We have all dreamt of flying; of soaring high above the trees like a bird or Superman. Our curiosity of this phenomenon stretches back to our beginnings, and takes us on a journey through time and place; from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, to DaVinci’s drawings of flying machines, and to the kites and hot air balloons of China. Did you know that a Benedictine monk achieved flight in the year 1000AD, that Newton’s law of motion is the foundation of modern aerodynamics, and that Alexander Graham Bell witnessed and photographed an early flying machine in 1896?
Well here we are, over halfway through NaNo, and I don't know about you, but I have hit the 30k slump. I have participated in NaNo for 3 years, and each year I find that the hardest part of the novel to write is that little bit after the halfway mark. I dash my way through to 25k. Then...it hits, what do I write now??? It is time to start wrapping up the book, and I am not ready! I hit the pep talks and the procrastination station; I clean the house, anything to avoid writing those few words to get myself to 40k. Once I hit 40k, it is all downhill.
The Red Bridge Branch experienced an awesome afternoon on November 13 with our yearly American Girl Tea Party with Felicity, a young girl growing up right before the American Revolution as the theme. There were sixty girls in attendance, along with thirty mothers and grandmothers.
The young girls had happy expressions on their faces as they listened to a few paragraphs that were read describing Felicity’s personality, and reliving her experiences in 1774 as a young girl in the city of Williamsburg in the colony of Virginia.
Swoop and Talon flew into our library the other night. These amazing owls belong to Yvonne Patterson with "Wings of Love". Swoop is an eagle owl, and Talon is a spectacled owl. If you've never seen an owl close up, it is an amazing sight. They have very large brightly colored eyes with large fury eyelids. Owls are know for their silent flight, and to test that out, they did a couple of flyovers for us. While you could feel the whoosh of air, you didn't really hear their wings.
Meet Roxie, the Lone Jack Branch’s newest employee. Roxie may seem a little stiff, but she always has a smile and a gleam in her eye. She’ll be with us all holiday season with plenty of ideas for your holiday soirée.
November must be National Geek Month and someone forgot to tell me. It’s perfectly all right if it wasn’t organized. Geeks are, by nature, world class procrastinators… but enough on that subject. Everyone likes a story, and everyone likes a good adventure. For me, the story of two brothers, one 1967 black Chevy Impala – and the quest to rid the world of monsters, demons, and just about any other evil thing you can think up is quite possibly one of the greatest stories of all time.
Sometimes working in a library, I feel a little out of place. You may ask why? I like watching TV, and almost every day a customer will comment that there is nothing on TV. So, they come to the library to stock up on books. I think people feel that because I’m working at the library, I agree with this statement.
Contrary to popular misperception, readership in magazines is actually increasing according to Magazine Publishers of America (MPA). The popularity of the internet hasn’t vanquished the magazine reader. According to MPA, 96% of adults under the age of 35 are among the most dedicated readers.
Every year since I was a child, my family has roasted our leftover Halloween pumpkin. Yes, I mean the whole pumpkin. “Why?” you might ask. I answer: pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie; pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin ice cream and even pumpkin soup!
We roast the pumpkin, scoop out the soft insides, and freeze the puree for the holidays coming up right around the corner.