Thursday, December 31, 2020


Happy New Year's Eve! Here are some fun Mad Libs for you to download and print!

Have a wonderful New Year! Be safe!! We will be back with our regular posts next week!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

30 Things you Never Knew about New Year's

30 Things you Never Knew about New Year's
Thanks to Good Housekeeping 

1. Baby New Year has been a symbol of the holiday since around 600 B.C., starting in Ancient Greece when an infant was paraded around in a basket in celebration of Dionysus the god of fertility (and wine). The baby represents a rebirth that occurs at the start of each new year

2. The guy credited with writing Auld Lang Syne didn't fully write it. Robert Burns took a Scottish folk song called "Old Long Syne" and put his own spin on it in 1788, which is the version we all know today. Auld Lang Syne means "times long past."

3. Time balls were invented to help sailors. Long before it was used on New Year's Eve, a ball on top of England's Royal Observatory in Greenwich was dropped at 1p.m. every day (starting in 1833) to help ship captains coordinate their navigation equipment. Similar balls were set up in costal areas around the world.

4. The first Times Square New Year's Eve party was held for a newspaper. The annual tradition of gathering in Times Square for New Year's Eve started as a party to celebrate the opening of the New York Times building in 1904. Over 200,000 people attended. 

5. Though the parties raged on, there was not a bal,l drop until 1907. Fireworks were previously used to welcome the new year, but they were banned because burning embers were falling on the crowd. A ball being lowered on a flag pole was a safer bet. 

6. It's been a spectacle every year since, except during World War II. Wartime restrictions put the tradition on pause in 1942 and 1943. Times Square revelers oberved a moment of silence at midnight instead.

7. The weight of the Times Square ball has yo-yoed. The original ball was made from 700 pounds of iron and wood. It was later reduced to just 400 pounds of wrought iron before they switched to an aluminum frame in 1955. The now 11,875 pound ball did not get its new look (and materials) until the millennium when Waterford partnered with Phillips Lighting to create a shimmery LED display.

8. Waterford comes up with a new pattern for the ball every year. The sphere is made up of 2,688 crystal triangles and has over 36,000 lights. The pattern for 2021 is called The Gift of Happiness represented by a sunburst of bright cuts radiating outward like a beautiful sunny day bringing warm smiles and happiness.

9. 2000 pounds of confetti are dropped in Times Square. Confetti may not be a new concept but in 2015 wishfetti became a part of the tradition. People write their wishes for the new year and submit them to the Wish Wall in Times Square (or online) and those wishes are turned into the confetti that falls on the crowd at midnight. 

10. Instead of a ball, Miami, Florida rings in the new year with an orange. The raising of Mr. Neon, a 35 foot, sunglass-clad, metal fruit has been a tradition for over 30 years. 

11. While over in Key West, Florida, a drag queen descends in a shoe. The female impersonator named Sushi, is lowered from a bar rooftop in a giant, red, high-heeled shoe. This has been happening since 1996.

12. Hershey, PA drops a giant Kiss to ring in the new year. Other Pennsylvania towns have traditions that play off their names. In Mechanicsburg, they drop a wrench. In Dillsburg, they drop a pickle.

13. Americans drink around 360,000 million glasses of sparkling wine on new year's. Corks can fly out of the bottle at speeds of 25 mph, so it's best to open bottles at a 45-degree angle, away from yourself and others.

14. The New Year's kiss started with the Romans. Although things got a little friskier back then, ancient Romans are credited with the kissing tradition because of their Saturnalia Festival. It was a celebration honoring Saturn, the god of time, where all social norms went out the window. Many of the celebrations influenced Christmas and New Year's that became the focus when Christianity took over the Roman Empire.

15. The island nation of Kiribati rings in the new year first. Kiribati, also known as Christmas Island is located in the Central Pacific. They celebrate throughout the nation at each village's maneaba, or meeting house where all social and political activity takes place.

