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Christmas Giving-Trees

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As the Holidays approach, the Schmaling Memorial (Fulton) Public Library is asking you to give the gift of reading to the community. There are three Holiday Giving Trees in the Library –one is located at the 5th Street entrance, one in the Children’s Room, and one on the main floor. On each tree, you will find a variety of hand-crafted ornaments, each featuring a reproduction of a different book or audiobook cover. The Library is asking its generous patrons to choose books to sponsor. Your sponsorship will help the Library to purchase the books on the trees.
When you sponsor a book, Library staff will affix a book plate inside the book to let everyone know that it was your generosity which made the purchase of the book possible AND, best of all, you will receive the book first once it arrives at the library! Many of the books have not yet been published and each of the ornaments for those titles also have the title’s release date on it (you may have to be patient for some of those). If there is no date listed on the ornament, then the book has already been published but the Library has not yet purchased it.


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“Partakers of Plentie”

thanksgiving letterThe simplicity and stress-less-ness of Thanksgiving — as compared to Christmas, at least — must account for its great appeal, outside of the obvious food factor.  Its association with and historical memorial to the Pilgrims of 1621 cannot be wholly denied, and can serve to remind us of the great stresses that were once endured in order to further simple truths, convictions, ideals, and most importantly: freedoms.   There is a wealth of sources available that speak directly from these folks themselves.  It seems the first Thanksgiving was, in a way, just a traditional harvest feast, complete with beer and plenty of meat (venison and game foul primarily — including wild turkeys).  The causes for lasting relevance could be accounted to the presence of more native Americans than pilgrims in attendance, and the hope that the abundance of the harvest, and other naturally occurring food resources, instilled in them for their future success (and therefore, ours) in this new land of liberty. Continue reading “Partakers of Plentie”

Stranger Books

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After you’ve binged watched the new season of Stranger Things, why not give some strange books a try: GOTHIC. It’s not just a personal statement or architecture. The literary genre was first made famous by Horace Walpole’s  THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO in 1764.  It then became cemented in culture by Anne Radcliffe’s numerous writings at the end of that century.  19th century Gothic was reinterpreted by the infamous Poe and revived by more recognizable titles such as Shelley’s  FRANKENSTEIN, Stevenson’s DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and Emily Bronte’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS.  Characterized by strange, mysterious, or threatening settings, an exaggerated sense of the supernatural, clashes between the contemporary and the archaic, and packed with uncanny and sublime moments; Gothic literature is a perfect pairing to these chilling evenings.
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