Monday, December 24, 2012

Solstice Poem by Susan Cooper

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the
Snow-white world,
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen.
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.

And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing, behind us – listen!

All the long echoes sing the same delight
This shortest day
As promise wakens in the sleeping land.

They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year, and every year.
Welcome, Yule!
--by Susan Cooper, 1977 written for The Christmas Revels

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

An Offer of Some Help

The shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has left a lot of people really shaken and upset. There's lots of places to turn to for help.

Here's one: Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

And another closer to home: Westchester County Department of Community Mental Helth Crisis Prevention and Response Team: (914) 493-7075

If you want to help the people of Sandy Hook (Courtesy of the Yorktown Voice): and here (Courtesy of USA Today):

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Survey and a Contest

Take the TeenReads 2012 YA Readers Survey and win a free book:

Shoot videos? Enter the 2013 Summer Reading Teen Video Challenge: You might wins some money.

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Catalog and Free Stuff!

On the right, there's a link to the Westchester Library System's new catalog called Enterprise. Patrons can "Like" the library system on FaceBook and follow tweets. You can search ebooks, and eaudiobooks. You can choose your own login. You can set the library you want your holds sent to once and never have to worry about which library you sent your books to this time. You can save lists of material you're interested in. You can even see the stuff you checked out for a year before it's purged from your record. Go ahead, play with it!

If you're not impressed, the old catalog, now called the "Classic Catalog," is still available through the Westchester Library webpage: It's on the bottom of the links on the left-hand side of the page.

The library system now subscribes to Freegal:
AND Freading: Check them out too. What do you think of all these improvements?