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Happy Thanksgiving

The CTLS office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will re-open on Monday, November 28.

This is a good year to remember that Thanksgiving in the form we celebrate today was established in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln as a time to appreciate what we have as a nation, think of our lost family members, and pray to be a unified nation at peace with itself.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)#Lincoln_and_the_Civil_War

[A side note for the detailed, Congress formalized the date of Thanksgiving in 1941 as the 4th Thursday instead of the last Thursday. The change was serious business at the time, but today it would have been pointless.]

Transforming Books Into Pumpkins

News from Taylor Public Library
We decorated the Library for fall with pumpkins made from old books. My husband and his band saw are frequently called upon for such projects. You will kill your hand if you just cut pages with scissors. There are links to a couple of tutorials below.

There are just a few differences in construction I used.
1. Fat books are best. The more pages, the better the pages fans out.
2. Small is good—we cut away a lot of the book to make that rounded shape. If the pages are still too long a distance from the spine, they don’t fan out nicely.
3. There is orange spray paint just for paper or silk flowers with the brand name of Design Master—found at Hobby Lobby or Joann stores. It dries quick too.

Thanks Karen Ellis!

Online instructions for the basic techniques:
http://craftingmom.com/pumpkin-decorations-made-from-recycled-books/
http://www.creationsbykara.com/2011/09/book-page-pumpkin-tutorial.html

Next we will be trying Christmas trees from books using the same technique.

Holiday Program Ideas

Stories

Some stories, crafts and more for the Christmas holiday. Karen Chase – Catch the Story Bug.

Reuse an Old Favorite Story

Tell the story “The Twist-Mouth Family” with, well, a twist. The basic story is about a family that cannot blow out a candle so they can go to bed.  Each family member can only blow in one direction.  Mother can only blow down, father can only blow up, brother can only blow to the left and sister can only blow to the right.  To give it a holiday twist, Santa ends up blowing out the candle.

Some versions of this story:

Ready to Tell Tales by Holt and Mooney.  The title is “Santa Visits the Moes.”

Juba this and Juba That by Virginia A. Tashjian, “The Snook’s Family”

American Folklore

Christmas in Terse Verse

A white peppermint candy without stripes is a ……..plain cane

A happy holiday plant is a …jolly holly

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Halloween Programming Ideas

compiled by Kim Lehman

RIDDLES

Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the Halloween party?

It had no body to dance with.

What do goblins drink on Halloween?

Ghoul-ade

What do ghosts eat for dessert?

Booberry pie

STORIES

Cut and tell pumpkin story

http://drjeanandfriends.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-stories.html

THE DARK HOUSE

The leader chants each line or every half-line in a soft, slow, sepulchral voice. Children repeat each line in the same way. The telling becomes more ghostly and spooky with each line. The last word is a sudden shout!

In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house,

And in that dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room,

And in that dark, dark room, there was a dark, dark cupboard,

And in that dark, dark cupboard, there was a dark, dark shelf,

And in that dark, dark shelf, there was a dark, dark box,

And in that dark, dark box, there was a GHOST!

CRAFTS

Pumpkin Hats or Headbands

For headbands:  Cut out pumpkin shapes (3 per child).  Have kids decorate.  Glue onto green strips for headband.

Tootsie Roll Spiders – twist 4 black pipecleaners around the lollipop stick which will give you 4 legs on each side, add googly eyes to the center of the pipecleaners (where they twist on the stick), and you have a spider.  The lollipop portion is the back end.

Q-Tip Skeletons – Requires 3 or 4 q-tips placed horizontally, with 1 placed vertically to form spine.  Q-tips for arms and legs, and q-tips cut in half for feet and hands.  Pre-cut skeleton heads.  Glitter glue can be used to make the bones “glow”.

Ghosts – Requires fiberfill.  Trace a big ghost shape on black paper and let them glue the fiberfill on.  Then glue on eyes and an O shaped mouth.

Spider Hat – Cut the inside of paper plates about ¾ of the way around. Bend that part up. Draw a face on it for the spider.  Or glue eyes, cotton balls, circles, etc).  Glue 8 legs that have been accordion folded onto the bottom of the plate.

Paper Bag Jack-o-Lanterns – Requires paper bags, and orange dye.  Open the bags, dip the bags into the dye, bottom first, and give them a few seconds – the more time, the deeper the color.  (wear rubber glove on one hand, and put it inside the bag and push down into the dye bath)

Slime Recipe (big blob)

¾ cup warm water
1 cup Elmers glue
green food color

(mix these together)

Dissolve 4 teaspoons Borax in 1 1/3 cups warm water and add to other stuff.

Thanks to Elizabeth Murphy

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