Christmas is only two weeks away, just around the corner really. For the last few years, I haven't done much in the way of holiday decorating around my little home, but this year I decided the time had come to break out a favorite tradition.
Growing up, one of my favorite daily Christmas activities was turning on the Christmas lights. We had some outside around the living room window and then the ones inside on the Christmas tree, of course. My sisters and I would wait all afternoon until dark, and then whoever remembered first ran to switch on the lights.
Snow can be a magical, wonderful thing. Snow on the trees, sparkling in the sun creates a winter wonderland. Kids love snow! They anticipate it, dream about it, wish for it. Snow covering the ground has been associated with Christmas for so long that it just doesn't seem like Christmas without it. A lot of people would be happy to have snow just for Christmas, then have it quickly disappear until next year.
I love crayons. There is nothing like opening a new box of crayons. At the beginning of the school year, when we shopped for school supplies, I remember standing in front of all of the crayons and hoping my mom would let me get the big box with the sharpener on the back. One the best jobs in the library is Storytime because I get to play with the crayons. We have had the same crayons for about 5 years. This year for storytime, we have new crayons. When the kids saw them, they had the same reaction as I did, Wow, new crayons!
One World Many Stories: Beyond Summer Reading Program
This summer, we’ll be doing some "traveling" abroad -- without having to go through customs or security checks! Our summer reading program theme of "One World-Many Stories" (beginning May, 2011) encourages young readers and listeners (birth – 5th grade) to enjoy stories about other places and cultures. "You are Here" is the theme for teens (6th – 12th grade). Why wait ‘til summer though? You can start reading about other places and people now.
Here at the Lee's Summit Branch, every 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., I host an Anime movie night just for teens. We sit back, have some popcorn and lemonade, and watch some anime. We have been known to break away from watching the movie and just sit back at a table just to chat. Sometimes, it’s about anime, sometimes it’s about life, and sometimes it jumps from one subject to another. As I told my regulars, "I'm not gonna teach you anything or even make you sit and watch.
My Mom has really been getting in the holiday spirit lately: baking, decorating, crafting, sewing, and wrapping. Every year, she tries new recipes and finds new doo-dads to whip up. This year, her new thing is stovetop potpourri—which is much cooler than it sounds. Stovetop potpourri is simply a way to make your kitchen smell nice for all of your holiday guests! It is fun, easy, and smells wonderful.
Nickelodeon hosts the wonderful cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants multiple times every day. As you probably know, the show tells of the adventures had by a quirky, yellow sponge and his best friend Patrick, who is a not too bright starfish. Also in the mix is greedy Mr. Krabs, Sandy the Squirrel, and Squidward Tentacles. Parents, wouldn't you like to see your child reading a book rather than sitting in front of a TV? Well, you're in luck!
Whether we like to admit it or not, it's time again for winter gear. Time for new gloves and scarves. Why not save some money this holiday, make some gloves and scarves at home. MCPL has lots of books to make it easy for you. So, why not learn a new skill, and make some gloves and scarves for you and the family. Here are some great books: