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By Kayla Nelson | Oct 23, 2017

Everyone loves a good challenge; whether it’s a new boss-battle in a video game, a new game on the sports field, or a new piece of music to learn, humans like challenges and rise to meet them in unexpected ways. That’s not to say it is an easy task. There will be rough patches. There will be times we throw up our hands, scream at the ceiling, and never want to try again. But after a breather, maybe a walk around the block, and a light snack, we’re ready to come back and try again until we finally succeed. Challenges—especially self-imposed challenges—give us a chance to grow our skills as well as our confidence.

Here at the library, we are offering a new challenge for teens and adults alike. With 30 days in November, what is a better length of time to push ourselves to a new level of creativity? National Novel Writing Month—an international program with 200,000 plus participants—challenges writers to complete 50,000 words within the month of November. Why 50,000? Because it’s roughly the size of a small novel? And why November? Why not? But why does it have to be writing? What if that isn’t appealing?

Writing doesn’t have to be the only goal for this upcoming month. The library challenges its patrons to set a goal for themselves to be completed in 30 days. Participants can compete against one of our librarians to see who can reach 50,000 words first, or they may choose to complete some other daunting task in whatever creative outlet they prefer. Maybe someone wants to draw an entire comic book or create their own music album, or sew an entire blanket. Anything goes when trying to complete a challenge in just 30 days.

These are the new materials available at the library this week.

Gifts and Memorials

Duck & Goose Honk! Quack! Boo! By Tad Hills donated by the Washington Rotary Club to honor the 2017 Rotary program speakers

Adult Fiction

Killing Season by Faye Kellerman

Deep Freeze by John Sandford

The Tiger’s Prey by Wilbur Smith

Large Print Fiction

Enigma by Catherine Coulter

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

Wicked Deeds by Heather Graham

Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels

The Tiger’s Prey by Wilbur Smith

Adult Nonfiction

Lead Your Family Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard

Be Fierce by Gretchen Carlson

Walk It Out by Tricia Goyer

Easy Children’s

Where is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley

Good Day! Good Night! by Margaret Wise Brown

Go To Sleep In Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

The Bad Mood & the Stick by Lemony Snicket

The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward


Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Oct 23, 2017 16:38

The Importance of History

The Battle of New Orleans was remarkable for both its brevity and lopsided lethality. In the space of twenty-five minutes, the British lost 700 killed, 1400 wounded, and 500 prisoners, a total loss of 2600 men; American losses were only seven killed and six wounded.[58][59] Adjutant-general Robert Butler, in his official report to General Jackson a few days after the battle of the 8th, placed the losses of the British at 700 killed, 1400 wounded, and 500 prisoners – the total of 2600 casualties was almost one third the entire number the enemy admitted to have taken part in the contest of the day. After the battle was over, around 500 British soldiers who had pretended to be dead rose up and surrendered to the Americans. One bugle boy climbed a tree within 200 yards of the American line and played throughout the battle, with projectiles passing close to him. He was captured after the battle and considered a hero by the Americans.

Victory attributed to a miracle

Mosaic of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Old Ursulines Convent complex, French Quarter, New Orleans

With the Americans outnumbered it seemed as though the city of New Orleans was in danger of being captured. Consequently, the Ursuline nuns along with many faithful people of New Orleans gathered in the Ursuline Convent's chapel before the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. They spent the night before the battle praying and crying before the holy statue, begging for the Virgin Mary's intercession.

On the morning of January 8, the Very Rev. William Dubourg, Vicar General, offered Mass at the altar on which the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor had been placed. The Prioress of the Ursuline convent, Mother Ste. Marie Olivier de Vezin, made a vow to have a Mass of Thanksgiving sung annually should the American forces win. At the very moment of communion, a courier ran into the chapel to inform all those present that the British had been defeated.

General Jackson went to the convent himself to thank the nuns for their prayers: "By the blessing of heaven, directing the valor of the troops under my command, one of the most brilliant victories in the annals of war was obtained." The vow made by Mother Ste. Marie has been faithfully kept throughout the years.

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