Friday Fun at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is a program that takes place each Friday of the month at 4:00PM. Activities are for children and include crafts, Japanese Calligraphy, board games, nature programs and others. It's good fun and a great way to start off your weekend. Here's what's happening in December:
December 9 - Card Making for Kids: Do you want to create a unique card to give to friends or family for the holidays? Then this is the program for you. Children will be creating cards using lego blocks and other unusual items to make stamp art!
December 16 - The Art of Japanese Calligraphy: Hikaru, our talented volunteer, will be teaching children how to write different words and sayings using Japanese Calligraphy. The word calligraphy means beautiful writing so come and try your hand at making some. A fun program.
December 23 - Tabletop Holiday Crafts: This will be the last day of our Tabletop Holiday Crafts week. Each day starting on Monday December 19 there will be fun crafts for children to do. The crafts will be available from 11:00 - 5:00PM or until supplies last.
December 30 - Calendar Craft and Bingo! - It's time to make your own unique 2012 Calendar!
Children will decorate calendars with a variety of art supplies, and celebrating the New Year with a fun game of Bingo!
On this first Monday of 2011, we're receiving a variety of questions related to calendars. For example: What other years in the future will be like 2010, with both Christmas and New Year's Eves on Fridays? Another example: where can I get single-sheet calendar printouts for February and March 2011? You can find answers to both questions at several websites, such as: TimeandDate.com and VPCalendar.net. These sites have helpful tools such as perpetual calendars, lists of milleniums and centuries, timezones, and - in case you want to start early - countdown counters to the next new year (or to any date of your choice). The answer to the first question above is here.
If you're interested in the history of calendars, you might check library availability of Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History (also available as a library eBook) or perhaps Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year. For children, try Calendar or The Time Book: A Brief History From Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks.