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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Seasonal Happenings

Today is the Winter Solstice--the shortest day and the longest night of the year. National Geographic has information and history of the Winter Solstice here.

Christmas Eve will see an asteroid zipping by our planet, and on Christmas Day, we'll be experiencing a full moon. NASA tells us a Christmas full moon will not happen again until 2034!

I'm sure Rudolph's red nose will enjoy the break afforded by the brightness of the moon (and an asteroid)! Come to the Library before Christmas Eve to once again enjoy the story of Rudolph's historic flight "one foggy Christmas Eve"--not that you'd ever have forgotten it! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is found in many forms at the Library:

Animated version. [J DVD RUD] (Also found in The Original Christmas Classics [J DVD ORI].)

Easy Reader version. Adapted by Kristen L. Depken [E DEP].

Original author version by Robert L. May. We own several illustrated versions, all found under [JP MAY].
There is also, by the same author, Rudolph Shines Again [JP MAY], Rudolph's Second Christmas [JP MAY].

Song version. The most famous is probably by Gene Autry, which is found on The Ultimate Christmas Album [CD HOLIDAY ULT]. The Burl Ives version, from the video is found on Songs from the Christmas Classics: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ; Frosty the Snowman ; Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town; The Little Drummer Boy; and, Frosty Returns [CD CHILDREN SON]. There are many more versions found on additional holiday CDs by Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Harry Connick, Jr., Raffi, Phil Spector, etc.

Don't forget that you and your little ones can track Santa's sleigh as it travels across the world, courtesy of NORAD.

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