Thanksgiving is almost upon us and Thanksgiving books are flying off the shelves. The Denver Public Library owns approximately 2500 items about Thanksgiving for kids, and almost 1800 of them are checked out. We have less than two weeks to go, so if you're looking for books about Thanksgiving, come get your books ASAP (or put them on hold)! Even if every last one of our books, magazines, DVDs and CDs about Thanksgiving are checked out when you get here, there are a lot of other options that you can share with your child.
Have you ever wondered who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? From the colorful collage illustrations by Melissa Sweet to the wonderful story of Tony Sarg, an immigrant who "never really grew up" and would become the man who brought us those amazing helium filled "upside-down puppets". Follow Tony as he...
Arthur Bobowicz is sent out of his home with a very important task- he must pick up the turkey for the family's Thanksgiving dinner, even though nobody even likes turkey. Finding himself unable to locate a single turkey in the entire town of Hoboken, he ends up meeting a mad...
It looks like the spider that took over the Park Hill book drop is sticking around for Thanksgiving. We fed him a turkey to see if that would satisfy him but he's still hungry. We'll see if we can get him out by Christmas.
Yes, Thanksgivukkah. For the first time since 1888, the all-American harvest celebration and the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights coincide, on Thursday, November 28. There's even a Facebook page about it, from which we've borrowed the Woodstock-ish image.
Jonathan Mizrahi, a graduate student in quantum physics (and no relation to the designer Isaac Mizrahi, as far as I know), has calculated that this convergence of the Gregorian (secular) and Jewish (religious) calendars won't happen again until the year 79811. The redoubtable Steve Morse (mentioned in a previous post about calendars) arrived at a date slightly different from Mizrahi's, but everyone agrees that this is an extremely rare event, not to be repeated in our lifetimes.
The holidays are coming! Whether you need recipe (or healthy eating!) tips, something to decorate with, or an idea for a special gift, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you!
Plan on keeping your holidays healthy with Eating Healthy During the Holidays on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Traci Carpenter, MNT, is the Tamarac Whole Foods Market healthy eating specialist. She'll talk about eating well during the holidays, and you'll take home creative ideas and a stomach full of samples!
Katie Holmes hosts us for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in Pieces of April. Fresh City Life serves it up with a slice of pie.
A relaxing get-together for knitters and other crafters, KnitFlix meets once a month in the Fresh City Lounge for an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary films. Guests may bring favorite beverages and nibbles, and have been known to comment on the film while it plays - KnitFlix is like going to a friend’s house to watch a film. Grab your knitting and let’s go to the movies!
For November, we continue a tradition of showing a film highlighting the most American of all holidays -- and will dish it up with a slice of pumpkin pie, if you've got room for dessert!
What is the connection between Thanksgiving Day and "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?
Published from 1830 - 1898 by Louis A. Godey, Godey's Lady's Book was one of the most successful women's magazines of the 19th century and a model for women's magazines for decades to come. By 1860 Godey's had a circulation of 150,000 and an estimated readership of one million. The magazine included fiction, poetry, biographical sketches, health tips, crafts, sheet music, house plans and recipes. But it was especially known for its hand colored fashion plates. The Denver Public Library has issues of Godey's from 1831 - 1878.
Are Norman Rockwell's images portrayals of the world he lived in or are they wishful painting?
One year for Thanksgiving, I begged my mom to bring the roasted turkey to the table uncarved so that we might participate in a tableau vivant of Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom From Want. As a middle class kid interested in art, I was familiar with many of Rockwell's beloved illustrations and I was convinced that this Thanksgiving scene should be acted out. Here's how it went down:
Does our contemporary Thanksgiving menu bear any resemblance to the original?
The first Thanksgiving feast was launched by the Pilgrims in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate having made it through their first winter and a summer growing season helped along by their friends in the Wompanoag tribe. But does our contemporary Thanksgiving dinner have any connection to that first celebration?