Genealogy

Did your ancestors come over on the Mayflower? Have you ever watched the television show, Who Do You Think You Are?, where famous people learn about their ancestry? Many people are interested in genealogy these days and the library can help nurture this interest. The library has many books to help you get started. Check out the library’s Genealogy Resources site to learn more about our genealogy collection. The library also has electronic databases that you can use to do genealogical research online.

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Thanksgiving Crafts

Here in the Children’s Room we enjoy doing crafts.  We have programs which include crafts for Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas. We have a drop-in craft for young children one Saturday morning per month and include crafts as part of our Storytimes.  You can get great ideas for crafts by borrowing items like The Mailbox magazine (from the Educator’s section) or books with the call number j745.5.  You can also get ideas from the internet.  My favorite websites for crafts are DLTK’s Crafts for Kids (which has great ideas for little ones) and the Crayola website (which has crafts for various ages and ideas for teachers).

During our drop-in craft on Saturday November 19th from 10:30-11:15 we will make a Thanksgiving crown from the DLTK site.   A couple of years ago we did a Napkin Ring Toss craft/game from the Crayola website that the kids loved.  It might help keep your young family members occupied while the meal is being prepared.  Here are the instructions:

  1. Make one or more napkin rings for each person at your table
    • Cut cardboard tubing from paper towel rolls into rings
    • Cut strips of white paper & wrap around the tubing
    • Decorate the paper
  2. Decorate a wood craft frame with colored pencils (we got our frames for $1 each at A.C. Moore)
  3. Make a drawing to place inside the frame & put the frame on the table for your guests to see
  4. Put the napkin rings around your napkins
  5. When you are ready to play the game remove the napkins and take the artwork from the frame
  6. Each person gets a chance to throw three rings through the frame, naming something for which they are thankful before each toss
  7. If the ring goes through the frame the player gets a point
  8. Keep track of the points, playing as many rounds as suits you
  9. At the end of the game the player with the most points keeps the frame

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