Holman Library News

Holman Library serves Green River Community College in Auburn, WA.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Library Squirrel

Throughout November, library staff members have been keeping an eye on the Library Squirrel. He or she has been very busy creating a nest in a tree between the library and the parking lot. As the tree swayed, the squirrel would run up with a mouthful of leaves to build a nest that eventually was about two feet tall. Although squirrels apparently live alone, one day we thought we spotted two squirrels working on the same nest.

Unfortunately, a significant mid-month windstorm virtually destroyed the nest. Initially the squirrel(s) attempted to rebuild, but seem to have given up.

(Thanks to Ann Lovell and Dave Prenovost for the photographs.)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Holman Library Closed on Monday

Holman Library will be closed on Monday, November 12th in honor of Veteran's Day. The library will be open on Sunday, November 11th as usual from 1 PM - 7 PM.

Did you know that Veteran's Day was, for a while, held on the fourth Monday of October? For other Veteran's Day history information, check out The History of Veteran's Day.

Auburn is hosting the 42nd annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 10 at 11:00am. The parade boasts over 200 units, including over 25 marching bands, drill teams, honor guards, military units, veterans' units, military vehicles, community groups and much more. The parade travels west along Main Street to B Street NW.

Did you know that in Canada November 11th is called Remembrance Day and each year over half of Canadians, notably politicians and newscasters, will begin wearing artificial poppies about two weeks before Remembrance Day? Other countries also wear the poppy and it was a frenchwoman, E. Guerin, who introduced them. Real poppies began flourishing in France because of the lime from war rubble. A Canadian, John McCrae, wrote the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" which was first published on December 8th, 1915 in England, in Punch magazine.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Holman Library staff used Halloween as an excuse to express their alter egos.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Library Will Be Open on Advising Day

The library will be open normal hours, 7AM - 9PM, on Wednesday, November 7th.