Chesapeake cares | a special Christmas delivery

Holiday cards in front of Christmas tree

Be blessed. You are loved. You are not forgotten. Residents of a local senior living facility heard these and similar words firsthand through a special Christmas delivery orchestrated by Chesapeake Public Library employees, Rhonda Porter and Arlice Mitchell. “I wanted to bring some holiday love and cheer to them so they know they’re not forgotten,” Rhonda said, and came up with a plan that would connect the seniors to their community in a festive and fun way. Over the course of several weeks she set out blank Christmas cards and pens at the checkout station and invited customers to sign them and write messages; then she and Arlice arranged a special visit to the center.

Rhonda sitting at table filled with holiday cards
Rhonda poses with some of the Christmas cards

During their visit, they lead the residents in a sing-along of Christmas favorites like “Jingle Bells,” “Away in a Manger,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” some even inspired enough to dance along. Arlice gave out books she had collected and wrapped up like presents. When they handed out the cards, however, some teared up. “I’m going to cherish this,” one resident said as she hugged her card, and some admitted this was the first card they had received this season. All in all, Rhonda and Arlice delivered 35 cards with over 450 signatures and well-wishes from the Deep Creek community—and over 450 reminders that they are indeed not forgotten.

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Strange Upcoming Holidays

There are many weird holidays year-round of which the general public is unaware. Some have been popularized over the years by businesses, like Flip Flop Day as promoted by Tropical Smoothie Café, or Talk Like a Pirate Day as promoted by Krispy Kreme. Here are a few upcoming holidays you may not have heard before. (Maybe one of them will become part of a future business promotion…)

August 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

  • I was weirded out by this one at first…why does a holiday exist for such a specific task?…but ultimately this one has an interesting backstory. It was a holiday founded in response to a zucchini surplus, to help people get rid of their extra zucchini. These days people who celebrate this holiday probably do it to promote a healthy lifestyle.


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Kwanzaa Celebration at Indian River Library

 

Chesapeake Public Library is committed to educating and enriching people of all ages by providing free access to information, materials, technology and cultural opportunities, as our Mission Statement reads.  And now that the holiday season is already upon us,  Indian River Library is proud to be presenting a program rich with cultural and educational significance : the Fourth Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at Indian River Library, which will take place on December 27, 2016 in the large Meeting Room.  There will be something for everyone of all ages: an arts and crafts portion for families and children, which starts at 3:00 P.M and continues until 4:30 P.M.  Then, after a short break and an opportunity for fellowship, there will be an exciting and instructional musical performance by Atumpan and the Talking Drums, running from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

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Holiday Tree Gala @ SoNo Library

The Chesapeake Public Library will host the 2nd Annual Holiday Tree Gala on Saturday, December 12th at the South Norfolk Memorial Library from 10:00am-5:00pm.

The library will host 25 holiday trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. The trees will be judged in several categories including “Best Creative/Non-tradition”, “Best Traditional” and “Best Use of Theme”. A “People’s Choice” will also be awarded, with voting open to the public from 10:00am-3:00pm on Saturday. The awards ceremony will be held at 4:00pm.

Several activities will be held throughout the day including visits with Santa, crafts for youth, holiday music, and coloring for adults.

 

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