Monthly Archives: November 2013

Dear Reader: Did you know…?

That the original Thanksgiving, the one started by Abraham Lincoln, was not to celebrate the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, or Plymouth?  It was to create a day of calm and peace during the Civil War.  Here is an article from the Bowery Boys podcast website:

http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/2013/11/months-after-draft-riots-new-yorkers.html

This details the first national Thanksgiving celebrated in New York City, shortly after the Draft Riots.

And here’s a fun Thanksgiving trivia quiz that you can share with your company:

http://puzzles.about.com/od/testyouriq/qt/ThanksgivingQz.htm

We here at Plumb hope you have a great Thanksgiving.  And don’t forget: we close Wednesday (that’s today) at 2:00, and reopen Saturday at 10:00.  Regular hours resume next week.

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Welcome Back!

We took a blogging break, and now we’re back! Before we get to the fun stuff, some announcements:
1. The Friends are taking orders for wreaths. Check our website for the order form, or stop by the library. Pick up your wreaths at the Holiday Open House on Dec. 7.wreath
2. The Holiday Open House is from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. If you have something to donate to the Silent Auction, please bring it to the library no later than Wednesday, Dec. 5. We also have a signup sheet at the desk for the Bake Sale. The Brownies will be caroling, the Junior Friends will have their Kid’s Table, and there will be coffee, tea, and cider.
3. Starting Dec.1, we will have our annual Food for Fines collection drive. Donate a non-perishable food item for Damien’s Pantry, or cat food for It’s All About the Animals cat shelter, or dog food for the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, drop them by the library between Dec. 1 and Dec. 26. If you donate an item, we will waive your fines. This does not cover lost books, lost library cards, or copying fees.
4. On Saturday, Dec. 14, we will hold a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. We have readers, but we’re looking for another understudy. If you’re interested, contact us at the library. The reading starts at 11:00 a.m, and should last until 3:00, with a break and a short discussion after. Plan to take a break from the holiday madness.fezziwigs
5. Our holiday hours: we will close next week on Wednesday, 11/27 at 2:00 so our carpets can be cleaned. We will be closed for Thanksgiving, and for the day after, 11/28 & 11/29. Our regular hours will resume on Saturday, 11/30 at 10:00.
6. The Cafe Parlez book group will meet this coming Monday, 11/25, at 6:30, since the last Thursday of the month is Thanksgiving. They’re reading 22 Britannia Road. Jen is assembling the list for 2014, and it looks good.

Now a couple of fun items. First, the National Book Awards were awarded last night. Check their website HERE to see the titles.

Watch this space for the Plumb Library staff’s annual Top Ten Books that We Read lists. Jen is making a bulletin board displaying the titles. Oddly this year, none of us liked the same books. More later!

Lastly, here is a fun little video from those merry pranksters at Improv Everywhere. They’ve been doing things like having someone acting and dressed like Gandalf challenging people crossing a bridge in Central Park. This time, they’ve got Harry Potter at Penn Station looking for Platform 9 3/4. Check it out from Bookshelves of Doom.HP at PS

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