The holidays are a great time to try new recipes and crafts. Though Pinterest and Google are great places to find new dishes or fun crafts to do, did you know that the library is a place to find magazine articles with the same information?
Have you ever browsed through a copy of Crafts 'n Things or Popular Mechanics and wished you subscribed? The library does! You can access these magazines electronically through General OneFile. If you're in Michigan, you can access this database directly from the Michigan eLibrary homepage by choosing "MeL Databases."
If you'd like to try out a new recipe or craft from popular magazines such as Good Housekeeping or Country Living, try searching General OneFile and then limiting your search to recipes by using the left sidebar.
A search for "christmas cookies" yielded 25 different results, some as recent as this year, others dating back to 2001. This basic cookie dough recipe looks easy and delicious! Make sure to view the PDF pages of the magazine if available (under Tools) to see it exactly as it appeared in print.
Maybe you're not into baking but like to do crafts of all kinds. A search for "christmas crafts" yielded 51 results, from a potpourri ball to gingerbread ornaments. You could do all kinds of searches for different crafts depending on your taste. Highlights has some fun crafts for kids.
Van Wylen Library also has many Christmas music CDs available for check-out and a wide variety of Christmas related books.
--Madalyn Muncy, Library Student Blogger