Darrington Library Blog

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Calendars and the New Year

The new year has arrived! The time has come to throw out the old calendar, hang up the new one and prepare for exciting adventures the new year will bring. But speaking of calendars, the calendars used by specific groups of people in the world to keep track of dates vary widely and have changed through time.

A new calendar having 364 days instead of 365 with no leap year, but with an extra week every 5 or 6 years has been proposed by Hanke and Henry to replace the Gregorian calendar we use today. If adopted, will Hanke and Henrys' calendar take as long to attain widespread use as the Gregorian calendar did when it replaced the Julian calendar? Will people who use other types of calendars embrace the idea? Check out Calendars and their History on the web for some interesting facts.

While all Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Sunday, January 1 and 2, 2012 to celebrate the new year, be sure to visit your local library on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Find a good book or movie to enhance your day. Ask for a copy of “What’s Happening at Sno-Isle Libraries”. Take the brochure home, mark your calendar so you don’t miss any of the wonderful Sno-Isle programs and events beginning in 2012, and kick back for an exciting journey through the year. May the best of everything come your way in 2012.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Break Fun at the Library


There's plenty to do even though school may be out for winter break. Leave the boredom behind and join your friends at Darrington Library’s school age programs held December 27, 28, 29 and 30. Imagine tracking wooly mammoths and wrestling elephant trunks during “Track the Humongous: Mammoths and Elephants” on Tuesday, December 27 at 1:00 pm. Be sure to register online to experience optical illusions at “I Can’t Believe My Eyes” Wednesday, December 28 at 1:00 pm. Make amazing structures at “Lego Creations” on Thursday, December 29 at 1:00 pm. Return to create a book in which to write about your experiences at “Book Making” in the morning of Friday, December 30 at 11:00 am.

Children aged 9 to 12 can make “Rad Crafts From Old CDs”. This program will bring out the artistic talents hiding within. It will be held Friday, December 30 at 2 pm. Be sure not to miss these extremely fun and exciting activities at the Darrington Library on winter break!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Artistic Expressions - Quilting

People express artistic talent in a wide variety of ways. Some bring beauty to our world through painting on canvas, windows, coconuts, rocks, trucks, cars, motorcycles and even walls or barns. Others sing or play an instrument to make a wide variety of music. Still others make lovely sculptures or creations using clay, ice, rocks or sand. See some fantastic sand sculptures done by Team Santastic.

Quilting is one form of artistic expression that produces a product both functional and pleasing to the eye. Children have curled up under beautiful quilts on cold winter nights for centuries often fondly remembering or dreaming of the mother or grandmother who lovingly made the quilt for them.

Quilters and non-quilters alike may enjoy the book, Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge published by Lark Crafts. The book shows the work of twelve artists who created one hundred forty-four 12” x 12”quilts over a period of two years. Every sixty days a new challenge was presented to the artists. The first challenge was “Dandelions”; the second was “Chocolate”. Check out this book to see the different artistic quilt creations that resulted from the International Art Quilt Challenge. You will enjoy this experience.