Posts Tagged ‘Hanukkah’

Five Reasons to Visit Your Library This Holiday Season

Your local library can be a great place for inspiration–or even relaxation–during the hectic holiday rush. Click on our infographic below to see why you should stop by your library this winter holiday season.

Public Libraries During the Holidays

Infographic: Five Reasons to Visit Your Library This Holiday Season (Created by Amy Shaw, Content Editor Senior, ProQuest)

12 Winter Things You Can Borrow From Libraries

Happy Holidays!

Need some ideas to spruce up your holiday? Our infographic below lists a sampling of 12 wintertime items you can borrow from libraries besides books.

Library Winter Things Infographic

12 Winter Things You Can Check Out at Libraries (Infographic) via Piktochart


SKS Spotlight: Winter Traditions

Candles <<br />> by Consumer Product Safety Commission via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

by Consumer Product Safety Commission via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

The winter season has arrived, bringing with it a diverse array of winter holidays around the world, each reflecting the culture from which it came. Long-established elements of many winter traditions are fire and  light, which warm even the coldest and darkest months in much of the Northern Hemisphere. From flickering Hanukkah candles to Christmas trees decorated with lights; from the burning of the Yule log to the lighting of the Kwanzaa kinara, these winter celebrations incorporate light into the festivities. Some winter observances engender a sense of community: in China, the winter season is commemorated with lavish street festivals during the Lunar New Year; in Mexico, Las Posadas is commemorated with street parties and processions paying homage to Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. Some spiritual observations, including the Buddhist holiday Bodhi Day, are more meditative. Other winter holidays are celebrated with feasts, such as Santerian saints’ days or Baha’i faith’s spiritual observances. Learn more about worldwide winter observances and celebrations in SKS/SIRS Issues Researcher December Spotlight of the Month.

Winter Crafting

As a child, I loved doing arts and crafts. Give me markers, some paper, and glue, and I was one happy kid.

And doing crafts at school? Totally a bonus! I still remember the holiday-craft days in elementary school. We would take a break from work and revel in a laid-back classroom atmosphere of creativity, learning, and fun.

But that was 30 years ago. Things are a bit different in today’s public elementary schools. Lots of curriculum changes and even more testing means not much time for creative pursuits.


Handmade Christmas Ornaments
Photo by JamesDeMers, via Pixabay [Public Domain]

But what if you could weave crafts into your curriculum? What if students could really learn something while making art? Sounds great, right? Well, the winter season is chock-full of opportunities for learning about other cultures and their traditions and beliefs. And SIRS Discoverer is chock-full of crafts and appropriate information for classroom learning to go with them!

Buddhists all over the world celebrate Bodhi Day on December 8, in honor of the Buddha’s enlightenment that occurred while he was sitting under a Bodhi tree. Teach your students a bit about this holiday, and ask them to create their own Bodhi tree in its honor.

Or maybe you’d like to talk to your class about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Highlight the history and traditions of this celebration, and help your students make an easy Hanukkah candle out of an empty tissue paper roll, some tissue paper, and ribbon!

What about celebrating Chinese New Year with your students? The Year of the Ram starts on February 19. There’s a lot to learn about this festive holiday…and lots of cool crafts to do! I like this delightful plum tree. Pretty and very easy!

You can find all of these crafts and more on SIRS Discoverer. December’s Spotlight of the Month, Winter Holidays & Celebrations, features articles and Web sites on winter traditions around the world. Encourage your students to explore the different ways winter is celebrated across the globe.


Thanksgivukkah: Eight Days of Lights, Seven Days of Leftovers

Question: What upcoming convergence has only occurred once before, is of particular significance for American Jews, and is the perfect time to try out that recipe for sweet potato latkes?


Go tell Aunt Vivica,
it’s Thanksgivukkah!

Answer: The joint celebration of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a.k.a. Thanksgivukkah!

This year, for the first time since 1888, the launch of the Jewish Festival of Lights will coincide with the All-American holiday of family, food and football. In addition to being a once-in-a-lifetime excuse to create clever portmanteau neologisms (such as “Thanksgivukkah” and “menurkey”), the event provides an excellent opportunity to teach and learn (perhaps starting with the meanings of “portmanteau” and “neologism”).

eLibrary can help with that.

Curious users can begin with a perusal of our Research Topics on Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. There they can investigate the history and traditions of both holidays, learning what makes them unique, as well as what similarities they share.

Further exploration can help one figure out how to balance the individual rituals of these overlapping observances, find appropriate mealtime mash-ups, or see how these celebrations of bounty and religious freedom complement one another in surprising ways.

Thanksgivukkah is a hybrid holiday for the ages—the confluence of dressing and dreidels won’t come again for another 79,000 years. But if you gear up with eLibrary before you sit down with family and friends, you’ll be ready to ring in the day with a mighty Gobble Tov!

SIRS Discoverer Spotlight: Winter Holidays Around the World

Christmas Tree <br \> by Consumer Product Safety Commission via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter

Christmas Tree
by Consumer Product Safety Commission via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter

The winter season is here! Whether you live in a place that’s cold, hot, or somewhere in between, winter means lots of fun holidays and celebrations around the world. These holidays may be associated with religious beliefs, spiritual customs, past events or cultural practices. This diversity makes each holiday very unique. Just think about all of the ways holidays are celebrated! Traditions may include festivals, lights, singing, decorations, parades, gift-giving, prayer, fairs, fasts or feasts. Each holiday has its own symbols, too, such as red lanterns for Chinese New Year, pine trees for Christmas, menorahs for Hanukkah, ears of corn for Kwanzaa, and Yule logs for winter solstice. Discover what makes each winter holiday special in December’s SIRS Discoverer Spotlight of the Month!