How is your summer been so far? I have been busy here at the library adding new books, and getting ready for the second book discussion in the It’s Elementary: Clues and Deduction series. The House of Silk will be discussed on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm. I hope to see many of you that night and hear what you have to think about Anthony Horowitz’s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.
I have been reading the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd this summer. The books are set after World War I in England and Rutledge solves murders for Scotland Yard. He is also still dealing with the trauma of being in the Somme during the war. The mystery is always intriguing and leaves you guessing until the end. An interesting fact about the author is Charles Todd is a mother and son writing duo. One lives in North Carolina and the other resides in Delaware.
Cookbook discussion July 13, 2017 at 6:00pm
How is your gardening growing? If you are finding yourself with abundance of vegetables please think about joining the cookbook discussion of Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00pm. If you haven’t been to a cookbook discussion in the past here is what you need to know: come to the information desk to browse the cookbook, choose and make a copy, prepare the dish and bring it on July 13. Everyone samples each dish then we discuss the cookbook and preparing the dish. If you have any questions about this program please call me at 743-5309 ext.1 or email me at email@example.com.
Fourth of July
July is the month when we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States. The July 4th holiday is full of picnics, backyard bar-b-ques, and the dazzling fireworks in the dark sky.
To entertain folks at your holiday event here are some fun facts about the Fourth of July:
Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks
1870 congress passed a bill making July 4 a federal holiday.
Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the nation’s symbol. He felt the bald eagle was morally bad and not the right image for the new country.
Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 — John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
The oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” which was a writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.
The holiday isn’t complete without fireworks to brighten the night. I have often wondered when and who invented fireworks. I did a little research and a majority of historians believe that the Chinese invented them around 200 B.C. It seems it when they were roasting bamboo to explode in order to displace evil spirits. Later between 600 and 900 A.D. the Chinese began to put an early form of gunpowder in the bamboo thus producing a load bang when roasting it in the fire.
In time the fireworks made its way into Europe and into the new world. Rhode Island records indicate that in 1731 there were enough shenanigans with fireworks that “…it became such a public nuisance that officials banned the “mischievous use of pyrotechnics” in 1731.
Happy Fourth of July