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Monday is Memorial Day, historic photos at DPLA

The library will be closed this Monday in honor of Memorial Day.  Even though we’ll be closed, you can still get your history fix: there are some amazing vintage photographs now available from the newly-launched Digital Public Library of America.  They don’t have all the bugs worked out quite yet, but there are already some really great historic images available when you search for Memorial Day, or the holiday’s old name, Decoration Day.

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– Jane

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo, do you know what it’s all about? I found this information in the  Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, which is available online through Cengage Learning (see Reference A-Z on the library homepage).

“Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican national holiday commemorating the triumph of the Mexican army over the French on 5 May 1862, the battle of Puebla. General Ignacio Zaragoza led the Mexican army, consisting of about 2,000 conscript soldiers, to victory over a French force of some 6,000 well-equipped professional soldiers commanded by General Charles Latrille, Count of Lorencez. The battle was part of a campaign by the French to place the Austrian Archduke Maximilian on the Mexican throne and to establish an American empire. Although the French were ultimately successful in defeating the Mexicans and imposing Maximilian, the Mexican victory at Puebla, in the face of inadequate manpower and weaponry, inspired the Mexican nation to fight with new determination. Mexico, in honor of the victory, made Cinco de Mayo a holiday and an important national symbol. Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated for many years in the United States, especially in the Southwest and other areas with substantial communities of Mexican origin. It is often confused with Mexican Independence Day (16 September).”

So, now you know–go celebrate!

PS For a great local commemoration check out the Cinco de Mayo celebration at West View Elementary School, today (Saturday) from 2-8 pm.

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April @ your library

April is a great month to love your library.  National Library Week is the 14-20, and National Volunteer Week is the 21-27.  We celebrate both with gratitude.

The best way to love your library is to use it.  Come check out some books, attend our free programs, and enjoy this incredible building.  Better yet, bring a friend who isn’t aware of all the marvels inside our doors.

Check out our online calendar to learn about April events!
Notice the Friends of the Library book sale on the 26th and 27th, too.

 

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Teens and the library

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Got teens?  Read this!

We’re in the middle of Teen Tech Week, a national celebration which goes from March 8-16.  Any teen between the ages of 13 to 19 can participate by creating a book trailer:  a commercial (three minutes or less) that tempts its audience to read your favorite book.  There are fabulous prizes: a Sony Bloggie video camera; a $25 Amazon gift card; and $15 in Fandango Bucks.

To participate, teens can pick up an entry blank, which also has rules and resources on it.  The deadline for submission is up to our 5:00 closing on Saturday, March 16.

Teen Tech Week is sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). On their website they describe it thusly:

“Teens’ use of technology increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health.

Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.”

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President’s Day approaches

If you want to learn about President’s Day, come on over now, cause we’re closed on Monday!

Here’s a quick summary of the origin of this holiday.  Well, maybe not so quick; exactly what you are celebrating next Monday actually depends on where you live.

It was in the 1880’s that George Washington’s birthday was made a federal holiday.  Then in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved holidays to Mondays, so as to create long weekends for workers.  Because Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was never a federal holiday, some people wanted to add Lincoln (their birthdays are February 22 and 12, respectively) and call it President’s Day… but in fact that did not pass.

Now, states are not required to observe federal holidays. So some states celebrate Washington’s birthday, some celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, and some celebrate President’s Day — which, as you know, does not officially include Lincoln; but the will of the power overpowered Congress (which you must admit isn’t something that happens very often), and between businesses promoting sales, and the day of the celebration being almost exactly between the two birthdays, just about everybody (other than our nation’s lawmakers) believes they’re celebrating both Washington and Lincoln on the third Monday of every February.

Only in America, right?

Well, wherever you live and whomever you’d like to celebrate, have a great day next Monday.  We’ll be open on Tuesday as usual, to help you answer this and any other vexing questions that arise.
–Mary Beth

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February events at your library

 

Here’s a link to our calendar of programs for February.  The Winter Adult Reading Months program continues—turn in those books reviews for your chance to win a Kindle Fire—and the WARM program this month is “Get Your Hands on Groundbreaking Technology,” February 16.  Come in and play with our e-readers and tablets, or brings yours in to get your questions answered.  We’ll do our best.  😉

Another program that starts this month is Talk Time.  Tell your friends who are learning English about this one, it’s a great opportunity to practice their skills and increase confidence.

And for the teens, a Valentine’s Nail Art workshop!   And of course our usual great schedule of reading-readiness education for babies in laps, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Thanks to our wonderful Friends of the Library (which you can join!), all of our programs are offered to anyone at no charge.

Also, please remember we’re closed February 18 in honor of President’s Day.

–Mary Beth

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Library Lover’s Month

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February is Library Lover’s Month! It’s a month-long celebration of libraries of all types, a time to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve their communities.

A friend recently wrote that the best way to love your local library is to use it! And I heartily endorse that idea.

Over the rest of the month I’m going to fill you in on what we have to offer here at the Burlington Public Library–we’ve got more than just books, you know.

And we’d love to hear from you. How do you use–and love–your local library? Add a comment and let us know.

Janice

 

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Party hearty over the weekend

The 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration is racing up on us, and the web is full of ways you can participate in history being made.  Your participation may extend to Monday’s National Day of Service, too.

Click here to visit the official website of the Presidential Inauguration Committee.

Of course, “there’s an app for that.”  Search for “Inaugural 2013” at Apple and Android app stores to get all the (free) mobile goods on the entire event.

Huffington Post has a whole section on the build-up and plans for the big day (do you know there’s actually a practice parade?!).
You can learn about the floats being made for the parade, and get the low-down on the inaugural balls (there’s only two official ones), and read about the inauguration’s theme.

And to taste the history of our country’s inaugurations, the Smithsonian Magazine has a whole page of interesting looking articles — and a page of inaugural trivia so you can show off while you’re watching the ceremony on TV.  You can even see a video of all the First Ladies’ gowns!

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Get Organized!

…and we have just the right celebration for you!
Please come and enjoy this free, inspiring workshop with us.

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Holidays Across Cultures

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Well, we’ve spent this month visiting different cultures and taking a (brief) look at a few December holidays.

I’m struck by the fact that as usual, all these cultures have a lot more in common than in difference.  People need light; people know that life comes from the sun.  And since the start of recorded history, people have created rituals in the darkest, coldest part of the year to celebrate light in all its forms: fire, warmth, fun, faith, ethics, surprises, bearing the light for one another.

All over the globe, people celebrate with all their senses.  We decorate the house, wear special clothes, and surround ourselves with color.  We light candles and Yule logs, torches and fireworks.  We cook special foods and sing special songs.  We get together for meals and parades, caroling and re-enacting faith stories.  We party. We give each other presents.

December holidays also mark time and encourage good relationships.  Nearly all of them include a sense of year-end reflection, forgiving grudges, and making peace to begin a new year with hope, resolve, and resolutions.  They serve as a time to remember and care for the less fortunate, and to focus on positive values.  We teach our children about sharing, caring, personal values, and religious faith.  And they all seem to break time, too: to create time outside normal, everyday life.

So that’s what I learned this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride, both here on Library Hubbub and in your own life and homes.  What’s been good for you this year?  What’s been challenging about the holiday season?  Share with us in the comments.

—Mary Beth

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