Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you and your family have a safe, happy and joyous Thanksgiving.  I will see you next week!  Gobble! Gobble!

Check out this cool video from National Geographic --wild turkeys!  Way Cool!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Since Thanksgiving is next week, I thought I would list some interesting facts about the holiday.  I found all of these facts in the books, Thanksgiving: Why We Celebrate It The Way We Do by Martin and Kate Hintz and Gobble: The Complete Book of Thanksgiving Words by Lynda Graham-Barber.  You can find these books on display in our library.

  • People all over the world give thanks for the harvest--they just might have a different name for their festival
  • Wild turkeys are only found in North America
  • Sarah Joseph Hale helped to make Thanksgiving a national holiday by writing about it in her magazine
  • Abraham Lincoln officially made the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
  • Canada has Thanksgiving
  • The US Virgin Islands celebrates Hurricane Thanksgiving
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird
  • The Pilgrims weren't really farmers and didn't plan to farm
  • Plymouth Rock is a breed of chicken
  • Most unusual Pilgrim names:  Remember, Love, Humility, Oceanus, Resolved, Wrestling, Peregrine
  • Squash originally was an insulting word you called someone
  • Cranberries grow in bogs and originally grew wild
  • Pumpkins are one of the fastest growing plants

I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with family, food and fun!  Happy Turkey Day!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

#Thankful Thursday

In honor of Thankful Thursday, I have created a poem. I want HMS students to see how easy it is to write poetry and also understand that poetry doesn't have to be perfect to be a meaningful way to express yourself. My poem is nothing special but it does tell you a little bit about me and the things I love and enjoy. So I hope my little poem will inspire you to create your own. And be sure to stop by the library because we will be displaying our poetry all around the library.

Yummy!  My favorite!
Salted caramel mochas 
Warm fuzzy slippers
Burnt orange leaves
Crisp autumn air
The feel of the cool breeze
Ruffling my hair.
Hot Chili and soup
Cuddled up on the couch
 With a book and my cat in my lap
Thankful for family, friends and food.
Thankful for all of life’s many blessings too!

My cuddly Ragdoll Monty

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankful Thursdays in November

This month the library would like to feature student poetry during Thankful Thursdays in November. Do you love to write poetry? Do you see yourself as the next Emily Dickinson, Shel Silverstein, Maya Angelou or John Ashbery? Are poetic phrases leaping around in your head? If so, then this contest is for you! The library will be conducting "Thankful Thursday" every Thursday in November and if your poem is selected, then you will get a chance to read it on the news on one of the Thankful Thursdays. There are a few rules: Poems must not be too long (about a page at the most), they must be typed with all spelling errors corrected, and they can rhyme or be written in free verse-- haiku and iambic pentameter are welcome! So get those creative juices flowing... Start bringing your entries to Mrs. Jackson in the library today!