16. American Samoa is one of the last places to ring in the new year. It's actually the second to last place, behind Baker and Howland island which are both uninhabited. Some tourists take advantage of the time difference and fly from Samoa to American Samoa to celebrate the new year twice. 

17. New Year is terrifying for children in Akita, Japan. There is a local tradition called Namahage where grown men dress up like demons to scare children into behaving for their parents. They go from house to house yelling things like, "Are there any crybabies at home?" or "Are naughty kids around?"

18. If you live in Italy, wearing red underwear is considered lucky. It will supposedly bring good fortune in the coming year. It's also considered the color of fertility so for those hoping to conceive, it's considered double lucky.

19. Grapes are also lucky. Spanish households carry on the tradition of scarfing down 12 grapes in the first 12 seconds of the new year. The grapes represent each month in the year. Rumor has it that this whole thing started as a marketing tactic for winemakers looking to sell more grapes in the winter. 

20. Black Eyed Peas and pork are also a lucky combination. The fattiness of the pork symbolizes wealth and the peas are believed to bring good fortune because they swell when cooked which is why they are both popular foods to eat on New Year's Eve.

21. But stay away from lobster and chicken. Lobster and chicken are both considered to be bad luck foods. According to superstition, it's because of a lobster's ability to move itself backwards and a chicken's ability to scratch itself backwards, if you eat either on New Year's you won't be able to move forward. Bring on the bacon!

22. Round or ring shaped foods hold special meaning. Incorporating a round into your New Year's meal symbolizes that the year has come full circle. Hello donuts and bagels.

23. Ancient Babylonians celebrated New Year's in March. The new year used to coincide with the arrival of spring. A 12-day festival called Akitu marked the occasion, which was more about praying than it was about finding a midnight kiss.

24. Ethopia rings in the new year on September 11. Their calendar began in the eighth year of the common era (when our year counting started). This solar calendar derived from the Egyptians and consists of 13 months. 

25. The French invented a new calendar during the revolution. The French Republican Calendar was used during the revolution and for 12 years after to reflect the country's "new age of liberty," It was designed using a decimal system and was also briefly resurrected during the Paris Commune in 1871.

26. You can thank a pope for making our New Year start on January 1st. The Gregorian calendar was introduced in October 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII as a revised version of the Julian Calendar. It took almost 350 years for the world to get on board. Turkey didn't make the switch until 1927.

27. The reason January is called January is actually kind of deep. It's been widely reported that the month was named for the Roman god Janus, but it's actually rooted in the Latin word "ianua", which means door. The name was chosen to symbolize the opening of a new door that happens when the new year begins. 

28. AAA offers free rides home. Don't worry about surge pricing. If you've had too much to drink on New Year's, AAA offers free rides home (in most states) for those who have had one too many flutes of champagne to drive. 

29. A song that takes 1000 years to play, launched on January 1, 2000. Composer Jem Finer wrote the piece called "Longplayer", which can be heard at London's Trinity Buoy Wharf (or over this live stream). It's being played by singing bowls and is set to start over as soon as it finishes on December 31, 2999. 

30. Antarctica hosts an annual New Year's Music Festival. Antarctica's annual IceStock music festival may be one of the coolest (pun intended) ways to spend New Year's. The event is held at McMurdo Station, Antarctica when the population balloons over 1,200 people during the summer months. 


Monday, December 28, 2020

New Year Jokes!!

 Happy New Year!!

It's almost 2021! Just a few more days left in this year! We are taking a break from our regular posts this week to bring you some New Year's fun!! Enjoy these fun New Year jokes by the team at Scary Mommy.

1. Why do birds fly south for New Year’s Eve?

It’s too far to walk.

2. What do snowmen like to do on New Year’s Eve?

Chill out.

3. Why should you put your new calendar in the freezer?

To start off the new year in a cool way.

4. What’s a cow‘s favorite holiday?

Moo Year’s Eve.

