Reviews and Blog Posts: thanksgiving

Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade

by Melissa Sweet

DPL Rating:
4

Have you ever wondered who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? From the colorful collage illustrations by Melissa Sweet to the wonderful story of Tony Sarg, an immigrant who "never really grew up" and would become the man who brought us those amazing helium filled "upside-down puppets". Follow Tony as he...

The Hoboken chicken emergency

by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

DPL Rating:
3

Arthur Bobowicz is sent out of his home with a very important task- he must pick up the turkey for the family's Thanksgiving dinner, even though nobody even likes turkey. Finding himself unable to locate a single turkey in the entire town of Hoboken, he ends up meeting a mad...

Park Hill's Thanksgiving Spider

Spider in a pilgrim hat

It looks like the spider that took over the Park Hill book drop is sticking around for Thanksgiving. We fed him a turkey to see if that would satisfy him but he's still hungry. We'll see if we can get him out by Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Thanksgivukkah! Huh?

Thanksgivukkah

Yes, Thanksgivukkah. For the first time since 1888, the all-American harvest celebration and the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights coincide, on Thursday, November 28. There's even a Facebook page about it, from which we've borrowed the Woodstock-ish image.

Jonathan Mizrahi, a graduate student in quantum physics (and no relation to the designer Isaac Mizrahi, as far as I know), has calculated that this convergence of the Gregorian (secular) and Jewish (religious) calendars won't happen again until the year 79811. The redoubtable Steve Morse (mentioned in a previous post about calendars) arrived at a date slightly different from Mizrahi's, but everyone agrees that this is an extremely rare event, not to be repeated in our lifetimes.

Get Ready for the Holidays with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Book wreath

The holidays are coming! Whether you need recipe (or healthy eating!) tips, something to decorate with, or an idea for a special gift, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you!

Plan on keeping your holidays healthy with Eating Healthy During the Holidays on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Traci Carpenter, MNT, is the Tamarac Whole Foods Market healthy eating specialist. She'll talk about eating well during the holidays, and you'll take home creative ideas and a stomach full of samples!

Over the river and through the woods -- to Katie's house we go

Katie Holmes as April

Katie Holmes hosts us for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in Pieces of April. Fresh City Life serves it up with a slice of pie.

A relaxing get-together for knitters and other crafters, KnitFlix meets once a month in the Fresh City Lounge for an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary films. Guests may bring favorite beverages and nibbles, and have been known to comment on the film while it plays - KnitFlix is like going to a friend’s house to watch a film. Grab your knitting and let’s go to the movies!

For November, we continue a tradition of showing a film highlighting the most American of all holidays -- and will dish it up with a slice of pumpkin pie, if you've got room for dessert! 

Magazine of the Month - Godey's Lady's Book

Thanksgiving Day our national holiday

What is the connection between Thanksgiving Day and "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?

Published from 1830 - 1898 by Louis A. Godey, Godey's Lady's Book was one of the most successful women's magazines of the 19th century and a model for women's magazines for decades to come. By 1860 Godey's had a circulation of 150,000 and an estimated readership of one million. The magazine included fiction, poetry, biographical sketches, health tips, crafts, sheet music, house plans and recipes. But it was especially known for its hand colored fashion plates. The Denver Public Library has issues of Godey's from 1831 - 1878.

Thanksgiving (Dysfunction Palooza) 2011

Norman Rockwell's Freedom From Want

Are Norman Rockwell's images portrayals of the world he lived in or are they wishful painting?

One year for Thanksgiving, I begged my mom to bring the roasted turkey to the table uncarved so that we might participate in a tableau vivant of Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom From Want. As a middle class kid interested in art, I was familiar with many of Rockwell's beloved illustrations and I was convinced that this Thanksgiving scene should be acted out. Here's how it went down:

Hey Pilgrim, Let's Party Like It's 1621

An early publicity shot of Marilyn Monroe as Pilgrim. MM loved Thanksgiving.

Does our contemporary Thanksgiving menu bear any resemblance to the original?

The first Thanksgiving feast was launched by the Pilgrims in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate having made it through their first winter and a summer growing season helped along by their friends in the Wompanoag tribe. But does our contemporary Thanksgiving dinner have any connection to that first celebration?

Hold the turkey, hold the stuffing.

cornucopia

Are you freaked out because your son is bringing his vegan girlfriend for Thanksgiving? Wondering what to feed a gluten-free friend? Cooking for someone who has food preferences different from your own can be daunting. Fortunately, the internet has a treasure trove of recipes that will please any type of eater. So get out your laptop, fire up the oven, and prepare to sit down to a feast that everyone on your guest list can enjoy!

You're probably wondering what a post about special diets is doing in the Library's Technology Blog. Well if you're an adventurer like me, you hop online to get the latest news, check weather reports, and ooo and awwwww over photos of your friends' kids. The web is also my favorite place to find recipes! It's true. I can often be found whipping up vegan vittles in my kitchen with my laptop sitting safely atop the breakfast bar. I have piles of vegan cookbooks, but when I've cooked for friends with different dietary restrictions I went to the internet for recipes.

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