Check out a Capital District Library this holiday season

The holiday season is upon us! Whether you see this as a month of delight or one to be endured, Capital Area District Libraries can help with both entertainment and self-care. 

If you’re planning a holiday menu, check out our large selection of cookbooks and magazines. You can pull up a new recipe on your phone or tablet by checking out a digital food magazine from RBDigital, or an ebook cookbook from hoopla. Hoopla also has downloadable albums to help you build a great cooking or dining playlist.


NOTE: Healthy & Fit Magazine is looking for Fit Features! If you, or someone you know, would like to be featured in an upcoming issue of Healthy & Fit Magazine, drop us a line. It’s easiest to like our Facebook page and direct message us, or visit the contact us page on this site.


For party and winter break fun, check out our Library of Things and Library of Things Jr collections. You can borrow items such as Giant Jenga, Magna-Tiles, bird-watching kits, and American Girl Dolls.

CADL branches are offering free holiday events all month long. Many locations feature holiday open houses with music, refreshments and even visits from Santa and live reindeer! Get a complete schedule, searchable by branch, at

Do you have a tradition of enjoying a favorite holiday film every year? Whether your taste tends toward Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, or Hallmark movie marathons, borrow your next movie from the library.

It can be tempting to neglect self-care in December. If your schedule is disrupted by activities, check out a fitness DVD, or download an e-video from hoopla. They are just a few clicks away.

A University of Sussex study concluded that reading for as little as six minutes before bed reduced stress by 68%. Why wait until the New Year to add this soothing habit to your life? Your local CADL branch staff and the staff picks a page at are great places to find suggested titles.

Wishing you an enjoyable season, however, you choose to spend it! 


Cheryl Lindemann is responsible for the purchase of adult non-fiction books, DVD/Blu-rays and music for Capital Area District Libraries. A librarian for 20 years, she lives in East Lansing with her husband Dale and her seven-year-old daughter Mia. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading, walking, gardening and visiting her horse, Dala.


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