Monthly Archives: January 2013

No two snowflakes are alike…..

This phrase was coined by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931), a self taught farmer and photographer from Jericho, Vermont. As a teenager, he became fascinated with snowflakes and capturing their images. His parents spent their savings to purchase him a bellows camera with its own microscope, thus launching Bentley as a pioneer in the area of photomicrography. He is credited with having taken the first
Bentley photographed over 5000 snow “crystals” or snowflakes in his lifetime, publishing the 1931 book Snow Crystals, containing more than 2400 images. He also published numerous articles on his work and his much sought after glass plate negatives have been collected by colleges and universities across America.

A wonderful introduction to Bentley’s work is the youth biography Snowflake Bentley written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Vermont artist Mary Azarian. The book won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American Picture Book in 1999.
Visit the official Snowflake Bentley website, maintained by the Jericho Historical Foundation, for a wealth of resources related to Mr. Bentley’s work and the magical snowflake images he  managed to capture forever in time.

Baby Love Baby Shower

First-time parents of infants and first-time parents-to-be, will have a new and unique opportunity to learn about community resources, and celebrate the upcoming or recent birth of their babies, at County Library’s initial Baby Love Baby Shower on January 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The goal of this special event is to share information as together we care for and educate children from local neighborhoods. Seven exhibitors, plus the library, will have staff available on site to assist attendees during the hour-long gathering.

Each family will be invited to decorate a baby gift to take home, receive a free book, enjoy refreshments, and possibly win one of several door prizes. A flier, reminding parents of County Library’s weekly Books & Babies storytimes for infants through 24 months, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m., will also be distributed.

For more details, contact Miss Diane, Children’s Librarian, at 540-984-8200 x207. County Library is located at 514 Stoney Creek Boulevard in Edinburg.