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.
Burr and Hamilton to Radio Show Host: "Hello America! We're Back!"
Pushcart Prize Nominee Gabe Durham recently sat down with founding fathers Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr on his fictional radio show as they came clean about their bumpy past and their ruddy future. Thanks for the transcript Gabe!
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.