Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Groundhog Day and Family Game Day! We have been telling you about it all week but today is the day! Join Village Book Shop at the Glendora Public Library this afternoon starting at 1pm. This event is FREE to the public courtesy of the GPL Friends Foundation. This is happening upstairs in the Bidwell Forum.  This event is open to people of all ages.  Drop in any time and stay as long as you wish. Test your skills with over 100 brain teasers and puzzles. They range from simple to fiendishly difficult.  Learn how to play a variety of board games you haven’t seen before or bring you own to share. There will be some different and fun games from Blue Orange available for sale to benefit the library.

TODAY, February 2nd from 1:00 to 8:00 pm

 Glendora Public Library, Bidwell Forum

140 S. Glendora Ave., Glendora CA

(626) 852-4891

On this day in 1887 the first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from his burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the goundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. The largest Grondhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania still. Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this morning? What about some of the other groundhogs at celebrations in various places? Is spring on its way yet?

Some of the writers born on February 2 include:

Johann Christoph Gottsched (1700), Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav (1849), James Joyce (1882), Johnston McCulley (1883), Ayn Rand (1905), Xuân Diệu (1916), Hella S. Haasse (1918), James Dickey (1923), Liz Smith (1923), Judith Viorst (1931), Anthony Haden-Guest (1937), Thomas Disch (1940), Ina Garten (1948), Leszek Engelking (1955), Michel Marc Bouchard (1958), Jari Porttila (1960), and Philippe Claudel (1962).

Also born today was American NFL co-founder George Hallas. He was born in 1895 and passed away in 1983.  The American hotelier Howard Johnson was born on this day in 1897 and passed away in 1972.

On this day in 1987 Alistair Maclean passed away. The Scottish novelist is best known for his popular thrillers such as The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, and Where Eagles Dare. All three of which have been made into successful films. He also wrote two novels under the pseudonym Ian Stuart.

On February 2, 1653 New Amsterdam was incorporated. Never heard of it? This Dutch colonial settlement on the southern tip of Manhattan Island served as the capital city of New Netherland. The name was changed to the City of New York in 1667 in honor of the Duke of York when English forces seized control of Manhattan along with the rest of the Dutch colony.

In 1848 the first ship with Chinese immigrants arrived in San Fransico, California on February 2. These Chinese immigrants were here for the California Gold Rush.

The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball was formed on February 2, 1876.

The book Ulysses by James Joyce was published 91 years ago today.

cold quarry

Today’s highlighted title is Cold Quarry by Andy Straka.  We have used copies of this in Very Good condition available. Amazon gives the following short description:

In this suspense-filled, award-winning thriller, master falconer Chester Carew is found shot to death in the woods, the apparent victim of a deer hunter’s errant round. But private investigator Frank Pavlicek smells something far more deadly than a simple hunting accident. Something is contaminating the surrounding woods–something neither the local authorities nor the Feds seem willing to discuss. Things go from bad to worse when Frank’s best friend and fellow falconer Jake Toronto appears to be implicated in the murder. Seeking justice for one friend and exoneration for another, Pavlicek threatens to uncover a group of domestic terrorists with a chilling agenda.
Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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