All Fun articles in February: A Sweet, Sweet Valentine and Make a Valentine’s Day Breakfast
Author of the Month articles in February: Langston Hughes
Holidays in February are Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day
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Slow, sleepy winter days find many animals curled up in their dens. They sleep warmly through winter, awakening in spring ready to enjoy the renewed Earth. This unusual, deep sleep is called hibernation.
What Is Hibernation?
True hibernation is a very deep sleep. The animal's body temperature drops, its breathing slows, and it is very difficult to awaken. But some animals, such as most bears, do not really hibernate.
In this gift-giving season, I’m sure it is no surprise that my favorite gift to give is books. It gives me great pleasure to have a recipient come back to me later and say, “I loved that book!” Some of my friends and family receive books I know they want (a frequent request is for the next book in their favorite series), but the gifts I most enjoy giving are books they didn’t know about at all but that turn out to be perfect fits. Columns in the coming weeks will have lists of books published in the last year that I think would make great gifts for teens and elementary-aged children, but I’m starting this week with picture book suggestions for young children. Because these are newer books, published in 2016, I’m hoping they will help me accomplish that goal of giving gifts people didn’t even know they wanted.
Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev, at sundown. Lasting eight days, Hanukkah usually occurs during December, but sometimes begins in November. This Jewish holiday is known as the Festival of Lights, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 B.C. after three years of war. Hanukkah means "dedication."
Jerusalem at the time was part of the Hellenistic empire and was ruled by Antiochus IV. His government instituted a different religion from Judaism. When the Temple became a site of sacrifices and icons, the people resisted, sparking three years of fierce rebellion. The Maccabees led the rebellion and were triumphant in 164 B.C.
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The Adventures Of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey
The first book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series - now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun! George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school—and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn't know who he is! (catalog summary)
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The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by Dav Pilkey
Irrepressible friends George and Harold create a new comic book superhero, Super Diaper Baby. (catalog summary)