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,,,HAAAAAAAAAAPY HALLOWEEN, BITS AND BRAMBLERS! Are you wearing costumes? Are you eating candy? (because let’s face it, that is the most important thing about this holiday. Seriously. It’s about pretending to be someone else and asking people to give you candy. It’s pretty much the most awesome day of the year, right?)

But if you’re too old to trick or treat (and you have to get candy in a totally boring way, like…going to the store and paying for it, or something,) then…what is there to do on Halloween? Well…you could visit your faaaaaaaavorite library!

Seriously…it’s scarier than you might think. Check it out:
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Now…what are you waiting for Bits and Bramblers? Head to your favorite library to grab some spooky stories, eat some candy, and HAVE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!



Haaaaaaaaaaaaaapy Valentine’s Day!


Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapy Valentine’s Day, Bits and Bramblers!

It’s a day full of…candy. Okay, it’s also a day full of love, and also loooooooooooooooove, but…there’s also candy. (Maybe I kind of have a one track mind. Most holidays are about candy around here, aren’t they? But seriously…conversation hearts?! Chocolates?! Come on. The candy is one of the best parts, let’s not lie.)

So…grab some candy, and enjoy this little holiday movie we made here at the library. Because if you’re looking for something to do (other than eating candy,) the library is the place to be. Don’t believe me? See for yourself (there’s true love! And jealousy! And surprises!)

And HAVE A VERY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, BITS AND BRAMBLERS!
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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It’s that time, Bits and Bramblers! So no matter what you celebrate—Chanukah, Christmas, or Kwanzaahave a very safe and happy holiday season!

And now for a Bits and Brambles holiday tradition: more Bric-a-Brac Theater
Yeah, yeah…I know I posted it last year, but…isn’t that what the holidays are about? Making traditions with your friends and families? Like…making latkes, or stringing popcorn, or…watching John Madden voicing Santa Claus, who’s struggling not to drown in a giant lake of chocolate pudding. You know…normal holiday stuff.

Seriously…CHOCOLATE PUDDING LAKE! Sure, getting stuck in it wouldn’t be fun, but…other than that? Awesome. It’s like a holiday miracle!
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‘Tis the Season of Giving: Free Your Footprint


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Brrrrrrrrrr, Bits and Bramblers! I don’t know about you, but Jack Frost has definitely been nipping at my nose this week. As well as pretty much every other part of me. Last week it was kind of fun, you know? The cold, and the snow. It helped fill me with holiday cheer. Now I’m still full of holiday cheer, but I’m reeeeallllly sick and tired of the snow. It’s probably not a good sign, considering it’s…you know…not technically winter yet.

Enough about the snow—let’s talk more about holiday cheer! Well…let’s talk a little bit more about the snow. Did you know that snow can fall from any cloud that is layered? It’s true…and you can find out more facts like this at Free Your Footprint!

Now…it works a little like FreeRice. You head to the website, and you pick a subject—like Eco-trivia or Random Trivia—and play the game. When you get one answer right, you offset one pound of carbon dioxide emissions. If you get 20 right, you offset the average of a daily commute. And if you get 25 right, you offset an average day’s worth of energy consumption. Pretty awesome, right?!

There’s no downside to this, Bits and Bramblers. You learn cool things that will impress your teachers, family, and friends (and who doesn’t love that, right?!) and you’re helping the environment. And when it comes to the season of giving? Helping the environment is a great way to give back.

So what are you waiting for? It’s cold out there, so grab a cup of cocoa (but don’t forget the marshmallows,) head to Free Your Footprint, and give back to the environment! And if you’re still a little confused by all this “emissions” stuff, check out this video…it should help!
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‘Tis the Season of Giving: Bread Art


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…It’s cold out there, Bits and Bramblers. It’s mittens, earmuffs, and scarves cold. It’s “I need hot cocoa now!” cold. The good thing, I guess, is that mittens, earmuffs, scarves, and cocoa get all of us into the holiday spirit, right? We’re full of cheer, when we’re not freezing to death. And on that note, it’s time for another ‘TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING post, where we share ways you can use all that holiday cheer, and give back to those in need this season.

I don’t think anybody will be surprised to hear that we have a problem with childhood hunger in this country…but you know that hunger impairs a child’s growth and development? Luckily, there are sites like Bread Art that are working to end childhood hunger in our country. Bread Art is pretty much exactly what it sounds like—it’s art. Made of bread. Well, virtual bread, which is even better. Once you visit the site, you can go to the art gallery and view the submissions of other people, and you can paint your own bread art (errrr…you can toast your own bread art.)

But you know the best part? With every piece of bread you turn into art, money is donated to Share Our Strength and Go With the Grain—two organizations that want to TOAST CHILDHOOD HUNGER(Yes, it was a bad pun. Absolutely groan-worthy. But hey…it’s the holidays! Bad puns are okay during the holidays!)

