Memorial Day – Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day is May 28 this year, and here are some web sites that provide information on the holiday and why and how we celebrate it.

From the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project aims to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of veterans so that they will never be forgotten.

Rolling Thunder passed by Hays yesterday, May 20, as the motorcyclists made their way on Interstate 70 towards Washington D.C.

Every year, PBS broadcasts the National Memorial Day concert. Hosted by Gary Sinese and Joe Mantegna, the show this will feature Daughtry, Natalie Cole, “American Idol” finalist Jessica Sanchez, and Trace Adkins. The concert will be broadcast on May 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 (Central Time) on your local PBS station.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a history of Memorial Day on its web site.

This same web site also provides the history behind those “red” flowers known as poppies which became the official Memorial Day flower.

The VFW’s Buddy Poppy program distributes the red poppies that are made by disabled and needy veterans.

May you celebrate Memorial Day as a remembrance of the veterans who gave their lives while serving our country. Here are some ways you may participate:

  • Place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers at your local cemetery.
  • Fly the American flag at half-staff until noon.
  • Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 pm. Pause and think upon the meaning of Memorial Day.
  • Attend your local Memorial Day events.
  • Buy a poppy from your local VFW.
  • Visit a local memorial.


Name That Tune (A Christmas Version)

Name That Tune (A Christmas Version)
Test your “Christmas Song” knowledge with this short quiz.




1.  “I still want a hula hoop.”

  • All I Want for Christmas
  • I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  • Chipmunks Christmas Song
  • A Visit From St. Nicholas

 2.  “May your days be merry and bright
 And may all your Christmases be white.”

  • Home for the Holidays
  • White Christmas
  • Greatest Gift of All
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas

 3.  “In the meadow we can build a snowman
 Then pretend that he is Parson Brown.”

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Let It Snow
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland

 4.  “Through the years we all will be together
 If the fates allow.”

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Last Christmas
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

 5.  “He’s got a bag that is filled with toys
 For the boys and girls again.”

  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • Santa Baby

 6.  “I wouldn’t touch you with a 
Thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!”

  • Must Be Santa
  • Where Are you Christmas
  • Nuttin’ For Christmas
  • Mr. Grinch

 7.  “Down thru’ the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones Christmas joys.”

  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • A Visit from St. Nicholas
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  • Up on the Housetop

8.  “He’s making a list and checking it twice;
 Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.”

  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • Mr. Grinch

9.  “There must have been some magic
 In that old silk hat they found.”

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • A Visit from St. Nicholas
  • With Bells On
  • It’s a Marshmallow World

10. “You can say there’ no such thing as Santa,
 But as for me and grandpa we believe.”

  • Surf’s Up Santa
  • Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
  • Nuttin’ for Christmas
  • Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

 11. “And when you walk down the street
Say Hello to friends you know”

  • Pine Cones and Holly Berries
  • Let It Snow
  • Home For the Holidays
  • Holly Jolly Christmas

 12. “Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.”

  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • Home for the Holidays
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • O Christmas Tree

 13. “Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling ‘You Hoo’”

  • Sleigh Ride
  • Silver Bells
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • White Christmas

 14.  “A bundle of toys he had flung on his back
And he looked like a peddlar just opening his pack.”

  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • A Visit from St. Nicholas
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

 15. “Glad Tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!”

  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Do You Hear What I Hear

Answers are:
1.  Chipmunks Christmas Song
2.  White Christmas
3.  Winter Wonderland
4.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5.  Here Comes Santa Claus
6.  Mr. Grinch
7.  Up On the Housetop
8.  Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
9.  Frosty the Snowman
10. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
11. Holly Jolly Christmas
12. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
13. Sleigh Ride
14. A Visit From St. Nicholas
15.  We Wish You a Merry Christmas

 Happy Holidays Everyone!!       J.A.S.

It’s Complicated

Who knew a holiday could be so complicated?  Most of our calendars tell us that February 15, 2010 is Presidents’ Day.  The Federal Government says the official holiday name is Washington’s Birthday.  An article in the National Archives tells how Washington’s Birthday became known as Presidents’ Day and why it isn’t celebrated on February 22, Washington’s birthday.  Britannica Online has a shorter version of the story.  (This link may only work on campus) Some use the day to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, some use it to celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and still others use it to celebrate all the Presidents of the United States.  Wikipedia discusses the spelling and punctuation of Presidents Day. If all this too much for you, give your brain a break and go color in the US President Coloring Pictures and Reading Activities Interactive Online Presidents’ Day Color book.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

A lot of people think that Valentine’s Day will be the most romantic day of the year.  However, not every Valentine’s Day will be “perfect.”  If your big plans for Valentine’s Day have fizzled, don’t despair!  Plan something that you will enjoy doing that day.  Take yourself out to eat or go to a movie, match TV (the 2010 Winter Olympics is on), spend time with a family member or a friend, read a portion of “that book” that you’ve never had time to read, or watch “that video” you’ve always wanted to see.  You are a very special person so remember to take a few minutes or hours for yourself that day.  Enjoy!–J.A.S.

Forsyth Library closed in observance of MLK Day

Forsyth Library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. The library will reopen on Tuesday at the regular time of 7:30am.

If you’re interested in finding out more about African-American culture and history, including the civil rights movement and works about Dr. King, we have some great titles in our catalog. Here are just a few examples:

Harlem speaks : a living history of the Harlem Renaissance / edited by Cary D. Wintz.

from Reed Business Information:
“After establishing historical context with essays on the arts, events, locations, and major issues of the Harlem Renaissance, this volume continues with a meaty collection of biographical essays on 21 major figures of the period. Arranged into categories of literature, music, visual and performing arts, and politics, the subjects.”

Medgar Evers – FBI File

In the 1960’s, the FBI routinely maintained surveillance on key civil rights figures. Released under the Freedom of Information Act, this is the file for one of the key figures in the struggle for social and political emancipation, who was assassinated in his driveway in 1963.

for kids:

We Are the Ship – the Story of the Negro Baseball League

from School Library Journal

“A lost piece of American history comes to life in Kadir Nelson’s elegant and eloquent history of the Negro Leagues and its gifted baseball players. The history of the Leagues echoes the social and political struggles of black America during the first half of the 20th century.”

Don’t forget, the Black Student Union, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Tigers in Service and the offices of Student Affairs and Diversity Affairs at Fort Hays State University are hosting a candlelight celebration with the theme, “Courage to Build a Community of Social Justice” on Monday, Jan 18 at 7pm at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.