Let's Talk About It! Making Sense of the American Civil War
Coming up on Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the Midwest Genealogy Center is Imagining War, the first conversation we’ll have in an attempt to make sense of one of the defining wars in our nation’s history. Altogether, there will be five discussions on different themes designed to help us explore different facets of the Civil War experience. The entire series has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
I'm not too sure how I would feel if this was said to me at my first antique lure auction, at least concerning the importance of one lure that I may have thought was a jewel but turned out to be fool's gold. It seems this would be much like going to an MMA fight and getting knocked out in the first ten seconds, just not a pretty sight—the MMA ending or the lure auction ending.
Welcome to the Library: We're a Lot More than a Collection of Books
What does reading a book, watching a movie, and learning something new have in common? They're solitary activities that we often have a hard time keeping to ourselves. You may watch the newest dystopian flick in the company of good friends, but you're the one taking it all in, forming an opinion as you watch. Likewise, being in science class with several other students doesn't change the fact that you're the one responsible for understanding that day's lesson. Reading a book is perhaps the most individual act of all. And yet, if the title in question moves you enough, you want to share it.
It’s that time of year again when you worry and sweat about what to wear on March 17th so you don’t get pinched. Everyone knows this date well; it’s Saint Patrick’s Day! This year, as you eat your corned beef and cabbage and celebrate all things Irish, there are two things you must do.
The birds are singing, spring flowers are popping up, and the grass is turning green. You probably have been getting a lot of catalogs from the nursery and seed companies. You can't wait to get the old lawn mower out, get the oil changed, and the blades sharpened. You probably have a flower garden all planned out.
Come spin a yarn with us at the Dearborn Branch for the Yarn Bee on April 12th at 1:00 p.m.! Bring your yarn projects and enthusiasm to work on crafts in a relaxing, social setting. Even if you've never picked up a yarn craft or you are an aficionado, this group is for YOU! We'll learn from each other and have fun at the same time. Get started on your Christmas gifts, make something nice for yourself, and meet new neighbors and friends.
Knitting is not exclusive to the British Iles. Did you know that the earliest looped or knitted fabrics may have been produced in the Middle East before the birth of Christ? Fourth century socks have been recovered from Egyptian tombs; and cushions of the 13th century have been recovered from tombs in Spain! Even gloves, purses (for the holding of religious relics), and girdles were also created by our wealthier Spanish ancestors. Creations from the same period have been found in Polish cemeteries.