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Winter Music

 

It's cold out!  And for those of you who haven't been outside yet today, it's snowing, too!  I don't know about you, but I was getting pretty spoiled with this warm December weather, and I'm just not ready to give it up yet.  Yes, I should be happy to have had it while it lasted, but I'm still going into winter kicking and screaming.

Our text messaging service has changed

Westlake Porter Public Library has introduced a new text messaging service for sending notifications. This was done to better integrate the messaging system with the library's catalog system.

The new service has several advantages:

  • Those who would like to see the titles of available holds or overdue materials can ask for emailed notices in addition to text notices, which can't list the titles.
  • The cost to the library is much less expensive than the previous service.
  • The service is managed in the library and is expected to be much more reliable. The previous vendor was difficult to contact about missing and delayed text messages.
  • Patrons can receive text notifications on multiple cell phones. A parent might opt to have the text notices sent to both their own phone and their child's phone.

Sparkling Snowflake

Macaroni SnowflakeDecember 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).  

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A Long Winter's Night

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.

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

Chasing Perfect cover

 

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.

 

Libraries Transform: Because Early Literacy Begins at the Library

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:

Clone Detective vs. Robot Detective -Made to Kill & A Borrowed Man-

A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe

Cover of A Borrowed ManBooks 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.

The Sports Section - So What Else is New?

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. 

Thanksgiving Turkey

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Happy Thanksgiving!!