Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

by Melleny T.   There are many different ideas and opinions out there about the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Many Americans think it’s the Mexican version of the Fourth of July (perhaps because it follows the same naming convention), although it is not. Many others use it as an excuse to eat tacos and drink […]

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‘Tis the Season for Quiet

by Denise D. Choosing Quiet Perhaps it’s wishful thinking. (I’m writing this while somebody drills on the wall near my head. The media I’m using to drown out the sound insists that it’s time to get out and shop– by any means necessary.) But, when December slips in on the heels of Thanksgiving gratitude and […]

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Sweet Surprises

By Kristi S. Merry December! By now, you’ve probably spent a month eating discounted Halloween candy, gorging on pie, and generally overeating in preparation for winter hibernation. Or is that just me? Either way, the feast is not over because we are entering the sweetest month of all. And one of my favorite ways to […]

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Welcome to the 17th Century

by Craig B. Cinematically, Thanksgiving has gotten the short end of the stick. The time-honored tradition of sitting down for a holiday flick-fest starts right before Halloween and doesn’t slow down until late December. All the other stops on the holiday road get THEIR movies. So where’s Thanksgiving’s rich movie tradition? It’s a fine, unassuming […]

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If You liked Hocus Pocus…

By Kristi S.  We are deep in spooky season and I just have one question: how many times have you watched Hocus Pocus? I have a fraught relationship with this movie. As a kid, everyone in school was talking about the Sanderson Sisters and I so badly wanted to get in on the conversation. Unfortunately, […]

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Ode to Parties I’ll Never Throw

By Kristi S. Every year around this time, I am seized with the spirit of the season and decide to throw a party. I put all kinds of cookbooks on hold, plan my menu, make a playlist, and Pinterest like crazy. Then, I remember that I hate parties and am not at all social. So, […]

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Book Resolutions for the New Year

Do you make any book-related resolutions this time of year?  “No more reading and walking at the same time” or “Don’t give up on a book before the 50-page mark” or “Try reading a Sci-Fic book” or “Don’t use family photos as book marks” (we library staff never know what to do with them). A […]

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Gifts from the Heart: Do-It Yourself

by Dawn Every year my family does a Pollyanna gift exchange (otherwise know as a Secret Santa), where we each get assigned one person in the extended clan. Lately it has sadly disintegrated into mostly gift cards, which seems a little pointless to me, but every now and then something wonderful comes from it. Undoubtedly the best […]

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New Year’s Resolutions and the Library

If you quizzed folks to name their top New Year’s resolutions, the top answers would fall under weight loss and exercise. For those of you in good health here are a few ideas for the New Year. The website about.com suggests helping others. “A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether […]

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