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Historical October

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

In 1675, explorers required more accurate maps to navigate the seas.  Cartographers began by setting longitude at Greenwich, England.  On October 13, 1884 this location was established as the "starting point" of time, since it is at the Prime Meridian.  You can calculate the time at any location on the globe by starting at Greenwich (0 longitude) with every 15 degrees longitude representing one hour.  Are confused you?  Then check out www.greenwichmeantime.com for clarification.  Learn more about GMT, time around the world, daylight savings time, and more.  Still confused?  Then you need to come to the library and discover our collection of books and dvds about time.  Here are some titles to look for:

Greenwich guide (J529 DOL)

Time zones (J389 NAG)

It's about time (J529 EST)

Summer may be over......

....but there's still fun to be had at the library! Drop in for Chess Club, Romper Room, Storytime, Lego Builders, Sensory Storytime, Art-a-la-Carte, Mystery Pictures or our other non-registered programs.  Need to plan ahead?  Then sign up for a registered program like a book club, an art or crafts program - or grab a ticket to our first after-hours Family Fun Night Square Dance with refreshments and a real, live, in-person caller! There are always new books and DVDs coming in as well.  Just click on the Children's events tab, or come on in to check out our collections.  We look forward to seeing you!

Boys Book Club


Sign up for this unique book club for boys in 3rd-6th grade.  Each member will read independently whichever title they choose.  Then we meet once a month for discussion, peer reviews, extension activities, and delicious snacks. 

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 17th at 6:30pm

For more information, contact: Librarian, Amy Chesman 634-4997 ext.121 or [email protected]

September Birthday

Jim Henson

James Maury Henson was born on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi.  Henson was drawn to the arts at a young age.  With the encouragement of his artist grandmother, he started puppeteering by performing for his Cub Scout troop.  While attending the University of Maryland, he starred in an NBC skit called Sam and Friends, from which Kermit the Frog was created.  As his puppets grew in popularity, they started to appear in television commericals.  In 1969, he began working with the Children's Television Workshop, where the Muppets "made learning fun" on Sesame Street.  Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzy joined megastars in 1976 on The Muppet Show.  Henson's later work included the tv show Fraggle Rock, several Muppet movies, and other films including, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

Mythology Quest


According to ancient Greek mythology, Pandora, the first woman, was given a box from Zeus as a wedding gift.  Pandora was instructed to never open it.  But she was very curious and one day, when no one was looking, she snuck a peek inside.  As she lifted the lid, all of the evil, we know today, was released into the world. 

During the Mythology Quest program (8/7), the participants were asked, "If you could put any evil back into Pandora's Box, what would it be?"  Here are their answers: 

thunder, fire, mean-ness!, all bad things, Hydra, hunger, cancer, breaking books, breaking stuff, greed (2xs), spiders, bugs, failure, pirates, murdering people, bacteria, Algebra, stealing, homework, war

August Birthday

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Annie Oakley

Blam! Kapow!! Bubbles???

Yes, Robin -- I said BUBBLES!  Kiddies will go krazy at the Congers Train Station.  "But, Caped One, what do you mean?"  I mean Romper Room will be held there on Friday July 24th - one session at 10 and yet another at 11.  AND the Mayor says those kookie librarians are doing it again on August 14 - same Bat train station, same Bat time!

Happy Birthday, Satch!

Leroy "Satchel" Paige was born on July 7, 1906 in Mobile, Alabama.  He started his baseball career in the Negro Baseball League.  In 1948, at the age of forty-two, he became the first African American pitcher in the major league.  Paige was such a phenomenal player that Joe DiMaggio described him as, "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced".  He played for Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Royals.  After retirement, he coached the Atlanta Braves.  Paige was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 1971.  Today, he is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Interested in learning more?  Check out these titles when you visit the library:

Something to prove by Robert Skead (J796.357 SKE)

Satchel Paige by Julie Schmidt (JB Paige)

Every Hero has a Story!

Summer Reading Club in the Children's Department begins June 26 and ends August 15 for New City Library cardholders.  Children age 2 through those entering 6th grade are welcome to participate.  We have programs planned for all ages, prizes, reading club packets, and plenty of books to choose from! Our Every Hero Reading Party will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and tickets will be needed. Come in or call for more details.  We're looking forward to seeing you!

Jacques Cousteau's June Birthday

 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, France on June 11, 1910.  He learned to swim at the age of four and quickly developed a fascination with the water.  After a boarding school education, Cousteau attended the French Naval Academy and served as an officer in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans.  In the 1940’s, he developed the first aqua lung along with French engineer, Emile Gagnan.  This technology allowed divers to spend extended amounts of time underwater.  In 1948, Cousteau took his first expedition.  His work included producing documentaries and television specials, as well as writing books that “brought more attention to the mysteries and attractions [in] the underwater world.” 

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