In celebration of Black History Month, we’ll be creating art in the distinctive style of Alma Woodsey Thomas for today’s grab and go activity!
Our current holiday may have also replaced the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, that took place on February 15th. This pagan festival was eventually outlawed, and in the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine’s Day.
No matter how we got here, & whether you love or hate Valentine's day, there are so many great reads! There are the epic love stories that will have you pining, and the disastrous ones, which sometimes fit the mood perfectly. See the titles below:
Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world. In the United States, Mardi Gras is an official holiday in the state of Louisiana. There people celebrate with parades and dressing up in bright costumes and masks. For today's craft you will make your own Mardi Gras mask! Popular colors used are purple green and gold. Purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold represents power.
BPAC (www.BasaltPublicArtsCommission.com) has commissioned four wildlife ice sculptures for the winter of 2021 to be placed around town. You can enjoy scouting out the fox, bear, wolf, and osprey at the library, downtown and in Willits. We would like to invite you to create a beautiful ice lantern to be placed by the art sculptures to add light to the animals at night. Below are instructions to create one at home with the material in your bag!
For this week’s craft, we have collected coloring pages provided by museums and libraries from around the world as a part of the Color Our Collections Campaign. Back in 2016, the New York Academy of Medicine Library (NYAM) first launched this initiative that has provided fun and free downloadable coloring pages of historical art pieces from nearly 114 different institutions. Learn more about this campaign at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-museums-transformed-their-collections-free-coloring-pages-just-you-180974116/
This week's Grab & Go Activity is all about snow! Do the snow dance with your new snow globe art!
Books and recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:
Reading Black History:
Books on Antiracism:
This coming Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day set aside to remember the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. MLK Day is a National Day of Service, a day when we look to our communities and help out where needed.
Of course, the Covid-era has affected how we might step up, as we continue to face the restrictions and added responsibilities we have faced since last spring. Locally, Aspen Family Connections and Food Bank of the Rockies have responded to those experiencing food insecurities with weekly food distribution as well as many other resources for families.
Participating in service does not have to be through an organization. Reaching out to a neighbor, checking in on friends and family, getting outdoors for some fresh air is as important as ever during this time of isolation. MLK Day is one of the days admission to our National Parks (including all four in Colorado) is free of charge!
The National Day of Service is about building community. The Library will be open on Monday, operating with reduced services but still able to get you the books and resources you might need. Perhaps you are interested in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King, or want to try a new project on CreativeBug, or your family decides to visit a Colorado State Park or check out a telescope and view the incredible night sky. We can help you do all of these things and more.
It’s all about community.
This week, kids and teens are invited to contribute creative protest signs to our Martin Luther King Jr “I Have a Dream” Protest Art Installation. With the goal of giving youth the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings, and commitments to racial justice, artwork will be mounted on yard signs and installed on the library’s front lawn on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18th. Completed protest art must be dropped off in the library lobby during our service hours no later than 4PM, Sunday, January 17th.
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