December 2019 News
Wedsworth Library is pleased to welcome Nada Cummings to our Board. She will be completing the term of our recently retired Board member – Betty J. Stedman. We are looking forward to her energy and valued input.
There’s snow thing like reading and gingerbread people running all around the library! Pam Marquis, Rachel Johnston, and Teri Moss were our December Story Hour hostesses. The stars shone brightly with our little ones’ talents. A little tap tap on the roof and Santa popped in from the North Pole to visit. In spite of the wind and cold he flew in and carried a long list of wishes back to the elves. An enormous thank you to all the elves that showed up to help Santa. Wedsworth Library would also like to thank Melody Skogley; Jo Ann Eisenzimer; Mary Mortag, Bill Flechsenhar, and Nada Cummings for providing the treats for Santa and the kids at their annual Christmas party. Most of all a huge thank you to David Snyder. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Our book discussion group gears up for another round in February. They will be discussing ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, a memoir by J. D. Vance by JD Vance. So members sled on by and pick up a copy of your book. An excellent insight to ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, which Recalls A Childhood Where Poverty Was ‘The Family Tradition’ is an interview hosted by Terry Gross heard on Fresh Air August 17, 2016. https://www.npr.org/ offers a transcript of J. D. Vance’s interview, which offers a delightful in-depth insight of J.D. Vance’s background of the book.
A reminder of all the wonderful things the library provides our little community. We have a nice selection of books and DVDs, a few magazines, free internet, computer services, inter-library loan of books, a bookmobile from Great Falls, story hour, visiting authors/musicians, a vast resource of historical documents and pictures with quite a detailed spreadsheet of obituaries for family histories. We offer printing, faxing, and now with the wonderful copier that the Wedsworth Trust helped make possible; we have a fabulous copying service. We can print regular size paper, legal size and 11x 17 for those who really want to see the ‘BIG’ picture and cam laminate ‘em all too. We also have the ability to print large posters. To top it all off, we have a nice meeting room available pretty much 24/7 free of charge. Can’t get better than that – free I mean and almost all of our services are free.
Let’s get the New Year off to an energizing start with a bit of Snow Trivia to rouse your brain and celebrate Trivia day.
The snow capital of the United States is Stampede Pass, Washington. Each year it has an average snowfall of 430 inches! The largest snowflake recorded fell in 1887 in Montana. It was 15” in diameter. THE MOST SNOW TO FALL IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD IN THE UNITED STATES IS 75.8 INCHES. In 1921, over six feet of snow fell between April 14 at 2:30 p.m. and April 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Silver Lake, Colorado.
NORTH DAKOTA HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST SNOW ANGELS MADE SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ONE PLACE. In 2007, 8,962 people in North Dakota plopped down in the snow to waggle their arms and legs to make snow angels.
January celebrations include Winnie the Pooh day, which is a perfect opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends. Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day by reading storybooks to your favorite person about the adventures of Winnie and his friends.
Our Town certainly took on a spiffiness and festive spirit this month. Be sure and thank the members of the Dearborn Garden Club for their beautiful barrels and Gaylynn King for all the beautiful wreaths hung around Town. Sure spruced up the community and showed we were in the Holiday spirit.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. Thank you to all our past, present, and future patrons. The past year has been a pleasure.
The Book discussion Club is taking a bit of a vacation until February. The group has been reading some rather entertaining books this year. We have an exciting one coming in January. We would love to answer any questions you might have about the group.
Last minute Christmas letters? Bring your letter and your own paper, if you wish, and we’ll get that done lickety split. We can now do them in color for tad bit extra. We just don’t lick the envelopes.
Speakin of Christmas. Santa dropped a note to let us know that Christmas is on its way. He assures us that he will be making his annual visit with the Story Hour children to see who has been naughty or nice. We never know when he has time to make his stop so show up every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. so you can sit on Santa’s lap, whisper your deepest wishes for Christmas, and receive a special bag of goodies straight from the North Pole.
Story Hour hostesses for November were Pam Marquis and Rachel Johnston. We had a gobble of a good time this month with turkeys running all over the library trying to gobble all the bird feeders! If you ever see one of our lovely story hour hostesses that we have mentioned, please take the time to thank them. This library program would not be possible without them. Many studies have proven how important this program is to little ones for socialization, helping them learn early literacy skills, build a solid foundation for literacy learning and help make reading fun.
