Are you ready for Halloween? How about Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Every year, as the leaves begin to fall, I promise myself that this is the year that I’m going to be ready for the holiday season. Does it ever happen? Well, no, at least not the way I want it to. However, this year, with the help of the library, I’m going to conquer the holiday season. I will be ready, I will be organized, and I will not be rushing to finish my grocery shopping, my “to do” lists, and special holiday projects.
Have you ever been to a program at your local library branch? They are a lot of fun, and full of great information. There are programs for every age level and every interest. The Lone Jack Branch is offering several great programs this fall and winter.
Did you know that the Colbern Road Branch hosts a free scrapbooking crop night once a month? We call it CRop Club. If you're looking for a quiet place to finish up that tricky layout, this may be just the place for you! Bring your own projects and your favorite scrapbooking tools, and just enjoy the evening sharing ideas and socializing with other scrapbookers.
Join us the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for scrapbooking fun, including free die cuts, project ideas, and inspiration from others who share your hobby!
Have you ever wondered what the carvings on a tombstone mean? Do you think they are just there to make the headstone look prettier? Maybe they are, but most of the time there is a specific meaning for everything that is carved into a stone. Some things are easily understood. A heart for instance symbolizes love, as do roses most generally. But what about that upside down torch or the pair of children’s shoes? Then there is the beehive, the trumpet, or the shooting star. Do you know what the meaning is for those symbols?
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil explore the many threads that come together to create "Country Music". Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. "Old Time Country Music", the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters.
From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, there are all sorts of opportunities to get together with friends and say hello. Part of the holiday tradition is sending greeting cards. A century ago, it was common to send Christmas and New Year's postcards. Postage for them at that time was just a penny.
We’re sort of on a kick about birds at the Blue Ridge Branch. Operation Wildlife volunteer Bill Whinery recently presented The Night Shift program, which featured 5 owls: Slate, Bopper, Bam-Bam, Bardleigh, and Foster. Here are some facts I learned about these beautiful birds:
Owl babies grow to the same size as their parents within 30 days of hatching, but they are big balls of fluffy feathers for many weeks.
Join us for our monthly First Friday film screening on December 3 at 2:00 as we celebrate the start of the holiday season by screening Irving Berlin's Technicolor classic, White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. As always, the popcorn and drinks are on us.
On the street where I grew up, there was a lady who would try to teach all the girls on the block how to knit. Every year, we would go to her house and have a lesson. For some of us, the lessons stuck, but for me, not so much. During the year, she would sit in her rocker by the window and watch the kids play or go off the school. She would wave to us as she sat there knitting. I was always impressed that she didn’t even have to look at what she was doing, and could still knit a straight row. Some of my favorite Christmas gifts are the ones that she made.
Antioch Branch, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. Mystery - Who done it? Historical, International, Police Procedural . . . What is your preference? Come join us for lively discussions. Refreshments served. For December, we are reading: