Holidays – Any And All You May Celebrate!

Believe it or not, we are in the midst of the “Holiday” season. As humans, particularly American humans, we love to celebrate!  There are holidays every – yes, EVERY – day of the year.  From National Short Girl Appreciation Day (December 21, the shortest day of the year), and Cyber Monday and Cider Monday (both the Monday after Thanksgiving) to National Crossword Puzzle Day and National Bacon Day.  Each of these “holidays” are generally celebrated in December, so are part of the “Holiday Season”. Traditionally, we think of “The Holidays” as one of the big three – Christmas, Chanukah and …

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Holiday Treats

Time for holiday treats!  I’m not a baker by any means, so when I thought about posting a recipe for cookies or bars I wanted to find something with few ingredients and limited instructions.  Bingo ! Marjorie Standish saves the day again.  Here is her recipe for Quick Party Bars which is featured in her book Cooking Down East.  Enjoy. Quick Party Bars 1 stick margarine ½ cup light brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup flour ½ cup oatmeal 1 cup chocolate bits Nuts Cream shortening.  Add light brown sugar.  Add vanilla, egg and beat until light …

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Children’s Events ~ February 2018

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in the Children’s Room for the month of February. Ms. Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives will visit twice this month  ~ Tuesday, Feb. 5th and Friday, Feb. 22nd We will have a story, songs and a craft at 10:00am for preschoolers. Maine’s Amazing Mammals presented by LC Bates Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 10:00am during school vacation week. Art @ the Library on Tuesday, Feb. 12th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. We will be making Valentines. Story Time & Crafts every Tuesday at 10:00 am. Babies Love Toddlers on Fridays …

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Mrs. Claus Visits Gardiner

This month being the Children’s Librarian I had the honor of being Mrs. Claus for a few community events. I was Mrs. Claus in the Festival of Lights parade in Gardiner and reading to some students at Helen Thompson Elementary and Pittston Consolidated Schools.  It is an amazing feeling to be Mrs. Claus and to see all the happy faces on adults and children. I wish everyone could have this experience in their lifetime. So, I thought I would share some of the funny questions and comments that only children would ask Mrs. Claus. How old are you Mrs. Claus? …

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Whose Service Do You Honor?

During the month of November, Gardiner Public Library staff and patrons, together, found a way to honor the military veterans in their lives. We had stars available for everyone to add the name, military branch, years served, active duty, whatever we thought would be appropriate. Of course, as a library we added some books and movies to the display. Our goal was to have more stars than we had books or movies – from the picture above, it looks like we made it! A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL of the Veterans out there!        

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

One of my favorite holiday movies is Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck.  The story is about a famous food writer who lies in her column about living on a farm, raising her children and being a good cook.  In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can’t boil an egg.  When her editor insists she will spend Christmas entertaining him and a heroic sailor as a good publicity stunt, her job is on the line.   She quickly rounds up a cottage, husband, baby and cook before the guests arrive, but real trouble begins when ‘married’ Stanwyck begins …

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