Come see what the wind blew in for the December display case. In November Wedsworth Library remembered all Veterans that served in the armed forces and December commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor. Thank you one and all.
That jingly jangly time has arrived once more. Bells are a ringing and brows are a furrowin trying to come up with that perfect gift. The Library has an excellent selection of cards painted by Dr. Mungus from Great Falls for $5.00. Stop by soon before they are all gone.
A tidbit of random knowledge discovered about one of our favorite holiday foods. An American will eat approximately 140 pounds of potatoes each year. In 1995 the Space Shuttle “Columbia” took a potato plant into space, making it the first food to grow in space. A potato is 80% water. Yams and Sweet Potatoes are not in the same family, they are in separate botanical families. Sweet potatoes have been around since prehistoric time. The potato is the 4th most important crop in the world- after wheat, rice and corn. The potato produces more food per acre than any other crop. Potatoes are grown in every state in the United States. Potatoes were introduced to the United States several times throughout the 1600s. They were not widely grown until 1719, when they were planted in Londonderry, New Hampshire, by Scotch-Irish immigrants, and from there spread across the nation
It’s so exciting to see everyone come through our doors. So stop in, visit, make a copy of your favorite holiday recipe and check out a book.
October ’19 News
No doubt about it, Mother Nature must have a smiggin of Alzheimer’s. She appears completely confused about the seasons and can’t remember what season we’re in.
We went batty at the library this month cause we’re batty for books. Wedsworth Library celebrated Bat Week and learned how vital bats are to the health of our environment and economy. Bats are out there at night eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees. They live almost everywhere on Earth except the most extreme desert and Polar Regions and come in all shapes and sizes; from the bumblebee bat that weighs less than a penny to the big, flying foxes that can have a wing span of up to six feet. Bats are the only mammal that can truly fly. Montana is home to 15 species of bats. A single little brown bat can consume 1200 mosquitoes in one hour. We need more of those around our homes! No wonder we are batty for bats.
Hope you weren’t excited folks. All the bells a ringing and lights a flashin at the library was just the annual FVFs once again gearin up for their training and showin us how it is done! The Wedsworth Library would like to thank volunteer firefighter Dawn Dormady for showin up and giving the future volunteer firefighters a run down on equipment and letting the little ones train on the fire engine. Teri Moss and Pam Marquis decorated up the library with autumn designs and brought in all those creepy crawly things! EEEEK!! The kids would like to thank Valerie Stone for donating those lovely tiny pumpkins for them to decorate. They had so much fun! The Library enjoyed the spooks and super heroes that dropped in for Halloween. Ooohh what frightful shivers. THANK YOU DAWN DORMADY FOR FIRE SAFETY.
The Book discussion group discussed ‘Maus’ for October. Some enjoyed the format and narrative and others not so much. November’s discussion revolves around ‘Beneath a Scarlet Sky’ by Mark Sullivan. This is based on the true story of a forgotten hero and is the epic tale of a young man’s courage and resilience during history’s darkest hours. A normal Italian teenager—Pino joins an Underground Railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna. Forced to enlist as a German soldier, Pino is then recruited to become the personal driver for the Third Reich’s most powerful commander. Pino spies for the Allies and endures the horrors of the Nazi occupation for the life he dreams he will one day share with Anna. This is a riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.
November celebrates National Cookie Month and Book lovers’ day. A library could celebrate those! Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. Of course we will remember Veteran’s Day (U.S. – End of WWI – 1918) on November 11. Freedom is never free and we need to remember the sacrifices of our men and women in the Armed Services past and present. Along with the hobgoblins found in the closets, did you find any family skeletons? November is Family history month and it sure goes along with skeletons found Halloween night. Don’t be afraid if you find that batty relative hidden in the attic.
Remember Daylight Savings ended November 3rd. We hope you turned your clocks back or you are now early for everything.
Point of interest – the library is previewing the wonderful delightful raffle baskets on behalf of the Women’s Club. Stop on by, get an eyeful and buy a ticket or two. These awesome ladies support our community in so many ways.
