It may not feel like it today, but there is no denying that winter is here, and will be for some time yet.
While a very common and normal response to this might be to
shutter the windows, stockpile bottles of water, rolls of toilet paper, cans of soup, and set a timer for April, there is another way!
Here is the SKIDOMPHA LIBRARY WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE for getting through the season without climbing the walls, or risking the mental health of yourself or your loved ones:
Read a book that reminds you that there are seasons other than winter. (We recommend “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett, exploring the deep connections between two interwoven families, full of humor, heartbreak, and summers spent together in Virginia.)
Yes we know it’s dark and cold, but get out of the house and come to one of our FREE Thursday night movies. There will be hot popcorn and people to talk to other than your dog.
Go out for a walk in the snow. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to come back inside and feel your toes and fingers again.
Drink hot chocolate. Not only will it keep your hands warm, chocolate releases serotonin and endorphins that lessen pain and decrease stress. Bonus points if you drink hot chocolate with a friend while talking about that great book you are reading, “Commonwealth.”
And last but not least, CALL YOUR MOTHER. Complain vigorously about the weather (this is scientifically proven to burn calories), invite her to go see a movie with you while drinking hot chocolate, and suggest that she also read “Commonwealth.”
We’re all in this together!
WRITE-ON: The Skidompha Teen Writing Workshop
Tuesday, February 20th through Friday, February 23rd
10 am to 3 pm daily at Skidompha Library.
“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” Elizabeth Gilbert
Unleash your creativity and tell your story! In this four-day creative writing workshop, you will work with other teens interested in creative writing. We’ll play writing games and complete prompts to get your creative juices flowing. We’ll peer-edit, discuss style choices, and offer reflections as a group. If you’re interested in storytelling, this group is for you!
Sign-ups will begin in January. If interested, please email Youth Services Coordinator Kelsey Gibbs. This group is open to teenagers in 9th through 12th grades. Admission is FREE, but class size is limited to 8 slots, so early registration is encouraged!
Did you know that Skidompha Library offers book club kits that you can take home? Grab some friends and dive into one of our many available literary adventures. Each kit features 5 to 10 copies of the same book, a discussion guide, and may be checked out for up to six weeks.
Carpe Diem! Carpe Liber!
Come join the fun!
Our first session meets Friday, October 13th at 4pm, Porter Hall.
All experience levels welcome.
Last week we asked you, our patrons, this question:
And the results are in!
15 of you voted NO
76 of you voted YES!
Thank you all for participating in Banned Book Week,
and for helping to protect our First Amendment Rights!
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and express controversial ideas.
Why read banned books?
By reading a banned book, you are exercising your first amendment rights, and exploring themes or topics that were at one time – or are now – controversial. Can you imagine a library without these books?
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” by Mark Twain
“A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle
The “Harry Potter” series, by J.K. Rowling
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
“The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
“Alice In Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll
“Charlotte’s Web,” by E. B. White
“Green Eggs And Ham,” by Dr. Suess
Yeah, we can’t either!!
Saturday, September 30th at 10 am
Join us as we celebrate a new season of Storytimes here at Skidompha!
Our special guest will be Mr. Drew, an animal rehabilitation specialist who helps exotic animals in need.
Mr. Drew will bring a variety of species to the library, from birds and insects to reptiles and amphibians, many of which you can touch and interact with.
This show is FREE and promises to be exciting and informative for all ages!