Especially for older adults: Get ready for the holidays with help from your library

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian

Somehow, it’s November! Which means that the holidays are quickly approaching. If you’re like me you haven’t even started to think about shopping, cooking, and gathering. But, hopefully, you’re a little more on top of things than I am.

Either way, the library has a lot of options to help you get ready for the upcoming holidays. Here are some of my suggestions:

Get product reviews with Consumer Reports

If you’ve never heard of Consumer Reports, it’s a useful online resource when it comes to deciding what to buy. You can easily compare products, get in-depth reviews and recommendations, and shop for current and upcoming deals. I especially like the buying guides and the ownership advice options.

The best part? You can access Consumer Reports for free with your Oak Park library card and PIN.

Check out holiday cookbooks

The library has a plethora of cookbooks for the holidays. The library’s catalog is a great place to start browsing, but did you know that there are many more titles available in your digital library? I personally like to check out cookbooks from Hoopla but there also are many available on Media on Demand/Libby.

Attend holiday-themed events

Join us for fun and interesting holiday-themed events coming up in November and December.

Classroom Kitchen Series: Holiday Appetizers

Tuesdays, November 8 & December 6, 6:30-8 pm, virtual
I’m excited about the upcoming Classroom Kitchen series event. Join us virtually via Zoom to learn about dishes designed to whet your appetite and set the tone for any meal. Recipes will be emailed to everyone about a week before the class. Register now »

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Traditions From Radio’s Golden Age

Wednesday, November 30, 2-3 pm, Main Library Veterans Room
Another event that I’m looking forward to is this presentation showcasing classic seasonal sounds from radio’s past and designed to spur the imagination and share a bit of Yuletide spirit. Register now »

Beginner 3D Printing: Cookie Cutters

Thursday, December 15, 7-8:30 pm, Main Library Creative Studio (on the third floor)
In December, learn to make personalized 3D-printed cookie cutters. This beginner’s class will teach you how to use the technology to design and print your own cookie cutter that you can then use for holiday baking. Super fun! Register now »

About Rose

Rose is an Adult Services Librarian specializing in health and senior services. She is a passionate reader, baker, and explorer who is always planning her next adventure.