Archive for November, 2011

December 2011 Exhibit – Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

Each year December is the focus of our transition from one year to the next. It also marks a holiday season for people all over the world, beginning with Hanukkah, observed from December 20 through December 28, followed by Christmas on December 25.  This joyous time is wrapped up neatly by Kwanzaa, which begins on December 26 and ends on January 1, bringing us into the new year.

The Erwin Library’s exhibit areas highlight all these holidays.  In the bulletin board area are Christmas books for children, as well as a few fiction titles for older readers, and, in th newspaper area books about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, as well as more books about Christmas, Winter and that thing that most of either love or hate … snow.

On Christmas Eve, you may wish to visit the NORAD site to track Santa’s whereabouts.  At the Jewish Outreach Institute webiste you can learn more about Hanukkah and its traditions. Lastly, you may want to consult the CNN website to learn about Kwanzaa.


November 2011 Exhibit – Thanksgiving

At the end of November is a holiday that is usually overlooked.  Thanksgiving commemorates the feast held in 1621 by settlers of the new Plymouth colony, now part of present day Massachusetts, who were were very thankful for a great harvest (hence the name Thanksgiving).  To celebrate Thanksgiving, the WCC Library newspaper exhibit area offers a collection of children’s books, history books and cookbooks about this holiday.

To learn more about Thanksgiving and the Pilgrim settlers who voyaged to their new home on the Mayflower, visit the General Society of Mayflower Descendants website. An interesting part of the site is a listing of notable descendants.


November 2011 Exhibit – Native American Indian Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. This month long celebration started in 1990 when George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”

Currently, the WCC Library bulletin board exhibit area, and part of the newspaper exhibit area, showcases Native Americans and their contributions to our culture and history. The bulletin board area offers biographies of prominent Native Americans, as well as a few general information books. The newspaper area provides fiction books for adults and children by Native American authors.  All are availble for you to check out and read.

For more information about Native Americans and their heritage, visit the Library of Congress website. Take a look at some of the image collections and exhibitions that the Library of Congress offers on this site.