Sharing Stories at the Library and Mother's Day
On the second Sunday of every May, we honor the mothers and caregivers who raised us. While the holiday we celebrate today is full of baubles, brunches, and bouquets, the origins of the Day are rooted in the pursuit of peace.
Anna Jarvis established the first Mother’s Day in 1908. She intended this day to commemorate her own mother’s lifelong efforts to organize mothers for peace, lower infant mortality rates, and help heal the wounds of the Civil War. By 1914, so many cities and states observed the holiday that President Woodrow Wilson made it official . Anna Jarvis quickly saw her day becoming commercialized, with the focus on gift-giving. She believed Mother’s Day should be spent enjoying time with your own mother.
Calling back to the original spirit of the holiday, the library is the perfect place to connect with your loved ones. We have several events on Saturday, May 7 that are excellent opportunities for spending time with the moms, grandmothers, and caregivers in your life.* The Headquarters Branch is hosting a fascinating talk on Women and Tea in the Victorian Era at 1:30 pm. Or head over to Franklin at 1:00 pm to learn how to make a Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace. Northeast is hosting a Paint-a-Scape with artist Marjorie Haley at 11:30 am.
And of course, the library is home to endless stories. Maybe you’re cuddled up with your children, reading your favorite picture book for the thirtieth time. Or perhaps you stopped by your local branch so everyone can select their next read. Sharing stories and creating a love of language starts with the family, and we hope the library continues to help your families grow together. As American poet and humorist Strickland Gillilan wrote,
“You may have tangible wealth untold, caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be - I had a mother who read to me.”
* Registration is required for these events.