As we prepare to say goodbye to winter, our bears bundled up in their winter knitwear have departed. Our new display, generously curated by Priscilla Bodwell, features brighter colors for the changing season. The current theme is, “My Mother’s Kitchen, 1940s-50s,” and the arrangement contains all sorts of eccentric, vintage household items – like a …View full post
On Wednesday, February 26th from 1pm to 3pm, in conjunction with the Sanbornton Recreation Department, the library hosted its first ever Winterfest event. They day was a rousing success, and a good time was had by all. Attendees enjoyed a snowshoe obstacle course filled with oddities like hula hoops and cones. Sanbornton Central School generously …View full post
Sunday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which has been adopted by the National Education Association as Read Across America Day. His birthday is a fitting choice for the event, as Dr. Seuss’s books, with their playful rhymes, help jumpstart early childhood reading. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the celebration. Read Across …View full post
Today is novelist Jeff Shaara’s 62nd birthday! To celebrate, here’s a sampling of his items that the library currently has: Gods and Generals The Last Full Measure Rise to Rebellion To the Last Man: a novel of the First World War A Blaze of Glory: a novel of the Battle of Shiloh A Chain …View full post
Presidents’ Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays, which are both this month. The holiday began in 1879, when an act of Congress implemented a Federal Holiday for government offices in Washington, DC entitled George Washington’s Birthday. In 1885, it was expanded …View full post
On Wednesday, February 26th from 1pm to 3pm, in conjunction with the Sanbornton Recreation Department, the library hosted its first ever Winterfest event. They day was a rousing success, and a good time was had by all. Attendees enjoyed a snowshoe obstacle course filled with oddities like hula hoops and cones. Sanbornton Central School generously provided snowshoes for the event. After working their way through the obstacle course, kids could refuel with fresh S’mores grilled by Library Trustee Dave Adams, who faithfully manned the grill outside for two hours!
For those who were less fond of the cold, we had an indoor game room supplied with chess checkers, board games, cards, Uno, puzzles and a fun bookmark-making craft led by the Recreation Department. We also kept a well-stocked snack table in the downstairs cafe’ area for all of our patrons to enjoy, featuring apples, cookies and delicious hot cocoa.
The library would like to thank all of the volunteers that made this event possible, as well as everyone who attended. We hope to do it again next year! Want to see more photos from Winterfest? Check out our Facebook album!
Sunday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which has been adopted by the National Education Association as Read Across America Day. His birthday is a fitting choice for the event, as Dr. Seuss’s books, with their playful rhymes, help jumpstart early childhood reading. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the celebration. Read Across America Day is celebrated by libraries and schools (often on the closest possible weekday) with fun, book-centered activities.
To celebrate, the library has been hosting Dr. Seuss-themed Story Times this week – a perfect chance to do something fun during February School Vacation Week. Our first, this past Tuesday at 1:00pm, was a rousing success. We will be holding another on Friday, February 28th at 10:30am, so there’s still time to join in the fun! In addition to reading Dr. Seuss stories, we are doing a fun craft activity based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
To see more photos, including all the new decorations in the Children’s Room, visit our Facebook page and browse our new album!
Presidents’ Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays, which are both this month. The holiday began in 1879, when an act of Congress implemented a Federal Holiday for government offices in Washington, DC entitled George Washington’s Birthday. In 1885, it was expanded to include all federal offices. As it was the first federal holiday to honor an American president, it was first celebrated on February 22nd, Washington’s actual birthday.
However, on January 1st, 1971, it was shifted to the current third Monday pattern due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The intent of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees. The act moved five holidays from specific dates to always Mondays – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, George Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans’ Day (though Veterans’ Day was later returned to November 11th).
This places the holiday between February 15th and 21st each year, which makes the name “George Washington’s Birthday,” a bit of a misnomer, as it can never occur on his actual birthday.
An early draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act would have renamed the holiday “Presidents’ Day,” but the proposal failed in committee. However, by the mid-1980s, due to a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day,” made its public appearance. Approximately a dozen state governments have since renamed the holiday “Presidents’ Day,” “Washington and Lincoln’s Birthdays,” or some other more inclusive moniker.
In recent years, the day has become known as one in which many stores – especially car dealerships – hold sales. Until the 1980s, corporate businesses generally closed for the day, similar to practices on holidays like Christmas and Memorial Day.
Whatever the official name, we hope you enjoy today!
Need something fun to do during vacation? On Wednesday, February 26th – during the February School Vacation week – from 1pm to 3pm, the library and the Sanbornton Recreation Department will sponsor Winterfest. Events will take place at the library as well as outside in the field behind Sanbornton Square.
Outdoor activities will include grilling marshmallows for S’mores and a snowshoe obstacle course. Snowshoes will be generously provided by Sanbornton Central School, or you can bring your own! There will also be snowman building pending snow conditions, but so far it looks like they’ll be plenty around!
If you’re not a fan of the cold, stay warm inside the library and enjoy our indoor activities! We will have an Uno competition, cribbage, puzzles, a craft activity, chess and checkers.
If you’d like further information about this event, contact Sanbornton Recreation Department Coordinator Julie Lonergan at 286-2659 or the library at 286-8288. Activities are based on winter weather conditions; be sure to dress appropriately. Should there be a storm, the alternate date will be Friday, February 28th, also from 1pm to 3pm. We hope to see you there!