5. What do you say to your friends on New Year’s Eve?

I haven’t seen you since last year.

6. Why do you need a jeweler on New Year’s Eve?

To ring in the new year.

7. Where can you go to practice Math on New Year’s Eve?

Times Square.

8. What does a ghost say on January 1st?

Happy Boo Year.

9. What did the farmer give his wife on New Year’s Eve?

Hogs and kisses.

10. What did the cat say on New Year’s Eve?


11. What should you never eat on New Year’s Eve?

Fire crackers.

12. What is a New Year’s resolution?

Something that goes in one year and out the other.

13. What’s the problem with jogging on New Year’s Eve?

You’ll spill your punch all over.

14. What’s the one group that hates New Year’s Day?

The New Year’s Even clean-up crew.

15. What is a corn’s favorite holiday?

New Ears Day.

16. Knock knock!

Who’s there?


Abby who?

Abby New Year.

17. Knock knock!

Who’s there?


Cheese who?

For cheese a jolly good fellow.

18. Knock knock!

Who’s there?


Razor who?

Razor glass and toast the New Year.

19. How come no one listens to New Year’s resolutions?

They go in one year and out the other.

20.What do you cows celebrate on December 31st?

Moo Years Eve.

21. What’s the problem with jogging on New Year’s Eve?

The ice falls out of your drinks!

22. Not to brag, but I already have a date for New Year’s Eve.

December 31st.

23. They say New York has the best New Year’s Eve Party…

I’d say it’s overrated — every year they drop the ball.

24. My new year’s resolution is to procrastinate.

But I will wait till tomorrow to start.


Sincerely, Your Health Insurance Deductible

I hope you laughed a lot! We will be back tomorrow with more New Year fun. Linda's Book Reviews will be back next week!

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Here at the Library: The story behind The Polar Express

Here at the Library

The Story Behind the Polar Express

    In 1877, in the small city of Lima, OH,  Lima Machine Works was established, the company eventually became Lima Locomotive and Machine Company. In 1941 the company built the Pere Marquette 1225 Steam locomotive for the Pere Marquette Railway in Michigan. At that time the cost of a new locomotive was $200,000 what would be $3,476,471 today.

    The locomotive was used for ten years and ran between Flint, Detroit, Toledo, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, and Chicago, IL; hauling freight for Michigan farms and factories. For the first part of its service it was used to haul wartime freight between Michigan and Indiana. 

    The Pere Marquette 1225 is 16ft tall, 101ft long, and weighs in at a whopping 440 tons. The locomotive retired in 1951 in favor of diesel locomotives. It was saved from the scrapyard in 1957 by Michigan University to be studied by engineering students. It remained on static display near Spartan Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, MI from 1957 until 1971. While on display, a child, Chris Van Allsburg used to stop by the locomotive on football weekends on the way to the game with his father.

    In 1975 boiler on the Pere Marquette 1225 was fired and it's whistle blew for the first time in two decades. The Pere Marquette 1225 was fully restored and operates excursion trains over the Great Lakes Central Railroad. Since 2004, 1225 has hauled passengers on weekends between Thanksgiving and mid-December. Due to copywrite issues, it's known as the North Pole Express. BUT, that young boy who visited the Per Marquette 1225, Chris Van Allsburg? He wrote a now famous book, that turned into an Oscar nominated movie starring Tom Hanks. The Polar Express.

    Chris Van Allsburg is the author of over 20 children's books in addition to The Polar Express, including Jumanji and Zathrua -both of which have been adapted into movies. 

    Written in 1986, The Polar Express won the Caldecott Medal -an award for the year's most distinguished American picture book for children.

    To Van Allsburg, the connection to his story and the Pere Marquette were obvious. 1225, 12/25, Christmas Day. 

In 1999 Tom Hanks bought the movie rights to the book, part of the purchase indicated that the movie could not be animated. However, director Robert Zemeckis felt that he couldn't capture the spirit of the book in a live action feature. Instead, the movie became the first all digital capture film, a feat that took over four years to create. 

