Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is one of my favorite books, and Scarlett O’Hara is hands down my favorite literary character. She’s spunky, smart, shrewd, and stylish. Granted, she can also be selfish, rude, and downright mean, but she is also a survivor. She endures hardships and struggles, but makes it through it all to do it all again with the hope that tomorrow it will get better. Because, "After all... tomorrow is another day."
Can you have a library addiction and not even know it? Yes, you can. The most frequent addition is Series Reading. Once you start you can’t quit. You can’t wait until the next book in the series comes out. You are even tempted to go out and buy it but, use that willpower and wait until your turn comes up on the hold list and you receive your library copy. The rewards will be beneficial, you will have saved money, will not have to store a copy on your ever filling bookshelf, and most of all you will be supporting your local library system.
It was cold this morning, and the skies were gray. The winter solstice of December 21, when we have the least sunlight of the year, is not quite here. But, we can cope pretty well these days with artificial light and central heat. Can you imagine what it was like for early pioneers in the central plains? Think of living with only a fireplace, sod houses, carriages for transportation, and no electric lights.
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” John Donne
In 1972, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) inaugurated a World Heritage list by adopting a treaty known as the World Heritage Convention. Its continuing goal is to recruit the world community in identifying cultural and natural properties of "outstanding universal value".
Santa arrived at the Dearborn Branch with his guitar and familiar holiday music Tuesday, the 9th. The jolly man in the red suit got almost 40 peoples' toes tapping with familiar tunes and the chance to sing along. There was also an opportunity for kids to have their picture taken with Santa. With a twinkle in his eye, Santa said he knew who had been naughty or nice!
How many of you love to hate Harlequin romances? I mean, it's easy to make fun of them. The titles are very entertaining, the stories not always so entertaining. And, the pictures on the covers are always fun to check out as well. However, as the old cliché goes, you can't always judge a book by its cover.
Although we're in the midst of another busy holiday season, the end of the calendar year is fast approaching. And you all know what that means: tax time!
The North Oak Branch will offer tax help for seniors again next year. AARP Tax-Aide representatives will be at North Oak on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. to assist senior citizens with moderate incomes with their tax questions and also tax preparation. The first Thursday for this program will be February 3rd, and the program will run through April 14th.