So what are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? Check out this super-helpful video, then head to the Bread Art Project, and use your creativity to help fight childhood hunger!
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‘Tis the Season of Giving: at Home


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So…over the past couple weeks, we’ve shared some fantastic organizations with you, Bits and Bramblers—like FreeRice, Kiva, and Heifer International. And while they all do great things all over the world, our last “‘Tis Season of Giving” organization is all about making a difference right here in Richland County. They help people in need throughout the community, and you—that’s right, you—can help, too.

The United Way of Richland County works “to increase the capacity of Richland County citizens to care for one another by bringing together all elements of the community to plan, support, deliver, and monitor quality human services.”

Which is just a fancy way of saying that they help people with everything from education to health care.

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…And right now? The United Way is looking for heroes. Now, they aren’t really looking for superheroes—don’t get the two confused—but regular, everyday heroes who care enough to help those in need. See, they’re trying to raise a total of $1,701,000.00 by the end of the year.

Now…that’s a lot of money, right? I mean, it totally is…but when you think about it? It can do so much for those in need, right here in Richland County. The good thing is, they’ve already raised a bunch of money…$852,296.19 as of December 18th! But there’s still a long way to go…so if you’re in the spirit of giving, you—that’s right, you—can help!

First off—and most importantlyget your parents permission. Next, call the United Way offices at (419) 525-2816, or head to the United Way website and click the DONATE button. Remember…every little bit helps, and then they’re that much closer to meeting their goal!

So get moving, Bits and Bramblers…help the United Way today, and LIVE UNITED!

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P.S. HAVE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON, BITS AND BRAMBLERS!



Happy Holidays!


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Happy Holidays, Bits and Bramblers! No matter what you celebrate—Chanukah, Christmas, or Kwanzaahave a very safe and happy holiday season!

And now we’ll leave you with more Bric-a-Brac Theater (because, really…if you don’t act out funny stories with Bric-a-Brac, what do you do with it?!) Except… I’m only pretty sure John Madden isn’t Santa Claus. And I don’t think a Mountain Troll ever pulled Santa’s sleigh. And let’s be honest…who wouldn’t be scared of a lake made entirely of pudding?!
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‘Tis The Season of Giving: Heifer International


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I’m just going to assume that you’re in the holiday spirit, Bits and Bramblers. You’re catching snowflakes on your tongue, enjoying your winter break (or counting down the minutes until it begins.) So it’s the perfect time to talk about another organization that will help you—that’s right, yougive back to those most in need.

Today, we’ll be talking about an organization that does something really simple—it gives people animals. And by doing that, it helps villages and communities grow.
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See, Heifer International provides animals like cows, sheep, and even flocks of chicks to villages and communities who need them—in 53 countries across the world (including the United States!)

An animal can do so much—they provide food (like milk and eggs,) and material to make clothing (like wool.) And best of all, Heifer International encourages people to “pay the gift foward,” meaning the people fortunate enough to receive animals from the organization then give baby animals to other needy villages. Again…it’s totally a win/win!

So here’s how you—yes, you—can help. Once you get your parents permissionand that part is super important—you can head to the website, and click GIVE to see the online catalog. You can donate as little as $10, which helps pay for the price of an animal, like a water buffalo or a trio of rabbits! And just like that, you’re helping a village or community get stronger…all thanks to an animal!

You can learn a little more about the organization in this video (with a little help from TV Chef Alton Brown.) What are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? Head over to Heifer International, and change someone’s community for the better!



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‘Tis the Season of Giving: Kiva


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Are you in the holiday spirit yet, Bits and Bramblers? If it took you a second to answer that question…then you’re definitely in the right place! After all, nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like giving. And here at Bits and Brambles, we’re all about giving back. That’s why we’re sharing different websites and nonprofit organizations that are making a difference m to those most in need this holiday season. And you—that’s right, you—can help!

So…let’s talk about Kiva. Their mission is “to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty” (and I think we can all agree that’s a pretty awesome mission, right?) But it’s how they help people that make them so cool. Have you ever heard of microfinance?

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…Yeah, I hadn’t either. Basically, all it means is that banks lend small amount of money to low-income clients—who generally can’t get loans. But what Kiva does is a little different though. The site helps real people from all over the world—from Kenya to here in the U.S.—who trying to start a business of their very own business (like a grocery store, or even a farm.) Except…they don’t rely on banks to give microloans.

That’s because Kiva is the first person-to-person micro-lending website.” And that’s where you–that’s right, you—come in. First, obviously, you need your parents permission. Next, you can head back to the Kiva website, and click the LEND button to see a list of real people with real goals. Once you decide who you want to help, you just donate $25 to their cause…and then you can follow their progress!

Still not convinced? Well, check this out…since you’re loaning a real person some money, they’ll pay you back. It’s not all that different from loaning your friend lunch money, with the minor exception your best friend isn’t trying to open a grocery store. Probably.

It’s another win/win, really. The people you’re helping can start their business, and eventually you’ll get your money back. And if you want, you can lend it to a new person who’s starting a business! So what are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? Get into the holiday spirit, head over to Kiva…and start changing the world!