    Have you seen the movie? Blueprints for the Pere Marquette were used in the building of the digital train, and when you hear the train chug chugging away... That's the actual train making the noise. Below are two different clips, one of the Pere Marquette and one from the Movie (which is actually the same train, but you can compare.)

The Pere Marquette 1225

The Polar Express

Here at the Library, we have both 'The Polar Express' book and movie, as well as some other books by Chris Van Allsburg. Give us a call to check them out! 

No tutorial this week! I'll get back to it soon. Have a Merry Christmas!! 


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Critter Club Christmas


Welcome to our Critter Club Christmas Special!

I'm so excited to share our first special guest, Gary Henry, with you all today! He's going to read us a book that he wrote called 'When Santa Claus Prayed'. Enjoy the story!!

And now our SECOND special guest!!

So exciting! I hope you are all being good and are ready for Santa to come! 

I hope your grown-ups were able to pick up your gift here at the library, if they haven't been able to yet then let me know, and I'll do my best to get it to you. There are a lot of fun things in there for you to try and do! I found some websites that you might like also.

There are a lot of fun things to do at The North Pole Clubhouse, you can decorate a tree, do a word search, listen to stories, or play some fun games.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: Merry and Bright

Linda's Book Reviews
Merry and Bright
Debbie Macomber 

 I thought I would keep it festive with one more Christmas book for the year. Debbie Macomber writes a lot of warm fuzzy stories for the season. 
 Here is what Amazon had to say about the book. Then I will follow with my review.


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Christmas is the season of the heart, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is here to warm yours with a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances.

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests, and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away. 


Merry and Bright put me in a Christmas mood. It is a really cute story about how love can be right in front of you. You can overlook it expecting something or someone else. It is sometimes easier for people to chat on the computer than face to face. They seem to open up more. Merry and Jason are no exception to the rule. They find out how much they have in common. Things they would have never found out if they were talking behind the walls we build. This book gave me the warm and fuzzy love of Christmas. This year I hope you and your family get a chance to enjoy Christmas. Even though we can't travel we can sit back and reminisce with those in our household who are near and dear to us. Next year will be better.......I hope!  馃槈


Friday, December 18, 2020

Staff Picks: Christmas Traditions

Staff Picks

For this month's staff picks we're trying to help you get into the holiday spirit with our favorite Christmas traditions. For some people the holidays aren't a very joyous time, this year especially it has been difficult for many to get in the festive mood of the holiday, us included. So, have a look at some of the things that we love about Christmastime and think about the things that bring you joy!


    My family's tradition for Christmas is to all get together and have a huge dinner. We always have ham, scalloped potatoes, my mom's fantastic fruit salad, plus a lot of other stuff. Always, for dessert we enjoy Mom's delicious Republican Pie! Mom has always been a fantastic cook. Too bad it didn't rub off on me!
    All of my family will always say that all they truly want for Christmas is for everyone (there aren't a lot) to be there, that no one is sick, to enjoy a delicious meal, and share a lot of laughs!
    After dinner, we all gather in the living room, where the Christmas tree is, to start opening gifts. My brother and I usually sort out the gifts and give them to the right person. The youngest person always opens their gifts first and so forth, that way not everyone is opening up gifts at the same time and everyone sees what you got. Most years there are a couple gag gifts under the tree also. Lots of laughing going on!

