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And the Winner is…

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And the winner is…Dorothy Bishop! On Saturday, Audrey Nell Slack and Ora Mae Botsford met at the Van Alstyne Public Library to draw the winning ticket from the raffle entries for the beautiful handmade quilt that Ora Mae donated. Dorothy Bishop’s name was drawn and, when called to notify, came right to the library to pick up her prize. Thanks to all of you who supported the Friends of the Library by purchasing a raffle ticket. The estimated revenue is $800.

This is good news since the plan at this time is to take a break from the monthly breakfasts while the Community Center is out of order. The materials needed to prepare the breakfasts are stored at the Community Center and would just present too much of a problem to store elsewhere and relocate each month. In late February or early March we should know more about the projected re-opening date of the Center and plan for a kickoff event for the new breakfast.

If you are wondering as you read this if we are open on Saturday the answer is yes. Next week we will be open all days except Wednesday, Jan. 1. How can I watch football all day in my jammies if I’m at work?

Speaking of football, at a Christmas party I attended I found out a friend of mine has developed a new obsession — fantasy football. It seems her children and grandchildren had a lot of influence in this new hobby of hers. Listening to her talk about it made me wonder if we needed to have an intervention. It also made me wonder if I might find it fun. Well, I checked out catalog and found we do not have a book about how to play this online sport, so I have put one on my next order list. Meanwhile, I will be searching the internet for the rules. If any of my readers play and want to offer me some advice just come on by.

Out of pure curiosity this week I researched the celebration of Kwanzaa. My source of information is the book in our collection Kwanzaa: a family affair by Mildred Pitts Walter. Here are a few of the facts. Come check out the book for more details, as well as ideas on crafts to make and foods to cook as part of the celebration.

— It is an “African-American celebration that begins on December 26 and lasts through January 1” and is to be a reminder of the “first fruits” festival of African cultures.

— Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at California State University in Los Angeles, it was first celebrated in 1966.

— There are seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

— There are also seven basic symbols used in family celebrations of Kwanzaa: unity cup, candle holder, crops, seven candles (1 black, 3 red, and 3 green), a woven mat, ears of corn, and gifts.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.

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