December has arrived and soon there will be snow on the ground. A perfect book to read is Toot and Puddle, Let It Snow. A great craft to accompany this book is a macaroni snowflake (inspired by Katyelliot).
Along with the coming holidays, winter solstice is just around the corner, on December 21 at 11:49pm EST. The solstice varies yearly sometime between the 20th and 23rd of December, most often falling on the 21st or 22nd. The last solstice to occur on the 23rd was in 1903 and will not happen again until 2303. A December 20th solstice is extremely rare and will occur again in 2080.
Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator, so the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere and vice versa. Christmastime in Melbourne, Australia may see temperatures close to 100 degrees for their summer solstice. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year in terms of the fewest hours of sunlight. It’s when the North Pole is tipped at it’s farthest angle from the sun. On the solstice, the night is almost a full 12 hours and all nights between the autumn equinox and leading up to the solstice are ideal for stargazing because of their lengthening duration. It is also the time when the earth is turned away from the Milky Way which means less dust and clearer visibility.
Though my favorite series of all time may be the Laurie R. King Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books, sometimes I want fluff. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with sitting down and reading a good romance book. In fact, it is one of my favorite pastimes. I love to escape, and the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery will hopefully make you want to escape to this California town near the Sierras too. And if you continue, you will have lots of escaping, with 18 regular books in the series (so far), along with novellas, stories, and Christmas books galore.
People sometimes wonder why the library has things that aren't books. In our Youth Services Department we have a train table, blocks, puzzles, a puppet theater and dress up store.
According to an article published by the Association for Library Services to Children, "Children's first attempts to read and write frequently occur during play. Studies of early readers reveal that these children have engaged often in dramatic open-ended play." Also known as "pre-literacy activities," these imagination stations encourage:
A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe
Books are rare. If you need information, borrow a person. E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer.
I’ve been on hiatus for a while, but have realized that, for Cleveland sports fans, not much has changed. I looked over some posts from last year and could easily just print them again. The Indians, for example, were just not quite good enough to get into the playoffs. The Cavs made a valiant run for the championship, but fell just short of the dream for the fans.
I’ve been hearing a lot more this year about debut/first/new/fresh fiction – an author’s first published work. Of course, publishers are anxious to get the word out about their new authors, but other recommendations for these debut titles come from independent booksellers, reviewers for journals such as Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, li