>In these days of shrinking budgets and more care with our money, it is a good time to turn to your library for information on a simpler holiday season.
System wide there are over 1500 items with the subject Christmas. Items range from music, video, fiction for adults and children, and non fiction such as crafts you and your children can make.
Look for displays in the library on Christmas books or ask a staff member to help you locate what you are looking for.
>Do you know Plimoth Plantation? And why is it spelled Plimoth and not Plymouth as we are familiar with?
Plimoth Plantation’s web page is filled with interesting information, pictures and video on Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts. You can travel and visit this restored village to see what life was like for our early settlers, or go online for another rich web page filled with information.
And of course the libraries have many books on Thanksgiving, this unique American holiday. From cooking and baking, to crafts, history, and children’s stories…there are over 250 books system wide on this topic. Look for a display in your library or ask any staff member for assistance.
July 4, or Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
The Revolutionary War was fought to cement this declaration. Led by George Washington, the war against the British went on until 1783.
In the United States, July 4 is a federal holiday. Americans celebrate our nation’s birthday with parades, picnics, fireworks and patriotic displays.
Books on the history of the United States can be found in the 973 non-fiction section.
>April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three-hundred and sixty-four.” — Mark Twain
April 1–a day for silly jokes. It’s not really a holiday. The history and origin of the day are nebulous.
Many examples of jokes and pranks can be found, such as the time that Taco Bell ‘bought’ the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell. April Fool!
>As I look out of my office window, I can see a beautiful pink azalea in bloom. At home I have many azaleas and a dogwood tree, and camellias are still in flower. As you drive around the area, spring is everywhere, in the lovely plants in bloom.
In our area of north Florida, it seems as though it is spring even though it is not ‘officially’ spring on the calendar. That official first day of spring is March 20.
March is a month of many happenings….daylight savings time starts on March 9 and St. Patrick’s Day, when almost everyone is Irish enough to wear green, comes around on March 17.
Do you remember the Ides of March? It is the that day Julius Caesar was assassinated and recalled from the reading of that play in high school. Beware the Ides of March!
And of course, Easter, this year on March 23. Easter is a movable feast, observed on the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of Spring.)
Your library has many books on spring holidays and occasions for children and adults. Just ask library staff for help in finding some.
>Libraries and bookmobiles will be closed from December 22 through December 25 for the Christmas holiday. Bradford County Public Library will be open on December 22.
In addition, libraries are closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 for the New Year’s Day holiday.
Book drops are located at the front of each building and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.