Linda's cousins on her mother's side

    A Christmas tradition that my cousins and I do every year is to get together for dinner and then play board games. Just getting together and reminiscing about all the crazy and funny times we had growing up is always a good time. We all seem to have the same sense of humor, so it is always lots of laughs. One year a cousin came up with a version of the game show Jeopardy, based on our childhood. We laughed until we cried! I really miss the fact that we couldn't do it this. But we will plan an event this summer, and I am sure it will be a blast! 
      Another tradition I enjoy is going to church on Christmas Eve for the candlelight service. Then at home, we dress in a new set of pajamas. Mine is usually something Christmas themed. Then we open just one gift before bed.
    We may not be able to do all these fun things this year, but I am definitely wearing those Pj's and opening that one gift! 
Linda's cousins circa 1980

    Some of our favorite Christmas traditions that my children swear have to happen every year or it's not really Christmas:
    1. Going to the Christmas Eve Service, mainly to hear Richard Barger sing O Holy Night.
    2. Putting on new 'Christmas Eve Pajamas' and getting cookies and milk ready for Santa (even if they're "too old for Santa").

    Something else we do as a whole family; aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. but not on Christmas Day. Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, we all meet at a restaurant where we have a room reserved. My mom and aunt buy various gift cards and place them and money (anywhere from one to five dollars) inside envelopes. We then all sit in a circle and mom reads the story about Mr. and Mrs. Right. Whenever she says 'right' you pass your envelope to the right. Whenever she says 'left' you pass your envelope to the left...and so on until the story is over and you can see what you won. Even the littles enjoy this game!
    I hope you all can find something that brings you joy this holiday season!                          
My 4 munchkins 2011

The munchkins got bigger, Christmas 2020


    I grew up in Warren County, and for what feels like forever, I've spent Christmas up at my best friend's house.  My mom and I lived down in the actual town of Warren, and from about 8th grade on, I spent more time than not hanging out in the country at Abby's house "up on the hill," which was code for a log cabin on a small dirt road off of Yankee Bush Road heading from Warren toward Sugar Grove.
    My mom and I adopted Thanksgiving as "our holiday", and that meant Christmas was spent "up on the hill," and that became even more of a thing when I went off to college and would come back for breaks between semesters.  Abby and I would be put to work baking apple pies (Abby would make other kinds of pies because she has skills!) and all kinds of cookies.  We'd usually have jigsaw puzzles going, perhaps some video games at some point, her dad would definitely start up some fires for us in their brick fireplace, and about every other year her parents would break out their collections of Department 56 porcelain lighted Christmas villages.  Throughout their childhoods, Abby and her brother, Dan, had been receiving buildings and accessories to add to their Christmas in the City village collection, and their North Pole Christmas collection.  All the wooden bookshelves in the living room would be cleared of their books and tens upon tens of these houses would be displayed with their little lights and surrounded by white stuffing for a snowy background effect, and at night when they were all lit up, it was magical.  Especially with the Christmas tree lit up as well.

    And that's the tradition I'm writing about today:  Decorating the Christmas tree.  Over the years it became mine and Abby's responsibility to get the tree decorated once her dad had the tree up and ready to go (some years they were real trees [ouch!] and some years, artificial).  Part of the Official Tree Decorating Process was to cue up the movie, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, as that was an absolute must when starting the decorating process.  Usually, many boxes of decorations had already been brought down from the attic for us for easy access, and each year we would plan out our attack strategy, what theme we wanted to go with, color scheme, etc.  Most years we also had lots of help from furry family members as well. 

    Many cups of coffee and/or hot chocolate would be consumed and decorating would commence.  Some years we would get pizza from my most favorite pizza place in the entire world, Napoli's Pizza of North Warren, as we would need sustenance other than sugar to get us through.  If we finished National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, we would move on to another Christmas movie.  Our favorites were usually Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Scrooged, Elf (once that came out), and so on.  Often, Abby's mom, Jan, would come in to keep us on-task or sometimes to come and distract us with something totally unrelated - you just never knew what you were going to get!  That was half the fun!
    This year Abby and I will not be putting up the Christmas tree, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and as a precaution to keep the rest of the family safe.  We both live in different areas of the state and are planning on staying away from Warren for the time being until hopefully, the case numbers go down.  Maybe by Christmas 2021, we will be back to working our magic!

