I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm really thankful we didn't get any snow.
Even though it is past Thanksgiving I would like to share a little trivia about how Thanksgiving became a national holiday. Let's step back in time to remember another harvest time where pilgrims from England landed on the shores of America and started a new life in the year of 1620.
These pilgrims were looking for a better life for their families and they wanted the freedom to worship God however they wanted. But their first winter there was so bad that nearly half of the people died of either disease or extreme cold weather. However, the next year they had a good crop and so the people declared a three-day festival to celebrate.
What kinds of things did they do during the festival? They had a formal march and the settlers showed off their skills with their weapons: guns. The Native American's showed how good they could shoot with their bow and arrows. Of course there was a lot of eating over the three days. This harvest festival, now known as Thanksgiving Day, did not become an annual feast until many years later.
George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789 although some were opposed to it. It was Sarah Hale whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving and in 1893, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. In 1941, congress declared Thanksgiving as a legal holiday which would be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.
Now for what's happening at the Cherokee Public Library during the month of December.
Grab a pencil, or better yet a red pen, and mark your calendars for some special events at the library. Story time for preschoolers, children 3-5 years old, will meet every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for stories, finger plays, songs, a simple craft and lots of fun. Preschoolers will also be able to attend special story times on Thursday, Dec. 10, Wednesday, Dec. 16, and Dec. 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The toddler story time has been moved to a new day and time. It will be Saturday, Dec. 5 and begins at 10:30 a.m. Any 1-2-3 year old be sure to bring a responsible person with you and join us for Christmas stories, songs, finger plays and a simple Christmas craft.
Youth in Action will meet on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. If you like to play cards then be sure to ride bus #3 to the library and see what fun you can have playing Pictureka, Scrabble Slam, Bunko, and Monopoly Deal. Snacks will also be provided.
Homeschoolers will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the story time room upstairs in the children's department. Join us for an hour of sharing ideas, stories, and making a Christmas craft.
The After School Bunch will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8 @ 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 1:45 p.m. Please note the special time for Tuesday, Dec. 22. Come join us for some Christmas cookie decorating, games, stories, and songs.
Remember Mr. Tap and Go from the Summer Reading Program? He has agreed to come back and dance for you if you will sing for him.
How about getting a head start on 2010 by attending a New Year's party Thursday, Dec. 31 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. All ages are welcome. Preschoolers must have a companion with them.
Don't forget to pick up your December newsletter: If you have any questions about any of the programs, please call 225-3498 and ask for Peg.