Our Christmas Traditions...Where Did They Come From?
Last week, the Edgerton Discovery Club kids made a few Christmas ornaments, and then decorated our Christmas tree. As we worked, we discussed some of our Christmas traditions and where they came from. For example, why do we put up a Christmas tree? Why do we hang our stockings? Where did the tradition of sending Christmas cards come from?
I have often listened to my omnivore friends and co-workers lament about their belief that being vegetarian was an "all-or-nothing" proposition. I was thrilled to find several books in our library that presented another way of thinking.
Every December 5th, children around the world set a shoe outside their bedroom door in hopes that St. Nicholas will fill their shoe with candy and toys, not switches or coal. Growing up as an Army brat in Germany, I remember celebrating this holiday tradition each year. If we were good, we would get candy, fruits, or toys. If we were bad, we would get switches or coal. Most years, we received a switch with toys and candy on it (after all what child can be good ALL year long?). It is a reminder that Santa Claus is real, and his name is St. Nicholas.
Exclusive Interview w/ The World's First Computer Programmer Ada Lovelace!
In this exclusive interview, Ada Lovelace spills the beans about science, museums, and what it is like to be the daughter of Lord Byron. Ada Lovelace appears courtesy of Mike Young, who in addition to being a writer of the highest order, has the ability to transcend time and space.
Just when Squeaker the storytime mouse thought life as a library mouse was a little dull, Swoop and Talon came to visit. Squeaker agreed that the owls are awesome critters. But when they began to stare at him in a hungry way, he was alarmed by their talons, and thought maybe life as a storytime mouse was becoming a little too exciting. I think that in the future, he will leave the adult programs to Pam, and stick with storytime for the time being. No harm came to a little storytime mouse in the Buckner Branch, Swoop and Talon had already had their dinner.
Santa might know who’s naughty and nice, but can he carry a tune? Absolutely!
Join us at the Mid-Continent Public Library - Kearney Branch Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. for Santa with a Tune. The man in the red suit will sing all the holiday favorites. Then, everyone will have a chance sit on Santa’s lap. Bring a camera to capture all the fun.
Fans of Jennifer Chiaverini will have undoubtedly already read The Aloha Quilt. But, if you are new to her writing and looking for a good book to get you through a long winter, try pulling out a warm quilt and a good book about one.
The holidays are fast approaching! It's time to plan that special holiday meal. It's also time to bake tasty treats for the special people in your life. Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? Did you know that MCPL has a fantastic collection of holiday cookery? A few of my favorites are:
Did you know that the average time a child (ages 8-18) spends watching television per day is 4 ½ hours, while children this age only spend 38 minutes reading any printed material (books, magazines, or news articles)?
Do you see a problem with this? Reading helps a child develop their language skills so they can communicate better with others as they get older. If they are spending the majority of their time watching television, how are they going to learn the skills they need to make a better future for themselves? Reading is by far the better option.