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December 24, 2012

Library visitors seek both timeless books and new favorites

Somerset —  

It’s as much a part of our culture’s Christmas traditions as decorated trees, mistletoe, or songs about red-nosed reindeer: the Christmas book.
And that’s why the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for the Pulaski County Public Library. A word of advice: If you want to check out Christmas-y reading material, get there early.
“Usually it starts well before Christmas because people know we’ll put the books out,” said Carol Sexton, who serves as the county’s Children’s Librarian. “It started the day after Thanksgiving, and a good amount of them were probably out the first week in December. ... We had the Christmas books on a cart that was full front and back, and now there’s probably only one shelf that has books on it.”
And that’s even considering there’s a lot to choose from. After all, authors have been churning out yuletide tomes for centuries — people are still reading Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for instance, and it first came out in 1843. 
Everyone has their favorite — the books they remember their own parents or grandparents reading to them near a roaring winter fireplace when they were little, something as enduring as the poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” And perhaps one day, today’s youth will read “Dinosaur vs. Santa” to their own children, recalling it just as fondly.
But are the more time-tested books still frequent check-outs at the Pulaski County Public Library?
“Absolutely,” said Sexton. “I think there’s a whole genre of books that might be more appealing (to current kids) — it might be (something like) the Dora version (of an older story) — but I certainly think the old ones are just as wonderful and people gravitate toward this. A lot of them say, ‘I remember those,’ and want to share them with their child.”

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