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Jun 23

Let’s Celebrate Independence Day!

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM by Craig Jacobson

Untitled Document fourth of july.jpgAs we inch our way closer to July 4th, celebrate the birth of our nation by stopping into Frank L. Weyenberg Library for some great reading material on what makes the day so special.

Are you interested in learning more about Francis Scott Key, the writer of our national anthem? What So Proudly We Hail: Francis Scott Key, a Life by Marc Leepson details the life of the man who not only wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which is now celebrating its 200th Anniversary, but also his work as advisor to Andrew Jackson and how his influence and leadership shaped the American Colonization Society. It is truly a fascinating read.

One of the strongest symbols of America’s freedom is New York City’s Statue of Liberty. Have you ever wondered what went into the building of this regal lady? What’s the real story? Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty by Elizabeth Mitchell takes a unique look at the truth and the myths behind our lady liberty and what helped to make her who she is today. Her history is detailed like never before making this book one not to be missed.

So much fun comes with the 4th of July from the delicious food to the always exciting fireworks. Why not consider trying out some new recipes for your holiday celebration? A book that will no doubt make your cookout stand apart from the rest is Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 step-by-step recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations. Not only are her recipe ideas quick and easy but they are also cost-effective. This book’s down home charm and wonderful ideas will have your family’s stomach’s growling in no time.

Looking for some children’s books about the holiday that are both educational and fun? Here are just a few to consider checking out: My Fourth of July by Lorraine Harrison, Independence Day by Ann Heinrichs, Hurray for the Fourth of July by Wendy Watson, and Hats off to the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert.

How about entertaining craft idea for the kids? Well, Kathy Ross has just the ticket. In her book, Star-Spangled Crafts, kids can make everything from a popping firecracker puppet to a newspaper Uncle Sam. Kids and adults alike are sure to love the simple yet unique craft ideas displayed throughout Ross’s gem of a book.

Also, don’t forget to bring the kids in for the Library’s special storytime, America the Beautiful, on July 5th at 11:00 am in Tolzman Room. Fun is sure to be had by all! No registration is required, just a smiling face.

Independence Day is an important day for all of us, a day in which we stop to appreciate the many freedoms that we have come to cherish throughout our nation’s history. Stop in at the library if you get the chance and check out some great new reading material and be sure to enjoy this wonderful day with family and friends! We look forward to seeing you!

*Book Covers provided via EasiCat.