This month is the perfect opportunity to learn about your ancestry, honor your ancestor’s memory, and to involve your family in understanding your heritage.
Write down what you already know about your parents and ancestors. Share this information with your children, making sure they understand how important it is to keep this information alive.
Sort through old photos with your family, identify people in the photos, and learn to preserve the photos.
Share meaningful heirlooms with family members, and tell stories about why they were important to the family.
Visit the library with family members and introduce them to family history research.
The month of October always brings up memories of fall, family birthdays, and Halloween. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Apple cider, carving pumpkins, chocolate, and a combination of store bought and homemade costumes–is there anything better than that? Some of my more memorable costumes include dressing up in kimonos, a butterfly, and the occasional princess. However, the costume that I remember the most was She-Ra, Princess of Power. She-Ra had everything a little girl could want: superpowers, sidekicks and a twin brother.
Don’t be surprised if you see She-Ra at the library one Halloween. For the honor of Greyskull! I am She-Ra!
There are busy hands at Finish It Friday Crafters Club. Come meet these crafters and join in the fun. Everyone works on their favorite craft project while they visit and exchange know-hows. Finish It Friday is a come and go program which meet at North Branch Library Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. So bring that craft you said you would finish one day. We’ll see you Friday morning. For more information, please call (940) 349-8752.
Finish It Friday Crafters Club will not meet on Nov. 7.
~Carmen Grant, North Branch
Here are Finish It Friday Crafters book recommendations:
The Art of Detection: A Kate Martinelli Mystery by Laurie R. King
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
The Principles of Knitting by June Hiatt
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia De Luce Mystery by C. Allan Bradley
Have you ever heard of Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)? Neither had I until this summer. I recently had my first experience at this fantastic park when I hosted StoryTime there a couple of Saturdays ago, and I’m very excited to spread the word. I call it a park, but it’s not like the other parks in Denton. There are no playgrounds with swings and slides, no pavilions, no grills, no ball fields. There are trails that take you through Denton’s wetlands, bottomland hardwood forest, prairie, and grasslands, and Clear Creek offers a peek at a host of flora and fauna that provide great opportunities for experiential learning and family fun.
If you are a regular visitor to our local state park trails, you will definitely want to check out Clear Creek, and you can leave your cash at home because since it is city-owned, it is free to use all the time. A few tips though — no biking on the trails, wear long pants and closed-toes shoes, bring bug spray and water, and avoid trails if there has been a lot of recent rainfall. Strollers are definitely a bad idea at Clear Creek since these trails are not paved. Also, if using your GPS to find CCNHC, please type in the exact address, 3310 Collins St., to avoid being led astray. Please visit CCNHC and tell all your friends about its incredible, outdoor awesomeness!
Join us at Clear Creek this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for another StoryTime for children ages 3-5 (weather permitting). We will read stories, sing songs, and embark on a short, educational hike led by a very knowledgeable Texas Master Naturalist.
Dana Tucker is the Youth Services Librarian at the North Branch Library and enjoys active, outdoor activities, even though you can’t tell by looking at her.
A gentleman whose family goes back several generations in Denton County came by recently wanting any articles on the Denton Boat Club and/or racing on Garza Reservoir/Lake Dallas. I was able to find quite a few in the Denton Record-Chronicle through Newspaper Archives (available only at one of our three library branches). Apparently boat racing was a thing back in the ’30s and ’40s and I was able to find ads for the ‘Hundley Boat Co’ owned by the gentleman’s father and also the origin of Hundley Road near the town of Lake Dallas. Here’s their website with some nice historical photos.