Last Tuesday night was the first of a monthly series of awesome craft nights for teens that focus on using recycled materials. Our first project was making reusable tote bags out of old plastic shopping bags, which we did by fusing together layers of plastic bags with an iron and then sewing them together.
I picked up a wonderful book not too long ago titled Relentless by Robin Parrish. Reading the flap, it sounded like the author took a comic strip and just turned it into a novel. As I began to read through it, I realized this was the best description for the book.
Every year at this time we are reminded of the great Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 17th is the day that the nation will honor his deeds and his memory. Many of us may remember those restless times, when a whole race of people were fighting for their rights. Some of us are just learning about Dr. King.
nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds... Inscription, New York City Post Office, adapted from Herodotus, Greek historian & traveler (484 BC - 430 BC)
Take a determined Assistant Branch Manager (Lois), a hair dryer, a very long extension cord and voila, you have a solution to a frozen book drop.
Take a determined Library Assistant (Cheryl, who hates the cold), using Lois' method, and we can empty the book drop.
Squeaker remembers the great Snoopy of Peanuts fame writing: "It was a dark and stormy night.." It seemed as good as any way to start a story, and it made more sense to him than "Once upon a time". Squeaker continues his story: "the Buckner Branch was very quiet, the only creature that was moving was a little mouse, called Squeaker". It was his task to find wonderful stories for the librarians to share with the children at storytime. It was snowing hard outside, and Squeaker worried about the people getting around on the icy roads. Suddenly, his tummy rumbl
Preston Washington has done extensive research into the records of Freedmen, slaves owned by Indian tribes. Certain Native American tribes had close relations with African Americans, especially those in the Southeast where slavery was prevalent. Members of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw) held enslaved blacks, who migrated with them to the West during Indian Removal in 1830 and later.
I hate Winter. Well, I do like Christmas, but that is the only good thing I can say about winter.
As I write this, there are several inches of snow on the ground, and it is bitter cold. I am a cold person by nature - body temperature, not personality. Even in the summer, I often wear long sleeves or a sweater when in air conditioned buildings. In the winter, I very rarely feel warm. Usually at home, I am dressed in layers, wearing socks, furry slippers, and huddled under an afghan or fleece blanket.
Chinese New Year is an interesting holiday. Being Scots-Irish, I didn’t celebrate it growing up, but I have since developed a fondness for it. It occurs in February, fifteen days after the first new moon of the New Year. This year, it falls on February 3rd, which is a Thursday.