Recommendations by Jody

It's that time of year again - winter. It can mean many things to different people - It can be full of wonder and childlike awe, but it can also be full of stress and concerns of "how I will endure." I personally sit somewhere in the middle. Wherever you sit, there will always be inspiration and comfort found at the library. 

If outdoor pursuits are your thing, your library card can help you learn about and try many winter activities!

Birdwatching KitsBirdwatching Kits are available and geared to adults or families - and include everything you need to get started: binoculars, bird-related books and even some items you can keep, like a pamphlet about birds specific to Peterborough. Our family kits have fun activities for the kids to do while they hunt for birds using our smaller binoculars. Over the 2-week borrowing period, you will surely see many feathery friends. 

Disc Golf KitsDisc Golf Kits provide a competitive or just-for-fun form of exercise. Like the birdwatching kits, these are designed for individuals or groups. Putters, midrange, and driver discs are all included, along with instructions, if it's your first time playing. There are 3 local courses to test out over 7 days. A little snow never stopped anyone. 

The Big Book of Nature Activities book jacketThe Big Book of Nature Activities by Jacob Rodenburg and Drew Monkman

This is a prime directive to keep active regardless of temperature. It has the bonus of being written by 2 local authors and nature experts. Think back to your or your child's Camp Kawartha days, and you will remember the pleasure of playing and learning in the snow. Let this book bring out the kid in you. 

If staying indoors is more your speed, you might be interested in the cozy winter comforts like baking, knitting, and reading!

Bake the Seasons book jacketBake the Seasons by Marcella DiLonardo

This mouthwatering array of recipes makes me think of comfort food and cozy cold-weather dishes. Winter Pear Pizza and yummy holiday cakes inspire me to try something new. The photographs in Bake the Seasons: Sweet and Savoury Dishes to Enjoy Throughout the Year will make you wish they could jump off the page and into your belly. The good news is, you can make them yourself. Warm up the kitchen and warm up hearts all at once. If winter gets you down, look ahead to some sunny spring treasures, like Lemon Thyme Tarts. The joy of this book is that it can be used all year long. 

Knitting, macramé, crocheting, and all the hands-on crafting pursuits offer a way to keep the creative juices flowing - and we have loads of instruction and pattern books to inspire you. I also suggest a couple of great magazines you can access in the library or through PressReader: Vogue Knitting and Needle Pulling Thread. If you're interested in online courses and ideas, you will want to check out Creativebug. You can access thousands of sewing, crafting and baking video tutorials for all skill levels.

There are countless titles to get lost in on the sofa with a favourite hot beverage in hand. We never have to leave our homes to be transported to worlds of intrigue, discovery, and adventure. 

The Mountain Between Us book jacketIf you're looking for a suggestion, The Mountain Between Us by Cindi Myers is a great place to start. It's available on hoopla and in book format; this story is about a community coming together through struggles. Share the hope as the harshness of weather, poverty, and isolation are no match for the townspeople of Eureka, Colorado. 


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