Christmas Goodies – Arts/Crafts, Cooking & Movies!

The season of goodwill is almost upon us so to help you prepare for the big day we’ve delved deep into our catalogue to see what festive goodies (or ‘resources’ to use the correct Library term!) we have to help you make the most of the Christmas holidays!


Christmas Crafts: 150 Decorations, Gifts, Cards and Treats to make for a Perfect Christmas
by Alan Gear and Barry Freestone
Contains everything you need to know to create a range of wonderful items as gifts, and to decorate the tree, table and home to welcome your guests


The Merry Christmas Activity Book
by Jane Bull
Whether you want to know how to make your own special Christmas cards or make fun gifts for your family and pets, this book will show you how to turn your home into a winter wonderland!


The Little Book of Christmas: Ideas for Cooking, Activities, Gifts, Games, Cards and Calendars for the Early Years Foundation Stage at Christmas
by Sally Featherstone
Cooking, craft, stories, role play gifts, decorations and more in this book specifically written to give you more ideas for a very busy time of the year!


Cross Stitch Country Christmas
by Brenda KEYES
Re-create the atmosphere of a traditional country Christmas with more than 50 charming cross-stitch projects.


Quick & Clever Christmas Cards: 100 Fast & Festive Cards & Tags
by Elizabeth MOAD
Sixty incredible card designs and twenty stunning tag projects make up this collection of easy-to-create Christmas greetings.




Mrs Beeton’s Traditional Christmas: Recipes, Gifts, Customs and Games From a Bygone Era by Bridget JONES
Suggests holiday menus, shares traditional recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and desserts, and includes ideas for decorations and gifts

The Christmas Cookbook: Recipes to Celebrate the Festive Season by Sue MAGGS
This beautifully illustrated volume features festive recipes including all the popular Christmas classics and for those who desire inspiration to ring the changes.


DVD Movies!

The Polar Express (2004)
The academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for ‘The Polar Express’, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, longs to escape the routine of Halloweentown. Through a door in a tree, he stumbles upon Christmastown where he engineers the kidnapping of Santa Claus.


It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.


Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1951)
A Christmas Carol (1984)
A Christmas Carol (1999)
Three interpretations of Charles Dickens’ classic starring Alastair Sim (1951), George C.Scott (1984) and Patrick Stewart (1999) as Ebenezer Scrooge who contentedly meanders through his life as a cruel miser until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghosts. Will Scrooge see the error of his ways and learn the true meaning of Christmas?


The Santa Clause (2002)
Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a cynical toy company executive who is forced to take over the job of Santa Claus when he and his son Charlie witness the previous incumbent falling off a roof.


Arthur Christmas (2012)
How CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole!



Student art show draws crowds

The student art show at the Hinckley campus draws crowds to see works in all kinds of media, forms and appearances, including photography, metalwork, fashion design and musical performances.

It will be open until the end of the week.

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)

VADS LogoVADS (Visual Arts Data Service) has recently been added to the library’s list of recommended e-resources. It is is an extensive online resource for visual arts. This site holds over 100,000 high quality digital images free for use in learning, teaching and research. The vast collection of images cover the following topic areas:

Applied arts
Fine arts

In the library at the Hinckley campus there is currently a wall display introducing VADS, along with a selection of free postcards. These are of images taken from the site – please help yourselves to them!

Public Catalogue Foundation

This year the Public Catlogue Foundation (PCF), a registered charity, has joined forces with the BBC to bring us Your Paintings, a unique website showcasing the entire collection of publicly owned oil paintings across the United Kingdom. It is has recently launched with 62,944 paintings currently available to view. They anticiape that there will be 20o,00o painintgs available by the end of 2012. click on the link to find out more and view the paintings.