Thanksgiving is November 23rd

The Thanksgiving holiday originated with the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony who celebrated the harvest of 1621 with a multi-day feast. Despite its early beginnings, Thanksgiving became a Federal holiday only in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving would be observed on the second to last Thursday of the month. That year November had five Thursdays. Since Thanksgiving signaled the start of the holiday shopping season, Roosevelt wanted to give the economy a boost by providing an extra week of shopping. Not everyone agreed with this decision and in 1941 Congress passed a bill designating Thanksgiving as a national holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

See our page of links for more about Thanksgiving, including recipes, craft ideas and a list of Thanksgiving Picture Books for the holiday.

Halloween is just around the corner!

Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is celebrated each year on October 31st. This popular holiday is commonly celebrated by trick-or-treating, carving jack o’lanterns and general mischief-making.

Halloween links| Halloween Books for Kids

October 9th is Columbus Day

Columbus Day, observed annually on the second Monday of October, commemorates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. In New England, the long weekend is a traditional time to get out and see the fall foliage and enjoy the mild weather while it lasts!

Columbus Day Links | Christopher Columbus Booklist

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th – October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th through October 15th. During this period “America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.” (Source: U.S. Newswire)

Meet Libby, the New OverDrive App

New Libby AppHave you tried using the NOBLE OverDrive collection with the new Libby app? It really streamlines the process! One tap to check out a book, one tap to see your bookshelf with all your checkouts, one tap to open or return a book, and one tap to view the library collection to find more books!

You can even switch back and forth between two library collections — this is handy because everyone who lives, works or owns property in Massachusetts is entitled to a card from the Boston Public Library which lets you use their OverDrive collection as well as ours. You don’t even have to go to Boston to sign up for a card: Boston Public Library Online Registration and eCard FAQ.

If you haven’t tried checking out ebooks and e-audiobooks from OverDrive, this is a great way to start!

Download the app for your device: Apple iOS | Android |Windows

Meet the Libby App — Learn more about Libby

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