Our new display is up on the large table in the Children’s Room. This month’s celebrates aspects of February including – but not limited to! – Valentine’s Day. In addition to Valentine’s, there are multiple other holidays this month. These include President’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday of the month – February 17th this year. This holiday gets its date from both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays being in February (the 22nd and 12th, respectively). This particular February also features the Winter Olympics, which run from the 7th to the 23rd. The entire month is also designated as Black History Month – a time to honor notable historical and contemporary figures.
Our display pays homage to all of these aspects of February, featuring biographies of inspiring figures like Booker T. Washington, Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks, books on the presidents, items related to the Olympics and winter sports, and – of course- materials for Valentine’s Day. Stop by and grab one of these picks – a great option if you don’t have much time to browse. And, remember to check back, as we’ll add new items to the table when the selection starts to dwindle!
Our festivities for ‘Take Your Child to the Library Day” this past Saturday were well-attended and enjoyed by all. Thank you to Rhu McBee of Sesquipedalia Puppet Productions for putting on a wonderful show and leading such an enriching workshop, during which children not only learned how to make and perform with puppets, but practiced recycling skills as well. There may be some future puppeteers among our young patrons! The library would also like to thank the volunteers who made snacks for this event. Everyone appreciated the yummy treats. To see an album with lots more pictures from this event, visit our Sanbornton Public Library Facebook page!
Friday, January 31st marks the Lunar New Year – often referred to as “Chinese New Year,” since it is most commonly associated with China. Actually though, a number of countries celebrate Lunar New Year – amounting to one in six people in the entire world!
The date of Lunar New Year changes from year to year, as it corresponds to the new moon (black moon) in either January or February. Traditionally, celebrations lasted for fifteen days, ending on the date of the full moon. In China, the public holiday lasts for three days and is the biggest celebration of the year. The Chinese calendar is made up of a cycle of twelve years, each named after an animal. This year, the Year of the Snake is ending, and the Year of the Horse is beginning!
Families throughout the world will get together to celebrate, and also use the holiday as a special time to remember those who have died. In the days leading to New Year’s, families buy presents, decorations and food. People have their hair cut and buy new clothes in order to start the New Year fresh. Houses are cleaned from top to bottom to sweep out any bad luck from the old year and clear the way for good luck. However, it is bad luck to clean on New Year’s Day itself!
Many families put up lights outside their homes, and doors and windows are often painted red. Red is believed to be a lucky color, and is also thought to scare off the monster Nian, who is said to come on New Year’s. On New Year’s Eve, decorations made from red and gold paper are hung on the doors to bring good luck. The gold color represents wealth. These drapes are marked with messages of good fortune, such as “happiness,” “prosperity” and “long life,” known as Spring Couplets.
There is also a traditional feast. One especially popular food is “jiaozi,” dumplings boiled in water. There dumplings are prepared on New Year’s Eve and served just after midnight with garlic-soy sauce. A coin is often hidden in one of them, and is thought to bring luck to whoever finds it. The dumplings are shaped like silver and gold bars in the hopes that they will bring good luck and good fortune. Food is also prepared for the spirits of the family’s ancestors, who are thought to be at the meal.
After dinner, the family will stay up playing card games, or board games like Chinese chess. Every light is supposed to be kept on till midnight, when there are fireworks meant to scare off evil spirits. Then, early on New Year’s Day, children will receive red envelopes called “Hong Bao,” which contains sweets or money. These are usually given by parents or grandparents; however, it is considered rude to open one in the presence of the person who has given it. Often, these envelopes feature a picture of a fish, as the Chinese word for fish sounds the same as the word for plentiful.
Street celebrations often feature a traditional lion dance, thought to bring good luck. There are usually two dancers, one acting as the head and the other the body. There is a mirror on the lion’s head so that evil spirits will be frightened away by their own reflections. The parade often ends with a dragon dance.
People great each other by saying “Kung Hei Fat Choy,” “Happy New Year!” Kung Hei Fat Choy to you all!
Want to learn more about Chinese New Year? This wonderful site features information, educational games and fun crafts, like making a horse or dragon puppet!
The winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal has been announced! Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the award is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children. And, without further ado, the winner is…
Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca! The book was published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. The book is unique in that it is a nonfiction book winning an award that usually goes to fictional picture books. Its selection clearly shows that nonfiction materials need not be boring, colorless reads! From the ALSC website:
All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad.
“The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Marion Hanes Rutsch.
The library already has a copy of Locomotive. It can be found in the Children’s Room under J nonfiction, 385 FLO. Come take a peek and admire the gorgeous illustrations!
The Caldecott Medal Committee also selected three books for the Caledcott Honor. From the ALSC website:
Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press
Finding a magical red crayon, a bored and lonely girl draws a new door on her bedroom wall that leads her to a wondrous but perilous new world. Her drab, sepia-toned, humdrum reality gives way to sumptuous, lushly-hued watercolor and pen and ink landscapes.
Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC
The budding relationship between an awkward young girl and a graceful flamingo is revealed through carefully orchestrated flaps. The minimalist setting, limited color palette, use of white space and page turns create a timeless and joyful visual experience. The call-and-response of this balletic duet is cinematic and comedic.
Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Mr. Wuffles finds a new toy that is actually a tiny spaceship in this nearly wordless science fiction tale of epic and miniature proportions. Crisp watercolor and India ink illustrations shine in an innovative graphic novel, a picture book hybrid featuring hidden worlds, alien languages and one peeved cat.
While we don’t yet have the three Honor books, we can obtain them for you via inter-library loan. And, while you’re waiting for them to arrive, check out Brian Floca’s Locomotive!