Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving,the great All-American holiday



Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and celebrates the Pilgrims first harvest in 1621 with a feast. Pilgrims should not be confused with Puritans who established Massachusetts Bay Colony, Boston, in 1628.

This is the great All-American holiday, in my book, because it requires us to stop, reflect, be together and remember what life has brought us: family, friends, high school and college football games and a great deal of wonderful food spread out on a well thought out table. Yet, all defined by Turkey size and aromatics.

I wish you the best holiday and hope we can celebrate the simple joys of health and life and safety. In that regard, we each seek consistency in our lives and nothing is truer to that wish than the good will and effort given by the Friends of the Library and our many volunteers. Indeed, it is remarkable, that during this globally conflicted and volatile times, people still practice a dedication to others quietly and effectively. Indeed, many today are as confused, angry and fearful of their future as others are, yet they take time to make a quiet difference without regard to who the difference comes to, but rather that good for one equals good for all. Dostoevsky’s, the little orphan, presents an emotive and Dostoevskian reality to remind us of the importance of kindness.

I wish everyone health and poetry this thanksgiving season.

All my Best,

Jay


Yea! The Friends of the Library's Fall Book Sale held on saturday November 19th netted $2500, all of which will be used to purchase new materials and fund programming for the libraries. If you would like to help the libraries, volunteer opportunities are available in the following efforts:

1. The Friends Book Sale is a tremendous undertaking and provides great camaraderie and fellowship.
2, Master Gardner’s are expert in their work and dedicated to beautifying the library garden
3. Adult Volunteers do many tasks in the library to support the staff including returning materials to the shelves and item repair
4. Teen Volunteers read to pre-K children, and work at the children's desk for program sign-up and special tasks.