Tuesday, November 10, 2015

At the Raymond Village Library - By Sally Holt

 “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck

I am going to hold on to that thought. Though the summer and fall have been the best I can remember, the chilliness of the fall and impending winter is now here.

This seems, to be the time of the year when memories come flowing back and new memories are made. The small town I grew up in in Massachusetts had several woolen mills and shoe shops. That may have been one of the reasons why many Polish immigrants settled there at the turn of the last century. Among them were my Dziadek and Babcia. While Babcia stayed home and raised the children, Dziadek spent his days at the shoe shop. Neither one of them ever learned to speak English.

One of the ways that the children from Poland, learned to speak English was to spend time with their American schoolmates in our tiny school library reading books aloud together, one-on-one. I was one of those English speaking schoolmates and remember those times, fondly. Libraries can be great places to make memories, learn new things and honor tradition.

Our popular gift baskets will be going on sale Sunday, November 15 in time for Thanksgiving.  Each basket is unique and perfect for holiday gifting, especially when you are looking for a present for a hostess, teacher or special friend.  They will be available at the library during regular library hours through December until they are all gone.

Gather round for another upcycling challenge with old books, as we come together to make Christmas ornaments, Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.  The pretty cream and white theme using old book pages will become your favorite addition to the riotous colors that come with Christmas decorating.  There is a $5 materials fee.  Call 655-4283 to reserve your spot.

Each year the Raymond Village Library, in collaboration with the Raymond Lions Club sponsors the tree lighting on the library lawn.  Everyone is invited, bring friends and relatives, join in the carol singing, enjoy the refreshments and the youngsters are invited to a special story time at 4:30 at the library.  There will also be a special guest for the little ones.  This is a wonderful old-fashion community tradition beginning the Holiday Season.  See you at the library on Sunday, November 29 at 5 p.m.

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