You may have watched this TV series earlier this year, where a celebrity goes place to place to trace their family ancestry with help from genealogical experts. Did you know that there is a book by the same title, written by Megan Smolenyak, who was the chief research advisor for the TV series?
Some of my fondest memories of childhood were visits to the library. I would walk four blocks to get there. When I opened the heavy oak doors, I entered a cool, silent sanctuary. I loved any book that was on display, and always felt special sitting in the child-sized chairs. My library card was just a piece of paper, but it was a passport to unknown worlds. Things have changed a little since then, well, okay, a lot!
Libraries are still a magical place to be. Check out the one near you.
The Roses In Front Of the Library Are Still Beautiful
The roses in front of the Dearborn Branch have done just great this year. I am amazed, after the harsh weather this last year. Last winter, we would come to work in the morning and the plants would be drifted almost out of sight with snow. They also thrived with just occasional watering during the worst heat of the summer.
After months of waiting, intrepid fans finally welcome back the beginning of football season, starting September 9th. The sport has come a long way from its beginnings in the 1800's as a sort of hybrid between soccer and rugby. Football was originally a college sport. Yale coach, Walter Camp, is credited with many of the initial changes that distinguished football from soccer or rugby.
At the library, we have a calendar with pictures of cats. Usually when you think of cats, you picture them as cute and playful. For instance, a famous library cat you may know of is Dewey from Spencer, Iowa.
Temperatures have finally cooled down, fall is in the air. For me, that means time to separate my sheep into two groups, the boys and the girls. I am a shepherd. I have a small flock of Blue-faced Leicesters, a breed of sheep with a lovely soft fleece. Hand spinners very much enjoy working with this fleece. There are many breeds of sheep as well as many colors and qualities of fleece. This breed of sheep is also well known for a pleasant disposition--even the rams are easy to handle. Also, I have border collies to help me with the sheep.
Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.