Did You Know Today Is National Walk Your Child to School Day?
As I was waking up this morning, I heard on the radio that it’s National Walk Your Child to School Day. I looked it up on the internet, and it’s true. A group in Chicago started this in 1997 with the mission of bringing community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable. Some of the desired results of today’s event are to create safer walking routes, to engage kids of all abilities, and to notice and improve the environment.
Are you a cookie fiend? A Cookie-A-Holic? Are you looking for that perfect plate of cookies to exchange at your office, church, or school function? Do your taste buds water for new recipes, but you don’t know where to find just the right one?
With the arrival of fall and cooler weather, the days of spending time outside, playing with the kids, working in your garden, or even just sitting out on the deck are quickly drawing to a close. So you ask yourself, what can I do to occupy my time? The answer lies in the latest issue of Beyond the Books. This handy little booklet has enough activities packed inside to keep kids from 1 to 101 busy throughout the fall and winter.
Are you looking for fun crafts to do at your local library? The Red Bridge Branch offers crafts for 9-12 year olds, one Monday night per month. In the past, we have offered such varied programs as Intricate Paper Snowflakes, Celebrate Chinese New Year, Ancient Egypt Artifacts, and most recently we had Cardboard Castle Construction!
Do you know who Horatio Nelson Jackson is? Until recently, I’d never heard of him either – though, I probably saw his car sitting in the Smithsonian Institute and paid no attention to it. But, I should have. This 1903 Winton Automobile, nicknamed the Vermont by Nelson, would drive into history, and unknowingly usher in countless adventures.
Many people I know have weird little things that they do when they get a new book to read. Some people flip to the last chapter and read it first. Some people flip through and look at all of the pictures if there are any. Some people smell their books.
Have you ever found an old metal photograph and wondered what it was? Recently, I found myself in possession of several of these old pictures from my family history. These types of photos are called tintypes. Tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, began showing up in the 1850’s, and stayed around until the early 1900’s. Unlike the name implies, no tin was used, but rather iron. They were popular for several reasons; they were cheaper, faster, easier to create, and more durable than other types of photographs. The pictured tintype is of my great-great-great-grandparents and their family.