Holidays

Independence Day

By Willma Willis Gore

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Describes the origins and past and present celebrations of Independence Day.
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Valentine's Day

By Reagan Miller

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Every February 14th, people celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and gifts, all in the name of Saint Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? Young readers will discover the meanings behind Valentine's Day symbols such as hearts, red roses, and cupid. Readers will also learn how people around the world celebrate this holiday.

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Groundhog Day!

By Gail Gibbons

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Learn about groundhogs and their special day.

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Free at Last!

By Angela Bull

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A biography of the civil rights leader, covering his childhood, leadership, powerful speeches, assassination, and greatest influences. A level 4 beginning reader.

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Classics in the Afternoon: It's a Wonderful Life

Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present Frank Capra's classic inspirational film It's a Wonderful Life at the England Run Branch on Thursday, December 9th at 2:00 pm.

George Bailey (James Stewart), a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.  Also starring Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice

By Carolyn McVickar Edwards

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The winter solstice, the day the "sun stands still," marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year (it occurs either on December 20 or 21). Celebrations honoring the winter solstice as a moment of transition and renewal date back thousands of years and occur among many peoples on every continent. The Return of the Light makes an ideal companion for everyone who carries on this tradition, no matter what their faith.

Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales-from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia-that honor this magical moment. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.

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Cooking the South American Way

By Helga Parnell

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An overview of South American cookery that includes information about the continent's holidays and festivals. Features simple recipes and menu planning that are perfect for school projects or the family kitchen where everybody cooks. This newer edition includes lower calorie and vegetarian recipes.

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Columbus Day: A Day of Discovery

Columbus Day is sometimes called Discoverers' Day. In the spirit of discovery, take some time to learn about the world as it was in the days of the European explorers. You can make a compass, learn about the stars, read about other explorers and discoverers, and find how even our way of eating has changed since the Europeans came to the Americas looking for gold, glory, and, yes, tasty cooking spices.

Pizza Without Tomato Sauce?

The explorers who came to the Americas found the food enjoyed by the native people to be very different from what they knew at home. They had never seen tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize (corn), pineapples, chili peppers, or even cocoa. The vegetable dishes from the Europe they knew relied on parsnips, cabbages, peas, carrots, turnips, and onions. After being at sea and living off of a diet of lentil soup, salt beef from a barrel, salted sardines, hardtack, and other delights, the fresh, new foods of the islands would have been an astonishing change.

Groundhog Day: February 2

Groundhog Day is coming up next Tuesday, February 2. Check out our Groundhog Day book list for some great books for kids. Want more groundhog? Visit Groundhog.org for Groundhog Day history and more!

Visit our Holidays page for more holiday books & info ... Valentine's Day, the Chinese New Year, and Presidents' Day are just around the corner!

Tiger Treats for the Chinese New Year

In 2010, the Chinese New Year celebration begins on February 14, marking the beginning of the Year of the Tiger. Why not have valentines and paper lanterns at your party? Get ready for a tigerrific time. Here are some places to go for craft and food ideas:

DLTK's Jungle Tiger Section
Print out pages to color, make a paper bag puppet or a book end, and try other tiger crafts.