The staff of the North Baltimore Public Library would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. It has been a pleasure serving you this year and we look forward to another year of offering you new and exciting materials.
Whether you’re a “regular” or only get to visit us occasionally, we appreciate you using your public library.
Library Holiday Schedule
Christmas & New Year
The Library will be closed all day Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th for Christmas.
The Library will close at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, December 31st.
The Library will be closed for New Year’s Day on January 1st.
The Library will be closed for 1 hour Monday, December 16th at Noon to allow the staff to enjoy a holiday luncheon with the Library Board.
The Library will re-open at 1 o’clock.
Public computers will be shut down at 11:45.
Merry Christmas from ALL of us
Connie, Lori, Stacey, Cheryl, Steve, Holly, Deb, Chelcie, Diana, Christina, & Riley
Season’s Greetings from our Library Board
Rick Van Mooy, Jim Miller,
Beverly Greene, Martha Hamlin, Dennis Miller, Ginger Povenmire & Dr. Ralph Wolfe.
Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec?
Many ask why September, October, November & December are named for numbers but don’t seem to be in the right place. For example, September is named for the number “7” but is the 9th month.
In early Roman times, March was the first month of the year. So September, named for the number “7”, was the 7th month of the year. October, named for the number “8”, was the 8th, November the 9th, and December the 10th.
But when January was made the 1st month, they didn’t change the names of the four that are named for numbers. So now we have the confusing system of having the months named for numbers they no longer represent.
If the Romans had fixed this when they rearranged the calendar, September would be called November, October would be called December, November would be called Undecember, and December would be called Duodecember.
Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home. ~ Carol Nelson
“The Twelve Days of Story Time”
On the twelfth day of Story Time,
The ‘teller shared with me,
Twelve yummy treats,
Eleven puppet shows,
Nine nursery rhymes,
Eight sing-along songs,
Seven pop-up books,
Six arts and crafts,
Five animal noises,
Four funny poems,
Three finger plays,
Two Dr. Seuss,
And a book about a curious monkey
The names of Santa’s reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen. And, of course, Rudolph. Donder is sometimes known as Donner.
Did you know?...
In the nineteenth century, the British Post Office used to deliver cards on Christmas morning.
In the Thomas Nast cartoon that first depicted Santa Claus with a sleigh and reindeer, he was delivering Christmas gifts to soldiers fighting in the U. S. Civil War.
The cartoon, entitled "Santa Claus in Camp," appeared in Harper's Weekly on January 3, 1863.
How did Santa come to live at the North Pole?
In 1882 Thomas Nast drew a cartoon showing Santa sitting on a box addressed "Christmas Box 1882, St. Nicholas, North Pole".
Nast just figured it was a good place for Santa to live.
The Christmas Spiders
Along time ago in Germany a mother was busily cleaning for Christmas. The spiders fled upstairs to the attic to escape the broom. When the house became quiet the spiders slowly crept downstairs for a peek. Oh what a beautiful tree! In their excitement they scurried up the trunk and out along each branch. They were filled with happiness as they climbed amongst the glittering beauty.
Alas! By the time they were through climbing, the tree was completely shrouded in their dusty gray spider web. When Santa Claus came with the gifts for the children and saw the tree covered with spider webs, he smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were, yet knew how heartbroken the mother would be if she saw the tree covered with the dusty webs. So he turned the webs to silver and gold. The tree sparkled and shimmered and was even more beautiful than before.
That's why we have tinsel on our tree and every tree should have a Christmas spider in its branches.
Advice from Old Folks:
There’s nothing sadder than to wake up Christmas morning and discover you’re no longer a child.
So for one day, just pretend.
Children’s News & Notes
Weekly Events: MORNING STORY TIMES
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
for 1 to 4 year olds with an adult
Dec. 17 will be the last Story Time for this year. We will not offer over the holidays or in January. Weekly Story Times will return in February 2014!
AFTER SCHOOL STORY MISSION
Wednesdays from 3-3:45 pm
for grades K-4
There will be no AFTER SCHOOL during NB School breaks.
On days when NB schools are closed due to weather, we will offer alternate activities at 3 pm, if the library is open. If there is a 3 hour delay, programs will be held at 4 when school is out.
Special December Events:
Monday, Dec. 9 & Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 3 to 4:30 pm - Make a new craft each day!
THE POLAR EXPRESS – AN INTERACTIVE MOVIE!
Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 7:20 pm
DESPICABLE ME 2 - Rated PG
Thursday, Jan. 2 from 2 to 3:45 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 17 - from 3 to 4 pm
NB Library’s 2nd Annual UGLY SWEATER CONTEST
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Vote for the staff member wearing the sweater with the “Best Holiday Spirit!” All ages may cast a vote! Random winners will be drawn. Wear your own holiday sweater for an extra entry in the drawing!
Thursday, Dec. 26 from 2 to 3 pm
NOON YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION
Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 11 to 12:15 pm
Join us to welcome the New Year - just a little early!
Crafts, games, snacks &
THE BIG COUNTDOWN!
Teens/Tweens and School Age!
On December 16th from 3 to 4 PM come make Rubber-Band bracelets.
Take one home for yourself and wrap one up as a gift.
We will be making gift boxes as well.
Teens also come for your free holiday book. We will have door prizes & lots of holiday fun and a holiday treat!
Bring your friends.
See Holly for details.
Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!
Make an environmentalist happy this holiday season! If you have any packing materials such as padded mailers, bubble wrap, or small mailing boxes, (even used ones,) that you’re going to throw into the trash - don’t!
We need lots these items to send out our
Inter-Library loan items to other libraries. Please recycle them and let us use them. You’ll be sending less trash to the landfill and helping out the environment.
As long as it is not covered with some type of sticky goo we can use them.
Just drop them off at the Main Desk. Thanks!
Did you know?...
The Christmas season begins at sundown on the 24th of December and lasts through sundown on the 5th of January. For that reason, this season is also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas.
House too small to fit all the visiting relatives?
The Wolfe Community Room is perfect for your family get together.
The room can be rented for $35.00 for one day's use.
There is a refundable $25 deposit on keys. Reservations are
first come – first served.
The sun will be at its farthest point south in the sky.
But remember: there’s only 90 more days until spring!
Anyone can get a North Baltimore Public Library card with a valid picture ID with a current address.
Patrons must have their library card with them to check out library materials, including signing up to use the computers.
Use of your Library card holds you responsible for any materials charged out to that card.
Did you know?...
In 1647, Oliver Cromwell abolished Christmas and he declared it to be an ordinary working day. Anybody caught celebrating Christmas was arrested.
(Talk about a Grinch!)
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The Whistle Stop News
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Stephen Cram – Editor
Ho! Ho! Ho!
The First Day of Winter
This year winter begins with the solstice at 12:11 P.M. on December 21 (EST).