A trip to one of our Family Place Libraries is always a treat. You'll find lots of just-right books for your child, and these libraries also have dedicated play areas that will keep your little one captivated for hours (or minutes at least!).
- Older kids will enjoy spending time with you as they learn to use a Sphero robot and can even learn to write their own Sphero code.
- If all else fails, you can always stick to the basics and just read them a book. Try Books to Spark Conversations with Kids or Books to Read out Loud to Your Kids.
Gifts for teens
Teens are a tricky bunch to buy for, so why not give them a great library experience instead!
- Reserve The Forum Theater at Koelbel Library and host a movie party for your teen. This 40-seat theater is the perfect place to watch a movie with friends (free of charge!). Or, if your teen is the theatrical sort, they could even stage their own play.
- Bring your teen into the library to record a podcast or make a video worthy of YouTube in one of three Recording Studios. If you'd like help getting started, schedule a 30 minute appointment with a librarian.
- Work with your teen to learn how to create your own 3D print, or use Treehouse to learn coding skills together.
Gifts for family
Have a family member who's impossible to buy for? Don't spend money on something they don't want, instead give them a gift that lets them know how much you value them.
- Digitize old media like vinyl records, printed photos or old family movies with equipment in your local library. You'll be giving the gift of bringing them into the 21st century!
- Meet up with a family member for a cup of coffee in one of our cafés, then take a stroll through an onsite gallery to view local art.
Gifts for anyone
Need a gift for a neighbor, teacher or other VIP in your life? Let the library help.
- Have a memorable adventure at a local museum or attraction for free with an Exploration Pass.
- Bring your guest to an event at the library to experience a guest speaker or author, learn a new craft or have a holiday experience.
Gifts for someone with a memory issue
The library even has resources for when you visit someone with dementia.
- Check out a Care Giver Kit for activities you and your loved one can enjoy together.
- Bring along a companion pet that feels and sounds like a real pet and will respond when petted.
Gifts for yourself!
Don't forget to put yourself on your gift-giving list. The library offers plenty of ways for you to treat yourself!
- Join a book or movie club or a writing group.
- Learn a new language with Transparent Language Online.
- Get great book, movie or music suggestions.
- Discovery your genealogy.
Books as Gifts Suggestions
If you're going to buy someone a gift, may we suggest a book!