What's Trending This Week? (Nov. 26-Dec. 2nd)

So, we're kicking this off a little late, but let's talk about all the exciting things going on this week!  Let's Talk Trending!

To start with, this week marks the end of November and the start of December.  Can you believe that 2017 is almost over??  Where did this year go?

WHAT'S TRENDING IN NOVEMBER?

Even though the month is nearly over, there is still time to celebrate November!

  • Movember: Grow out a mustache or wear a fake one!  (Or check out this French film, La Moustache, which tells the tale of a man who shaves his trademark mustache, only to have all of his family and friends claim he never had one to begin with!  Is he crazy?  Is this a conspiracy?  You'll have to watch and find out!)
     
  • National Vegan Month: Whether you're already a voracious vegan or a curious carnivore, why not take the rest of the month to sample some delicious vegan recipes from our extensive collection of cookbooks?
     
  • National Family Literacy Month: We only have a few more days left of November, so be sure to take the time to sit down as a family and enjoy a good book together!  For families with small children, this is a great way to instill a love of reading that will last for a lifetime!
     
  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): Every year, aspiring authors come together to try and write a complete novel in one month.  This year's NaNoWriMo might be almost over, but it's never too late to start writing the next big hit!

WHAT'S TRENDING THIS WEEK?

  • November 29th: Today is a good day to start getting into the Christmas spirit, as the Rockefeller Center has their annual Christmas Tree Lighting today!
     
  • November 30th: Don't tell your boss I suggested this, but November 30th is National Stay Home Because You're Well Day!  Call in sick or take a personal day to just enjoy being healthy at home.  Watch a movie, take a walk, read a book, or just sleep in.  The choice is up to you!
     
  • December 1st: An apple a day keeps the doctor away!  So, enjoy a delicious red apple today to celebrate Eat a Red Apple Day!  Or, better yet--try a couple different varieties, and see which one you like the best!  Personally, I like Gala or Honeycrisp.

    This is also the start of Advent, which is the Christian season leading up to December 25th and the birth of Christ on Christmas!
     

  • December 2nd: Everyone loves dogs, so show a little extra love to a special mutt in your life on National Mutt Day!  Don't have a dog?  Consider adopting.  There are so many shelter dogs that would just love to spend Christmas as a part of your family this year!

WHAT'S TRENDING IN DECEMBER?

We have a lot of exciting things coming up in December!  In particular, this is a big month for holidays!

  • Advent: December 1st marks the first day of the Christian season of Advent, which ends of December 24th.
     
  • Hanukkah: The Jewish Festival of Lights begins on December 12th and runs through the 20th.
     
  • Kwanzaa: The African celebration of Kwanzaa is from December 26th to January 1st.  (We'll have more to say about these celebrations as we get closer to the date!)
     
  • Universal Human Rights Month: With so much division and suffering in our world today, it is important to step back and remember the rights of all people.  As stated in the UN Declaration of Human rights: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."  Consider giving to a charitable organization this month, or supporting your community by purchasing gifts for less fortunate children or volunteering at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
     
  • Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month: Yeah, you read that right!  We have so many awareness months!  December alone is an awareness month for safe toys and gifts; writing a business plan; quince and watermelon; tomatoes and winter squash; and root vegetables and exotic fruits, just to name a few!  So, instead of just picking one month, why not celebrate a month dedicated to them all?

WHAT'S TRENDING AT THE LIBRARY?

  • November 29th: There's still time to join us for our memoir writing session this afternoon!  Author Marsha McGregor will be teaching us the art of memoir writing.  Bring a pen and paper and come prepared to write!  Register here.

    You can also join us tonight to consider the pros and cons of cutting your landline.  Are you ready to go completely mobile?  Come hear reasons why this may or may not be the right choice for you!  Register here.
     

  • November 30th: This is our last open writing session for NaNoWriMo.  Come enjoy a quiet place to write, with your fellow novelists!  More information here.

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