By Jan Pease
“Fast away the old year passes.” These words from “Deck the Halls,” dating back to 1866 or so, have been echoing in my mind. Of course, that means that the tune is also echoing in my brain as an “ear worm” which is pleasant but irritating. I don’t know if it’s reassuring to realize that 147 years ago people were feeling that end-of-the year-is-coming-so-quickly rush. I wonder what Thomas Oliphant would have thought about our modern rush. He is believed to have written the words now sung to this old tune and I doubt if he knew how accurate “fast away the old year passes” seems today.
It’s time to mark your calendars for the next season of library programming. We’re making some changes and I’m excited about what’s coming up in January.
After School Book Club will begin January 8th at 3:15 and will meet on the second Tuesday of each month. This book club is for students in grades 3-5. Mary Hansen leads this book club and they always have interesting books and activities. The book for January is “Eleven Birthdays,” by Wendy Mass.
Toddler Time begins January 9th at 10:15. This weekly story time is planned for babies and toddlers through age two. Older children usually join us, but our emphasis is on very early literacy.
Family Story Time also begins January 10th at 7:00 p.m. This is a weekly bedtime story time. Children often attend in their pj’s; the expectation is that they go home and go to bed. They often laugh as we sing our good night song, but I try to send them home without winding them up.
Preschool Story Hour begins Friday, January 11th at 10:00. This weekly story hour is planned for children ages 3 through 6. Story Hour includes a simple art project. We base a lot of our themes on the “We Care” curriculum, written by Bertie W. Kingore and Glenda M. Higbee and published by Scott Foresman. This is an older curriculum, but I like it because it’s easy to adapt to our use at the library.
Young Adult Book Club begins at 3:15 on Monday, February 25th, postponed from January. This book club is for students in Middle School through High School and is planned for the 4th Monday of each month. The book for February is “Ashen Winter,” the second book of the “Ashfall” trilogy by Mike Mullin.
Fun with 4-H @ the library begins January 24th. Darcy Cole has great ideas for students in kindergarten through grade five in 2013. Bring friends, come and have fun each month while you learn. This program is free and co-sponsored by Meeker County Extension and the library.
I always have a hard time getting used to a new year, and writing a new date, but I think that 2013 will be our best year ever at Litchfield Public Library. See you there!