Thin It To Win It was a 6-week weight loss challenge, with weekly weigh-ins and monetary accountability, held at the library from January 9 through February 20. It was a fun way to motivate our community to lose weight, receive accountability, and help raise money for the library. The participant who lost the most weight at the end of the 6-week challenge, based on percentage of weight lost, won half of the total amount collected.
The winner of the 2016 Thin It To Win It challenge was Denise Brosius, who lost 9% of her body weight. Congratulations Denise! The other participants lost from 1% to 4% of their total body weight. We are so proud of everyone who participated! Thank you for supporting your library, and keep up the good work!
The Friends of the Library host the Annual Hildegarde Dolson Memorial Cribbage Tournament on Saturday, March 19. Registration is required. The cost is $15.00 per player and includes lunch. Proceeds support library programs.
You can pre-register for the tournament by filling out a form and returning it to the library with your registration fee (Cribbage Entry Form – PDF), or you can register on the morning of the tournament, beginning at 10:00 AM.
- Players meet at 10:45 AM for an organizational meeting.
- Tournament play begins at 11:00 AM, with a closing ceremony around 4:30 PM.
- Players will be assigned opponents by a random draw, and games will be one-on-one according to Hoyle’s Rules, excepting the rule of muggings.
- Opponents will play a best of 3-game series, with the winner advancing to the next round.
- Trophies will be awarded to the finalists.
Cribbage is a card game that “operates on the principle of matching combinations of cards: pairs, three or more of a kind, flushes, runs (sequences), and groups of cards that add up to 15. Players score points for matching both during and after play (after play, points are totaled for combinations in hand). The first person to score 121 points is the winner” (quoted from Hoyle).
Our weekly Monday night Game Night is a great place to learn or practice cribbage (please bring your own board).
Did you know that there is a portrait of Ms. Dolson in the library? Ask about it at the front desk.
(photo credit: Jonathan_W (@whatie) via photopin cc)
Today is Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday! In honor of the man who wrote so many popular children’s books that continue to grow in popularity even today, here are some fun Dr. Seuss facts:
- Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, began his career in advertising. He created ads for NBC, Ford, General Electric, Standard Oil, and many other companies for thirty years, even as he was also writing and illustrating children’s books.
- The perennial favorite, The Cat in the Hat (1957), was actually Dr. Seuss’s thirteenth published book. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) was his first published book for children. “Depending on the version of the story he tells, either 20, 26, 27, 28, or 29 publishers rejected the book.” However, an old friend who had just been promoted to the juvenile department of a publishing house agreed to print it, and the rest, as they say, is history.
- “Of the forty-four books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, only four are in prose. If we add books illustrated by others, or written under another name, or co-authored, or published posthumously, then the total number of books is sixty-six, with only five in prose.”
- A primary inspiration for Dr. Seuss was to get kids interested in reading, even if that meant reading nonsense words. He and others in the mid-1950s worried that books like the classic Dick & Jane series were too boring for kids. A colleague challenged Seuss to “Write me a story that first-graders can’t put down!” He asked that Seuss limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words, choosing those words from a list of 348. The result was The Cat in the Hat, which uses 236 different words.
- A new Dr. Seuss book was just published last year! Curious how that could be?
Join us in honoring Dr. Seuss on his birthday today. The legacy he left for children’s books can’t be underestimated. Check out the official Dr. Seuss website for lots of fun games and activities to enjoy today!
Thank you to those who have sponsored days at the library this month!
- February 2 – sponsored in memory of George A. Black
- February 8 – sponsored in honor of the Ritchey family
- February 15 – sponsored in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the wedding of Thomas and Isabel Findlan
As we work out the details of this new fundraiser, we hope to have more advance notice of sponsored days. If you are thinking about sponsoring a day, please let us know. We want to make sure the world knows today is your day!
Thank you for supporting your library. Our community is very important to us, and we appreciate any support. If you are looking for other ways to support your library, learn more here.
Support your library and have some fun at the The Friends of the Library’s Bunco Tournament fundraiser! This month, we play on Friday, February 19 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The donation is $15 per person, and includes lunch. Seating is limited, and registration is required. To register, please stop by the library, or give us a call at 814-432-5062.
Bunco is an easy, fast paced dice game requiring no previous skill. Can you roll dice? Then you can play Bunco! You can learn to play in a few minutes.
Are you interested in donating your time to fundraisers like this? The Friends meet next week for their monthly meeting on Wednesdy, February 16 at 6:30 PM. New faces and curious community members are always welcome. We love new ideas!