February is around the corner

February is almost here and that means Groundhog Day plus it is Leap Year! Yes, we have an extra day!

I was curious about why we celebrate Groundhog Day and here is what I found from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) web site. Hundred of years ago people celebrated the halfway point between winter and spring — February 2. Folklore was that if the skies were sunny more winter storms were coming, but if the skies were cloudy then spring was on its way.
During the 1880’s the editor of Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, Clymer H. Freas, declared groundhog Phil as the official forecaster in determining the next six weeks of weather. The story caught on and soon Phil was nationally known with officials on hand to welcome him out of his den as he predicted our weather until the spring equinox.

If you want to check the accuracy of Phil’s weather forecast and find more information about Groundhog Day check out this link from NOAA:
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/customer-support/education-resources/groundhog-day
For Groundhog Day the library is planning some fun events for the public. We will show a movie throughout the day starring Bill Murray who finds himself reliving February 2 over and over again. The film will be shown at the back of the library. Plus our crafty reference librarian, Julia will be hosting a Scrabble Tile Necklace program at 3:00pm. For more information and to register for the craft program please call the information desk at 743-5309 ext.1.

Now to Leap Day. It could be “Oh, no another day doing the same old thing”, or it would be “Cool, a whole extra day for reading!” I prefer the later; I guess I am a glass half-full person and I love books. I am reading Sonia Purnell’s Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill. Purnell gives the reader a behind the scenes look into the woman who helped steer Winston Churchill into power and kept him on an even keel throughout their life especially during the dark days of World War II. What are you reading at the mid point of winter?

 

 

 

 

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January Happenings Norway Library

Hello, my name is Katherine and I will be blogging about what is happening at Norway Memorial Library. I will write about books, movies, and everything in between.

January is here and the holidays are behind us the decorations are put away, and hopefully those pesky pine needles are finally gone. You think “What to do now?” Well, if you like adventure why not come to the library on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm and watch a movie full of twist and turns that will have you on the edge of our seat. The movie that will be shown is one of my favorites starring Harrison Ford & Sean Connery. Popcorn will be provided, and you can bring a portable camp chair with you. There will be two more movies this winter. Watch for more information about the movies in this blog or stop by the library.

We have welcomed 2016 and for us book lovers that means new books and to ensure you get your favorite author’s latest publication call the information desk at 743-5309 ext.1 and Julia or I will place a hold for you. If you are a fan of mysteries check out the web site Stop You’re Killing Me (http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/). I know the name is a little bit odd but you can find out when your favorite author will be publishing their next book. I frequently check out the web site for my favorite authors and then check Minerva to see if the book is in the system. If so, I place my hold and wait for it to arrive at the library.
I like to try out new recipes and for me January is the perfect month to try new soup recipes. Last year I found a delicious creamless broccoli soup recipe in The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals by Corky Pollan and her family. I love broccoli soup and this was easy to make. If you want to please share what your favorite soup is to get you through the chill of late winter.