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A Glimpse of Nature -- What is It? #6

The leaves have fallen; the views are great.  Now’s the time when hidden treasures are revealed.  Here are two specimens from the library’s property that were, until recently, concealed by all that foliage!  I spotted them both on Monday.  Your job is to identify them.  Email your “What Is It!” responses to A Glimpse of Nature and check back next week for the answers.

Literary Holiday Tree at Queset House

Celebrate your creativity & love of books! We invite patrons of all ages to make a literary ornament of a favorite book, holiday classic, or any other creative literary design. Use wood, paint, 3D printing, clay, paper, wood, fabric, beads, yarn, origami, or whatever your whimsy desires!

Come hang your ornament right on the tree at Queset House, or drop it off at the Main Library between December 1 and December 22.

Carving Contest winner!

Congratulations to our pumpkin carving contest winner, Violet, who received a gift card to Hilliard's for her entry!

Violet submitted this intricately carved face entitled "Billy lost his head again." One thing we loved about this entry is that she scooped the pumpkin out from the bottom, leaving the stem and top intact.

carved pumpkin

Beautiful work, Violet! Thank you for sharing it with us.


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