September ’19 News
Story Hour got a jump start this year with Pam Marquis jumping out the gate as our animal control officer to capture all the gnarly alligators highwalkin with our little ones and leafin with a good book. We love to see them so interested in learning to read (the story hour kids, not the alligators)!
Many an inquiry about the Friends of the Library and the Library’s annual book sale. Our Book Sale this year is Saturday October the 26th from 9:00-4:00; and Sunday October the 27th from 10:00-2:00. So be a markin it on your calendar so you don’t forget. We would love some help setting up on Friday and tearing down on Sunday.
The Book Discussion is a changing up things a bit for October. They are reading ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman. They did enjoy ‘The Light Between Oceans’. It was interesting to hear how differently each member would have handled the conflicts that Tom and his wife, Janus, faced in their life changing decisions. ‘Maus’ is a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. The novel depicts Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. An interesting new approach to a devastating age old story.
Grammatically correct, the only correct plural of moose is moose. Moose derives from Algonquian, a Native American language. “Nearly as large as a horse, graceful and stately in movement and possessing a noble snout, moose are one of western Montana’s most popular wildlife species.” according to FWP research technician Jesse Newby. Most moose stay within areas of 10 square miles or less but one cow from the Front traveled as far east as Havre. Another roamed well into Alberta, Canada. It is pretty rare to see females making such a long journey. Humm, maybe there were no boyfriends around! Currently there is a 10 year study in year 6 of calf and cow moose in three areas of Montana. One of biggest health related causes of death of Moose are arterial worms from horse flies. Amazing enough, logging is a friend to the moose. It opens the forest to sunlight which allows more willows and other shrubs that moose prefer to flourish. According to Montana Outdoors Moose, “Moose require cool, wet climates and can overheat in summer temperature above 60 degrees”. If you would like to find out more interesting tidbits, Montana Outdoors is carrying an article on “What’s happening to our Moose?”, which the library happens to carry.
We got our exercise this past month with Sharon Randolph. She led us down the trails through the National parks. Walked a lot a miles but sure enjoyed the sites. There is an awful lot of history associated with the landmarks of our nearby parks.
Once again we would like to thank the Driftwood for their generosity in always being willing to provide the library with a bit of ice. We certainly do appreciate it. So let ‘em know you appreciate the little things they do for the community.
October brings us the National Parks’ tours of fossil beds. No, this isn’t for us old fossils of the population! Rather, Fossil Day is a day to learn about, and preserve fossils found in nature. National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. The U.S. National Park Service created the first National Fossil Day In 2010. So if we ask if you want to see our fossils, we don’t’ mean our patrons!
Stop by for a peek at the Womens Club raffle baskets.
It’s beginning to be that time of the year. The summer is winding down and Wedsworth Library is beginning to plan for our story hour. To effectively plan we are trying to discover the number of children who might be attending.
We are also looking for possible hostesses who would like to spend some quality time with our community’s youngsters. Without an adequate number of hostesses it is difficult to maintain a quality program. If you would like to host a story hour, please feel free to volunteer for one session or more. We have a multitude of craft books for reference and we supply all the materials. Of course we also can supply all the books needed to read to the children. Story Hour runs Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. until May. We are also evaluating a better time schedule that might be friendlier for the hostesses and participants.
We invite every child to stop in, whether it is every week or now and again. It is a fun time and open to all. Children ages 1 – 5 years old, along with their parent or childcare provider, are invited to join us for activities that include songs, a craft, and of course stories! Our purpose is to foster a love of books and reading in our children while teaching them proper library etiquette and positive social skills between children.
Story hour also provides opportunities for turn taking, increases listening skills, and encourages early literacy skills and phonological awareness. Story reading and crafts stimulates their imagination, which helps with problem solving later in life. It also fosters a lifelong love of reading.
If you are wondering if your child is old enough or if your child will sit through it, the answer is yes. Just because they are little, doesn’t mean they can’t have fun, discover a whole new world beyond your imagination and not wiggle. Please call 468-2848 or stop in for any further information, to let us know if you are considering bringing your child/children, and if you would like to play hostess.
“Everyone is welcome to walk through the door. It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. There are books in boxes and books on shelves. They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves. Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow, And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.” By Julia Donaldson
‘Books are keys to wisdom’s treasure. Books are gates to lands of pleasure. Books are paths that upward lead. Books are friends. Come let us read.’ By Emilie Poulsson