I hope you enjoyed our holiday traditions! Subscribe to our blog to get all of our posts delivered to your inbox! 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Here at the Library: J贸lab贸kafl贸冒


    Here at the Library we have books. Books are everywhere! When Johannes Gutenburg invented the printing press in 1440 he could not have imagined his creation would lead to a global industry. Around 130 million books have been published in the history of humanity. There are somewhere between 600,000 and 1 million books published every year in the United States alone. 
    Books are so important! Reading is vital to your mental health and has been shown to foster creativity. Research from UC Berkley found that the more children read, the more their vocabulary and cognitive skills grow. Successful people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg all rave about the importance of reading.
    A 2019 study by Pew Research Center says that roughly 25% of Americans (U.S. adults) say that they haven't read a book -either in whole or in part, in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. To me, that is incredibly sad. As an avid reader, I can't comprehend someone not enjoying reading. However, there is a small country in the Atlantic Ocean near the Arctic Circle that has such a passion for books that it is almost a religion to them.
    Iceland is a small Nordic island with a population of only 329,000. The country has more writers, more books published, and more books read per person than anywhere else in the world.
    Why are books so important? Partially because Iceland's national treasures aren't beautiful buildings or famous art pieces. They are manuscripts, preserved on sheepskin for hundreds of years. To Icelanders, books are special belongings. They are displayed in living rooms and nice areas of the home, preferably where guests can see them.
    You have probably heard about some of the Icelandic traditions. Every fall, a free catalog is sent to every household. The B贸kat铆冒indi (book bulletin in English) is a catalog of new publications from Icelandic Publishers Association. The release of this catalog begins the J贸lab贸kafl贸冒 (pronounced YO-la-bok-a-flothe) or Yule Book Flood. Icelanders buy books. A lot of books. The books are given as gifts for Christmas.

     J贸lab贸kafl贸冒 tradition began during World War II once Iceland had gained its independence from Denmark in 1944. Paper was one of the few commodities not rationed during the war so Icelanders shared their love of books even more as other types of gifts were in short supply. This reinforced Iceland's culture as a nation of bookaholics. A study by Bifrost University in 2013 found that half of the country's population has read at least 8 books a year. 
    Every year on Christmas Eve, the traditional gift giving day in Iceland, Icelanders grab their new books and curl up in a cozy spot with a cup of cocoa or some homemade chocolates, and read.

 Speaking of hot cocoa, the people of Iceland have their very own hot cocoa called S煤kkula冒i. I made some for my kids but didn't take pictures! I'm so sorry! The recipe is relatively simple but makes the best hot chocolate ever.

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of water
4 cups (1 qt.) whole milk
1 Tbsp. butter
Sugar to taste
(we also added a bit of vanilla)
Add the chocolate chips and water to a sauce pan and cook until the chocolate is melted. Add the milk a bit at a time allowing it to simmer before the next addition. Add sugar and vanilla to taste. Stir in butter just before serving.

You could top this with marshmallows or whipped cream. It's truly the yummiest cocoa ever!!

Enjoy! Let me know if you try it!! Subscribe to our blog to have our posts delivered to your inbox. Next week, Christmas Eve, we will be looking at the inspiration for The Polar Express. 


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Critter Club: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

 Critter Club

Hi everyone! It's getting close to Christmas! Are you excited?? I have some fun things planned for next week...maybe even a visit from everyone's favorite Christmas visitor!! This week we're jumping into a Christmastime favorite! Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!!

I'm so sorry you can't come in this week! Tell your grown-up that if you need paper for the craft to let me know. I tried to make it from things you might already have, but if you don't, I will get some to you,

I'm sure you've probably heard the Rudolph Song? If you haven't, you can listen to it here:

We can't do our regular worksheets but I've found some fun games for you to try online:

And here is your stand up Rudolph craft..Like I said, just have your grown-up call the library if you need paper!

