The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is working with Massachusetts libraries to restore state funding for libraries to help end the digital lockout and bring new technology and eBooks into libraries and into the hands of library users. Funding for library technology is down 56%, the lowest since 1998, and state aid to public libraries is down 31%, the lowest since 1994, while eBook demand is up over 5,000% according to the MBLC. See the Commissioners’ Legislative Agenda for more information.
Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukkah, is a Jewish holiday sometimes known as the Festival of Lights. It’s an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. This year, Hanukkah is observed from sunset, November 27th to nightfall December 5th.
Hanukkah marks the victory of the Jews over the forces of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and the rededication of the desecrated Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day, but the lights burned for eight days. The festival is observed by lighting candles of the Menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
Hanukkah Resources — Our Hanukkah page includes links to more information on Hanukkah, including history, crafts, recipes and more.
Hanukkah Booklist — From “The Hanukkah Mice” to “The Runaway Dreidel,” NOBLE libraries have lots of great books for children to help celebrate the holiday
Photograph of Menorah by Scott Ableman
On the fourth Thursday of November we celebrate Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks and celebrate the bounty of the harvest by gathering with family and friends for a special dinner, traditionally featuring turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie. It commemorates the feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the Plymouth Colony’s first successful harvest.
Thanksgiving — This page has links to Thanksgiving resources including history, recipes, craft ideas and more.
On November 11, 1918, at 11 AM, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Armistice was signed which ended the first World War. Thereafter, November 11 was celebrated as Armistice Day, with Congress making the date a federal holiday in 1938. After World War II, the date became known as Veterans Day, a change recognized by Congress in 1954, declaring it a day to honor all American veterans of all wars. In 1971, Veterans Day became a holiday celebrated on the fourth Monday in October, but it was returned to its original date, November 11, in 1977.
Veterans Day — More about this patriotic holiday
Native American Heritage Month, also known as National American Indian Heritage Month, National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month and American Indian Heritage Month will be celebrated throughout November. Here’s a page with links to more information and resources for learning about Native American history, traditions and culture.
Halloween Guide — Halloween is celebrated on October 31st. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day, and is celebrated with Jack O’Lanterns, costumes, candy, trick-or-treating, and scary stories about witches, ghosts and goblins.
Take a look at our Pinterest board to find children’s books for Halloween that you can checkout from your local library.