December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886
I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They’d banish — you know!
Today marks the anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most famous poets, Emily Dickinson. During her lifetime, she wrote close to 1800 poems, yet less than a dozen were published while she was alive. It was only after her death that her younger sister, Lavinia, discovered the bulk of her work. The first collection of that work was published in 1890.
Dickinson was known to be an intensely private person and often wore white. Her poems reveal a rich inner life with an interest in death, immortality, spirituality and nature.
I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.
For more on Emily Dickinson’s life and poems, visit your library.
Baking in the kitchen with my boys is one of my favorite things to do for the holidays. Chocolate chip cookies, Peanut blossoms, chocolate covered pretzels, homemade peanut butter cups, cake balls, sugar cookies…you name it! Mmmm….. For the month of December, my house smells sooooo good.
Also, holiday crafts are another must for my children throughout the month as we count down to Christmas. Glue sticks, glitter, colored construction paper, wiggle eyes, paint, crayons, tape…..Ahhh….the mess and fun of it all! And where do I get a lot of my kid friendly recipes and craft ideas? Why from the library, of course!
Check out some of these titles we have to offer:
Christmas cookies! A holiday cookbook by Devins, Susan
Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies, by Crocker, Betty
Christmas Crafts: 20 quick and easy decorations and gifts, Krause Publications
And there are many more to choose from for your holiday baking and crafting pleasures!
Whether you’re looking for some smiles in the midst of this busy holiday season or are just searching for the perfect gift for the sci-fi/comics lover on your list, don’t miss DARTH VADER AND SON and VADER’S LITTLE PRINCESS by author Jeffrey Brown.
Each volume takes a lighter look at parenting on the Dark Side. What if Darth Vader had been involved in raising his children? Imagine taking Luke to the Death Star on Take Your Child to Work Day…or having a tea party with a pint-sized Princess Leia. Imagine no further! These books will answer those questions and more with whimsical art and funny situations. You don’t even have to be a Star Wars fans to enjoy them.
You can find these books and other graphic novels and humor titles at your library. We believe humor is for all ages, so we have a selection of titles in the children’s, teen and adult areas. Don’t miss them!
For more on author Jeffrey Brown, check out his blog at http://jeffreybrowncomics.blogspot.com/
You can find a fun book trailer to VADER’S LITTLE PRINCESS here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At2Nme1BExI
This Saturday, December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day. On this date in 1941, the Japanese attacked the United States naval base In Hawaii. 2,402 people were killed, and it directly led to the U.S. declaring war on Japan the following day. Come and join us at the Green Branch Library, this Saturday, December 7, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m. to hear to hear our speaker from the MAPS museum talk about Pearl Harbor and more.
Fun Turkey Books for Kids
- I’m a Turkey by Jim Arnosky.
- In spoken-word song with rhyming text, a turkey describes his life in a large flock, always looking out for other creatures that might find him tasty.
Our annual Hot Wheels Derby got a little boost this year, thanks to Sherry and Chris Slocum of Green.
Sherry and Chris Slocum graciously brought their life size, limited edition, 2012 Hot Wheel Camaro. The Camaro on display was not only the very first one built, but Sherry Slocum, was the person who pressed GM to use the color for the production car. This very car has been reproduced in 1/64 scale and is for sale on toy shelves around the country today. The life size Hot Wheels Camaro was only offered for 6 months in 2013 and when production ended, no more will be built. It used a special Spectra Flame Blue that will only be used on this edition, and no other Camaro. It also used special wheels that recreated the Hot Wheels redline wheels look. Special emblems and trim round out the very special car. We really appreciate the Slocum’s taking the time to do this for us!
Have you wondered about how to get started recycling? This is a great way to start! There are plenty of resources in our community to learn about and from.
Team Living Green
City of Green Recycling Center
For more information on this national day:
For more reading on recycling:
Where does the recycling go? / by Jerry Shea.
Recycling / Viqi Wagner, book editor.
Detroit, MI : Greenhaven Press, c2009.
Remake it! : recycling projects more from the stuff you usually scrap / by Tiffany Threadgould.
Nature recycles : how about you? / by Michelle Lord ; illustrated by Cathy Morrison.
It’s the busiest shopping day of the year, but are you ready? Tons of products and appliances are offered, but are they the best deal for your money? Do some homework with us. We have paper copies of Consumer Reports, or you can view from the comfort of your own home through our Masterfile Database. All you need is a library card.
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood. Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!
Did you know that the state of Ohio is full of haunted places? One such example is the Mansfield Reformatory. The reformatory was inspired by old German castles. Architect Levi T. Scott designed Mansfield Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio in 1896 with the hopes that the institution would offer a spiritual uplift to the boys who were sent there for reform.
|But, after 94 years of operation, the prison’s legacy became one of abuse, torture, and murder. Denounced by civil rights activists for its ”brutalizing and inhumane conditions,” the prison eventually shut down in 1990.
Since its closure, rumors of the spirits of tortured inmates who died in the prison fill the halls with restless energy, unable to escape the prison’s bars. Rumors of guilty guards also contribute to the stories of the haunted facility, as they remained trapped in the gruesome nightmare they created for the prisoners locked inside
To learn more about the Mansfield Reformatory or other haunted places in Ohio, check out these SPOOKtackular titles your library has to offer:
The world’s most haunted places: from the secret files of Ghostvillage.com, by Jeff Belanger
The haunted history of the Ohio State Reformatory, by Sherri Brake
The haunted Ohio series, by Chris Woodyard
Haunted Ohio: ghosts and strange phenomena of the Buckeye State, by Charles A. Stansfield