Did you know that there is a week dedicated to your local library? Yes, there is! In fact, it is this week, April 10-16. The theme for this year is "Create Your Own Story". The first National Library Week was observed May 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read". The idea of a National Library Week is older than one would think. The American Library Association (ALA) recommended such a week in 1922.
It all started in 1854 when J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska and decided that there were not enough trees. He and other pioneers needed the trees to be windbreakers to stabilize the soil and provide shade from the sun. He proposed a holiday to plant trees; this became Arbor Day.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died while in our nation's service. Officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, it was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890, all the northern states officially recognized the holiday.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan. It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. It was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day.
Where I came from, a person’s reputation was as good as his word. But these days, telling the truth seems to have changed its status in our culture. A lie isn’t a lie anymore; it’s a half-truth, a white lie- as if giving it another name changes its true meaning.
This Monday is Independence Day, marking the date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the thirteen American Colonies. Everyone (including your library staff) will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family, and enjoying that storied American pastime: setting off a ton of fireworks.
It's time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season. We have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. MCPL has books on holiday decorating to entertaining and cooking those delicious meals to carry you through the season. So plan those festive parties.
MCPL is having a program for a decorating idea called Beaded Christmas Tree on December 10th (Registration is required). And don’t forget all the great holiday stories, music, and movies. MCPL has it all.
Mention "The Holidays," and everyone instantly knows what you're talking about. You aren't referring to Easter or Halloween or Flag Day. A lot of holidays take place this time of year, and we sometimes have a tendency to mentally lump them together. For me, things seem to speed up when Thanksgiving hits. Christmas is here before I know it, and New Year’s is right on its heels. This time of year can definitely be a cause for stress, but the arrival of the Holidays also brings with it a kind of solace. Food, family, friends, and faith! We've worked hard all year.
We have less than a month until Christmas, but am I finishing my shopping? (Have I even started my shopping?) Am I baking cookies and making gifts? Am I getting my picture taken with Santa and mailing cards? NOPE! I’m glued to the TV watching all those inspiring, tear-jerking Christmas movies.
While many are still in the last-minute Christmas rush, those who celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are beginning their eight-day celebrations this week. On the 20th at sundown, they will start their festival of lights, a holiday that remembers the story of freedom and oil that lasted their temple lights eight days instead of merely one.
It's a story that all of us can relate to, a story of faith over doubt and hope in dire times.