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By Jacquie Kramer
Sweetwater County Library System 

Month brings opportunity at the county library system


It’s January. Maybe you’ve made, or plan to make, some resolutions. Maybe you’re recovering from the holiday craziness and are taking the new year day by day. I’ve never been someone who makes new year’s resolutions, I usually fall into the second category.

Many think of January as a time to start over or begin again. Putting your focus there is understandable as a new year is beginning. There is possibility. I challenge you to take advantage of one of the following unique January holidays this year! The library can help you on your journey.

Jan. 3 was Fruitcake Toss Day. Take those gelatinous rectangles and toss them out. Toss them in the garbage, toss them as you would beanbags, or (if you’re a fan of fruitcake) toss them in your mouth.

Check out “Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas,” found in the picture book area of the library. Scaredy is one of my favorite book characters and he has an encounter with fruitcake in this story. If your tastes run more serious than a neurotic squirrel, try “A Demon Summer” by G. M. Malliet which features a poisonous fruitcake.

Jan. 4 was Trivia Day. Celebrate by using the library’s educational resources. Not only do we have a generous selection of books, including the ever-popular “Guinness Book of World Records,” we also give our patrons access to many online databases brimming with information. For those who miss the print encyclopedia sets, you can find the electronic version with the most up to date information through the library’s website.

Click on Online Services and then choose “Encyclopedia Britannica” from our alphabetical list or under the Research & Homework Help section.

Jan. 10 is Houseplant Appreciation Day. On this day, first, water all the houseplants you’ve neglected. Throw in some fertilizer too, if you want. The library has some great books about houseplants and even the best ones suited to Green River’s high desert climate.

Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of every January. Many government agencies are closed on MLK Day, but not the library. Stop by and find resources to learn more about this pivotal historical figure. Use the Biography in Context database to find out more information about Dr. King and his legacy. You can find several biographies in print too, ranging from juvenile to young adult to adult reading levels and interests. The library also houses resources about other civil rights leaders in America.

Jan. 19 is Winnie the Pooh Day. This A. A. Milne’s birthday – the creator of Winnie the Pooh. Did you know Winnie the Pooh was born in 1926? He is one of literature’s most beloved and enduring characters. You can find Winnie the Pooh picture books, board books, and DVDs in the children’s section of the library. You can also find information about A. A. Milne in the children’s and adult sections. Don’t forget to check out the library’s online databases for even more information.

January is full of holidays the library can help you explore. The staff at the library love helping you find what you’re looking for, so don’t be shy. I hope you’ll stop by the library in January.

I also hope that you’ll stop by in February – there are more special days during that month to learn about too.


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