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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Groundhog Day

How anyone could not love this guy is beyond me, but how reliable
is his weather report?


I don't know how much stock I place in Punxatawney Phil, the nationally famous groundhog with unquestionable lovability but highly questionable divinatory powers.  But it is Groundhog Day, and tradition dictates we heed his warning about what the next six weeks hold in store.

It appears that it was sunny enough out there for Phil to see his shadow, presaging six more weeks of unforgiving winter. And as dubious as I find it that a groundhog in western Pennsylvania can predict our famously inconstant Michigan weather, the fact remains that it was sunny enough this morning, as well, for local Michigan groundhogs to see theirs, as well.  And with the way our winters have been, I suppose wouldn't surprise me if the cold did last six weeks longer than we like.

It does afford us a little more time to build snowmen, snow forts, and armies of snowball-wielders, but if cold and snow don't fit into your idea of a good time, then Portland District Library has something you're sure to love: indoor heating books!  Even though our 2022/23 Winter Reading Program is behind us, there's no reason not to spend some snowy hours curled up under a blanket with a good book.


What are you reading this winter to keep warm and cozy? And do you think Punxatawney Phil is worth his salt as a meteorologist?  Comment below!

Friday, January 20, 2023

Cozy at the Library


After a wet and mild couple of weeks, we finally have some snow in Portland!  I'm sure I've said it before, but one of my favorite things about snow (and rain and whatever the sky wants to drop on us) is getting to watch and listen from a comfy place indoors.

The fireplace in the apse, aka the big windowed space at the end of the building, is one of my favorite places to cozy up with a book on a quiet, snowy day.  There's just something so nice about just being warm and protected from the elements - a sort of happy, romantic feeling.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

National Letter Writing Week

(Clip Art courtesy of The Old Design Shop [olddesignshop.com])

Did you know that the second week of January is National Letter Writing Week?  Neither did I, until it was already upon us!  As I went about my work at the library, trying to think of how to celebrate this unique occasion (aside from penning a letter or two of my own to friends and family), I realized that Portland District Library has the perfect thing for any occasion - books!

If you are participating in our Winter Reading Program (which is running until January 28th - if you aren't, there's still time!), then you're likely already reading anything you can get your hands on to fill your reading time.  But if you're open to suggestions, here's a list of books for every age level to get the whole family excited about letters, from their writing to their contents: