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Holiday Shopping Advice

Are you stressed out about your holiday shopping? Take heart. Helpful advice from Dave Barry to the rescue:

Here is a very efficient shopping method: divide the amount of money you have by the number of people on your gift list to get an average dollar amount per person. So if you have $160 and you want to buy gifts for 10 people, your average is $16 per person. Now find something that costs $16, and buy 10 of whatever it is. You’ll find many useful gifts in this price range; for example, you could get 10 family-sized bottles of vitamin B. Everyone, young and old alike, can use vitamin B, and your children are sure to shriek with delight when they find it under the tree.

And whatever you do, don’t get a man a new tie.

If you give [a man] a new tie, he will pretend to like it, but deep inside he will hate you. If you want to give a man something practical, consider tires. More than once, I would have gladly traded all the gifts I got for a new set of tires.

There you have it. All your holiday shopping woes solved. Vitamin B for all.

Dave Barry’s excellent advice above was taken from this hilarious book we have here at the library:

The Dreaded Feast: Writers on Enduring the Holidays

Check it out for more thoughts on the holiday season from writers including John Waters, Mark Twain, George Plimpton, Augusten Burroughs, and David Sedaris.

Halloween Celebration Inspiration!


Cook Up Some Holiday Cheer!

We’ve got the books you need to make your holiday meals a success!


I’m a MONSTER!!!

Here’s a bit of Halloween silliness courtesy of New York Magazine’s Vulture website and artist Jon Defreest: your favorite TV characters as Goosebumps cover models!

Dexter: My Brother is a Serial Killer

American Horror Story: A Night in the Asylum

The Walking Dead: Welcome to Dead Prison

And my personal favorite, Arrested Development’s Buster Bluth in:



Cesar Chavez Day

“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together,
can organize themselves to solve their own problems
and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”

Cesar Chavez was a pioneering civil rights activist. He overcame poverty and prejudice to organize the first successful union (United Farm Workers) for America’s farm workers. Chavez fought for fair wages and humane treatment for farm workers in California through nonviolent means such as boycotts, fasts,and marches.  Also of concern to Chavez was the health of farm workers as pesticides used in agriculture were not strictly regulated at the time.  Chavez went on hunger strikes to protest the use of these chemicals. In 1968, a 25-day hunger strike helped earn better pay and medical benefits for farm workers.

Cesar Chavez Day is celebrated as a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.

Books the library has about Cesar Chavez… BPLD Catalog – Cesar Chavez

State holiday celebration info, curriculum, resources and his biography in many different languages… http://chavez.cde.ca.gov/ModelCurriculum/Intro.aspx

Cesar Chavez Foundation…  http://www.chavezfoundation.org/