Start with one sheet of brown construction paper

You're going to fold it in half like I did

In the middle, not on the edge that is folded, draw an upside down letter 'U'

Now cut out the 'U'

Keep the middle pieces!! One is going to be Rudolph's head

Use your glue stick to glue Rudolph's head on to his body

Take the other middle piece and fold it to cut a tail and two ears

Glue them on Rudolph's head and bum!

Now you need another piece of paper, I used a cream color but you could use any color you have! We're making Rudolph's antlers and eyes. Draw an antler shape on a folded piece of your paper and cut it out. Then use the lid of your glue stick, trace it (on the folded paper) and cut out the two eyes. 

Cut a circle out of red construction paper (or color a circle red) for Rudolph's nose. 

Glue all your pieces onto Rudolph

Color in his eyes if you would like

And your Rudolph is done!!

I hope you had fun building Rudolph with me! I can't wait for your surprise next week! I'll send your grown-ups a message about picking up something for you before next Tuesday! Have a wonderful week!! 
Miss Kelly

Monday, December 14, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: The Noel Letters

Linda's Book Reviews


The Noel Letters
Richard Paul Evans 

This week's book is The Noel Letters. I will add some words from Amazon and then follow with my review.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans returns this holiday season with a tale of love, belonging, and family, following a trail of letters that lead to a Christmas revelation about the healing miracle of hope and forgiveness.

After nearly two decades, Noel Post, an editor for a major New York publishing house, returns to her childhood home in Salt Lake City to see her estranged, dying father. What she believed would be a brief visit turns into something more as she inherits the bookstore her father fought to keep alive. Reeling from loneliness, a recent divorce, and unanticipated upheavals in her world, Noel begins receiving letters from an anonymous source, each one containing thoughts and lessons about her life and her future. She begins to reacquaint herself with the bookstore and the people she left behind, and in doing so, starts to unravel the reality of her painful childhood and the truth about her family. As the holidays draw near, she receives a Christmastime revelation that changes not only how she sees the past but also how she views her future.  


 With Christmas approaching soon, I thought I would review the new Richard Paul Evans book. He has some really nice Christmas stories. The Noel Letters is a book that made me think a lot about how we perceive things in life that are not always as they seem. Many times I have made assumptions based on my feelings without always knowing the facts. That is just what Noel had done her whole life, Mostly with what happened when she was a child.
 Each chapter opens with a quote, usually from an author. I found these quotes to be very enlightening. I also thought they added a unique touch to the story.
  Once you get to the end and understand what really is going on, this book will touch your heart and give you that warm Christmas feeling of family, friendships, and memories.   


Friday, December 11, 2020

Friends of the Library: Pam Curry

 Friends of the Library

Our library is lucky enough to enjoy a Friends of the Library group. This group was formed as a non-profit charitable group to help support our library. Most Friends groups are adaptable groups that fit the needs of the communities and the libraries they support. In our case, the Friends of the Library runs our used book store (we always welcome donations), helps us purchase necessary items for the library and supports our children and youth programs through volunteer work, advocacy, and fundraising.

The mission of our Friends is to advocate and raise awareness of the library and its many programs.

Welcome Friend Pam Curry:
Pam has served as secretary of our Friends group for many years. She says: "I think this library is a very vital part of our community." She prefers magazines to books, especially the inspirational variety such as 'Guideposts Mysterious Ways'. 

    Pam also enjoys reading newspapers and social articles. Some of her favorite writers are: Marsha Black, Rodney Sherman, Denny Bonovita, Susan Kerr, and Helen Toy.

In her spare time she enjoys talking to friends, reading, gardening, camping, rides in the country sightseeing, sudoko puzzles and other puzzles including jigsaw. Pam likes to cross stitch and play on the computer as well as spend time with her grandchildren. 

If you also like sudoko, give this website a try:

Thanks, Pam, for all you do for us!

Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday     Today is the drawing for the Summer Reading Grand Prize, the Playstation 4. The drawing will be held on Facebook Live ...